Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing WebQuest
An Internet WebQuest on Fourth Grade Nothing

created by Ms. McCormick

Introduction | The Task | The Process & Resources | Conclusion | HyperText Dictionary


You're reading 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' this month, but do you really understand all that's going on? We're going to use the Web to delve more deeply into this book and get a better handle on it.

In this WebQuest, you will demonstrate a deeper understanding of the traits of the characters and main idea of a story.

The Quest

Do you have a younger brother or sister that causes a lot of trouble?

The Process and Resources

In this WebQuest you will be completing activities to help you understand and enjoy 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing'. We will complete many of these activities in class together.

You'll begin with by getting some background information on important vocabulary before beginning reading the story. Feel free to use the online Webster dictionary or one in your classroom.

Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone

'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' is the tale of a fourth grade boy named Peter. Peter has many problems. Peter's biggest problem is his three-year-old brother Fudge. This story includes many hilarious stories about how Peter's little brother interferes with every part of Peter's life.

Phase 2 - Looking Deeper from Different Perspectives


1. Individuals will become familiar with the vocabulary words before reading the story. You will define the vocabulary using the online dictionary or the dictionary in the classroom.

2. Draw the 3 main characters and list 4 words that describe each person.

3. You are required to write a Journal which consists of 3 pages. The Journal is ONGOING and must be written DURING the reading of your book. You may write Journal entries at any time. All entries must be written nearly and dated. You may illustrate you responses if appropriate. Each of the responses must be included in your Journal.

4. Complete the following activities as completely and neatly as possible.


Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to Vocabulary:

1. Print the vocabulary list and place it in your folder. Use the online dictionary or the classroom dictionary to COMPLETELY define the vocabulary words.


Description of Characters

Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to Description of Characters:

1. Read Chapter 1. Draw the 3 main characters and list 4 words that describe each person. Place the completed form in your folder.


Reading Diary

Use the questions below to create your entries in your Reading Diary:

1. You may reflect on how you feel while reading a section of the book. Did something happen in the book that you can relate to? How did you react?
Try to put yourself in the character's shoes and why they felt the way they did.
Describe a character from the book. Why do you like/dislike the character?
What do you think will happen next? Take a guiess as to how the story will finally conclude.
In your own words tell what has happened in the book. Retell the major details of the story's plot so far.
Are there any words you are unsure of their meaning? List the words and a dictionary meaning. Comment on the style of writing the author uses.


Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to Activities:

1. Section 1 - You must answer all questions in this section in complete sentences.
a. What is the title of the book?
b. Who illustrated the book?
c. Who is the book's author?
d. Name the main characters of the book.
e. What is the setting of the story?
2. Print the page from the link below. Turn to page 25. Look at the illustration. In your own words, describe what led up to this event. Who is in the picture? What are they doing? Why are they doing it? How do they feel? What did each character learn?


2. Read pages 27 - 32.
After reading the description of Central Park, draw what you think it would look like. What do the trees look like? What people go to the Park? How do they travel in the Park? Write short descriptions (from the book) next to each section you drew of Central Park.


3. Read pages 33 - 39.
Choose any 4 characters in this chapter. Draw how they felt during this event. Write 2 'feeling' words under the face. For example - angry, sad, upset, confused, frightened, happy, glad, anxious, ...


4. Read pages 40 - 45. Download and print the questions from the link below. Answer the questions on the sheet you print. Keep the sheet in your folder.


5. Read Chapter 6. Write a diary entry for the Shopping Day. Was it fun? What happened? How do you feel? Would you go shopping again?


Phase 3 - Debating, Discussing, and Reaching Consensus

Fudge seems to get into quite a bit of trouble. If he were your brother, what would you do to make sure he stays out of trouble? Be specific in your answer. Give as many details as possible. Record your answer in your diary.

Phase 4 - Real World Feedback

1. Make a story chain. List the most important events of the story. Keep this in your folder.

2. Discuss what you liked best about the book and why. Also tell which character you enjoyed best and why. Keep this in your folder.

Your Contact is: Kristie McCormick - kristiemc1@juno.com


Understanding a story and its characters is important for deeper thinking about the main idea and the lesson in the story.

By completing this project you have a better understanding of this story and its characters.

 created by Filamentality Content by Ms. McCormick, kristiemc1@juno.com
Last revised Tue Mar 16 17:21:41 US/Pacific 2004