If you haven’t read this book to your class yet, they are missing out! This creative story will ignite your students’ imaginations as they travel to a place of imaginary friends and unbreakable bonds between real friendship. The book is Beekle.
Beekle is an imaginary friend who is searching for a child to imagine him. Instead of waiting to be chosen as an imaginary friend, Beekle decides to search for his friend. You will follow him on his journey to the real world, where he explores strange real world things.
This story has a fun twist at the end that students don’t typically catch on to the first read. Its clever story-line requires inference and analysis of illustrations, which make it perfect for a close read. We really dug into this story in my classroom with some rigorous text dependent questions while re-reading the story multiple times for different purposes.
The first time we read Beekle, I asked some key ideas and details text dependent questions. We discussed the 5w’s of the story and completed this graphic organizer.
The next day we read the story again and asked text dependent questions about the craft and structure of the story. Students found adjectives to describe Beekle. Then, students imagined their own friend and wrote adjectives to describe him/her.
The third day I asked integration of knowledge and ideas text dependent questions. Students filled out a 5w’s page on their own imaginary friend and used the graphic organizer to write their own story.
Once we were done with the close read we did a fun craftivity to go along with the story. My students got to make their own Beekle using shaving cream and glue.
It was so fun and turned out so cute! My students absolutely love Beekle. They were so excited to hear there may be a movie made based on this book.
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