Monday, September 16, 2013

Johnny Appleseed Guided Reading Activities



I posted on Instagram (msleslieann01) a few weeks ago my love of the the Who Was series. These are WONDERFUL resources for teaching biographies and they are working great in our fifth grade room. I created a pack of guided reading activities to use with the "Who was Johnny Appleseed?" book since it's almost John Chapman's birthday. This book is filled with interesting facts. The unit would be great for small groups.   Here's what's included:
{My favorite part? The comprehension questions for each chapter. I also included the answers so you don't have to spend time searching! ;) )







Click here to check it out! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Analyze a Character Project and Writing a Letter (The Book Whisperer)

We completed our first weekly project last week and I am so proud of my kids! They did a fabulous job! The project was called "Analyze a Character". The kids had to pick a book character from a story that they had read and list the physical traits and the character traits of their book character. They also had to pick one of the character traits and find text based evidence in the story that supported that trait. You can grab a copy of the project below (student info page and the grading rubric) :)







Click here to pick up a copy! 


Have you ever read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller? I read it over the summer and found some really great ideas, one of which we did this past week. I had the kids write a letter to me about the book that they're currently reading. They did such a good job on this and I really liked reading about how they felt about their book. I went around reading the letters and writing a quick response to them. I've included a "suggestions for letter topics" page in their Interactive Notebook that they can use if they are stumbled on what to write about.