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You can purchase the complete Kids' Wings 29-page Unit for The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman NOW! Available for immediate download for only $19.95! Jeopardy-type game and music included! Sharable within your school! Click Here to purchase and download through Teachers Pay Teachers.

The Gollywhopper Games
by Jody Feldman
Kids' Wings Award for Excellence in Children's Literature
Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

"Don't let anyone drain the joy away from you. Just have fun."

Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson is determined to enter this year's Gollywhopper Games held by the Golly Toy & Game Company in his hometown of Orchard Heights. Many obstacles threaten to destroy his chances, but they will never destroy his spirit. A lot depends upon Gil's winning...mainly getting to move out of the town where everyone seems to have turned on his family since "The Incident." He's practiced for months on problem solving and he knows every fact about the history of this fantazmorical company.

In his team, he encounters incredible pressures as he meets puzzle after puzzle, leads his sometimes difficult teammates, and looks failure in the eye. His father's strong encouragement and support and Gil's own perseverance serve him well through the two days of the games.

Kids' Wings is excited about this book! So often, as schools get deep into the testing mode, we lose sight of what is real in education. Part of that is the pure joy of the challenge. Another is problem solving that will take us into the future with the tools we need to face a world we cannot anticipate. In addition, it is rare to find a novel that entices students to participate in the fun and problem solving to the extent that author Jody Feldman does in The Gollywhopper Games. As the characters tackle each puzzle, the reader is fortuntate to be invited into their team to witness logic, reasoning, teamwork, and strong positive...and negative...character traits at work in the problem solving process. Your students will be avid puzzlers after they read this book and work through the Kids' Wings unit. Standardized testing for avid puzzlers becomes just another fun puzzle to crack! Look for the clues! Weigh the alternatives! Bingo! THEY WIN!

The Kids' Wings literature unit that is available in Gifts and Givers and as an instant download gives your students the opportunity to actively step into the puzzles and stunts by providing similar puzzles and stunts.

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman

A 29-page unit for The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman is one the best units Kids' Wings has ever produced. It enables students to actually step into the games and be an active participant rather than just reading about all the fun the characters are having. The unit is part of a collection of 23 units in Gifts and Givers. It is also available for instant download.

The Unit Contains:
Discussion Cards
Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Memory Box
Gifts and Talents in the Team
Anticipation Guide
Making Connections, Chapter Questions
The Mini-Musical: Gollywhopper Games! (Move over Music Man!)
Fun with Visualizing Answers through Drawing Activities
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Teamwork Visualization and Note Taking
Get in the Games! 4 Shadow Puzzles and Stunts (Students have an opportunity to solve original puzzles!)
Crossword Puzzle for Characters and Character Traits
The Menu Logic Puzzle
The Final Lap (3 more new shadow puzzles)
Find the Purpose
Discussion/Writing Prompts
An Interactive, "Jeopardy-Type" Game
Sample Pages
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The Gollywhopper Games is included in the Kids Wings Gifts and Givers collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. The Gifts and Givers package includes 24 literature guides for award-winning books, over 500 pages of activities, 7 Jeopardy-type games, and 9 Karoke-type songs You can purchase an individual literature guide individually for around $19.95, but if you order Gifts and Givers, you can get 24 literature guides on sale, for about $1.00 each! This is one of the best bargains in the USA, while quantities last!



Problem Solving
Word Plays --Make or solve word puzzles!
Awesome Analogies --Try to beat your friend in finishing an analogy!
Orsinal Games --Arcade Games for Kids (Your parents won't be able to do them)
Miniature Golf --Online miniature golf that develops spacial intelligence
NASA Picture Switcher--Solve space puzzles with a few clicks!
Peeknik Mysteries--Detective games your team can tackle!
A Trivial Scavenger Hunt--Use your researching skills and beat the clock!
Alphabet Riddles--Great Word Riddles


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for The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman

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Place the States Game

Writing Activities That Build Character Descriptions


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Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Surviving Antarctica by Andrea White
The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine by Diane Stanley
Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie by Joe Hayes
The Last Treasure by Shirley Climo
Atherton, The House of Power by Patrick Carman


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