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Reading

Literacy Work Stations are the focus of this blended learning unit. Literacy Work Stations are structured to be independent review of kindergarten standards we have covered in class together.

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Students will be able to read a grade level text,  the novel “The Outsiders”. As they read they will have to cite information, make inferences and connections, summarize, compare different mediums (book and movie) and learn about the author and how her experiences shaped the novel. Students will also get to write persuasively and creatively during this unit.

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This is a 3rd grade  informational unit utlizing multiple resources to learn about the voyage and history of the Titanic aligned with 3rd grade CCS.

Created by Ellen Berens and Mary Wolters

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This is the framework of a unit used to teach Romeo and Juliet with blended learning.

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Before students read The Giver, students will be given the opportunity to create their own Utopian community. First they will learn what Utopia means. Then they will work in groups in a Wiki or through google docs to create their community. They will end the lesson by reading accounts of others who actually tried creating Utopian communities and write a paper on the communities.  

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After students have read through The Giver, they will learn about symbolism and find the ways the author used symbolism throughout the book. After they complete a chart on symbolism, they will create a symbol that describes themselves. They will present their symbol project through Voicethread.com.  

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Students will read through chapter 12 of The Giver where they find that the people in The Giver got rid of the ability to see color. First students will look at a variety of colors and determine what emotions the colors make them feel. Then they will each write about a color without giving the name of the color; the students in the class will need to guess the color.

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After students learn how jobs are selected in The Giver, they will critically analyze if they would like that process from themselves. Then they will observe classmates to determine an appropriate job for them. Once students receive their jobs for their classmates, they will reflect on the process.  

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After students have read Out of the Dust, they will create a Glogster. They will write about the theme, use their vocabulary words in writing, write using similes, metaphors, and personification in poetry, compare and contrast Billie Jo’s experience to someone else in history, and be able to pick an option from a list.

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Before students read Out of the Dust or another novel that takes place during the Dust Bowl, students will gain background information on the Dust Bowl, Dust Bowl Migration, Mass Exodus, and Black Sunday. They will experience the Dust Bowl through a short video and pictures.  

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