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Because of Winn Dixie

Because of Winn Dixie

Because of Winn Dixie

 Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of ten-year old Opal. She has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. On an errand to the grocery store, Opal finds a large, ugly, homeless dog. Opal is immediately attached to the dog whom she names Winn Dixie after the grocery store where she finds him. Together they make friends with Otis, an ex-convict who runs the local pet store; Miss Fanny, the librarian who has a desk full of “Litmus Lozenges” a type of candy which her great grandfather invented; and Gloria Dump, the lady the local children think of as a witch because of her jungle-like yard. This book will make you laugh as Opal and Winn Dixie make friends with these very likable characters in this small southern town.

Teaching Ideas for the Book

Student Created Webpages

Approximately 14 years ago, a group of teachers from my school got together and wrote a grant for a computer lab. This was really a big deal because our school’s only computer lab at that time was equipped with Apple IIe computers. They were fantastic when the lab was first set up in the 1990s, but when the Internet came to our school system, they felt like dinosaurs. The new lab was incredible. The teachers who worked on the grant were given the first time slots in the new lab. I had a 45 minute slot of time each day. You can imagine the excitement I felt.

Then I had to figure out what my students would do with a daily computer lab period. I’m all about projects, so a project it would be. I divided my class into groups. Each group selected a book about dogs. Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, Shiloh, Stone Fox, The Incredible Journey, and Because of Winn-Dixie were selected. Students researched topics about the books, wrote reports, and created webpages.

Here is the result of the Because of Winn-Dixie portion of the project:

http://bookunitsteacher.com/reading_winndixie/because_of_winn_dixie.htm

[Just remember, these pages were created by students.]

Free Printable Activities to use with the BookFree Samples from Because of Winn Dixie Interactive Notebook and Activity Unit

If you would like to try out the Because of Winn Dixie Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-2 [missionary and fortunate]

  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2

  • Constructive Response Question for Chapters 1-2 – Setting

  • Constructive Response Question for Chapters 1-2 – Characters

  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

 

Here’s where you can purchase the full unit:

Because of Winn Dixie Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included.

Gay Miller

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Frindle

Frindle

Frindle by Andrew Clements is the humorous story of a fifth grade boy. Nick comes up with the idea to start calling an ink pen a frindle. His teacher, Mrs. Granger, makes a huge deal when Nick and his classmates use the word frindle in class. Large groups of students begin to stay after school to write punishment sentences. This causes the principal to pay a visit Nick’s home. Excitement over the word spreads all over town. Before long, Nick has created a tidal wave that seems to keep growing. This is a must read book for upper elementary students.

Here are a couple sample pages from Frindle Interactive Notebook and Activity Unit. Just click on the image below to download this sample in a pdf form.

Teaching Ideas for the Book

Free Printable Activities to use with the Book

If you would like to try out the Frindle Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 [thermostat and custodian]

  • Comprehension Questions for Chapter 1

  • Constructive Response Question for Chapter 1 – Cause and Effect

  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

Free Samples from Frindle Interactive Notebook and Activity Unit

 

 

Here’s where you can purchase the full unit:

Frindle Book Unit

Frindle Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included.

Gay Miller

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Ten Interesting Facts . . . . Surviving in the Wilderness

Ten Interesting Facts . . .
Surviving the Wilderness

  1. Water Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

    • Humans need eight cups of water each day.

    • When 1% of the total water weight of a person’s body is lost, the person will feel thirsty.

    • Sixteen drops of bleach will treat one gallon of water.

    • Approximately 4000 people are treated annually from drinking contaminated water in the United States.

    • A person can survive without water for three to five days.

  1. Food Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

    • A person can survive without food for approximately 30 days.

    • Insects and bugs are high in protein and are great survival foods.

  2. Temperature

    • Most hypothermia cases develop between 30 to 50 degrees. Body temperature only has to drop 2ᴼ for hypothermia to begin.

    • Add 37 to the number of chirps a cricket makes in 15 seconds to determine the approximate temperature.

    • The body loses heat twenty-five times faster in water than it does in air.

  1. Universal Distress Calls

    • Three is the universal signal number for distress.

    • When you discover you are lost stay where you are. Yell “Help!” or blow a whistle 3 times to signal you are lost. Wait several seconds. Then turn 90 degrees and try again. Keep doing this. If someone yells back, let him come to you. Sometimes echoes may cause you to lose your orientation. Even if someone sounds far away, keep yelling. They may sound this way because they are turned away from you.

  1. S.T.O.P.

    At the moment you realize you are lost you should S.T.O.P. (Sit, Think, Observe, and Plan). The first ten minutes of being lost is when most search fatalities make their deadly mistake. Stay calm. Use your head, not your feet. Staying calm is important to surviving. Use this acronym to remember:

S – Sit down.

T -Think.

O -Observe your surroundings.

P – Prepare for survival by gathering materials.

6. Items Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

According to the Charley Shimanski of Mountain Rescue, there are ten essential items that every hiker and backpacker should carry. They are — 

map


U.S. Geological Survey topographic map and magnetic compass

flashlight


flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs

clothes


extra clothing including mittens, hat,  jacket, and rain gear

sunglasses


sunglasses

 waterfood


extra food and water

matches


waterproof matches in a waterproof container

candles


candle/ fire starter

pocket knife


pocket knife

first aid kit


first aid kit

trash bag


space blanket or two large heavy-duty trash bags

 

  1. Rescue Incidents

    From 1992 to 2007 there were 78,488 individuals involved in 65,439 search and rescue incidents in the United States National Parks.

 

  • 2659 fatalities

  • 24,288 ill or injured individuals

  • 13,212 saves

  1. Rescue Expenses

    Search and rescue operations are expensive. On average, the United States National Park Services responds to 11.2 incidents daily. This costs around $895 per operation.

  • In 1998, Denali Nation Park in Alaska rescued eight climbers by helicopter over the course of five days. This rescue cost more than $220,000. At the time this was the most expensive rescue in history.

  • Grand Teton National Park had a record high of more than $219,000 in 2011. The park completed 33 major searches.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park spent $41,000 to rescue a hiker in May 2014.

  1. Most Common Types of Rescues

    • Hiking ~ 48%

    • Boating ~ 21%

  2. Types of Accidents

    Approximately twenty percent of the National Park Service search and rescue missions result in fatality.

Most Common Fatalities Requiring Search and Rescue

  • Hiking ~ 22.8%

  • Suicides ~ 12.1%

  • Swimming ~ 10.1%

  • Boating ~ 10.1%

Information Sources

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. . . Surviving in the Wilderness.

 

Free Graphic Organizer to use with Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen

Free Organizer to use with Hatchet by Gary PaulsenFree Graphic Organizer to use with Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Free Graphic Organizer to use with Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Answer Key Provided

Hatchet Book Unit Samples

Hatchet Book Unit Free Samples

If you would like to try out the Hatchet Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructive Response Question – Foreshadowing
  • Lesson 1 on Characters
  • Introduction Lesson for Descriptive Writing

Hatchet Book Unit contains vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice.Gay Miller

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