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Guide your students through My Side of the Mountain with this resource guide. They will respond in writing to what they read in the book and complete various other activiites. After reading independently and discussing what they read with their classmates they will move through chapter activities.
Students complete activities with the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. In this literature lesson, students read the book and discuss the concept of human capital. They complete a KWLH chart and two assessments.
Students write a story on surviving in the woods. In this living off the land lesson plan, students discuss lifestyles of the Paleo Indians, the Archaic Indians, the Mississippian Indians, and the Woodland Indians and compare their lifestyles to that of Sam Gribley in My Side of the Mountain. Students take notes during a program given by a park ranger and summarize what they learned in exactly twenty words.
Fifth graders complete a survival guide of Sam's days in the wilderness, complete prediction page before reading and review predictions at the end, discuss events from the story that they think could happen in real life and the ones that could happen to them.
Learners explore the skills necessary to survive in the wilderness. The song, "I Survive" by Donna Summers launches this project to invent a survival kit for any situation. The story by Peregrine Falcon, "Birds of Prey" is used to motivate the sear
Sixth graders complete a venn diagram.  In this plants and animals lesson, 6th graders read a books that contains facts about night creatures and add the words predator and pangolins to the word wall.  Students read the book The Waterfall and discuss the figurative language present.  Students read My Side of the Mountain making sure to list all of the plants and animals they encounter.  Students also complete a venn diagram comparing and contrasting Clams and Mus
Students listen to low, middle, and high pitches of music and identify if they are low, middle, or high. In this musical pitch lesson plan, students visually see low, middle, and high pitches on a mountain.
Fifth graders read "My Side of the Mountain." They create a pantomime using vocabulary words from the story. Students create three questions about the reading. They discuss the passage they read and act out words to help them better understand and remember their meanings.
The major pre-Columbian settlements are studied in this excellente social studies lesson. Fifth graders explain how geography and climate influenced the way various nations lived and adjusted to the environment, and focus on eight essential questions which cover migration, cultural, religius, agricultural, and social practices of the settlements.
Sixth graders find facts about a specific animal.  In this research lesson, 6th graders wrap up their unit on animals and pick one animal to research and present to the class using PowerPoint.  Students use the dash facts method to collect their information on topics such as appearance, food and habitat.
Sixth graders are introduced to the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. In this literature instructional activity, 6th graders watch a video about the author that explains her book writing and history as a naturalist. They answer comprehension questions. 
Sixth graders read legends. For this legend lesson, 6th graders look at a Legend characteristic graphic organizer and name the characteristics of a legend. They listen to pages 28-35 of My Side of the Mountain and list the plants and animals from the chapter in their on-going book. 
Sixth graders complete activities with the book My Side of the Mountain. In this literature instructional activity, 6th graders read pages 131- 160 using students in the class as narrators and characters. They put more animals and plants in their nature book. 
Students act out the destruction and creation of land forms. In this geology lesson, students examine geological processes that create land forms. Students act out a play to present to other classes to demonstrate land form creation.
"If global warming is real, why is it so cold?" Distinguishing the difference between weather and climate is important when it comes to understanding our planet. In these activities, young scientists look at the climate patterns in a variety of locations, graph the data, and examine the geographical features such as mountains or oceans that affect a given location's climate. 
Eighth graders conduct research about geologic process. They use a creative project in the form of a bulletin board to engage diverse kinds of learners. They also create a play to be presented as a class.
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Each literary skill is linked to a part of speech in this ELD lesson plan, which works with three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Grizzly Bear Family Book, The Golden Lion Tamarin Comes Home," and "My Side of the Mountain"). Learners practice making generalizations with adverbs, noting details with prepositions, and drawing conclusions with pronouns. The sentence frames and vocabulary lists are differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced skill levels.
Young scholars create sculptures while practicing whittling.  In this arts and crafts lesson, students utilize a knife and sculpt soap models based on the novel My Side of the Mountain.  Young scholars may work on their models outside of class.
Students simulate erosion. In this landforms lesson, students create a model mountain out of a pile of rocks and simulate rain to discuss the act of erosion. Students explain what happens in their own words and the teacher introduces the correct terminology.

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