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Hands-On Cranberry Learning Center Activities

We are excited about our newest product, Crazy for Cranberries – Cross-Curricular Learning Center Activities. Students will use real cranberries and hands-on cross-curricular learning activities to connect with math, science, ELA, and social studies. Activities include measurement, graphing, map skills, writing, tasting, and much more. Fun and learning can happen simultaneously.cranberries

These learning activities  are  engaging and fun no matter where you live. It fits well into any study of the 50 states or US regions. And it’s timely. Get those cranberries while they are fresh and still in the store.

Did you know Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries? We are famous for cheese, but cranberries are BIG too!

Wisconsin is projected to produce more cranberries than any other state during this year’s harvest, with an estimated crop of approximately 5.2 million barrels of fruit.

The next closest state is Massachusetts, which is projected to produce about 2 million barrels in 2016.

The estimated harvest in Wisconsin is part of the approximately 8.6 million barrels of cranberries expected nationwide this year, up slightly from 2015’s harvest.

Cranberry production is a nearly $1 billion industry in Wisconsin, employing more than 4,000 people in the state, according  to the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.

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Crazy for Cranberries Includes:center-1-photo

  • 19 page Teacher Guide
    • Materials and picture guide for each Center
    • Answer Key for Student Journal
    • Optional Print Resources – pages
  • 14 page Student Journal
  • 11 Center Signs

Grade Level: 3-4

QR (Quick Response) Code Reader (Optional)

 Centers 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 10 refer to information from the web that is accessed using a QR reader. (We have included a print option and those documents are included in this teacher guide. Just print those and place them in the center.)

Eleven Learning Centers include:student-cover

  1. Describe a Cranberry
  2. Measuring With Cranberries
  3. Cranberries in the United Sates
  4. Cranberries in Wisconsin
  5. Cranberry Counties in Wisconsin
  6. Traveling to Cranberry Country
  7. Are My Cranberries Fresh?
  8. Tasting Cranberries
  9.  Weigh Station
  10.  Sink or Float – Harvesting Cranberries
  11.  Reading and Writing

 

We pride ourselves on creating products grounded in best practice. We believe learning can and should be fun and interactive. Using learning centers in your classroom will support your students.

Connections to Best Practice for the Cranberry Centers

Students in your classroom will inevitably have a variety of different learning styles. To most effectively “reach” all of your students, you would do well to present information in multiple different ways (Dunbar, 2009).

“The benefits of learning stations are many. Learning stations can be used for myriad purposes—to teach concepts, integrate subject matter, build interest, and allow for inquiry—the possibilities are limited only by the imagination of the teacher and the supplies available” (Jarrett, 2010, p. 56).

“…learning stations are more effective than conventional methods in helping students acquire the knowledge in a unit” (Ocak, 2010, p. 153).

Dunbar, R. W. Presentation at Stanford University, July 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2013. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/careerprep/teaching/learning.html Teaching Science: What Research Tells Us.

Jarrett, O. (January 2010). Inventive learning stations. Science and Children 47.5: 56-69.

Ocak, G. (2010). The effect of learning stations on the level of academic success and retention of elementary school students. The New Educational Review 21.2: 146-157.

 

Check-out Crazy for Cranberries and our other products at Surviving to Thriving LjL on TPT.

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Five Reasons to Read the One and Only Ivan in Your Classroom.

Re-blogged From Surviving to Thriving.ivan book cover

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Harper Collins Children’s Books

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate

Top Five Reasons to Read in Your Classroom!

  1. The book is beautifully written by Ivan, the silverback gorilla. Students will connect with Ivan’s voice and point of view. He is funny, honest, and literal in his observations of both humans and animals. It won the 2013 Newbery Medal!
  2. It is inspired by a true story. Students want to connect reading and learning to their everyday lives. (Read about the real Ivan.) Ivan’s story will come to life for your children.
  3. It is about animals and addresses a very real issue. How do we treat animals in our society?
  4. It gives us hope that we can all change our world. From a small cage in a mall, Ivan is able to make a difference in not only his life, but that of his young responsibility.
  5. It teaches empathy, empathy for humans and animals. It is a kind book, though it tells an unkind story.

$TPT The One and Only Ivan Unit Plan by Surviving to Thriving LjLThe One and Only Ivan

Resources for Teaching Ivan

Homework: Show What You Know!

We’ve been busy creating and posting new products at  Surviving to Thriving LjL. Take a look at our TPT store. You might be interested in changing how you do homework this year.

Creative Alternatives to Traditional Homeworkhomework

If you have looked at the research about homework, it generally does not support a connection between time spent on homework and grades (Kohn, 2012). The challenge for teachers is the expectation of homework from both families and students, but not all homework is created equal. Homework is appropriate for preparing, checking for understanding, practicing, rehearsing, and/or processing including analyzing, evaluating, and/or reflecting (Vatterott, 2009).

Meaningful homework assignments should:
• allow for student choice and personalization;
• provide opportunities for students to share things about themselves;
• tap into emotions, feeling, and/or opinions; and
• be aesthetically pleasing (Vatterott, 2007).

Meaningful homework assignments should engage students and be fun to do. We have compiled various homework assignments that can be adapted to a variety of subjects along with a list of alternative homework assignment ideas.

This product includes:

-References (Share with peers and administration.) P. 3
-Name Lists (1-page reproducible activity) P. 4
-Rounding Up: Adjectives (1-page reproducible activity) P. 5
-Rounding Up: Adverbs (1-page reproducible activity) P. 6
-Survey. Note. Conclude! Homework Assignment (1-page reproducible activity) P. 7
-8 Alternatives to Traditional Homework Assignments with Mini-Activity Slips (8 reproducible mini-activity slips) Pp. 8-10
-Teacher Bookmarks with Homework Quotes (8 reproducible bookmarks) Pp. 11-12

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 5-12

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Esperanza Rising Novel Study Enrichment Activities Connected to Chapter Foods

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Novel Study: Enrichment Activities Connected to Chapter Foods

 (Note: These enrichment activities will require the purchase of foods for tasting.)

Food plays an important role in this novel, literally and figuratively. Enrichment Activities for Chapter Foods are designed to increase students’ connection to the novel through food. This is a unique approach to the novel that will engage students. There are two or more activities for each chapter: activities connected to the food in the chapter title and/or in the chapter and an activity to connect students to the chapter (Chapter Connections). The food activities are fun and may introduce students to new foods or honor the foods of their families. There are suggestions for preparing food for student sampling and additional resources connected to the various foods, including growing these fruits and vegetables in containers. The Chapter Connections help students think about the significance of the foods in the chapters and find connections of those foods to their own lives.

Some activities should be implemented before students read the chapter and some are designed to be implemented after the students read the chapter, as noted.  All activities are optional, allowing you to pick and choose activities for your students. These activities are for enrichment of the novel and are not meant to be graded.

Since you may be serving students a variety of foods, you should send home a letter with a list of foods that students will be tasting. (See list of foods included.) Ask parents/guardians for permission and to note any allergies. Use the included letter home or create your own.

Product Contents

  • 14 Individual Lesson Plans (1 per chapter)
  • 1 Culminating Activity: Chat Stations Activity
  • 1 Chat Sheet
  • 7 Chat Stations Questions Mini-Posters
  • 12 Food Cards for Forming Student Pairs, Trios, and Quads
  • Permission Letter to Parents/Guardians
  • Common Core Standards and Best Practice Connected to this Novel Study
  • 1 PowerPoint with 58 Slides
  • Teacher Guide for PowerPoint

Grade Level Appropriateness

Grades 4-6

Milestone Celebration!

We are so excited. We have reached a milestone on our Teachers Pay Teachers Store. celebrateWe are ready to celebrate! Next week TPT will be featuring our resource, The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit PlanTo celebrate we are offering The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit Plan   for 20% off April 11-14.

It’s not just about the earnings. We are excited to know our lesson plans and unit plans are in classrooms all over the world. We believe all students deserve great teachers and we feel strongly that our work supports teachers in becoming the teachers they really want to be.

Be sure to take advantage of the savings and please leave us your feedback. We honor your opinion and plan our new resources to meet those needs.

The One and Only Ivan Novel Study and Unit Plan

The One and Only Ivan is one of our favorite books. I’ve written about it before in Five Reasons to Read The One and Only Ivan in Your Classroom.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Harper Collins Children’s Books

The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit Planivan

Overview of the Unit
The unit plan for The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, is designed to engage students. Students are provided opportunities to analyze settings, identify, describe and analyze characters and their relationships, determine emerging themes, and use text references and quotes to infer meaning. The unit employs multiple delivery modalities, facilitates students’ cognitive thinking skills, and uses a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Lesson plans are student-centered and are ready to implement.

Time Frame
This unit is planned as a 3½ week unit, however, it is easily adaptable to 4 to 6 weeks.

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 3-6 grade

Unit Includes:
• Instructional Schedule for Unit Plan
• 12 Lesson Plans with instructional guide and reproducible student handouts
• Introducing the Novel Lesson
• Setting Analysis Lesson
• Character Analysis Lesson
• Ivan-isms Lesson
• Habitats, Groups, and Offspring Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud & Prediction Lesson
• Friendship Lesson
• Ivan’s Letters Lesson
• Novel Quotes Lesson
• Ivan’s Many Families Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud and Face-to-Face Slide-By Lesson
• Ivan’s Billboard Lesson
• Summative Assessment w/Rubric
• 1 (19 page) Reproducible Student Literary Log
• 16 Reproducible Student Bookmarks
• Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts that Connect to the Unit
• Best Practice Research that Relates to the Unit
• Unit PowerPoint to Guide Daily Lessons w/Teacher Guide
• Formative Assessment PowerPoint (includes 3 quizzes) w/Teacher Guide and Answer Key

1 – PDF (116 page) Unit Plan
• 1 – Unit Plan PowerPoint (101 slides) to Guide Daily Lessons
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide to Unit Plan PowerPoint
• 1 – PowerPoint (48 slides) for Formative Assessment Game (includes 3 quizzes)
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide and Answer Key to Formative Assessment Game

Animal Farm Novel Study

Our newest product is out: Animal Farm Novel Study Discussion and Activity Guide. Animal Farm by George Orwell is a staple on middle and high school literature reading lists.Animal Farm Novel Study

If you haven’t read Animal Farm with your students you should. It is a great book to engage student interest and teach important concepts.

This novel study for George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubric, animal cards for forming groups, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are included throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.

Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud Animal Farm to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; these graphics works especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Literary Log for Animal Farm can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.Animal Farm Literary Log 2

There are four optional homework assignments designed to enhance and extend the relevance of the novel. Homework assignments include: two Survey. Note. Conclude!, Motto & Maxim, and Battle of Cowshed Extension. The optional triad mini-project activities include Totalitarianism Triad, Chapter Analysis, and Exposé: Sugarcandy Mountain. There are 10 different animal cards that can be used to form student groups of three (triads).

Blooming with Knowledge about Animal Farm includes 12 activities connected to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Each level includes two choices. You may elect to direct students to choose one activity from each level or allow students to choose any number of activities. The accompanying rubric can be used with Blooming with Knowledge. Connections to best practice and the Common Core State Standards are included.

This product includes 4 files:

  • Animal Farm Discussion and Activity Guide PDF:
    • 12 page Discussion and Activity Guide for Teachers
    • 1 page alphabetical list of vocabulary words
    • 4 page triad mini-projects packet
    • 4 page Optional Homework Assignments
    • 2 page Blooming with Knowledge about Animal Farm and Rubric
    • 1 page of 10 animal cards for forming triads
    • 3 page Connections to Best Practice and Common Core State Standards
  • 15 page Literary Log for Students PDF
  • 56 Slides PowerPoint Presentation
  • Teacher Guide to PowerPoint PDF

Grade Level Appropriateness: Grades 8-11

We think you will love this book and appreciate this student-centered, best practice approach to using it in your classroom.

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April is National Poetry Month

Check out these great resources for Poetry Month.

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Poems are like messages in a bottle sent out with little hope of finding a recipient. Those of us who find and read poems become their unknown addresses.

From How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry)

by Edward Hirsch Poetry Foundation

As I prepared for today’s post, I again realized I am not as poetic as I would like. I am not as comfortable as I would like to be in my appreciation or teaching of poetry. I know that it is an essential part of who we are. It tells our histories, our dreams, and our secret aspirations, but most importantly it is a creative tool to communicate all of the above.

While we hope that poetry is appreciated in your classroom throughout the year, April is a reminder that our children deserve an opportunity to learn to love poetry.

Have a great day!

Linda

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We Love Ivan

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a new teacher resource for Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate.  This is the nonfiction picture book followup to the novel, The One and Only Ivan . . .  which we absolutely loved. We are excited about the new picture book too!!

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In spare, powerful words and evocative illustrations, Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a mall in Tacoma, Washington, to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.

This is his true story. Photographs of Ivan are included in the back matter.

Houghton Mifflin http://hmhbooks.com/ivan/

I discovered an awesome resource on the Ivan website. The We Love Ivan section provides a forum for classrooms to share projects they have created to celebrate Ivan and his legacy. Share your #WELOVEIVAN stories and pictures and see what other classrooms are doing.

Katherine Applegate tells the true story of Ivan in her new picture book

If you haven’t read The One and Only Ivan in your classroom, you should. Check out our Ivan  Novel Study and Unit Plan on TPT ,and NOW our newest product is available on TPT, Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Read-Aloud Guide.

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The One and Only Ivan Novel Study and Unit Plan

The One and Only Ivan is one of our favorite books. I’ve written about it before in Five Reasons to Read The One and Only Ivan in Your Classroom.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Harper Collins Children’s Books

The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit Planivan

Overview of the Unit
The unit plan for The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, is designed to engage students. Students are provided opportunities to analyze settings, identify, describe and analyze characters and their relationships, determine emerging themes, and use text references and quotes to infer meaning. The unit employs multiple delivery modalities, facilitates students’ cognitive thinking skills, and uses a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Lesson plans are student-centered and are ready to implement.

Time Frame
This unit is planned as a 3½ week unit, however, it is easily adaptable to 4 to 6 weeks.

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 3-6 grade

Unit Includes:
• Instructional Schedule for Unit Plan
• 12 Lesson Plans with instructional guide and reproducible student handouts
• Introducing the Novel Lesson
• Setting Analysis Lesson
• Character Analysis Lesson
• Ivan-isms Lesson
• Habitats, Groups, and Offspring Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud & Prediction Lesson
• Friendship Lesson
• Ivan’s Letters Lesson
• Novel Quotes Lesson
• Ivan’s Many Families Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud and Face-to-Face Slide-By Lesson
• Ivan’s Billboard Lesson
• Summative Assessment w/Rubric
• 1 (19 page) Reproducible Student Literary Log
• 16 Reproducible Student Bookmarks
• Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts that Connect to the Unit
• Best Practice Research that Relates to the Unit
• Unit PowerPoint to Guide Daily Lessons w/Teacher Guide
• Formative Assessment PowerPoint (includes 3 quizzes) w/Teacher Guide and Answer Key

1 – PDF (116 page) Unit Plan
• 1 – Unit Plan PowerPoint (101 slides) to Guide Daily Lessons
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide to Unit Plan PowerPoint
• 1 – PowerPoint (48 slides) for Formative Assessment Game (includes 3 quizzes)
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide and Answer Key to Formative Assessment Game

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