Free Resources for a Phantom Tollbooth Unit Study

As this site has begun to focus more and more on my writing, I debated whether or not to still blog about homeschooling. In the end I realized that homeschooling often fosters a love of reading and writing, and so it still had a place here. I will try to focus homeschool posts to things that relate to reading and writing.

The following is a list of wonderful resources to use in creating a unit study for The Phantom Tollbooth.


Learn about the author:
Find a short biography as well as a video interview with Norton Juster here.

Vocabulary:
Here is a Vocabulary List I created while doing our unit study. There are so many words in this book that will likely be new or unfamiliar to kids. Vocab is an important part of any unit study revolving around The Phantom Tollbooth.

Language Arts:
This figurative language chart from Read, Write, Think is a fantastic way to help kids see and understand figures of speech. Be sure to have them look for context clues to make inferences as to the meaning before having them look online for both the literal and figurative meanings. Using this types of figurative language sheet before the lesson is a good idea as well. Read, Write, Think is such an amazing free resource for homeschooling families, so be sure to check them out!


Looking for great inspiration on how to put together a study for The Phantom Tollbooth? Then check out this novel study preview. It is truly amazing! Make sure you check out the creator's website Reed Novel Studies, because priced at just 8.50 you may decide to buy his entire unit study rather than create your own because they are so well done.  (I am getting absolutely no compensation for recommending this. I was just impressed enough to mention it.)

Math:
Dodecahedron template

A lesson on averages revolving around The Phantom Tollbooth, including a printout

If you have a puzzle lover, maybe they would like to try to crack the code of the Mathemagician's letter to King Azaz. Math puzzles mentions the idea here (you will need to scroll about 2/3 of the way down the page to find where it is mentioned) but states they were unable to find a solution. They did suppose the first part to translate out as "king azaz" which would give a starting point for some of the numbers/letters. As an alternative to breaking the code, you could have your child create their own number/letter code and write secret messages.

Enrichment Activities:
Maps:
This is a time-sensitive resource, but I wanted to include it because of how amazing it is. It is a free online cartography course beginning Apirl 18, 2018. It lasts for 6 weeks and requires 2-3 hours of study per week. This is going to be for older or advanced students, not elementary aged. If you miss this round, they do this course periodically, so check back with them later.

Here you can find a brief lesson on what cartography is.

Here you can find many resources for teaching about geography

And of course one of the best (and fun) things you can do is have your child create their own map of all the places Milo visits in the Phantom Tollbooth. We did this and Meechi was required to include one character Milo met in each place along with an impactful quote spoken by that character. You could include having your child provide a lesson Milo (or they themselves) learned in each place.

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