Get discussion questions, extension activities, vocabulary boosters, a booktalk, and more ideas for teaching with Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
Explore Chasing Vermeer, a Flashlight Readers interactive literacy experience about the novel and author Blue Balliett, brings Chasing Vermeer and other popular books by Blue Balliett to life.
- Make a Masterpiece Match by matching a famous work of art to its artist with help from clues.
- Report for The Hyde Park Times by choosing a painting and answering a set of questions about it.
- Decode a secret message in Pattern Puzzles with help from clues.
- Watch (and listen to Blue Balliett narrate!) Blue's Photo Album that shares images from her office.
- Read about Chasing Vermeer in an Author's Note that shares where the author found her inspiration for the book.
- Read about the illustrator, Brett Helquist, in a short bio and learn about his drawing process.
- Learn about the other books in the series: The Wright 3 and The Calder Game.
- Read For You, From Blue, a few words of advice for aspiring writers from Blue Balliett herself.
- Meet the author, who talks about growing up with Vermeer, writing mysteries, and more.
- Read a Q&A with the author about why she likes writing and how she does it.
- Find out Blue Balliett's favorite books.
- Get a list of books that fans of Chasing Vermeer would love.
- Read a sample chapter of Chasing Vermeer in Discover the Book.
- Play Pentominoes by dragging and dropping shapes onto a grid to make them fit.
While participating in Flashlight Readers activities, students will:
- Offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to text
- Identify and discuss book themes, characters, plots, and settings
- Connect their experiences with those of the author and/or with characters from the books
- Support predictions, interpretations, conclusions, etc. with examples from text
- Practice key reading skills and strategies (cause-and-effect, problem/solution, compare-and-contrast, summarizing, etc.)
- Monitor their own comprehension
- Discuss ideas from the book with you, the author, and/or other students online
Benchmarks for Blue Balliett Flashlight Readers Lesson Plans
- Language Arts Standards (4th Ed.)
- Develops the topic with simple facts
- Organizes details chronologically
- Uses technology to create and publish written work
- Working With Others
- Participates in a variety of group and individual activities
- Provides feedback in a constructive manner and recognizes the importance of seeking and receiving constructive feedback in a non-defensive manner
- Applies technology to compose and publish written work
- Language Arts
- Understands reasons for varied interpretations of visual media
- Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of informational texts
- Uses new information to adjust and extend personal knowledge base
- Art Connections
- Knows the similarities and differences in the meanings of common terms used in the various arts (e.g., form, line, contrast)
- Uses a variety of strategies to understand problem situations
- Thinking and Reasoning
- Tests a hypothesis, throws out an unsuccessful hypothesis, and formulates a new hypothesis
- Selects criteria or rules for category membership that are relevant and important
- Working With Others
- Works cooperatively within a group to complete tasks, achieve goals, and solve problems