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February 12

Judy Blume was born in 1938.

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Judy Blume was born in 1938.

Grades 3 – 6
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Judy Blume has written books for all ages. Her books have received more than 90 awards and have been translated into 20 languages. Her most recent book, Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One, was published in 2008.

 

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a perfect read-aloud. Students will enjoy listening to the adventures of Farley Drexel, a.k.a. Fudge. When you finish reading the book, ask your students what they thought was the funniest part of the story. Invite students to work individually or with a partner to create cartoons of the scenes they liked most. They can use the Comic Strip Planning Sheet to get started. If students have computer access, have them use the Comic Creator to create their strips. Visit the Comic Creator page for more information about using this tool in the classroom. This activity can be done with any of Blume's humorous stories.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Judy Blume's Home Base

    This is Blume's official website. Students can read her biography, view photos, watch a video about her latest book, learn some writing tips, and more!

     

  • Spotlight on Judy Blume

    This resource from Scholastic includes a biography of Blume, an interview with her, and a list of her books.

     

  • Cuesheet: Judy Blume's Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing

    This ARTSEDGE guide is used before and after a Kennedy Center performance of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. It includes activities that can easily be adapted for classroom use without attendance at a performance.

     

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