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The Wonky Donkey and Seesaw

Posted in bilingual, first grade, picture book lesson, technology, and TTESS 1819

Last week, I created my first Seesaw activity! (link below) After reading The Wonky Donkey and singing the song, the first graders had to think of a NEW flaw for the donkey. They used Seesaw in pairs to draw their wonkier donkey and they used the microphone to tell about its new flaw. They had a blast!

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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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Book Trailers

 

Kahoot

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The Three Ninja Pigs

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Activity Guide

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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

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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

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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Mummy Cat

Posted in third grade, and TTESS 1819

Third graders enjoyed learning about Egyptian beliefs and customs during the historical fiction story, Mummy Cat.  As we read the book, I introduced terms like pharaoh, serene, and hieroglyphics. We analyzed the artwork in the story and how it contributed to the narrative, to the point that there was a second story within the first! After the story and questions, we walked “Like an Egyptian” and wrote our name in hieroglyphics. The story even prompted kids to look for more books about Egypt!

Review

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Walk Like an Egyptian – kids

Jean Darnell: Awaken Librarian! website

Jean Darnell: Awaken Librarian! website

2015 dance

 

Computer Station

Hieroglpyphic Typewriter

Fourth Grade Reads a Recipe

Posted in fourth grade, nonfiction lesson, and TTESS 1819

Last week in the Jackson Library, fourth graders used critical reading skills when analyzing a recipe for a Snowball Salad.  They worked in pairs to answer TEKS-based questions like inference when asked, “Why do you think an adult is needed for Step 1?” 

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Hawaiian Snowball Salad  stu questions
Hawaiian Snowball Salad KEY

Fifth Grade Analyzes a Biography

Posted in fifth grade, technology, and TTESS 1819

Last week in the Jackson Library, fifth graders analyzed a biography about the pioneer of hip hop music, DJ Kool Herc. After answering STAAR-formatted questions that explored verifiable facts, inferences about finances, and how we can tell Kool Herc was attentive to his audience within the book When The Beat Was Born, the kids used an interactive Google Doodle game, The 44th Anniversary of Hip Hop, to mix their own record using actual instrumental samples from the 70s. Awesome! 

DJ Kool Herc When the Beat was Born
Google Doodle

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