Folktales about Wisdom and Cleverness (rubric attached below and student work):
If you are up against an enemy who is big and strong and you need to save your life, how are you going to do it?

Culture and folktales:
Students picked an invention, did some research, thought about the impact of the invention, and created an ebook using Book Creator. We used the fun app called Pettson's Inventions to hook the students into thinking about inventions. Then we had them research the who/when/where of the invention, and create a book with a thoughtful introduction, analysis of the problem the invention solved and the way it changed people's lives, and a conclusion. Then synching the iPads, we created a bookshelf of inventions books!


Curriculum overview for the year

Orientation lesson for 3-5th

Information Detectives Unit: Level 1 (sections of the library) to Level 2 (using catalog) to Level 3 (using library website as a portal to the Internet).

Unit 2:
How can you use your keyboarding skills to create visual (and correctly punctuated) poetry? See 2nd gr Unit 2 for updated curriculum map. This one is an older version.

Unit 2.5: Practicing Math online

Unit 3: How do you figure out what an author is talking about if he doesn’t tell you everything?
Making inferences from excerpts/comics/poems/primary docs & paintings

Unit 4: Reading informational texts/thinking/taking two-column notes about a country (see Grade 5)

Unit 5:What are the different point of views of Deaf and CODAs?
Booktalks and narratives from point of view of Deaf/CODA people

Unit 6: How is the story told? The clues behind the different kinds of folktales
Types of folktales

Shares favorites with others (Info Fluency 3.2.1)
  • Writes book talks/recommendations/reviews (based on character, setting, plot analysis worksheet) on Read Kiddo Read (Info Fluency 3.2.1, 2.3.1)
  • Celebrates when they read all of one series, one subject, or one author during Spirit Day (Info Fluency 2.3.1, 2.3.3)

Unit 6: Digital Citizenship (Info Fluency 3.3.3)
Unit 7: Poetry/Multimedia presentations of poems (Info Fluency 3.2.5, 1.6.3)

Interactive poetry links
Unit 8: Booktalks: Fantasy/Poetry

Other lessons/ideas:

  • Magazines: Nice intro to different types of magazines (Info Fluency 2.1.7, 1.3.6, 1.3.7)
  • Advertisements : Identifying Techniques they use online, in magazines, commercials, etc. (Info Fluency 1.3.7, 1.3.9, 1.3.11)
  • Immigration interview: