TEACHER'S GUIDE TO
THE CONFE$$ION$ AND $ECRET$ OF HOWARD J. FINGERHUT by Esther Hershenhorn
Howie's original name poem says it all:
H O W I E
Hopeful Original Willing Intelligent Enthusiastic
Ask your students, "Which of these traits got Howie into trouble and why? Which of these traits got Howie out of trouble?"
Suggest students write a name poem for Howie's last name FINGERHUT. Have them choose nouns or verbs or adjectives. What name might Howie's "J" stand for?
Suggest students write a name poem for other characters in the book: Nathan Lindeman, Spenser Baggey, Elliott Throop III, Allyson Muckley and Paige Alexander.
Ask students to choose a character from one of their favorite books (i.e. Ramona Quimby or Harry Potter or the Baudelaire Orphans or Captain Underpants), then create a name poem for that character.
Ask students to write an original name poem about themselves or each other. Have them use first and/or middle and/or last names.
Ask your students, "Suppose Mrs. Muckley sponsored a junior businessperson contest in our classroom. What service or product business would you start? Choose a name for your business. Create a slogan. Design your business card. Design your business stationery. Print an advertisement. Estimate your start-up costs."
Visit the following websites to explore entrepreneurship:
www.ja.org (Junior Achievement)
www.youngbiz.com (Young Biz)
www.4HHappyfeet.com (Happy Feet - a 4H business)
Ask your students to solve the word problems in the April chapter. Ask them to write word problems using facts from other books they've read.