From the publisher, Simon and Schuster: Some nice suggestions for various projects you can pick and choose. I especially liked the one about making a faerie house from natural materials, and tying it in to a writing project.
The accompanying WORKSHEETS are of good quality. They go beyond matching or filling in the blanks or finding words in word search puzzles, addressing the more creative side of students, while honing academic skills. There’s a nice worksheet on deductive reasoning on this page.
More WORKSHEETS. Including a boardgame and trading cards you create.
Even though we’ve read this book some years back, it might be fun to share them with the grandkids. We can modify some of the activities.
For more lesson plans you can go to Currclick.com and do a search on Spiderwick Chronicles. They are not free, but the most expensive one I found is $7.00. Personally, I think picking a few activities from Simon and Schuster, and maybe keeping a log of new vocabulary words you come across is pretty much all you need to do. You can kill a book and interrupt the storyline by interjecting too many educational activities.
Discussion, encouraging my child to share highlights, to express her ideas and understanding as she goes through the book, and picking things apart to meet standards later, if you must, is my preference for younger students. High school is more appropriate for literary analysis, but again, not at the expense of destroying your enjoyment of a good read.
A good story has something to say to you. You have to be careful not to drown it out with too many “right” or “wrong” answers, because every story is a personal conversation with the reader.