Lesson 8: Changes

Getting Started

The crew of The Wanderer continues to struggle with the weather and broken equipment. They wonder if they will ever make it to England.

Stuff You Need

  • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
  • cardstock paper
  • colored pencils or markers
  • map of Europe
  • postcards and pictures from past vacations
  • ruler

Ideas to Think About

  • How are people changed by their experiences?
  • How can the environment change people's emotions?

Things to Know

  • Articles are words used to signal the presence of a noun (a, an, the).


  • Elaborate information and ideas in writing by using prepositional phrases. (LA)
  • Explore informational materials that are read, heard, and/or viewed by monitoring comprehension for understanding of what is read, heard, and/or viewed and restating and summarizing information. (LA)
  • Exploring a variety of sources from which information may be attained. (LA)

Introducing the Lesson

Explain to your child that the crew continues to struggle with terrible weather and broken equipment. Discuss how such an environment might lead to fear and a loss of hope. In situations like this it is important to stay strong and positive.
Reading and Questions
Materials: The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Read Chapters 51-60 and then answer the following questions below in complete sentences:
  1. What do you think would be the hardest thing about being on a sailboat?
    Answers will vary.
  2. How did the storm and The Wave change Cody?
    He became more serious, very focused on repairing things and would not stop working.
  3. How have the relationships among the crewmembers changed?
    People are being kinder to one another, Cody is working harder for the group, Uncle Mo is being very nice to Cody, Uncle Stew seems nicer and calmer.
Remember to fill out your "Character Timelines" sheet for these chapters.