Frindle Lesson Plan

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"Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle?" Inspired by this quote from the award-winning novel written by Andrew Celements, this lesson allows children to invent their own terms for common classroom objects, writing dictionary entries for each one, and using context clues to figure out the meaning of their classmates' words.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Supplement this lesson into a literature unit on the book Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Consider allowing learners to write a sentence and draw a picture involving their newly invented words, performing a gallery walk in which the class tries to guess the meaning of each others' words
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