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Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

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

Third grade had fun drawing conclusions, using prefixes, choosing the correct definition from a dictionary excerpt, and using context clues during the story, Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks today in the Jackson Library. Before the story, we discussed important vocabulary words like dojo, wok, and menace, and we watched a video of kids practicing Ninjutsu. After the story, they played a Kahoot game in pairs and then we danced to Kung Fu Fighting. Fun! 

Ninja Chicks

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Bookmarks

Book Trailers

 

Kahoot

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The Three Ninja Pigs

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Activity Guide

ninja pigs

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

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

Last week in the Jackson Library, fourth graders used context clues and dictionary excerpts to determine the meaning of unknown words in Mo Willems’ Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs book. During the story, we analyzed Goldi’s character traits based on her actions and dialogue. After reading the book, the kids folded an origami storyteller to continue having fun with the storyline.

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g and 3 dinos origami

The Wreck of the Zephyr

Posted in assessment, fifth grade, picture book lesson, reading skills, and TTESS 1819

Fifth grade solved a mystery last week in the Jackson Library! As we read Chris van Allsburg’s The Wreck of the Zephyr, they used inference skills to determine what parts of the boat the story referenced when the water rushed against the hull, the wind whistled in the rigging, and the boom hit the boy in the head during the storm. I gave them a boat diagram to label and then we compared it with a real sailboat diagram after the story. They used context clues to determine the meaning of words like dock and ominous and they connected the theme of the story to “pride goes before a fall and a haughty spirit before destruction.” After reading the story, we took a Quizziz quiz to assess their learning! 

Wreck of the Zephyr

 

Reading Between the Lines with Chris Van Allsburg

Brilliant Star Inference Chart

zephyr stu sheet

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boat diagram stu-

Parts of a Sailboat Diagram

Quizizz

 

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-active-participation-cards

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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]

main idea news

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
interrupting chicken and the elephant of surprise
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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