Monthly Archives: April 2013

Create a Trading Card ~ Theodore Judah

Theodore Judah

Theodore Judah

On Wednesday, you will practice making a trading card by using the facts we have learned about Theodore Judah.  In class, you will read a biography on Theodore Judah.  When you arrive at the computer lab, you will have a chance to create a trading card on Theodore Judah using…Trading Card Creator!

Sneak Peek:  On Thursday, you will create a new trading card on a person, place, physical object or event of your choice from this week’s nonfiction reading on the transcontinental railroad.

Have fun, nonfiction readers and researchers!

Ms. Rankin


Nonfiction Book Club Project


i-love-books-books-to-read-18694968-500-445We love books!  We love reading!  And, we love learning new facts, ideas, and perspectives.  For the next two weeks, we are going to focus on nonfiction 0328175196books.  (What’s the difference between fiction and nonfiction? Click here!)

We begin our nonfiction unit with three books that correlate to what we’re The Transcontinental Railroadlearning right now in social studies:  Crossing the Nation by Rail, Rails Across America, and The Transcontinental Railroad.  Check out our Nonfiction Book Club Groups here.

Get set to read by enjoying this Transcontinental Railroad PPT (beginner), studying this Transcontinental Railroad PPT (advanced), and watching this History video on the Transcontinental Railroad.

Continue your reading with Completing the Transcontinental Railroad, 1869 ~ Driving the Last Spike.

Here is an online dictionary to use in making your Transcontinental Railroad Vocabulary Book:

For our book project, due Friday, May 3, you will create trading cards about what you learned from your texts. through Trading Card Creator.  You can choose between these topics for your cards:

  • Real person (examples: Theodore Judah, Leland Standford, President Andrew Johnson…)
  • Physical object (examples:  transcontinental railroad, Union Pacific line, gold spike…)
  • Event (examples:  gold rush, Civil War, May 10, 1869…)
  • Real place (examples: Promontory, Utah; Sierra Nevada; Omaha, Nebraska…)

Here, again, are other documents you may need for success with Book Clubs:

Trading Card Creator

Book Club Documents:

Book Club Projects:


Anna Quindlen“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”


Resources for “Salmon Summer”


This week, we are reading Salmon Summer 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” to learn about the author.

Click on Spelling List for this week’s spelling words.

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

Click on Vocabulary Matching Game to practice your Summer Salmon vocabulary words.

Click on Word Search for a Summer Salmon word search.

Can you label the parts of a salmon?  Click on Label a Diagram to give it a try.