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Printable Worksheets for The Cricket in Times Square Children’s Book

The Cricket in Times Square is a wonderfully classic children’s book written in 1960 by George Selden, winning the Newberry Honor award in 1960. It tells the story of Chester the cricket, who comes to New York City from Connecticut  by accidentally hitching a ride in a picnic basket. He makes a few new friends, including a cat, a mouse, and a boy named Mario, whose parents own a troubled newsstand. He also discovers a natural talent for creating beautiful cricket music, enchanting most of New York City along the way.

I’m pleased to present a brand new set of reading worksheets to accompany this favorite book of many parents and kids. Included is a vocabulary word list based on the book, a vocabulary definitions worksheet, a word search using these words, plus two 10 question reading comprehension quizzes (multiple choice and true/false). The twenty vocabulary words are:

  • Abrupt
  • Accused
  • Amateur
  • Anxiously
  • Concluded
  • Disbelief
  • Eavesdropping
  • Forlorn
  • Genius
  • Glum
  • Jinx
  • Keen
  • Knickknacks
  • Leery
  • Liverwurst
  • Looming
  • Loot
  • Niche
  • Scornfully
  • Subway

Printable vocabulary word list with definitions for The Cricket in Times Square

Printable vocabulary word list with definitions for The Cricket in Times Square

Vocabulary word definitions quiz from The Cricket in Times Square

Vocabulary word definitions quiz from The Cricket in Times Square

Answer Key for the vocabulary word definitions quiz from The Cricket in Times Square

Answer Key for the vocabulary word definitions quiz from The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square Vocabulary Word Search

The Cricket in Times Square Vocabulary Word Search

10 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz Part I

10 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz Part I

10 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz Part II

10 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz Part II

The Cricket in Times Square Vocabulary Word Search Answer Key

The Cricket in Times Square Vocabulary Word Search Answer Key

Answer Key for the 10 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz Part I

Answer Key for the 10 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz Part I

Answer Key for the 10 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz Part II

Answer Key for the 10 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz Part II

Some example questions from the reading comprehension quizzes include:

  • What does Mario do to help his family?
  • How does Mama feel about Chester?
  • What does Chester like to eat?
  • How did Chester get to New York?
  • What does Chester eat from the cash register?
  • How does Mama feel about money?
  • Who puts out the fire at the newsstand?

Discussion

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  1. Printable Worksheets for “The Cricket in Times Square”: I’m an ESOL teacher and it’s ACCESS testing time, so I can’t pull out my students for their regular ESOL classes until testing is done. I’d purchased this book from FirstBook in both English and Spanish for my bilingual classroom lending library, and now the book is coming in handy during testing for my students’ regular classroom teacher, and these worksheets are a BLESSING!!! My students’ L1 is Spanish so I’m going to print these out, scan them into my computer, and send them to our Office of Translation and Interpretation so that my students have work to do in their regular classrooms when they are unable to do the work that their peers are doing due to limited English proficiency (LEP). Maybe you could offer them in Spanish and Chinese in the future??? Hint, hint, nudge, nudge :). Thank you SO much!

    Posted by Jennifer L. Woods | January 30, 2015, 8:24 am
  2. I love teaching and grading work sheets

    Posted by Mikeyah Daniels | February 10, 2015, 6:48 pm
  3. These work sheets will be very helpful as we read through the book. This school is going through and a lot of questions is one thing they place an emphasis on. Thank You!!

    Posted by Bobby E. Barrington | March 20, 2015, 9:22 am
  4. Correction to my previous comment, We are going through the TAP Program and they place an emphasis on asking questions.

    Posted by Bobby E. Barrington | March 20, 2015, 9:24 am
  5. This is great. I found these worksheets very useful to work with my students.

    Posted by Carmen Montero | July 16, 2015, 9:19 am
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