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Vocabulary Station (They're hams)

We are finishing up our short story unit this week.  I love the short story unit, because it provides a great opportunity to talk about author's style, literary terms. elements of a story, and so much more!  This comes in handy later when we read novels.

We began the week with stations.  Students visited five stations and completed a variety of tasks.  We had just finished reading "Rikki-Tikki Tavi," so a few stations involved learning vocabulary from the story and finding textual evidence to support whether or not Rikki was a brave and likable
Working on textual evidence questions
character. Another station  allowed students the opportunity to practice grammar on  Students enjoy this website.  It allows them to create a profile and actually personalizes the sentences for each student!  They also receive instant feedback, as well as explanations of wrong answers.   

Working on a Plot Diagram
We also began reading "Monsters on Maple Street."  Students are looking for how the author conveys theme in the story.  For this story, students are focusing on how the writer uses setting, symbols, motif, and characters to convey the theme of the story.  They will find and analyze textual evidence from the story to support their theme.  Finally, the will create a digital presentation using Powtoon, which will include their chosen theme and evidence to support it!  I can't wait to show students this exciting way to create presentations.  

Looking pensive!

Finding textual evidence

We will be having a literary term test on Monday, so I created a Kahoot  game.  This allowed them to practice for the test.  Ask your student about it.  We played in class, and the kids had a blast.  
Once we finish our theme presentations, we will begin The Outsiders.  Students will be writing an informational essay.  They will also read a variety of non-fiction to supplement the novel.

As always, it is a joy teaching this age group!

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