Owen and Mzee (5th Grade)
Owen and Mzee (5th Grade)
Owen and Mzee (5th Grade)
Owen and Mzee (5th Grade)
Owen and Mzee (5th Grade)

Owen and Mzee (5th Grade)

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Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship takes us on a journey back to December 2004. The chaos and sadness that followed the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean was dotted with heart-warming stories of selflessness, bravery, and compassion. The story of Owen, an orphaned baby hippopotamus, and Mzee, a 130-year-old Aldabra tortoise, is one such story. Their unexpected friendship, in the aftermath of the tsunami, captured the heart of East Africa and the world, including the father and daughter duo who authored this text. This module will capture the hearts (and the arts) of your students.

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 Before-Reading lesson entitled Seismic Action 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 contains the following Teacher Lesson Cards:

  • Vocabulary Graffiti
  • Seismic Action
  • A Little Bit More
  • Twiddle Your Thumbs
  • From Beginning to End, You’ll Always be my Friend
  • One Thing Leads to Another
  • Pick a Pic
  • Geometry is All Around Us
  • Dare to Compare
  • Double Bubble
  • Odd Couples

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

Tsunami, Sanctuary, Wallow, Villager, Kenya, Ecologist, Elder

Note: This module is part of 5th Grade: Series 1. The four modules in Series 1 collectively address all National ELA and Core Arts Standards.