The Wright 3 Extension Activities
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
About this book
About the Book
Super sleuths Petra and Calder, along with Calder’s old friend Tommy, have been cryptically drawn into another mystery — this time involving a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpiece, the Robie House. When the kids’ sixth-grade class attempts to save the Robie house from demolition, eerie events are reported: voices float out from within, shadows shift behind the art-glass windows, even the roof moves. Soon Petra, Calder, and Tommy are involved in a frightening search for ghosts, hidden treasure, and a coded message left behind by Wright. Can they pursue justice and escape with their lives?
Good readers make predictions as they read a story. These predictions are based on facts and evidence and the understanding of what makes a good story. As you read The Wright 3, create a chart with three columns: Chapter, Prediction, and Evidence to Justify Prediction. Remember: Predictions don’t have to be correct to be good predictions. In fact, reading would be pretty boring if we always knew what was going to happen next! Predictions are even more likely to be wrong when you’re reading a mystery!
Math + Art = Beauty
Design a piece of art based on the Fibonacci principle or the Golden Rectangle. You can be inspired by something from the natural world or use shapes and colors of your own imagination. It can be something that could be incorporated into a building, or not! Explain your process in a brief artist’s statement that you include with the work.
As a class, create a timeline of architectural styles throughout history. Use your research to compare the following elements: horizontal or vertical orientation, traditional materials used, balance and symmetry, and cohesion with environment. Are there any buildings in your neighborhood that you think are works of art? Why? Learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture on the website for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
What makes an artist? Create a biography of a person who is famous in a field that you are (for now, at least) most interested in pursuing. Would you consider this person an artist in their field? Find or create a portrait of them and then on an index card answer the following questions: Who is this person? What field is their work in? When did they get started? Where can a person see their work? Why are they important?
Did you notice how awkward things felt between Calder, Petra, and Tommy? One of the ways that Blue Balliett was able to accomplish this was through the dialogue among the three characters. Write a scene between three people where you reveal (remember to show, don’t tell) some underlying conflict. Examples you might explore: jealousy, annoyance, envy, etc.
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