A Guide for Using Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH in the Classroom

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Each book in this series is a guide for using a well-known piece of literature in the classroom. Included are sample plans, author information, vocabulary-building ideas, and cross-curricular activities. At the Intermediate and Challenging levels, sectional activities and quizzes, unit tests, and ideas for culminating and extending the novel are also included.

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a...

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Overview

Each book in this series is a guide for using a well-known piece of literature in the classroom. Included are sample plans, author information, vocabulary-building ideas, and cross-curricular activities. At the Intermediate and Challenging levels, sectional activities and quizzes, unit tests, and ideas for culminating and extending the novel are also included.

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557345233
  • Publisher: Teacher Created Resources, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Literature Unit Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 782,485
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. O'Brien In real life, Robert C. O'Brien was Robert Leslie Conly. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, attended Williams College and graduated from the Universtiy of Rochester. While there he studied piano at Eastman School of Music, and at one time considered being a musician. Instead, he became an editor and writer for Newsweek magazine from 1941 to 1944, and for Pathfinder from 1946 to 1951. From 1951 until the time of his death in 1973 he was employed as a writer and editor by the National Geographic Magazine. He made his home in New York City before 1944 and in Washington, D.C. after that. He also had a home in Morgan County, West Virginia, after 1965, a place he loved and visited as often as he could. He was married and the father of one son and three daughters. His books include The Silver Crown, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which won the Newbery Award, and A Report From Group 17. His last book, Z is for Zachariah was nearly completed at the time of his death; the last few chapters were written from notes by this wife and one of his daughters.
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Table of Contents

The Sickness of Timothy Frisby 3
Mr. Ages 12
The Crow and the Cat 20
Mr. Fitzgibbon's Plow 27
Five Days 33
A Favor from Jeremy 39
The Owl 45
"Go to the Rats" 53
In the Rosebush 61
Brutus 68
In the Library 75
Isabella 83
A Powder for Dragon 89
The Marketplace 96
In the Cage 103
The Maze 112
A Lesson in Reading 120
The Air Ducts 129
The Boniface Estate 142
The Main Hall 149
The Toy Tinker 158
Thorn Valley 165
Captured 178
Seven Dead Rats 187
Escape 195
At the Meeting 206
The Doctor 216
Epilogue 227
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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM is the bestselling fiction book

    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM is the bestselling fiction book written by Robert O’Brien that entails one of the most thrilling and suspenseful stories of all time. This story takes the reader on the journey of the widowed mouse named Mrs. Frisby. Mrs. Frisby and her four children are living in their winter home, a cinder block in the garden of the farmer named Mr. Fitzgibbons. Unfortunately, the family must make their journey back to their summer home or face death from Mr. Fitzgibbon’s plow. However, their journey will be more difficult than was originally anticipated. Mrs. Frisbys youngest son, Timothy, has come down with a bad case of phenomena and is unable to make that journey back to their summer home safely. Unwilling to leave her prized son for dead Mrs. Frisby decides to consult with the wise old owl of the forest with the hope that he will come up with a plan to save her family. The owl believes that the only way to save Timothy would be to move Mrs. Frisby’s home closer to a rock where it will be untouched by the plow. However, the owl is unable to offer his personal assistance in the moving of the home and instead refers Mrs. Frisby to seek assistance from the Rats. While seeking for assistance, Mrs. Frisby soon discovers that the rats are not ordinary rats at all. They are actually a genetically engineered intelligent species of Rats that escaped from a laboratory called NIHM where they received special shots that boosted their intelligence and stooped the effects of aging. The rats agree to help Mrs. Frisby in saving her family, however are under constant pressure to keep up with their own plans as well as Mrs. Frisby’s. Mrs. Frisby feels forever indented to the rats. However, will they be able to mover her house? Will they do it before the plow begins? To find out pick up the book and read it.
    This is an excellent book that I believe a large audience can relate to. Many people feel as though they are underdogs, a mouse, and it is always reassuring to know that there is always a kind soul willing to go out of their way, the rats, in order to help others in need. I recommend that anyone looking for an enjoyable reed pick this book up and read it. It won’t leave you disappointed.

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