I spent this summer and a good part of fall creating a companion study guide to Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery for teachers and parents.
This 132-page study guide is full of learning opportunities for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. Some of the modules included are “The Importance of Diversity,” “You as Deputy Planning Chief,” “What Is a Wetland?” “Trace Elanora’s Journey to Her New Home,” and “Reading for Comprehension: Hardbacks Found!” In addition, you will find word search puzzles, crossword puzzles and unscrambles. Available now at Amazon!
A Sampling of Some of the Pages and Modules Found Inside the Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery Study Guide for Parents and Teachers
Initial reviews for the book included comments that there was a lot to “unpack.” The more I thought about it, the more I knew that students would benefit from the messages found inside.
Some of the messages include the impact of bullying, the resistance to diversity, and the ecological destruction of important wetland habitats.
I targeted 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, which would translate to the ages of 9 to 13. However, students older than 13 and younger than 9 may find some of the modules to be of interest.
Yes! The guide is perfect for parents who prefer to either teach their children at home or supplement classroom studies.
Absolutely not! Many of the modules are not Florida specific, and teachers and parents will find the ones that do involve concepts that teach about Florida wetlands to be of interest to their students no matter where they live.
The study guide is divided into two sections: those modules that should be completed after reading the book and those that can be completed before reading the book.
I love all of them, but I had a blast creating “You as Deputy Planning Chief.” There are lots of math and science concepts in it, and the additional hard skills taught include essay writing, report writing, and summarizing.
It’s now available on Amazon.com.