Weslandia (Hardcover) by Paul Fleischman; illustrated by Kevin Harkes. Candlewick, 1999. ISBN: 0763600067. pp: 40.
Ages: 8-12, gr: 3-6
Paperback (Reprint - August 1, 2002) ISBN: 0763610526



When Wesley is out of school for the summer, he isn’t quite sure how to spend his time. Then he thinks of a summer project that will top all others. Wesley grows "swist" and creates his own civilization! In the process, he learns to make friends as well.


Language Arts:
Wesley created an 80-letter alphabet—most of which you can find inside the covers of the book. Attempt to write a message to a friend using his alphabet.
Read the review of Weslandia written by Jack S. (age 8). Use this format as a model to create your own book review of another book you have read.
Social Studies:
Discuss the necessary components of a civilization.
Which of these characteristics were present in Wesley’s new civilization?
Discuss Base 8. Do some addition and subtraction problems in Base 8.
Discuss the history of sundials and how they work. Make a sundial for your school.
Wesley had a mystery plant. Team with a partner to solve plant mysteries.
Wesley renamed the constellations. Learn the names of at least five constellations and be able to locate them in the night sky.
Draw the components of a food pyramid.
Discuss Wesley’s diet. Was he eating a healthy diet? Why or why not?
Physical Education:
Exercise your mind by playing online strategy games.
Wesley invented games that were rich with strategies and complex scoring systems. With a group of friends, create a new game that has several strategies and also a scoring system. Invite your classmates to play the game with you.
Listen to pan flute music.
What other kinds of flutes are there? Write and illustrate a picture book about the different kinds of flutes.
Explore an online collection of different kinds of looms.
Wesley set up a loom to weave his clothing. Using a piece of cardboard 3” by 5”, cut about 10 slits in each end, and using yarn, learn how to weave.

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Reading Counts: Reading Level 3.5; Points= 2.0
Lexile Level 821
Guided Reading Level N
word count= 929