Frindle - Theme

Updated: 2/10/2021
Frindle - Theme
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Frindle Lesson Plans

Frindle By Andrew Clements

Lesson Plans by Heidi Deck

What happens when a simple idea takes over an entire school and town? Ask Nick Allen, a quick-witted fifth grader at Lincoln Elementary School. After an attempt to waste time and provoke his new language arts teacher, Nick gets assigned a report on the history of the dictionary. This research sparks an idea to invent a new word: “frindle”. What was once an innocent idea spreads like wildfire until the word no longer belongs to Nick, and there’s no way for him to stop it.


Storyboard Description

Frindle Theme Activity | Students will identify and illustrate themes in Frindle in this storyboard activity

Storyboard Text

  • Frindle? What's a frindle?
  • You'll find out!
  • Math AssignmentPage 35, 1-20
  • Anyone have a frindle I can borrow?
  • I do!
  • freck‧le [countable usually plural]freckles are small brown spots on someone's skin, especially on their face, which the sun can cause to increase in number and become darker
  • frind ‧ dle (frin' dl) n. A device used to write or make marks with ink [arbitrary coinage; originated by Nicholas Allen, American, 1987 - (see pen)]fringe [countable]1 British English if you have a fringe, your hair is cut so that it hangs down over your forehead
  • It all started with an idea...
  • Everyone starts using the word "frindle" instead of pen, and the teachers are not pleased!
  • Anything is Possible
  • Nick's simple idea becomes permanent when frindle is officially added to the dictionary.