Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Teacher Guide by Heidi Deck

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Freckle Juice Lesson Plans

Student Activities for Freckle Juice Include:

Freckle Juice is a relatable and entertaining chapter book, appropriate for students in grades 1-3. Award winning author, Judy Blume, tells a hilarious story about wanting to be different. The main character, Andrew Marcus, will do just about anything to have freckles like his classmate Nicky Lane. When a classmate offers to sell Andrew a recipe for a concoction called "freckle juice", he wants some immediately.

Students will quickly identify with the characters, and will love Andrew’s attempt to solve his troubles by making "freckle juice". This is an ideal book for beginning plot and character mapping, and using these Freckle Juice lesson plans, your students will be able to bring the story to life!

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Freckle Juice Summary

In grades 1-3, retelling is a skill that needs to be practiced and refined with a variety of genres, and with books of different lengths. As students begin to explore chapter books, retelling becomes more challenging. Students need to determine the importance of events in the plot in order to synthesize longer story lines. Creating a story board for retelling Freckle Juice will challenge students to decide what is essential. Similar to a "five finger retell", students need to think critically about the events in order. The storyboard option will also give students the opportunity to explore characters in more depth, using speech bubbles.

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Consider having students plan their storyboard with a blank template prior to creating the full storyboard online. Students should begin with the retold narrative in each box before adding character dialogue. This will allow them to focus on the purpose of retelling without getting distracted by the details of the storyboard.

After students create their retelling storyboards, they can print and cut them out, then have a partner try to put the events in order!

Example Freckle Juice Retelling


  • Andrew Marcus dreams of having freckles like Nicky Lane. If he had freckles, he wouldn't have to wash his neck! Then, he wouldn't be late for school.
  • Sharon convinces Andrew to buy her secret recipe for freckle juice.


  • Andrew rushes home to make the freckle juice! He gulps it down and hopes it will work.
  • Andrew gets sicker and sicker. After being sent to bed, he dreams of Sharon and freckles. He decides he can't let Sharon get away with it. He'll just draw freckles on!


  • Ms. Kelly offers Andrew her secret recipe for removing freckles for free. Nicky Lane wishes he could use the freckle remover too!
  • Sharon tries to sell a secret recipe for removing freckles to Nicky Lane.

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Freckle Juice Character Mapping

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In this activity, students can create a character map of the characters in Freckle Juice. They can describe character traits and provide textual evidence for those traits. After brainstorming possible character traits and creating a word bank with your class, have student choose one word to describe each character in the story. They can also list specific evidence in their character map; for example, what the character says, thinks, feels, and does to support their character trait.

This character map can be modified to cater to specific classroom needs. Students can answer more specific questions about the characters, or describe how their actions affect they plot. They could also write about different characters’ opinions of freckles, and support their ideas with textual evidence.

Possible character traits for characters in Freckle Juice:

  • Andrew Marcus:
    Self-conscious, shy, curious, jealous, gullible, desperate, determined

  • Nicky Lane:
    Self- conscious, aloof

  • Sharon:
    Greedy, sneaky, intelligent, clever, determined

  • Miss Kelly:
    Strict, patient, forgiving, kind, clever

  • Mrs. Marcus:
    Caring, strict

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in Freckle Juice and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the book characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Character Description and Important Quote.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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Freckle Juice Central Message & Moral

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In this activity, students will determine the central message or moral of the story, and then use details from the text to support their thinking.

Central Message: Be happy with who you are.

This story illustrates that everyone is special in their own way, and people should accept who they are!

Evidence to support:

  • Andrew wants freckles more than anything.
  • Nicky Lane wants to get rid of his.
  • Miss Kelly tells Andrew he is handsome without the freckles. Andrew is through with freckles at the end of the story.

Other possible messages that students can create storyboards to support:

  • Be careful what you wish for
  • Everyone is unique in their own way
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
  • Respect people, and their differences

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows a central message or moral from Freckle Juice.

  1. Type the message into the central black box.
  2. Think about examples from the text that support your answer.
  3. Illustrate each example using scenes, characters, items, etc.
  4. Type text evidence in the description boxes. Paraphrase or quote directly from the text.

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Freckle Juice Activities - Vocabulary

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In this activity, students can create vocabulary boards to go with Freckle Juice. Students can create visual vocabulary boards using the context clues from the book to depict their understanding of words. They can also depict the meaning of the words without pictures, or use the words in another context.

Here is an example of a visual vocabulary board with words from Chapter Two:

  • allowance
  • aisle
  • bother
  • appendicitis
  • formula
  • alongside
  • giggle
  • moaning
  • whisper
  • dropout
  • gulp
  • inspect
  • sigh
  • average

In the vocabulary board, students can come up with their own use of the word, or find a specific sentence from the text.

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words in Freckle Juice by creating visualizations.

  1. Choose three vocabulary words from the story and type them in the title boxes.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the vocabulary word.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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A Quick Synopsis of Freckle Juice

Second grader Andrew Marcus wants freckles more than anything in the world. His classmate Nicky Lane has the perfect set of freckles. One day Andrew counted 86 of them! If only Andrew could find out how to get them, he wouldn’t have to wash his neck and he’d never be late for school! He probably wouldn’t get in as much trouble with Ms. Kelly either, because he wouldn’t be so distracted by Nicky’s freckles. The only problem is, freckles seem impossible to get.

That is, until his obnoxious classmate Sharon lets Andrew in on her secret: the recipe for "freckle juice" has been in her family for years. It’ll only cost Andrew fifty cents. Although Andrew would rather not pay Sharon for anything, he can’t stop thinking about it. He decides it must be worth a try. Things don’t go smoothly during the recipe exchange. After paying up, Sharon throws the recipe across the classroom, and Andrew falls on the floor trying to grab it. Ms. Kelly confiscates the recipe. Luckily (or unluckily) for Andrew, she returns it to him at the end of the school day.

Andrew can’t contain his excitement, and runs home from school to mix the recipe. Andrew mixes up the recipe, using some substitute ingredients, ignores the foul smell, and gulps it down. Soon, Andrew is feeling strange, but more of a sick strange than a freckle strange. When Mrs. Marcus comes home, Andrew is in rough shape. At first she is concerned, but after seeing the mess of ingredients in the kitchen, she sends Andrew to bed.

There was no way Andrew was going to let Sharon get away with tricking him. He comes up with a plan: he’ll simply draw the freckles on! His classmates get a kick out of his blue magic markers freckles, but Andrew doesn’t care. Soon, his kind teacher lets him in on her little secret. She quietly gives him a secret formula for removing freckles – for free! Andrew finds a bar of soap and instructions wrapped neatly in the secret box. When he sheepishly returns to class, Nicky Lane can’t believe it. He asks Ms. Kelly if he can use her secret formula. Andrew can’t believe Nicky would want to get rid of his freckles. The story ends with a lesson about self-esteem for Andrew, and one last offer from Sharon. She wants to sell a secret recipe for freckle remover to Nicky Lane. The recipe has been in her family for years...

Essential Questions for Freckle Juice

  1. Have you ever wished you could be like someone else? Why did you feel that way?
  2. What would it be like if everyone was the same?
  3. What is something that makes you unique?
  4. What does it mean to accept who you are?

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