I have two different versions of this, one that includes basic one liners for the problem and solution and the other that is more of a paragraph describing the problem and the solution. Then, we move on to our anchor chart and interactive notebook entry so that we have some good notes to reference and we can anchor our learning. . She rushed around trying to take a shower and get dressed as fast as she could. They colored each part a darker shade of blue to show that the farther away from the sun, the darker it gets.
In this lesson, the students created a Double Bubble Map to compare the two stories. In what setting is this story most likely to have taken place? At each station they had a number card telling them what number to build. I give them the last few minutes of class to finish. In science we have been learning about various water sources. I hand out the foldable and instruct the students to cut along the lines until they get to the skinny column on the left side and glue that skinny left side flap onto the left hand side of their Interactive Student Notebook. After creating their diagrams in small groups, they independently created foldables to show their understanding. Her alarm clock didn't go off.
It was a dark and stormy night. Once the students were finished, they commented that their work kind of looked like quilts. They also colored a tortoise inspired by Eric Carle's work to display with their foldables. As a class we compared The Mixed Up Chameleon and The Grouchy Ladybug on a Double Bubble Map. I highly recommend it, and these task cards provide excellent summative assessments, too.
After reading, the students worked in small groups to retell the characters, setting, problem, and solution on a foldable. Activities can be modified for early readers by allowing them to work with partners. Her alarm clock didn't go off. They also created Story Maps for the book. Last week we conducted an author study of Eric Carle as a part of our unit on fiction texts and story elements. Therefore, they could only choose 4 items. Every year, we start by watching movie trailers on Youtube.
Here is a look at a few of those resources. Another thing I find helpful is for the students to close all the flaps and use their pencil to trace on top of each flap- it makes a nice box on their notebook paper so they have a guide to keep their definitions neat and tidy. I pick movie trailers that I know 99% of the kids will be familiar with Shrek, Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, etc. I sure was glad he was behind metal bars though. It always gets my students excited to pull out their notebooks so this kind of takes away some of the sting of not being on grade level for the elements of fiction.
What is the setting of the story? This led to a discussion of choosing all four items from one group versus spreading out the choices across all four categories. As a class we made a Tree Map of facts learned for each habitat including what it looks like as well as what animals and plants could live there. The last activity we do is the culmination of all of our learning and helps the students apply what they have learned to actual literature! After all of this work, they usually are starting to cruise! We talk about each of the story elements in the movies. If they chose that both books had problems, they had to explain the problems for both books. When the students enter today, they are very excited to know how they did on their pretests. A 3 in my district represents on grade level work They were disappointed, but they understood that the show must go on and we need to start at the beginning of the elements of fiction. They then wrote at least one way the two stories were the same and two ways they were different on a four-tiered foldable.
The students then created their own Double Bubble Maps. For students who need a bit of extra help, I give them a simpler version with basic identifying questions about each story element. Each student then chose one item from each category that they would want at their party to illustrate on a foldable. As a part of our study over David Shannon books, we read Too Many Toys and A Bad Case of Stripes. I had to break it to them that there were no 3s on the pretest. You can from my Classroom in the Middle store.
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite activities for teaching story elements, particularly in grades 3+! I like to give students easy to remember definitions- synonyms if you will- to make it easier for them to recall. She rushed around trying to get ready as fast as she could. Later on in the unit, the students will be practicing each of the skills they showed weakness on in their pretest, but for now, I want them to review the broad elements that we just finished working on in our notebooks. I hope the beginning of your year has been a smashing success and that you are getting into the groove of things. The students worked in small groups to solve fraction pizza puzzles.