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Crankenstein Activities and Lesson Plans

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Crankenstein will love this post. It includes the book summary, teaching ideas, and resource recommendations. All of this information will make planning and prepping your next read aloud lesson quick and easy! What’s better than that?

With a theme of feelings, this Crankenstein picture book by Samantha Berger is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Your students will enjoy listening to this story about a very cranky boy. You might consider adding this read aloud to your list of Halloween books for kids. It’s not a traditional Halloween book, but frankensteins make me think of Halloween! I can’t be the only one, right?

This read aloud definitely lends itself to a lesson on making text-to-self connections. Your students will be eager to share a time when they have felt grumpy!

Check out the book-based activities, lesson plans and teaching ideas below!

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  1. Read a summary of Crankenstein.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
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CRANKENSTEIN SUMMARY

Crankenstein is an ordinary boy who is very grumpy. There are a lot of things that he does not like. He does not like standing in long lines. He doesn’t like bedtime. Crankenstein does not like when it is too cold on Halloween. He doesn’t like when it is too hot for popsicles. He definitely doesn’t like bedtime or drinking cough syrup. 

 

You might think that Crankenstein would be that way forever. However, when he sees another crankenstein, it actually makes him laugh! Of course Crankenstein will be back someday, but not right after laughing so much! 

CRANKENSTEIN LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide, which makes lesson planning quick and easy. They also come with printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Crankenstein, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you. It will making planning and prep quick and easy!

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Crankenstein reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarizing and retell
  • analyzing character
  • making connections
  • analyzing illustrations
  • identifying genre

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • feelings

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • synonyms
  • punctuation
  • irregular verbs

CRANKENSTEIN ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Crankenstein book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Crankenstein?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD350L
  • Guided Reading Level: I
  • DRA Level: 16
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Samantha Berger. It was illustrated by Dan Santat.

What genre is Crankenstein?

It is a comedy and humor book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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