Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Our Next Story takes place in Alaska

The next story takes place in Alaska. 
We live in southeast Alaska but our state is vast. To build a background knowledge of life in the Arctic. I'll be adding to this site. Enjoy your visit.
Jacob Ahwinona talks about the Native role in gold mining in Nome. Interview
"You ask those old-timers, the Eskimo, they taught me, they got unwritten laws they taught me. Eskimos have unwritten laws, they pass on down generations. My great great grandpa passed them to my grandpa and my grandpa passed them to my dad, and my dad passed them on to me."

Northern Lights Legend
Pairing this with Two Old Women, an Athabascan legend passed along from mother to daughter for many questions on the upper Yukon River in Alaska. 

An amazing story!

Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo

Traditional Knowledge

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pendulum Power

Hypothesis: I think is going to happen Pendulum Power
Washer ~ bring in a washer
Scientific Thinking
Guided science experiment

This one is 6 inches.
This one is 10.5 inches.
Those knots
She brought in a washer and measured.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Round Trip_Ann Jonas

Did you see that? Check out the Book! This book is a visual stunner.
Visual Read

Pair with Reflections


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Students with reading challenges will be reading about the artist Monet. Claude-monet

Grade: K
Lexile Level: 350L
Domain: Arts, Culture, and Religion
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy

Close Reading

Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Students read the article, Electricity and Energy ~ The Light Bulb using the "Close Reading" Strategy from 

They read the "Close Reading Rules"
  1. Read the entire text, without stopping, to get the "flow."
  2. Read and circle important an unfamiliar words
  3. Read and record important details  . . . or thoughts in the margin "Side Notes"
  4. Underline words or phrases you do not understand.
Close Reading
The article is

Grade: 4
Lexile Level: 750L
Domain: Physical Science
Text Type: Informational
Skill/Strategy: Multi Skill/Strategy


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Art of Comprehension: Actively Reading Text

Key Ideas and Details:

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Students are reading independently. Each quadrant was numbered 1-8
Begin with #2 and #6
The Art of Comprehension: Actively Reading Text (First Page to use with a new chapter or book)
1. In this chapter I think . . . (Predicting/Inferring)
2. In my mind I see . . . (Visualization)
3. This reminds me of . . . (Making Connections
4. I wonder . . . (Questioning)
5. I think the most important thing . . . (Main Idea)
6. In 10 words or less . . .  (Summarizing) 
7. After reading the chapter, my original prediction . . . (Checking predictions)
8. My favorite part of this chapter was . . . (Making judgements)
First Page

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Frayer Model Graphic Organizer

People of Canada
The Inuit were mainly hunters. They relied on the animals of the Arctic.

Vocabulary is strongly correlated to reading comprehension (Davis 1968; Fitzgerald and Graves 

Students used the Frayer Model (Word map) to help them understand key words in the story. The-Frayer-Model.aspx This gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Story Map Review

Story Map Outline Plot Diagram
Students reviewed the following chapters 1-9
1. Old Henry
2. Henry Meets Tim
3. Tim's Questions
4. Tim Has a Flying Lesson
5. Tim Practices Flying
6. The Geese Leave Big Trout Lake
7. Old Henry Tests Tim
8. A New Plan
9. Flying With the Flock
Key Ideas and Details:Literacy
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.