Category Archive: Graphic Organizer

Mar 27

Activities to Use with Brian’s Winter

  Brian’s Winter tells the story of what would have happened to Brian Robeson if the rescue plane had not come at the end of the book Hatchet. Author Gary Paulsen received hundreds of letters from readers who thought Brian had been rescued too soon. He should experience living in the Canadian wilderness during the winter months. Brian’s Winter is …

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Jan 26

Story Mapping

  Story mapping is a strategy that uses graphic organizers to help students break down text. These visual representations help students examine different components of the story. Creating a story map improves students’ comprehension because they can more easily visualize the framework of a story.   Common Core Creating a story map helps students practice a large …

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Jan 01

Where the Red Fern Grows – A Winter Mentor Text

  Welcome to the Reading Crew Winter Mentor Text Blog Linkup When thinking about a winter related book to use as a mentor text, I immediately thought of Where the Red Fern Grows. In the novel, Billy has to battle the winter weather in life and death situations twice. In Chapter 10, Little Ann falls …

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Dec 29

Expanding Vocabulary

  When students use the same tired words over and over, their writing becomes dull. The Internet is full of lists you can provide students; however, students learn by creating their own “Wow Word” lists.  First, decide what you wish to call overused words: Dead Words Other Ways to Say … Worn Out Words Use …

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Nov 28

Ella Enchanted

  Enjoy these free mini books. They compare fairy tale elements such as good and evil characters in Ella Enchanted and other Cinderella stories.  Ella Enchanted is a Cinderella story with a twist. When Ella is born, a fairy named Lucinda gives her the gift of obedience. Now whenever anyone gives Ella an order, she must follow it. As you …

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Nov 14

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, so Mother is stuck with directing the Christmas pageant. Everything goes wrong when the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, are the only ones to volunteer for all the main roles. Will Mother be able to pull it all together? Read The Best Christmas Pageant …

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Nov 07

The One and Only Ivan Setting Activity

  If you haven’t read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, you are in for a real treat. The story is told from the perspective of Ivan, a silver back gorilla in a journal-like format.  The reader learns about Ivan’s past through flashbacks, his struggles in the present living in the small confined cage at the …

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Nov 03

Text Structures ~ Problem and Solution Teaching Materials

  My newest book unit Matilda contains a series of six lessons on writing a problem and solution essay. After I finished the book unit, I thought that I haven’t seen many activities on the web for this skill, so I thought I would do a bit of scrounging and pass along what I found. Here …

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Oct 23

Paintbrushes & Arrows + A Free Point of View Activity

  I am extremely excited to have M.C. Finotti, author of Paintbrushes & Arrows: A Story of Two Girls in St. Augustine in 1875, guest blogging today. Her book is a rare gift. Teachers will love how it weaves real people and events in a heartwarming story.  Thank you, Gay Miller, for the opportunity to write …

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Oct 07

Fall Mentor Text – The Witches by Roald Dahl

    Welcome to the Reading Crew Fall Mentor Text Blog Linkup As September comes to an end, and October rolls around, I like for my students to start a novel with a Halloween theme. These are not necessarily Halloween books, but ones that have themes that represent the season. For younger students, Stellaluna with …

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