Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by Donald B. Johnson. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. ISBN: 0395968674. unpaged. Ages: 4-8, gr: 1-4.

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Summary

When he has to make a trip, Henry chooses to explore and observe the world of nature around him.

Activities

  1. Henry’s friend thought that he would be the faster. Another animal that thought he would be faster than his friend was the tortoise. Read the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. How are the two stories alike? How are the two stories different?
    Aesop’s Fables: The Hare and the Tortoise
    Story Library: The Tortoise and the Hare
    The Tortoise and the Hare Fable
    Note for teachers: Activities for the Tortoise and the Hare

  2. What things did Henry take with him? Make a list.

  3. Henry’s trip was 30 miles. Make a map marking the things he saw on his trip.

  4. The story tells what Henry’s friend got paid for his jobs. Make up word problems about this money. For example:
    Question 1. How many gardens would John need to weed to have 30 cents?
    Question 2. John swept out the post office and Joe cleaned the chicken house. How much more money did Joe get than John?

  5. Almost every picture of Henry on his hike has an animal in it. List these animals. Ask someone to help you name any you don’t know. Pick one animal from the list and look it up in the Little Explorers Dictionary.

  6. Henry saw many things on his trip.
    What would you most like to have done with Henry? Why?

  7. Mr. Johnson made the book about Henry because he read about a real person named Henry Thoreau who liked to take long walks outdoors. What can you learn about Henry Thoreau?
  8. "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" could be a theme song for this book. Sing the song.

  9. Take a hike outside. What things can you discover?

  10. Read more books about Henry.
    • Johnson, D.B. (2002). Henry builds a cabin. Houghton Mifflin. grades k-4. This is the second book in The Henry Series.

    • Johnson, D.B. (2003). Henry climbs a mountain. Houghton Mifflin. grades k-3. This is the third book in The Henry Series.

    • Johnson, D.B. (2004). Henry works. Houghton Mifflin. grades k-4. This is the fourth book in The Henry Series.

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Assessment

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg.
Accelerated Reader: Quiz #41858 EN; Book Level 2.1; Points= 0.5
Reading Counts: Level 2.3; Points= 1.0
Lexile Level 170
Guided Reading Level K
word count= 334

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