Category Archive: Graphic Organizer

Jun 08

The Westing Game Book Unit Activities

The Westing Game Newbery Medal winner The Westing Game will keep the reader guessing ‘who did it’ from beginning to end. The story opens with Barney Northrup selling apartments at the Sunset Towers. Only a selected group of tenants receive an invitation to purchase the luxury estate at affordable prices. Once the tenants move in, sixteen are …

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Jun 01

Making Connections with Text Lesson #3

Making Connections with Text Lesson #3 This is the third of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed the first two lessons you can find them here: Lesson #1 Lesson #2 In this lesson students will read the story of Aladdin and make connections to the text. The Lesson Aladdin Story Included …

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May 18

Making Connections with Text Lesson #1

Making Connections with Text Lesson #1 This is the first of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ Teaching students to make connections between previous knowledge, experiences, and emotions and the text they are reading, will — help the reader become more involved with the text improve attention span when reading enhance understanding of …

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May 15

Activities to Use with the The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

The War with Grandpa In The War with Grandpa, ten-year-old Peter learns from his little sister that Grandpa is going to come to live with his family. He will be staying in Peter’s room because his bad leg won’t allow him to climb two flights of stairs up to the guest bedroom.  Peter becomes angry that …

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Apr 21

The Wild Robot Writing Activities

  The Wild Robot The Wild Robot by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving a robot of the future with a fantasy in which animals talk. The outcome is a book that is both charming and exciting. There is no question about it; your students will love this book! Writing Ideas for the Book …

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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

  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 into the mostly ice covered river. Billy must save her …

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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

Comparing Cinderella Stories – Ella Enchanted

  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. At first, Ella’s mother and their cook protect Ella. When Lady Eleanor dies, Ella’s father remarries. As you can imagine, this …

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