Giants Don’t Go Snowboarding

Chapter Book

Bibliographic Information: Dadey, Debbie. Giants Don’t Go Snowboarding. New York: Scholastic, 1998.

Plot Description:
Third graders Howie, Eddie, Liza, and Melody take a trip to go snowboarding. The owner of their lodge, Jack, wears the cowbell of a cow he once had. His assistant, Hugh Mongus, is a giant of a man. The kids have fun snowboarding but find out some strange things, like the existance of a supposed golden goose and a large tangle of vines. Eventually the kids decide that it’s impossible for the characters of the story “Jack and the Beanstalk” to be real.

Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 720; Accelerated Reader: 3.8

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person. It teaches the reader to pay attention to small clues that are placed throughout the text. The text has about six paragraphs per page, with most words being one or two sllables. The vocabulary is basic third-grade level.

Content Area: English, Mysery

  • Content Area Standard:
  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral; #4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently; #7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great chapter book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 2nd grade through 5th grade. It explores themes like friendship and adventure.

Character Diversity:
One of the four main characters is African-American, the rest are Caucasian.


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