Reading Mystery Books

In our reading Mystery unit of study we are learning the different elements that are in mystery books. We used The Absent Author and The Whodunit, The Diamond Mystery as our read aloud and mentor texts. You can click on the links below to remind yourself how do mystery books go and how do you read mystery books from the beginning, middle and end of this genre?

 

How do mystery books go?

Mystery readers look for…

Also, we have been working on retells after each chapter using a timeline to help track and hold onto information in our reading notebooks. Last, we are practicing to write 3rd grade summaries.  Look at your chart in your notebook to remind yourself what a 3rd grade summary looks like.  Otherwise, Here is the learning progression retell/summary chart for easy access.

Please post one of  your summaries on your blog.  Here are some guidelines to help you write a successful post:

  • First write in google docs (in writing folder, name your doc “summary and the book title”) because this is a long post and will not save automatically in your blog
  • Remember to use character names, big events, problem and solution, and a lesson (who, wanted, but, so, then…)
  • Reread your summary and take out any details that are not necessary to tell (big events)
  • Proofread and edit for capitals, punctuation, and spelling
  • Copy and paste your work from google docs to your blog (command c- copy and command v- paste)
  • In your blog remember to write a few sentences to introduce what you learned about summaries before you paste it into your blog
  • Add categories and tags on your blog
  • Save draft
  • Publish when you completed your checklist above

 

Stonefox

We just finished reading Stonefox and we learned a lot about Little Willy and his relationship with his grandfather.  We stopped and discussed many lessons throughout the book to see what John Reynolds Gardiner did as an author. We recently discussed how author’s put certain things in their stories for a reason,  the author’s purpose.

  • How did you feel about the ending of Stone Fox?
  • Why do you think the author chose to end the book this way?

Once you write your reason(s), please give evidence from the text to support your answer and your thinking.

  • You can post your thoughts on the padlet link below.
  • Please include your first name, so we know who wrote each response.
  • Elaborate and provide evidence from the text to support your answers
  • As always, please look at your spelling and punctuation before completing your post.

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Padlet on Stonefox

 

Stone Fox and the Author’s Purpose

We just finished reading Stone Fox and we learned a lot about Little Willy and his relationship with his grandfather.  We stopped and discussed many lessons throughout the book to see what John Reynolds Gardiner did as an author. We recently discussed how author’s put certain things in their stories for a reason,  the author’s purpose.

  • How did you feel about the ending of Stone Fox?
  • Why do you think the author chose to end the book this way?

Once you write your reason(s), please give evidence from the text to support your answer and your thinking.

  • You can post your thoughts on the padlet link below.
  • Please include your first name, so we know who wrote each response.
  • As always, please look at your spelling and punctuation before completing your post.

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Padlet for Stone Fox

 

Research Clubs- KWL Padlet

Click on your group’s padlet and post your information to your padlet. Please organize your work into the 3 columns provided:

  • K – What do I already KNOW about my topic
  • W – What do I WANT to learn
  • L – What did I LEARN in my research (this column will not be completed until the end)

Butterflies

Manatees

Frogs

Polar Bears

Gorillas

 

Before you post please make sure you included:

  • proper capitalization, punctuation and spelling
  • your writing reflects your best work
  • you have included ALL parts you want to include