No white board, as I was out for 2 of the 3 lessons. We continued our Arthur Howard study with Bubba and Beau, Best Friends. This week’s thinking question again involved vocabulary: keen and distain. Using text/visual clues, we work together to define the words, then answer the following question: What are you KEEN about? What do you DISTAIN? Any chance for the K’s to talk about themselves is always welcomed, and I love that it incorporates literacy skills!
Washington Children’s Choice Nominee! Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillion. Another thinking / claim-evidence reasoning question: At the end of the story, do you agree with Seymour the hamster when he says, “Who’s the luckiest hamster in the world? Answer: ME!”. Back up your claim with evidence from the story.
This was a GREAT question that got students thinking and talking and referencing the text.
Week 1 of a four-week unit with Cornell note-taking and Native Americans using Kids Discover magazines on Northwest Coast Peoples.
Using the doc camera, I activated interest in the magazine by showing the cover and having students read captions. Flat-headed babies and fish candles got them talking and fired up to look through the magazine! Working in pairs, students browsed a copy of the magazine looking for any information that was interesting and /or new. (I have class set.) As they browsed, I walked among the groups and took notes on which sections each pair was most interested in. These sections will be highlighted – literally – in next week’s lesson as we delve into taking notes via the Cornell method.
Why are we doing this mini-unit? Our 4th grade Social Studies will soon focus on NW Coast Peoples, and our district uses Cornell notes in many of its courses. Combine the two together, and a useful mini-unit is born. Big thanks to my colleague Mrs. L for piloting and writing the mini-unit last year!
Here is more info on the Kids Discover magazine, including free page scans!