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Ideas for Classroom Use

"Messing About in Boats"

Worksheet Activity: Object Analysis

Using the PDF worksheet in the sidebar, complete an object analysis for the model of Ratty and Mole in the boat.  Perhaps complete it before learning about the object, and then again after reading the artifact article.  Did any of your answers change?

 

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Ask and answer questions to demonstrate an understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informal texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 4 - Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples.  Use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

 

Literature Exploration

Read the book The Wind in the Willows, either as a class or individually as students.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Ask and answer questions to demonstrate an understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Standard 2 - Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Standard 2 - Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Standard 4 - Report on a topic/text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes.  Speak clearly and at an understandable pace.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.