I have used Tuck Everlasting in my classroom in the past. It is one of my favorite stories to use.
Some simple activities to use with the book include a figurative language/imagery chart because there is several metaphors, similes, personification, etc.
Snowball Fight as a review activity. Students start the first round by adding one fact about Winnie. Then they stand, throw, grab, and read a piece of paper that is not their own. They then add another fact that connects to other characters, settings, or other parts of the plot. This continues for no more than five rounds.
Cause and effect activity - What was the cause and effect of the Tucks drinking from the spring. The cause and effect of the Guy in the Yellow Suit trying to profit from the spring water.
Here is a link for an online activity book for Tuck Everlasting. This is not my creation, but it is a link that I found that has good resources for the book.
Since I am a huge fan of Notice and Note Signposts, here is a list for some of the ones found throughout the book. Keep in mind please this is just the beginning. You want to encourage students to recognize signposts as they read so for obvious reasons, this is a limited list.
Signposts: Tuck Everlasting
Contrast and Contradiction
- How does the story the Tuck family shares, contrast or contradict to what Winnie knows about life?
- In chapter 19, the Yellow Suit Guy is at the Tuck’s home. How is his visit here a contraction to what he tells the Tuck’s?
- In chapter 7, as the Tuck family describes their experience, what aha moment does Winnie have? How is this like what the reader is experiencing?
- In chapter 17, Winnie has an aha moment about life. Why is this an important detail? How might this change Winnie? How might this change the story?
- In chapter 19, the man in the yellow suit is discussing a story Winnie’s grandmother told, what does Mae realize during this moment? What is important about this detail? What might Mae do now? How might this change things in the story?
- In chapter 20, what does Winnie and the reader realize about Mae being sent to the gallows? How might this aha moment change things for the character?
- In chapter 7, the Tuck family is describing their encounter with the spring 87 years earlier. Why might the details in their story about Jesse, Pa, and the horse be important to the story? Why might these details be important to the title of the book?
Words of the Wiser
- In chapter 12, Tuck takes Winnie on a row boat, why is this message to Winnie an important detail to the story? How might this change the story?
- In chapter 3, Winnie is having a conversation with a toad. Why is this detail relevant? What tough question is Winnie faced with herself?
- When it comes to drinking the water, is Winnie willing to abandon the natural order of aging?
- In chapter 19, Mae is confronted with a fact and has to ensure the secret is kept, what action does she take? How might this decision affect the story?
- In chapter 23, Winnie is faced with three tough questions. How might her answer to each of those questions affect her life? How might they influence other characters in the story?
Again and Again
- The author seems to use the word ‘wheel’ frequently throughout the prologue. What connection might this have to the story? Why might this detail be important?
This is a great story to use when learning about explorers, especially Juan Ponce de Leon. This explorer went in search of the fountain of Youth in what is now Florida.
Newsela has a great article on Ponce de Leon.
Readworks has an article titled: Vikings & European Explorers - Ponce de Leon
Can a spring of water extend life? what are the possibilities of "Magic Water"? Could to have a discussion about various types of water that have healing power.
Newsela has a great article on the 10 facts about Water that could also be used.
My freebie for this week is a layered curriculum unit guide for this novel. When we can empower students with choice we can be surprised with what they bring to their own learning. You can read a little more about layered Curriculum at my blog post here or www.help4teachers.com/.
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