Chasing Vermeer Lessons

Chasing Vermeer Lessons

Can be used for 4th – 5th, Homeschool students.

Includes: PDF, 21 pages


Do you need fun activities while reading Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett? This bundle contains them. This product is for extra activities to go along with Chasing Vermeer. It is not intended to be a novel study but rather activities inspired by the book to develop critical thinking, creativity, and writing skills, particularly for gifted and talented learners; however, it is good for any student.

This bundle saves 20% on the cost of individual resources.

Inside you’ll find:

•Chasing Vermeer Introduction:

When starting a new novel, I like to give my class an introduction into what they will be reading.

This powerpoint introduces Chasing Vermeer by:

  • Asking kids to predict what the story will be about
  • Introducing the author
  • Introducing Vermeer, the artist
  • Introducing a 3-2-1 Bridge to access their knowledge and feelings about art. You should repeat the opening bridge activity at the end to compare it with the introductory questions.

Chasing Vermeer Activities Powerpoint:

Engage your students while teaching Chasing Vermeer. Chasing vermeer Activities Powerpoint: Students will enjoy finding missing paintings in the novel and taking part in creative and enjoyable activities.

This colorful Powerpoint includes:

  • Chapter 3 – Choose a painting to enter and explain why.
  • Chapter 4: Learn more about Pablo Picasso, and then create your portrait according to his style.
  • Chapter 7 – Learn about Charles Fort and create a story.
  • Chapter 8- Write a letter based on a character’s perspective.
  • Chapter 18 – Making words from letters
  • Chapter 19 – Creative Writing (poem) about Gargoyle’s


  • Comparing artists and making a picture in another style
  • Critical thinking word puzzle
  • Choosing colors, symbols, and images to represent the novel

This lesson is also available in ActivInspire Software for use with the Promethean Board at: Chasing Vermeer Lessons for Promethean Boards

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This was a nice visual supplement that tied my novel study and art lessons together.

Thank you!


Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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