Downloadable Literature Guides


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The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
by Jeanne Birdsall
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

"The referee told me this soccer league has never had a brawl of that magnitude," said Mr. Penderwick after a long, painful silence. "Of course, at the time I was pretending to be a casual passerby and not a father at all."

Things are busy once again for the Penderwicks. This time, they are back home on Gardam Street!

Almost a week after Batty was born, Mom said goodbye to her four beautiful girls and her loving husband. She left one last wish that was sealed in a blue envelope and given to Aunt Claire for safe keeping. What do you think her last wish was?

Four years later, they found out. Aunt Claire gave the blue envelope to her brother to open. Mom's wish was read: she wanted her husband to find love once again. She asked that he start to date.

How do you think the girls felt about the prospect of a stepmother? How do you think their father, a busy professor, felt about having to start with a blind date? The story is hysterical with dating taking front and center stage.

But each daughter in the family has problems of her own. Their problems spill over to the Geiger boys across the street as well as to their next door neighbor and even to school. Probably the scariest problem is Batty's Bug Man!

Teacher: Each chapter is filled with interwoven fun and family relationships. A sprinkling of literary classics, stellar vocabulary, and Daddy's Latin and Greek vocabulary will keep you on your toes, too. For your students with less than perfect families, The Penderwicks will give them a model to emulate when they grow up! (We think EVERY daddy should read this book, too!) The Penderwicks are welcome in any home and in any classroom!

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by Jeanne Birdsall

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Literary Connections/ Winning Families

The Penderwicks #1 by Jeanne Birdsall. The Penderwicks go on vacation and make lifelong friends.

Each Little Bird that Sings
by Deborah Wiles.

Ida B by Katherine Hannigan, Download Available.

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
by Jeanne Birdsall

A 37-page unit for The Penderwicks on Gardam Street is a part of a collection
of 23 units in Gifts and Givers

The Unit Includes:
Discussion Cards
Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Memory Box for Book Talks
Anticipation Guide
Where in the World? Mapping Activity
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: The Dialectical Journal
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Visualizing Chapter 2
Penderwicks Acrostic
Building Problems Crossword Puzzle for Chapters 3-7
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Visualizing Chapter 10
Character Study for Each Character
Character Poems
Vocabulary by Chapters
Vocabulary Game: Five in a Row
Blank Five in a Row Game
Writing the Penderwicks Song
Summing it Up Puzzle
Character Story Map for Each Interwoven Story
Identifying and Sharing Our Gifts
Discussion/Writing Prompts
Answer Keys


With special thanks to Scott P. Anderson for his performance of the background music, "Tales from the Vienna Woods" by Joann Strauss II. Don't miss his inspiring personal story!

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