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Book SummaryThe title of the book is a very accurate summary! The award winning book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla is based on the real life events of Ivan the Gorilla who was taken from the wild and brought to a mall in Washington State where he spent most of his life.
Lesson IntroThere were a few topics that were important to go over before we could dive into the text.
First we talked about main idea. It can be a tricky topic to teach but this anchor chart provides a great visual to help students understand. (I have included a template that can be used for your anchor chart.You can just project it and trace it)
Next, we went to the website PebbleGo and read about Gorillas. There was a lot of great information and it helped set the stage for students to read the book about Ivan.
When we looked at the cover, we also had to take a moment to discuss that even though the book had illustrations, it was a true story about a Gorilla. It was also an odd concept for students (and myself) to understand that at one time there was a shopping mall that had a wild animal living in it.
How to Use this ResourceThere are a variety of ways this resource can be used, depending on the grade that you use it with. I used this particular chart with primary students. After I read the book, we brainstormed some big ideas/main ideas about Ivan. One student said that Ivan was not like other gorillas, and we went with that!
We pulled up the digital version and got to work. We brainstormed some supporting details on the chart. Then students independently filled in their own supporting details using a paper/pencil chart.
Extension ActivitiesIn this video, the author, Katherine Applegate, talks to Ivan’s zookeeper, Jody Carrigan
This is the publisher's website that includes an incredible book trailer and a video from the author.
If you do not have a PebbleGo subscription, this National Geographic Kids link is a good source of information about Gorillas. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mountain-gorilla/#mountain-gorilla-closeup-eating.jpg
The author also wrote The One and Only Ivan, a chapter book that is a fictional story inspired by the real life of Ivan the Gorilla. This book was the inspiration for the non-fiction picture book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla geared toward a younger audience.