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In the Rough Stages: “Side-Yard Superhero” Unit

This fall I will be participating in the One Book, One Community project in our county.  They have chosen the book Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher by Rick Niece.

This is the first time I have been involved, and from what I’ve been told, there are really no rules….you do as much or as little as you would like.

I decided to use this book as my first novel for the year.   I read it last spring when my assistant principal first asked me to participate.  At first, I was dragging my feet. I just wasn’t sure. But by the end, (without giving anything away), I knew this would be a great book for my class.

So this summer I began to pull together resources for a unit.  And….there is NOTHING online.  Nothing. At. All.  So I was forced to make my own unit.  Click this link: Side-Yard Superhero UNIT plan for the entire unit.

What I am sharing here is a very rough draft; there are probably typos and incomplete parts (especially near the end), and this is all just a possible plan, as it may not go at all like I think it will.

However, I thought I would post what I do have done in case someone else out there is in the same position I was. Right now I feel like I am completely on my own with this.

And maybe….just maybe…someone out there will be willing to collaborate a little.

If that’s you, please leave a comment!!


Guinness World Records Lesson Plans

I spent a day last week creating what I will need for my Guinness World Record unit .

Activity #1 will kick things off and utilize the posters I purchased from Joann’s. This will be their first experience with the Educreations app. My primary focus of Part 1  will be taking photos with the camera, typing a sentence, and recording their voices.    Part 2 will be an individual writing activity where they will have to open and view a lesson in Educreations.

Activity #2 will focus on more academic skills while students summarize brief articles that can be found with QR codes.  Students will get experience with the i-nigma app to access the articles and they will have paper copies of the graphic organizer (shown below).  The PDF at the bottom of this post has the links and QR codes for 6 articles on the Guinness website.  I tried to choose stories that would be of interest to my students since I already know them.  You can create your own QR codes at http://www.kaywa.com
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Activity #3 will be informational text comprehension and I will use the leveled stories from the Guinness website.   Here are links to the selections written for Grades 3-6.  While students work on these independently (reading the article in iBooks) and I will be doing some writing with others.

Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 (These are all taken from the Guinness site)

Other files you may want or need:

Guinness Activity 1
Guinness Activity 2
Guinness Summary Chart

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