Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | 123Read&Write

A simple reading comprehension quiz and literacy activities for the children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Juidth Viorst.

Book Summary

As soon as Alexander opens his eyes after a good night's sleep, things do not go well for him. Whether falling over a skateboard, or getting gum caught in his hair; In this famous children's book, Alexander's day starts bad and just continues to get worse as the hours pass. Whether he's not getting a window seat on the bus, or is being told he has a cavity, while visiting the dentist . . . this is one day Alexander should have stayed in bed. Winner of the George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit and a Georgia Children's Book Award, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst is an inspirational story which helps all of us remember that there are indeed going to be some rotten days.

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Reading Comprehension Quiz

After reading the story with your child, go to the following link to complete the quiz:

http://123readandwrite.com/exam/exam.php?id=7

5 = Mastery

4 = Developing

<3 = Beginning

Follow-Up Lesson Plan Activities

Activity 1: Art Activity - The Castle

Directions: In school Alexander made a picture of an invisible castle. In the space provided below, draw a picture of what you think Alexander’s invisible castle really looked like.

Activity 2: Planning Lunch

Directions: Alexander didn’t exactly get the lunch he’d hoped for to eat. Fill in the lunchbox below with foods you’d love to eat. You can draw your own pictures, cut out pictures from magazines, or find food images (with the help of your parent) online to print and cut out.

Activity 3: Recalling Events

Directions: Read the scenarios below. Then, using your knowledge of the events of the story, determine whether these terrible, horrible, no good, very bad events happened to Alexander. Circle yes or no as your answer.

Activity 4: Sorting Days

Directions: Alexander had a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. What makes a day a good one or a bad one? Read each scenario in the chart below. Decide whether it represents a good day or a bad day and then place a check in the appropriate box.

Activity 5: Creative Writing Prompt - A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Directions: Alexander had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. On the lines below, write a story about what your own horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day would be like. Draw a picture in the box to go along with your story.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Video