Miss Rumphius (4th Grade)
Miss Rumphius (4th Grade)
Miss Rumphius (4th Grade)
Miss Rumphius (4th Grade)
Miss Rumphius (4th Grade)

Miss Rumphius (4th Grade)

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Miss Rumphius is a story about a young girl whose grandfather inspired her to do three things in life: go to faraway places, live by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. Her love of lupines inspired her to plant lupines all throughout her town, and therefore she becomes known as The Lupine Lady. In the end, she leaves her own niece with a challenge to make the world more beautiful, and in turn, inspires her readers to do the same. 


Miss Rumphius is the 1983 National Book Award for Children's Books. The National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children." In 2012 it was ranked # 13 among the "Top 100 Picture Books" by School Library Journal.

Before you begin...
Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration. Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your planning. We have added a sample of a During-Reading lesson entitled Beauty All Around for you to preview. Each lesson is formatted on a Teacher Lesson Card so you have all the information you need at your fingertips when it’s time to deliver.

This module offers a strong focus on visualizing as a tool for comprehension, vocabulary development, writing, and creating artwork. The lessons in this module use artful techniques that will help students engage in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language acquisition, science, social studies, and the arts.

This module contains the following Teacher Lesson Cards:

  • Wooden Pattern Blocks
  • Calling Plant Experts!
  • Seed Germination
  • World Traveler
  • A Field of Lupines
  • Beauty All Around
  • Would The Real Miss Rumphius Please Stand Up
  • Accomplishments & Goals
  • Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Flowers Up Close
  • Start a Story, Become a Story

At the end of the module, you will find options for summative writing tasks and optional extensions that can stretch the module further.

Standards Matrix

For your reference, we have added images of the literacy standards matrix for this module. 

Key Vocabulary

Wharves (Wharf), Bristling, Mast, Porridge, Wandered, Satisfaction, Conservatory, Pollination, Germination, Seed, Accomplishment

Note: This module is part of 4th Grade: Series 1. The four modules in Series 1 collectively address all National ELA and Core Arts Standards.