Our first classic book to read was Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. I overruled the voting on this one, but they didn’t seem to mind too much. I got the title from a teacher who reads it to his Grade 4-5 class nearly every year. The book starts out a bit slow, building the mystery unlike many of the books nowadays that start with huge action from the start. But each chapter leaves you hanging (a true cliff-hanger) and you can’t wait to read the next one!
We all loved this book even though it was “quieter” than many of our previous reads. Some of the words in the book were more challenging, so I found three activities from teacher’s pet resources (www.teacherspetresources.com) to reinforce the vocabulary:
Before working on these activities though, we discussed the book, its characters and its themes using the discussion questions I came up with (Tuck – Discussion Questions). We had some interesting discussions about immortality, growing up, and first love.
As our meeting was held in December and everyone was a bit stir crazy for the holiday season, I made it a bit of a treat. I hosted a pizza dinner and a viewing of the movie, Tuck Everlasting. It was interesting to see how the kids reacted to the movie – commenting when the movie differed from the book, where they liked it and where they didn’t. The movie aged the main characters to make it more of a love story, probably to go after a teenage audience. But being a Disney production, it was still a sweet movie.
Afterwards we went over another quiz about the differences between the book and the movie (Tuck – Differences between the movie and the book) and, as I had hoped, everyone came to the same conclusion – the book is always better than the movie!