Monthly Archives: January 2013

Resources for “Marven of the Great North Woods”


This week, we are reading Marven of the Great North Woods in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” and “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on Crossword Puzzle to download,  print, and complete a puzzle.

Click on PowerPoint to download a Powerpoint to help you prepare for the vocabulary and reading comprehension test.

Click on Reading Test to take a test on Marven of the Great North Woods.

Click here for more activities related to Marven of the Great North Woods.


Pen-Pal Post to Peru



Here is our first batch of letters to our friend Jill Anderson, a Peace Corp volunteer in Peru.  To learn more about Jill and her work in Peru, click here.

To help us format and design our friendly letters, we experimented with the interactive web tool Letter Generator.

A big thank you to Celia and Lizeth for working mightily today  saving our letters as PDF documents and helping email them to Ms. Rankin so that we could upload and share them here in this post.  Thanks, girls!

Resources for “My Name Is Maria Isabel”


This week, we are reading My Name is Maria Isabel in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” and “Meet the Illustrator“ to learn about the author and illustrator.

Click on Maria Isabel PowerPoint to get introduced to the story, the vocabulary, and the reading strategies.

Click on Word Search to download and complete a word search for My Name Is Maria Isabel.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on Comprehension Quiz to take a test on My Name Is Maria Isabel.

Click on Tell Me About My Name to discover the etymology and meaning of your first name.

Our Book-Club Hub



We love books!  We love reading!  But, we don’t get enough time to sit around with friends and talk about the books we read and love, right?  Well, book clubs aren’t just for Oprah anymore!  We are thrilled to announce that book clubs are coming to Ms. Rankin’s reading class…starting this week!!

Here are just a few documents to help you get ready for our upcoming BOOK CLUBS!

Book Club Documents:

Book Club Projects:i_love_reading_mug

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”― Anna QuindlenHow Reading Changed My Life


Focus on Plays



In the class:  Today, we pause from our theme stories to focus on reading FUN and fluency with our FOCUS ON PLAYS.  We will read an excerpt from the play Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, adapted by Bruce Mason. As we read, we will work on our superb phrasing, expression and intonation, bringing the words on the page to LIFE!

Before reading the excerpt from the play, let’s get introduced to the story by watching this video:

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At home this weekend:  You can take a web field trip to The Broadway Corner for Kids to read five reviews from successful Broadway plays and then test our understanding of these plays with games.

First, click on Curtain Call and read all five reports on these plays.

Second, click on Guess Quest to guess the character who is in the picture.  Your reading from the Curtain Call will help you!

Third, click on Broadway Squares to test your knowledge of the plays that you read about from the Curtain Call in step one.

Last, write at least one comment about what you liked or learned from today’s web field trip to The Broadway Corner for Kids. Remember, our email is :)

Our Peace-Corp Pen Pal in Peru

Hola! Como estan todos?
Yo soy Jillian Anderson.  Yo soy una voluntaria de salud communitaria de Cuerppesao de Paz enPeru.  Cuerpo de Paz es una programa de los Estados Unidos que promueve viviendas saludables, agua y sanimiento, ayuda coneducacion, y otros programas.
Yo soy de Berkeley, California, pero fui a University of Irvine.  Me encanta la playa, el sol, y la comida de Mexico. Yo tengo 23 anos, y me gradue hasta 1 ano de universidad.  Yo estudie salud publica y educacion.
El razon que yo estoy en Cuerpo del Paz es porque yo tengo suenos de viviendo en un lugar donde yo puedo ayudar personas con minimos cosas materiales y acceso a menos recursos de nosotros en los Estados Unidos.  Por ejomple mi pueblo es dos horas de la ciudad donde podemos compras cosas como comida y nuestros vidas diarias.  Yo voy a compartir historias de mi experienca aqui con ustedes y estoy muy emocionada.
Hoy es mi primero dia de mi dos anos de mi servicio!!! Yo estoy abierta a todos tus preguntas.  Ciao!!
Now, my fourth-grade writers and scholars, you will compose a friendly letter to Jill.  Please use this letter generator to help you write your letter.  It’s FUN!  It helps you learn the five parts of a friendly letter with a sample letter.  It guides you through each step with its interactive generator.  It allows you to choose a pretty or cool border around your letter.  AND, it lets you save, share, and/or print your letter.  Just look at My Friendly Letter to Jill, which I created with the Letter Generator!  (Can you guess why I picked the border that I picked????)  Have fun, my wonderful writers! ~ Ms. Rankin