Cricket in Times Square, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 4-6

Setting: New York

Genre: Animal Stories

Page Count: 52 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7-8 weeks



A mouse, a cat, and a cricket take a bite out of the Big Apple!
Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he'd seen it all. But he's never met a cricket before, which really isn't surprising, because along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City - the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He'd be there still if he hadn't followed the enticing aroma of liverwurst right into someone's picnic basket. Now, like any tourist int he city, he wants to look around.  
He could not have found two better guides - and friends - than Tucker and Harry! But Chester has a hidden talent and no one, not even Chester himself, realized that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two. A book filled with grand fun and enchanting illustrations by Garth Williams.

Progeny Press' Cricket in Times Square Language Arts PDF download curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about George Selden.
Background Information: Explore the enchanting history and significance of crickets in China.
Vocabulary: Analyze the novel's vocabulary through engaging activities designed to enhance retention and promote growth.
Literary Techniques:  Uncover the artistry within the novel by delving into adverbs, setting, descriptive writing, dialect, foreshadowing, in-context understanding, distinguishing fact from opinion, and exploring similes, metaphors, themes, and character traits
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Embark on a journey of moral exploration, touching on themes of divine presence, the essence of friendship, commitment to truth, responsibility, the role of money, the joy of giving, the power of forgiveness, and the pursuit of happiness.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Enhance your study with a wide variety of activities. Study crickets, New York City, and Chinatown through mapping, diverse writing assignments, scientific exploration, delving into legends, recognizing talents, engaging with music and art, and experimenting with cooking, including the use of chopsticks.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Increase your library with a curated reading list featuring more works by the same author(s) and other books that complement or resonate with the themes found in, Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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    4 Reviews

  • Posted by Carita K. on 31st Aug 2016


    The E-Guide for The Cricket

    The E-Guide for The Cricket in Times Square is working fairly well. However, a more diversified study guide would be welcome. This one contains too many comprehension questions.

  • Posted by Julie W. on 6th Oct 2014


    We are enjoying this guide

    We are enjoying this guide very much. One of the things I like is that it does not have boring repetition with lots of fill in the blanks and closed ended question but instead requires the student to give thought to their answers.

  • Posted by Linda G. on 22nd Apr 2014


    Great product!

    My students love the study guide for "The Cricket in Times Square." Guides them through the different lovable character traits of the characters, discusses their qualities that make them real to the students and to the Bible. Love the questions that make them think!

  • Posted by Kelly M. on 17th Apr 2014


    Great study!

    This book study was wonderful. I like how it covered some science, Biblical, and, obviously, literature. My kids really enjoyed it as well.