Age 8-10: Concept 2 - Force and Power: Unit 3

Learn about the culture of London, England, and the role of the queen. Learn the language and ways of giants! Examine cause and effect in literature. Analyze characters and their actions. Write a newspaper report on an event in the story.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be taught in conjunction with the science and social studies unit Forces of Nature.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: In the Middle of the Night
  • Lesson 2: Snatched
  • Lesson 3: The BFG
  • Lesson 4: Ears and Snozzcumbers
  • Lesson 5: Time with the BFG
  • Lesson 6: Catching People and Dreams
  • Lesson 7: A Nightmare for Fleshlumpeater
  • Lesson 8: A Dreamy Plan
  • Lesson 9: The Palace
  • Lesson 10: A Breakfast Fit for a Queen
  • Lesson 11: Fighting Giants
  • Lesson 12: Snozzcumbers
  • Final Project: Recipe for a Dream or Newspaper Report

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze characters, including their traits, feelings, relationships, and changes. (Language Arts)
  • Compose three or more paragraphs with topic sentences; supporting details; appropriate, logical sequence; and sufficient elaboration. (Language Arts)
  • Consider main character's point of view. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate learning through productions and displays such as oral and written reports, murals, and dramatizations. (Language Arts)
  • Develop vocabulary by reading, listening to, and discussing familiar and challenging texts. (Language Arts)
  • Draw conclusions from information gathered. (Language Arts)
  • Draw conclusions, make generalizations, and gather support by referencing the text. (Language Arts)
  • Focus reflection on target elements by using descriptive words and phrases and sequencing events and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Gain increasing knowledge of grammar. (Language Arts)
  • Generate and record ideas for writing. (Language Arts)
  • Identify (with assistance) the purpose, audience, and appropriate form for the oral or written task. (Language Arts)
  • Identify a story genre. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and apply rules of subject-verb agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts between texts. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, concepts, and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the importance of the setting to a story's meaning. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the theme or author's message in a story. (Language Arts)
  • Increase vocabulary through word study. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret and use graphic sources of information. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions about characters. (Language Arts)
  • Participate in creative interpretations of text. (Language Arts)
  • Read and follow step-by-step directions. (Language Arts)
  • Read contemporary and classical works of fiction. (Language Arts)
  • Read fiction and nonfiction. (Language Arts)
  • Read from a variety of genres. (Language Arts)
  • Reference the text to support the theme of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Relate plot, setting, and characters to personal experiences and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to stories and poems in ways that reflect understanding and interpretation in discussion, in writing, and through movement, music, art, and drama. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to text by identifying areas for further study. (Language Arts)
  • Share written, visual, and oral products in a variety of ways. (Language Arts)
  • Take simple notes from relevant sources such as classroom guests, books, and media sources. (Language Arts)
  • Use compiled information and knowledge to raise additional, unanswered questions. (Language Arts)
  • Use correct capitalization and punctuation. (Language Arts)
  • Use multiple sources, including print such as an encyclopedia, technology, and experts, to locate information that addresses questions. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to present information in a sequenced, logical manner; share information and ideas; recount or narrate; and report information on a topic. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral or written language to recount or narrate. (Language Arts)
  • Use planning strategies (with assistance) to generate topics and to organize ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Use preliminary plans to compose a draft that conveys major ideas and maintains focus on the topic. (Language Arts)
  • Use prior knowledge to anticipate meaning and interpret texts. (Language Arts)
  • Use quotation marks correctly in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use resources such as beginners' dictionaries, glossaries, and technology to determine word meanings and confirm pronunciations. (Language Arts)
  • Use text and own experiences to verify facts, concepts, and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Use text to locate information for specific purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Use written language to share information and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Write in different forms for different purposes and audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write to discover, develop, and refine ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Write to record ideas and reflections. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize scientific principles being demonstrated in the environment. (Science)
  • Locate geographical places on a variety of different maps. (Social Studies)
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