Wednesday, May 10, 2017

After School Reading Club

After school reader is reading his third chapter book High Tide in Hawaii.
Magic Tree House whisks them back to a Hawaiian Island of Long ago
Chapter Reading Questions
Before reading Chapter 3: How did Jack like the poi the villagers gave him? In this chapter Kama shared, "The ocean is calling." I think this means . . .

We paired it with Somewhere Over the Rainbow Song
Some Where Over the Rainbow Paired with Some Where Over the Rainbow

Monday, May 8, 2017

22 Usk and the Killer Whale

Usk and the Killer Whale

Usk began swimming toward the shore.

What part of the story did you like the least? Why?

Alternate Ending: Think of a different way the story could end.
Alternate Ending Ideas

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Things that Go Bump in Night

"When can we do 3:15 Again?" shared a student. (I shared the book in summer school)
Intro: to the Lift Watch The Lift
Things That Go Bump in the Night 
Buried Treasure 1
Reflecting Pool  13
Mr. Mason's Jars  27
The Lift 41
Night Rider 57
Heart of Stone  71
The Beast  83
Take Out 99
Atomic Ants  113
Night on the Dredge 127
Extras  151

1. Watch and listen to the video inro online.
Watch The Lift

2. Read the story. pages 43-55
3. Watch the conclusion of the story online.
Password prompt
Comprehension Quiz

You can also download the 3:15 app available through the App Store.  They can do one story and then download additional stories for $.99

Monday, May 1, 2017

What a Face_Non-Fiction Read

READING STANDARD: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic or related topics in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Objective: Interpret the patterns of facial expressions and gestures that people and animals use to communicate.
Scientists discover that horses make facial expressions, just like people.
Reading Levels: Lexile Level 830/ Guided reading Level R

Words to know 
expressive  able to show feelings
a scientist who studies behavior and the mind
muscular system
the network of tough, stretchy tissues that pull on body parts to move them
warm-blooded animals that nurse their young, have a backbone, and have fur or hair
the structure of a living thing or one of its parts
Add caption
Making Faces

Humans can make 27 facial expression.
Comprehension Check Check pdf

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Plot Diagram Template

When students don't remember what they read, story mapping helps students to organize and document their thoughts.  Bonus: better comprehension.

  • This allows readers to visualize the key features of narrative and expository text.

Friday, April 21, 2017

21 Facts About Clouds

Organized Thousghts

My Cloud Sample   Reading Words
Column 1           Column 2        Column 3
1. mukluk          1. gulped         1. rose
2. wrist              2. gently         2. sight
3. hailstone       3. owed           3. marble
4. playfully        4. wavy           4. dove
                          5. kneeled
                          6. dents

Walk With a View

What are the names of the clouds?

Paired with the following site:Types of Clouds
First, you'll read the information passage. It gives facts about clouds. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

19 The Storm

Reading Words 
Column 1 words have more than one part. The first
part is underline.
Word 1. What's the underlined part? (Signal) kneel
Column 1       Column 2
1. kneeled      1. actually
2. hailstone     2. stung
3. gripping     3. marble
4. drowned    4. dents
5. playfully

The Storm, what's the title? 
From the text, If the wind hadn't started to blow, Oomoo and Oolak would have drifted west to the other side of the C-shaped ice floe. But the wind blew them off course. 
  • What does that mean?
  • What would have happened if the wind hadn't started to blow? 

Key Ideas and Details: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Making Inference Foldable
Inferring Lesson

Making Inferences: Students were delighted with their work. They stop by to read classmates entries too.