Introduce the essential question by reading The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
. Visit the website below and discuss the elements of a story.
Explain how the question ”Why do we do what we do?” can be discussed with everything we read this semester.
(Elements of a Story
)This site describes each element of a story in many details.
Review the content questions before introducing the novel. Introduce the book, Wringer, and explain that there is a boy in the novel who has some hard choices to make. As the class works through the book study focus on identifying the elements of the story.
Have students continue to examine the question, ”Why do we do what we do?”.
While studying Wringer have students use desktop publishing software to create a brochure for “Family feast.” They will use facts found in the book along with creative “extras” to complete the project. They must include an article on the pigeon shoot and the carnival, along with at least one price list for either games or rides.
Review the link below to show students how to create a brochure.
Review the elements of a story before introducing the next novel. Introduce the book, Hoot, with a discussion of endangered animals. Review how Palmer felt about the pigeon in Wringer, and explain that many people have a love like that for animals. In the book, Hoot, there is a mystery that also involves birds but this time the birds are endangered.
5.)After completing Hoot
, have students create a slideshow presentation on burrowing owls. They must include facts on habitat, food, region they live, and a slide on whether they believe Roy made the correct choice or not. They will use different search engines like Google
to research the burrowing owl. They must also include pictures of burrowing owls.
Review the attached instruction sheet on how to copy and paste and how to save a picture from the Internet with the students. Review the link below to help students create their slideshows.
(Power Point Tutorial
)This link teaches students how to create a multimedia presentation.
6.)Allow students to present their slideshows. Have students discuss why they think the characters acted the way they did.