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The Great Fuzz Frenzy Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Great Fuzz Frenzy will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of teamwork, this The Great Fuzz Frenzy picture book by Susan Stevens Crummel is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with The Great Fuzz Frenzy Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of The Great Fuzz Frenzy. You can find it in the section below.
  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.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with The Great Fuzz Frenzy reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY SUMMARY

One day, a tennis ball bounces down into the prairie dog burrow. The prairie dogs are fascinated by this great fuzzy thing. They aren’t sure if it is good, bad, or scary.

Before Big Bark, the meanest dog around gets a good look, Pip Squeak who runs up and pokes the ball. She puts some of the fuzz on her head and everyone is amazed. Suddenly, everyone is racing up to get their own piece of fuzz. Prairie dogs from all over come to take a bit of the fuzz and soon, the ball is plucked clean. That’s when the fighting erupts and everyone is trying to get some of the fuzz. The battle is so great, everyone tires out and falls asleep.

When the prairie dogs awaken, they find that all of the fuzz is missing. That’s when they realize Big Bark, who is standing above the burrow, has stolen the fuzz and is covered head to toe. Before anyone can react, Big Bark is swept up by an eagle. The prairie dogs rush out of the burrow to rescue Big Bark. Before they can celebrate though, the eagle is back. Big Bark scares off the eagle while everyone runs into the burrow for safety. From that day forward, the prairie dogs live in peace together. 

THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, 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 The Great Fuzz Frenzy, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

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

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based The Great Fuzz Frenzy reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing character
  • cause and effect
  • making inferences
  • making predictions
  • summarizing/retelling

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • teamwork

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • onomatopoeia
  • adjectives
  • verb tense
  • interjections

THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY 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
elementary teacher asking her students a question about the picture book she is reading
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Great Fuzz Frenzy?

  • Lexile® Measure: 420L
  • Guided Reading Level: M
  • DRA Level: N/A
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 1.9

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Susan Stevens Crummel. It was illustrated by Janet Stevens.

What genre is The Great Fuzz Frenzy?

It is a fiction 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 56 pages long.

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