Thank you so much for sharing. Next week I begin Unit 2 with Mighty Jackie. I have a group this year that can definitely handle reading on their own and the trifold is a good way to keep them on task with answering questions. Where ever did you come up with the idea? Sometimes I feel so lacking in the creativity department and I see so much of it here on PT...
My problem with Treasures is the concentration of non-fiction material for the students to read. I wish there was just a bit more fiction to play with.
There is a lack of good fiction, I think. A lot of the fiction in the book is very boring. I tend to supplement with lit circles, and I spend a greater amount of time on shared, interactive read aloud of high quality fiction to get them interested! This year, I have devoted about 30 minutes a day on read aloud. The kids love it. We are currently on our 5th book, The Sign of the Beaver, right now.
I seem to have a hard time trying to find the time to read aloud with all the demands of everything else that needs to be covered. I also interact with my partner 4th grade teacher for Science, Social Studies, and Character Ed. I LOVE to read aloud to the kids and they seem to enjoy it. Whenever I use a story to supplement writing, grammar, or reading comp. they make better connections.
Our principal loves to read to the 4th grade every year. Her favorite selection is The Last of the Great Whangdoodles. We incorporate special activities throughout the schooldays that are thematic of the book--crazy sock and slipper day. My partner came up with the idea of writing a cinquain about a whangdoodle to review that poetry format. It was a fun writing assignment for them.
Meg...and anyone else out there on this story...Mighty Jackie is also in Storytown. (I piloted Treasures and then we went with Storytown...love that story!). Here are two links to some additional "Mighty Jackie" stuff....thanks to someone here on PT!
Now...the trifold question: I downloaded the blank trifold. (Thanks to the PT-er who shared that!) Do you just use the comprehension questions at the end of the story? I really like the tri-folds. I think the kids will like that better than answering the questions on lined paper! TIA!
I compared the trifold for Dear Mr. Winston by leonsicecream and they used the guided reading questions from the teacher's manual. This makes it easier for me to write up the question sheets in a way that the student will enjoy responding better. I just had a blah worksheet before. I'll make these up for the rest of the stories.
Thanks again leonsicecream!
I would like to recognize Mrs. Fiorini and Mrs. Winston for all of their work on the Treasures reading series. They have created trifolds for all of the story selections, plus vocab worksheets, etc. An incredible amount of work that is generously shared.
I don't really have time for read aloud either. I justify it, because it is interactive. We work on skills and strategies during the reading. I push a lot of the Treasures activities aside. I mainly use the book for introducing skills/strategies. I guess I use the book about 2 times per week. I do a lot of my teaching through small group as well. My read aloud time provides some time to practice and for me to assess comprehension, etc.
The trifolds are awesome! Would you be interested in sharing? I would be more than happy to create a trifold for 1 week and you the next. We could alternate weeks and lessen the work. If so my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are implementing Treasures here for the first time this year- we are taking the unit 1 test this week- to hear talk of unit 3 is craziness to me. I feel like I need a therapist after trying to do so much in the first unit-
our school was so close to choosing the literacy collaborative too quite a difference!!
Great Plains Indians. There is a Time for Kids in between there but maybe we should do something different for Time for Kids and then go back to Tri-folds for Great Plains Indians. ( I will do Time for Kids too)
Keep checking 4th grade group for the new Tri-folds.
Thanks for posting the covers!
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the trifold blank from one of the previous posts. I used the guided reading questions, choosing five important ones touching on reading comprehension skills that I am covering for the week. The one column is the "cover" of the trifold. If the story is a published book, I look on google images for a picture to copy onto that column with the title and author. They come out looking pretty professional.
I think it was just an error that can't be deleted. I have tried and it won't go away. You don't need it. There are just the two pages that you will copy as 1-sided to 2-sided. They look pretty neat...
Sounds good! I'll plan on doing Snowflake Bentley. I'm not sure how I got rid of that 3rd page- I think I just pressed delete on the last section of the tri-fold, but I really was just trying to fix it up after I entered the book cover and got lucky!
Would anyone also be interested in making vocabulary dominoes for each lesson? I saw them on a board on PT and have made a few of my own. I'll post an example one that I've made already. If I find the thread where I found this, I'll post it too.
I would love to get the vocab dominoes from you in exchange for vocabulary power points for each story in 4th grade treasures series. They worked well with my class last year and I would love to exchange resources. Thank you!!
I have been placed in a fourth grade classroom for the remaineder of the year. Don't ask, crazy principal. I taught K for 29 years so I am lost but the trifolds are helping.
Question is the Trifold for Dear Mr. Winston on here, I found the dominoes. Please share if you have it
Thank you for sharing! I am new to Treasures and would LOVE to incorporate more graphic organizers and ways to organize the thinking for my kiddos. I really appreciate you extending what you do to all us fellow teacher! Much appreciated