This is a wonderful book to share with your class. Teachers everywhere write to tell me how much their class enjoyed it. If you'd like to share your classroom ideas, there are plenty of people who would love to hear from you! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|There is a book called A Guide for Using The Phantom Tollbooth in the Classroom, by Kathleen L. Bulloch, being sold on Amazon.com. I haven't seen it in person, so I can't vouch for it, but if anyone has used it, please let us know whether you liked it!|
From: Ruth Baize, American Teacher Award Honoree, Lodge Elementary School, Evansville, Indiana
I definitely am a phan! I taught this book (6 weeks) to my inner city kids in the 4th grade. My assistant and I had the most fun of all. The kids joined in with all the imagination abounding. We loved it! We followed the book with a "Welcome Home, Milo" party. Each child dressed as one of the characters with hilarious and imaginative results! My favorite was the orchestra leader: black suit coat with "tales" (stories pinned to the end of the suit coat). Our refreshments were cookies made using number cutouts, ice cubes from alphabet molds (purple Kool-Aide), grape Jello Jigglers from letter molds, Alpha-Bits cereal, etc. We played games representing the novel: musical chairs, charades, spelling bee. The prizes modeled the three gifts Milo was given. We had a ball! I have since held a Tollbooth workshop for the teachers in my large school system. I was so inspired throughout the book with bursts of creativity that I wanted to share all the corresponding lessons/ideas/projects with others. What a delightful book! Absolutely the best I have ever taught.
Here's a question sent in by a Phan that might make interesting classroom discussion:
When Milo leaves the lands of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis, and the tollbooth vanishes, what happens? Does the adventure begin anew for each child? Or does it pick up where each child left off? The book doesn't say anything about this, so it might be fun for children to speculate on it.
This is a terrific set of activities sent in by Australian Phan/Teacher Mindi Sinha:
Subject: Teaching ideas for Phantom Tollbooth
As I browsed the net it was great to find so many people who remember this book so fondly. It was read to me by my grade 5/6 teacher way back in the late 60s and I had my own copy for many years until it fell apart. It has been out of print in Australia for a long time now but I was thrilled to see that it had finally been reprinted again by Collins in 1999. My colleagues and I were choosing novels to present and work with in our grade 5/6 level and I recalled just how much I had enjoyed this book at the same age. The library copy had long since "walked" and I was wondering how I could find another one which was when I discovered the reprint in the local bookshop! Oh Joy! At first I wondered if the modern child might find it too didactic and miss too many of the jokes but so far my grade seems to be enthralled with it and they are enjoying the challenges it presents. One bright child sits and listens with a dictionary on his lap to look up the more complex words! I have attached a copy of the activity page I wrote for class follow up. It's nothing much but I thought you might like to add it to your collection of ideas for the book.
Last Modified: August 18, 2002