I don't have access to the teacher's ed. for 4th grade, so I don't know where the teacher who made those tri-folds got the questions from.
Could you check your manuals and let me know if you agree/disagree?
For example, in Theme 3, TE p. 266, at the top of the page it says:
Strategy focus: Evaluate. It says some blah blah stuff in there, but then it says: "Ask them how effective they think the author has described Paul Revere's life. Have students identify the story details that support their responses."
So... would it be reasonable to write a question like:
How effecitve is the author at describing Paul Revere's life? Identify story details to support your response. P. 263-267.
Then on p. 274, there are two questions for Evaluate:
What were the main events on Paul Revere's Big Ride?
Do you think the author could have made these events more realistic? How?
In my opinion, I think this is really an exercise in using the strategies, which I think is excellent!
What do you think?
BTW- I can take Theme 2, which I believe is Person to Person. Any takers for Theme 3 or 4?
I think those questions sound awesome. I also really like the focus on the strategy highlighted in that selection.
I guess each trifold will have the space for 5 questions. Do you think that all 5 should focus on each selection's strategy (i.e. all 5 of the Paul Revere questions about evaluating), or just
strategies in general (a mix of predict, infer, question, etc)?
If you look at the questions at the end of the story- the ones the students have in their texts, the teacher's edition provides the answers AND gives the category for the reading strategy. I could be wrong, but it looks like that is how the tri-folds are set up. So instead of having the students answer the questions at the end of the book the "old fashioned" way, they answer via the tri-fold.
Take Theme 1, Eye of the Storm, for example. TE p. 76 (and the student text p. 76).
On the left, the responding questions are broken down into:
1. Drawing conclusions
2. Making judgments
3. Recognizing Text Organization
4. Inerpreting figurative language
5. Expressing opinions
6. Connecting to Personal Experiences
Now, these aren't necessary all part of the emphasized reading strategies, but they are important just the same. They're also clearly identified for us, so no re-inventing the wheel here.
What do you think?
I'm fine with using the questions from the story as is, or we can try to devise questions from the guiding questions out of the teacher's manual.
The trifold questions that were used for the 4th grade trifolds were taken from the TE in the margins. I'm not sure that they followed any particular pattern as each theme was done by a different person. We didn't make a plan to follow before they were done, we just divided them up. They were not the ones at the end of the story, as I sometimes also assigned the questions at the end of the story and there wasn't any overlap. I think that the person that was creating them just used their judgment as to which questions would be a good choice for the trifold. I assume that they kept the skill in mind when chosing the questions.
I did Theme 1 yesterday...I used some of the questions in the TE's margins....the one's you would use if you were guiding the students' reading. They turned out really nice...I just can 't post any attachments yet!
TommysMommys - Thanks for organizing this project. I would be willing to do Theme 5 if it is open. I can't post anything yet, but wouldn't it work if I pm them to you and you posted it? Let me know if you need me to help with Theme 5.
I will do Theme 3. I don't go back until August 23rd and am getting ready to possibly move (long story!)and start my master's. I will take Theme 3, but would like time to do it. I don't believe any of us will be there before the end of September so that will be my deadline if you all are okay with that. Knowing me I'll get it done sooner, but would like the time. Let me know. Also, will we just post to this thread? I am really excited!
Is there any themes that still need to be done. I was reading the posts and thinks it is a wonderful idea. It is so hard to find good resources for this series. I would like to collaborate if possible.
Anyone have any ideas for the Leveled Readers? I plan on using them extensively with my guided reading groups...I don't want to burn the kiddos out with the tri-folds...I thought maybe we could come up with something cool for the leveled readers, too, and collaborate on that!
These trifolds are a wonderful resource...thank you all for sharing. I was wondering how you all would go about using them with the stories. Do your kids read silently and complete while reading? Will they be discussed whole class, or will you grade them? Do you read the story as a class first and then have them read it a second time anwering the trifolds? Do you give them the selection test after reading the story and filling in the trifold? And if you don't already know about the teachershare website, it contains tests for each of the HM stories that are far better than the ones in the teacher book that come with the series....thanks
I don't want to upset anyone and I really do apppreciate the work everyone is doing, but I have a concern and I hope that by thinking about this, we can avoid problems with admin and parents.
I swear I'm not trying to pick on anyone, but we need to be careful that the questions on the tri-folds match the skill or focus stated on the tri-fold. For example, if the stated strategy is drawing conclusions, then the response needs to require students to draw a conclusion. (Or am I wrong about this?)
For example on the Volcanoes tri-fold the strategy is drawing a conclusion, but the question "Name the 4 categories of volcanoes and describe each one" does not require the students to draw a conclusion. On the Eye of the Storm trifold the strategy is listed as text organization, but the question is a cause and effect question. On the Earthquake Terror trifold the strategy is making inferences but the question is about identifying the genre of the story.
Again, I don't want to upset anyone who is willing to share their own time to help each other and our students and if I did I'm sorry. I just know that if parents, reading specialists or admin I work with noticed this, there would be a problem.
Parker-I understand what you're saying about the question utilizing the strategy for the story. Usually we get one or two of those types of questions in there but all six questions won't be about the strategy. Some will be text organization or inference or ... Does that make sense?
Silpada girl-I've used the trifold for different purposes. At first we did them altogether so I could show them how I wanted them done and the proper way to form their answer. They've done it independently and together, and I've used them as an assignment to guage how they were doing. It's really up to you, use them as you see fit.
When I looked at the samples that have already been done I only saw two questions per trifold and sometimes the questions didn't match the skill or focus listed. There are 6 questions on each trifold?
Now, that I've looked at them again, I realize the formatting of the trifolds is really messed up when I open them on my computer and the questions were all overlapped on top of each other in the left hand column, which is why the questions didn't appear to match the skill or focus. Must be some kind of problem with my program, I can't even move the parts where they are suppose to go. I can resize them, but I can't move them.
Hope I can figure out how to fix them.
Thanks again everyone.
I really like this idea. I have been in school for two weeks now and think these trifolds would be great in my classroom. If you are still looking for help with any of the themes, please let me know. I would love to help out and be able to have these for all of the themes. This would be a great tool for me as I have jumped from prekindergarten to fifth grade this year!
Is there a particular site the trifolds are being posted. I would love to get a copy of the trifolds. I currently have them for theme 1. Thanks to all who have given their time. I hope I am able to contribute at some point in the future
I've started teaching fifth grade this year, and was able to download all of the trifolds for themes 1 and 2, and some for 3. I made the remaining ones for theme 3, and was hoping to find some for themes 4, 5, and 6. There has been much discussion about collaborating to complete the project, and I am wondering if any trifolds were done for themes 4, 5, and 6? I have used these in my classroom, and they are excellent! If they don't exist on this blog, I am willing to make them for theme 4, and am hoping someone will agree to take on theme 5. Anyone? Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas and resources on the site - they have been so helpful.
I am interested in receiving the trifolds for the Houghton Mifflin grade 5 series. I have used the trifold for Earthquake Terror and Eye of the Storm and we are jumping to Theme 3 and learning about the American Revolution. I would greatly appreciate if you could share!! This is my first year teaching fifth grade, I taught third grade previously, and I need all the help I can get!! Let me know!!