Owen and Mzee Activities: Literature Companion Unit


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Delivery Method: Instant Digital Download 

Pages: 34 PDF pages + Google Slides


Owen and Mzee Activities:

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu is a sweet narrative nonfiction story about an unlikely friendship between a tortoise and a hippo. This literature unit has been created for 2nd to 4th grade (2nd graders may need extra support with cause and effect and a few other skills).

The Owen and Mzee activities flip book includes:

  • Compare and contrast
  • ABC order
  • Sequencing
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Summary
  • Vocabulary
  • Cause and effect
  • First, next, then, and last

Following the flip book pages, you will find no prep activities for:

  • Who, what, when, where, why, how?
  • Friendship
  • Writing a friendly letter
  • Researching tortoises and hippos
  • Comprehension questions
  • A writing prompt
  • Answer keys for pages that need them


This product includes a digital option (as well as the no prep printable option). The instructions for utilizing the digital portion appear at the end of the packet.

This PDF file contains 34 pages + Google Slides™.

66 reviews for Owen and Mzee Activities: Literature Companion Unit

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  1. Alex F

    LOVE this! Kids loved it & great for concept teaching!

  2. Second Grade Stories 

    This gave my many great ideas and activities for a book that’s always a favorite with my students! Thank you!

  3. Tiffanni P

    Love it!

  4. Wendy H

    Engaging for students

  5. Alissa Byers 

    Thank you! My students love this story and this is a great packet to go with it!

  6. Melissa Steele 

    Great resource

  7. Serendipity-Doo 

    A great resource for this book!!!

  8. Trekking into a New Learning Adventure 

    My kids love animals stories and this unit is very creative and engaging!

  9. paula P

    Loved this

  10. Kristin K

    Great unit!

  11. Free to Teach 

    great resource for a good book!

  12. Tammy K

    Nice supplemental activities to go along with our reading book.

  13. Lauren L

    great resource, thanks!

  14. Ana A

    Awesome! Thank you!

  15. Donna R

    Great resource.

  16. Barbara C

    I was looking to supplement our unit with Owen & Mzee. This seems perfect!

  17. Mai O

    Everything I was looking for all in 1 packet! Love it! Thank you!

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  20. Joy S

    Thanks for this resource. My student enjoy working on the pages and they are easy to follow.

  21. Can’t Stop Teachin’ 

    I do a book study with Owen and Mzee every year and this is the perfect companion for it. Thanks for a wonderful product my students loved using.

  22. Jessica Comtois 

    Thank you

  23. Mary M

    I love sharing this story with others! This resource is so helpful for providing meaningful activities to go with the story. I love the flip book!

  24. Lauri S

    Love these activities to go along with this cute book.

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  27. Yvette D

    This was helpful but, it could have included more worksheets. thank you.

  28. Yvette D

    This was helpful but, it could have included more worksheets. thank you.

  29. Jacklyn W

    So fun!

  30. Kathryn Ostdick 

    I used this with a small group and the kids loved it. I think it really helped them dig deep and connect with the text!

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  32. Sarah M

    Thank you very much great ideas

  33. Ginger D

    Great unit on Owen and Mzee! Thank you for sharing!

  34. Bri A

    Great Unit!

  35. Andrea G

    Went really well with my lessons on friendship!

  36. Molly Finnegan 

    Great! thanks!

  37. Karen W

    Thanks for a great product!

  38. Kelly L

    The students and I loved this. Thanks!

  39. Rebecca R

    wonderful story companion

  40. Aly S

    great product, thanks!

  41. Sara G

    One of my favorite books! This is a great recourse to use with the book.

  42. Loves Third Grade 

    This is an excellent companion to a great book.

  43. Emily R

    Loved this resource! Used it during American Ed Week and students had so much fun (especially with the research activities)!!

  44. Jessica V

    This packet made guided reading a lot more interactive!

  45. Stacey W

    Great resource for this story!

  46. Stacey W

    Great resource for this story!

  47. Kate M

    Great product, easy to use!

  48. alexandra C

    My students love spending extra time on this story.

  49. Leeann H

    Thank you!

  50. Melissa N

    A great resourse!

  51. Glenda G

    Love this product!

  52. Melissa PF 

    This was an excellent resource. It had a variety of different activities that were easy to use and follow. The activities were very engaging for students.

  53. Megan K

    Great supplemental resource.

  54. Strange Creations 

    Great resource to include with this book.

  55. Jen P

    Great addition to my lesson.

  56. Shantel Rivera 

    Nice resource for this great book. Tins of material for the money!

  57. Jordan D

    Great for my students receiving special education services.

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  59. Sherly K

    I’m so glad I found this resource. First of all, this book is so beautiful I couldn’t wait to use it during speech therapy with my students in the month of February. Then, finding your literacy unit just enhanced the experience. Having this literacy unit makes it very easy to hit all those language goals my students are working on while discussing the beauty of finding friendship in the unlikeliest of places. Such an important message for these times. Thank you!

  60. Carole D

    My students loved making the flip book. Very grade appropriate

  61. 4th Grade Wonders 

    this was a great resource for my remote learners but I know once we return to in person (fingers crossed) I know I can still use this resource for that. I loved that I could pick and choose what activity to assign to my students.

  62. MrsCrawfordscreations 

    Amazing product

  63. kelly S

    Used this with my kids when we read the story great visuals for my EL students

  64. Veronica Rodriguez 

    Perfect activities for SEL. This includes everything needed for this book. A MUST BUY!!

  65. Jacobs Journey 

    Great resource!

  66. Lisa W

    Used this during summer school to extend our book and the kids really enjoyed this! Thank you!

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