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Chocolatina

Posted in picture book lesson, reading skills, technology, third grade, and TTESS 1819

Before Spring Break, third graders used inference skills to answer questions in the Eric Kraft story, Chocolatina. They used active response cards to answer other types of questions throughout the book. At the computer station, they read Epic! books about chocolate. Finally, we took a Kahoot assessment in pairs before checking out books.

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Chocolatina

How Chocolate is Made – video

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Main Idea News

Posted in fourth grade, reading skills, and TTESS 1819

The week before Spring Break, fourth graders had fun finding the main idea of silly news articles. They worked in pairs with Vis-a-Vis markers to write a fresh headline for each article. 

(11) Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Expository Text: Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about expository text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to: (A) summarize the main idea… [in a way that that maintains meaning]

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What Was I Scared Of?

Posted in character education, holiday, reading skills, and third grade

Third grade read the unusual Dr. Seuss book, What Was I Scared Of? in the Jackson Library last week. We used context clues to determine the meanings of unknown words and analyzed the character’s actions. We also connected the story to February’s character trait, compassion. The kids loved this story and it gave them quite a bit to think about when it comes to how we should treat people who are unusual.

 

What Was I Scared Of?

 

The Sequel to Interrupting Chicken

Posted in reading skills, and second grade

Second graders read the sequel to Interrupting Chicken, Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise in the Jackson Library. They put the picture of the elephant in each traditional story and thought it was so very funny! At the tables, they created door hangers – one side with ‘Interrupt Me!’ and one with  ‘I’m Reading!’  I adapted these from the Candlewick Press activity kit by drawing little chicken on one side and Papa on the I’m Reading side.

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
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Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise Safeshare
Candlewick Press Activity Kit
Interrupt or I’m Reading Doorknob Hangers
Spanish
No interrumpas Kika

Nonfiction Text Features with Third Grade

Posted in apps, nonfiction lesson, reading skills, and third grade

Third graders had fun creating talking nonfiction text features using the Chatterkid Pix app in the library before winter break. They were to explain the purpose of the text feature and to give concrete examples in a first person voice. They had so much fun! When they finished, they played Sara Malchow’s BeeBot Robot Nonfiction Text Features Game. (see link to her TPT store below)

Chatterkid Pix app
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Sarah Malchow's TPT store
Beebot Game from Sara Malchow’s TPT Store

BeeBot Game

Fourth Grade Analyzes Procedural Text

Posted in fourth grade, reading skills, technology, and TTESS 1819

Fourth graders analyzed procedural text in the Jackson Library. I gave them a QR Code to scan which took them to a page about how to fold an origami dog. They then took a screenshot of the pages and used the iOS 12 markup tools to show their text evidence. They also had to answer STAAR-formatted questions I created for them. This opened up good discussions and strategies to make sure they were paying attention to details in the text and interpreting the diagrams correctly. Check out the video of their work!

TEK 11: Reading Comprehension of Informational Text/Procedural Texts:
Students understand how to glean and use information in procedural texts. Students are expected to:
A)  determine the sequence of activities needed to carry out a procedure
B) explain factual information presented graphically
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4th Origami Rdg stu sheet

fix number 4 – ‘step 9’

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Coding to Sequence a Story with Bee-Bot

Posted in first grade, picture book lesson, reading skills, and robots

Today in the Jackson Library, first graders used the Beebot robot to sequence story events in Britta Teckentrup’s book, Bee. During the story, I would pause when the bee landed somewhere and the kids had to program the bee to travel to that picture on the grid. I like how they helped each other problem solve when it didn’t go where they wanted. Great timing to honor Hour of Code this week! 

 

video made with Boomerang

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Bee Bot w 1st grade

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Bee video

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Lucia La Luchadora

Posted in apps, picture book lesson, reading skills, and second grade

Second graders had fun in the Jackson Library today with Luca la Luchadora. We read the story about how a little girl’s abuela encourages her to stand up to playground bullying by showing her a vintage luchadora costume and telling her about the legacy of the luchadora’s power. When Lucia wears the costume, she not only stands up to bullies but also rescues Coco the puppy when he is stuck on the slide. By the end of the story, she realizes that she doesn’t need a mask or costume to stand up for herself. We identified causes and effects in the story and created a Luchadora or Nino mask from Nino Wrestles the World. At the tables, they chose from either a Lucia mask or a Nino mask and decorated it. They played a fun luchadora mask game on the iPads. Thanks to Shawne Briggs, Sheffield Primary Librarian  in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, for ideas for this lesson. Check out her Wrangler Library tweets! 

Lucia la Luchadora

 

 

Curriculum Guide

Hou Chronicle Author Interview

Lucia luchadora mask – drawing attempt by AK

review

lucha cause efe

author Twitter page

illustrator Twitter page

Crazy Masks app

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Nino Activities

Masks

Niño mask

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Toontastic and Narrative Nonfiction with 3rd

Posted in augmented reality, reading skills, technology, and third grade

Before the book fair, third graders explored Google’s Toontastic app to retell the story Oh No Astro! from the asteroid’s point of view.  We used context clues when we read this story to determine the meaning of: rambunctious, loitering, humiliated, clarity, and confrontation. After the kids created their videos, they used NASA’s augmented reality app to look at spacecraft models in 3D! 

Toontastic

 

Toontastic 3rd

Mobile AR Spacecraft app news

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AR target to ‘scan’ w app

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