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Turkey Letter Proofreading

Posted in fourth grade, holiday, technology, and writing

Last week in the Jackson Library, fourth graders proofread a letter from a turkey. They worked in pairs on a Seesaw template I created to find the errors. I threw in a few extra ‘mistakes’ to make sure they were thinking! It was a fun activity and helped me gauge which skills need more reinforcing in the future.

turkey letter

Turkey Writing pdf

Seesaw turkey proofing activity

turkey proofing activity

ANSWER KEY

answer key turkey

 

Show, Don’t Tell with Mentor Texts

Posted in fourth grade, picture book lesson, and writing

Fourth graders used a Seesaw template I created to match dull “telling” sentences with their “showing”, descriptive counterparts. I found the descriptive counterparts in various library books. The kids worked in pairs to match the quality description from the books to their simple counterpart. To prepare them for the lesson, we read Moonlight and admired the vivid imagery the author created. Then we read a story I wrote about camp and discussed the ‘show, don’t tell’ strategy.  For independent practice, they worked in pairs on the matching Seesaw activity.

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Mentor texts used:

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My Camp Story Sample  Sneak in the Setting

4th Grade Color Poems

Posted in fourth grade, picture book lesson, poetry, and writing

Fourth graders were inspired by a read aloud from the Eric Carle book, What’s Your Favorite Color? I found this gem at the last year’s Scholastic book fair. After reading the story, the kids thought about their favorite color and used my template to brainstorm how their color might sound, taste, and feel. I love the imagery they used! As they wrote, we played the video of Hailstones and Halibut Bones for more ideas, since it has a similar theme. 

 

 

4th color poems
color poem

Student Template: Color Poem

Wadin: Hailstones inspired

Green Example: Read Write Think

Hailstones and Halibut Bones

Twister!

Posted in technology, third grade, and writing

Third graders used their five senses when reading the story Twister! As we read the story, we emphasized finding the five senses on all of the pages, admiring the beautiful paintings. After the story, the kids dragged the phrases to the correct sense box in a Seesaw activity I created for them.  “Natt’s eyes look big and round and full of tears.” This is a beautifully written and painted story! The kids liked how the illustrator painted the swing at the end of the story to match the text: “The sight of our porch swing stops me. An arm is broken, a slat is missing, it’s sloping on one chain.”

Twister

 

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more about the book

This is a Moose…Or Is It?

Posted in apps, fifth grade, picture book lesson, reading skills, technology, and writing

Last week in the Jackson Library, fifth graders studied characters by their appearance, actions, and dialogue in the book, This is a Moose. After the story, they used a Seesaw activity I created to complete a bubble map describing the character(s) of their choice. They were allowed to use two physical attributes and the rest were to be personality traits. Check out their awesome work!

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Character Trait Bubble Map Seesaw Activity

director bubble map
 

grandma bubble map

moose bubble map

moose's friends bubble map

 

Lucia la Luchadora

Posted in bilingual, picture book lesson, reading skills, second grade, social-emotional learning, and writing

One book we are reading to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the Jackson Library is Lucia la Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza. Last week, the second graders identified causes and effects in the story. Since the boys teased Lucia, she asked her abuela for help. When she wore the luchadora costume and mask, she had the courage to rescue Coco from the top of the slide. We discussed stereotypes and assumptions people make about appearances and how to overcome those with inner confidence and strength. After the story, the kids wrote a sentence about what some people perceive as a limitation, and then wrote what they CAN do despite that perception. This great idea is from Ms. Rodrigo’s Twitter feed! Finally, they colored their own Nino (from Yuyi Morales’ Nino Wrestles the World book) or Lucia la Luchadora (mask drawn by me) to take home to finish. 

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Curriculum Guide

Hou Chronicle Author Interview

Lucia luchadora mask – drawing attempt by AK

Niño mask

Nino Activities

Lucia la Luchadora sentence strip I can activity

 

bil Lucia La Luchadora sentences

Lesson idea from Ms. Rodrigo’s Twitter Feed

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Check out Cynthia Leonor Garza’s new book about Lucia!

 

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