Monday, April 9, 2012

April 9 Homework: Read and Respond

Hi Team 15,
Did you know that making connections helps a person to understand a book better.  What connections are you making to Out of the Deep.  Please write about one or more connections.  Tell if it is a text-self, text-world or text-text connection, then describe that connections.  Making connections is a contagious activity, usually one person's connections creates new connections in others' minds.

Also make sure that your read pages 44-50 tonight.  We will review your connections tomorrow as we continue our interactive read aloud adventure, Out of the Deep.


- Ms. Devlin

p.s. I made a text-world connection.  Marine mammals are stranding on Cape Cod just like the whale stranded at Acadia in Out of the Deep.  Here's an article that tells all about it if you're interested.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 3 Homework Assignment

1. Read chapter two.
2. Write three questions you have about the story after reading the chapter.

April 3: In Class Focus on Story Elements

Ellin Oliver Keene, an expert in reading instruction, teaches that rereading is an important literary skill for understanding and the development of fluency.

Your class job today is to reread chapter one with a partner.  As you reread focus on your job (see below).  Then complete your job.

Jobs:

Laura/Liang/Haeun:  Reread chapter one.  Focus on Ashley.  Find three exact quotes from the chapter (a sentence or two) that tell about Ashley's appearance and/or personality.  Draw a detailed picture of Ashley on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and write at the bottom or around the edges of the page.

Nicholas/Marcos: Reread chapter one.  Focus on Jack.  Find three exact quotes from the chapter (a sentence or two) that tell about Jack's appearance and/or personality.  Draw a detailed picture of Jack on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and write at the bottom or around the edges of the page.

Tamira/Elissa: Reread chapter one.  Focus on Bindy.  Find three exact quotes from the chapter (a sentence or two) that tell about Bindy's appearance and/or personality.  Draw a detailed picture of Bindy on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and write at the bottom or around the edges of the page.

Kayla/Angela: Reread chapter one.  Focus on Olivia.  Find three exact quotes from the chapter (a sentence or two) that tell about Olivia's appearance and/or personality.  Draw a detailed picture of Olivia on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and write at the bottom or around the edges of the page.

Dravin/Kevin/Modib: Reread chapter one.  Focus on Steve.  Find three exact quotes from the chapter (a sentence or two) that tell about Steve's appearance and/or personality.  Draw a detailed picture of Steve on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and write at the bottom or around the edges of the page.

Gabriella/Aarushi:  Reread chapter one.  Focus on Olivia's office in Jackson Hole.  Find three exact quotes from the chapter (a sentence or two) that tell about her office.  Draw a detailed picture of the office on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and write at the bottom or around the edges of the page.

Shawn/Aidan:  Reread chapter one.  Focus on the motel office in Acadia.  Find three exact quotes from the chapter (a sentence or two) that tell about the motel setting.  Draw a detailed picture of the motel setting on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and write at the bottom or around the edges of the page.

Kya/Yana:  Reread chapter one.  Focus on the problem in the story.  Find three exact quotes that tell about the problem. Draw a picture or diagram showing what the problem is on 8 1/2 X 11 paper, then write the quotes at the bottom or around the edges of the page.

Artur/Jaden/Dylan:  Reread chapter one.  Focus on the clues that we already know.  Write a list of clues on 8 1/2 X 11 paper using exact quotes from the text.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2 Assignment: Chapter One

Hi Team 15,
The first chapter in any book is very important.  The first chapter generally introduces you to the story setting, problem and main characters. That's what happens in chapter one of Out of the Deep.


Tonight's Job: Read chapter one. read this post and respond to this question in the comments section:  Describe Jack, Ashley and Bindy.  Write about their age, physical characteristics (what they look like) and personalities.  Bonus:  Draw a picture of one or more of the main characters.  I'll scan your pictures into this blog.  Email me if you have further questions.  Thank you!
Problem: Whales beaching at Acadia

Main Characters: Steven and Olivia Landon (parents, mom is a wildlife veterinarian), Jack and Ashley Landon (brother and sister), and Bindy Callister (foster child).

Setting: Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island, Maine
Pier at Bar Harbor, Maine































This is a picture of what a small street in Bar Harbor, Maine looks like.  It is a small town where it easy to walk around, shop, eat and play.  It is located on the edge of the ocean.  It is a very pretty place.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Welcome to Out of The Deep

Hi Team 15,
We will start reading Out of the Deep next week.  What do you think the book will be about?  What genre?  Who is the author?  What will the main characters be like?  Where is the setting, and what will the book's main problem be?  It's a great book.  More to come next week.  Your teacher, Ms. Devlin