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The piranha is the subject of a reading passage that is sure to engage your learners in a reading comprehension exercise. Pupils must employ multiple strategies to answer the questions based on the passage. Of particular value is the included answer key that details the logic used to identify the correct response. Did you know that there are 12 different species of piranha and one type eats only fruit?
Class members listen to the William Wise book Ten Sly Piranhas and act out the story with one child playing the piranha. They use goldfish crackers (eating them to show subtraction) to demonstrate and understand equations they see on flashcards. A visceral, and yummy, way to teach subtraction.
In this math word problems activity, students read 3 math word problems, draw pictures the represent the information provided, and then write equations meant to solve the problems. Students then write 3 word problems of their own based on Ten Sly Piranhas: A Counting Story in Reverse.
Do some of your writers need an extra lesson on correcting run-ons and comma splices? This worksheet clearly defines the terms, provides models of run-on sentences, comma splice errors, and how to correct them. The second page of the worksheet asks pupils to correct the errors they find in a paragraph and to combine independent classes with a coordinating conjunction and a comma or a semicolon to make compound sentences.
What are diverse media formats? Have your class figure this out on their own through small-group brainstorming. The resource includes two related activities about different kinds of data that will help your class get a grasp of media formats. Check understanding with the quizzes provided. In order to more fully meet the standard, provide some examples of sources for learners to evaluate for credibility and accuracy.
Challenge your learners to cross a piranha-infested river. Actually, it's just the gym floor, and they are trying to get from point A to point B, but the story makes it a more interesting challenge. Each group has two mats a given distance apart. They will start on one mat and use stepping stones (wooden blocks) to get across to the other mat. Each group gets a certain amount of blocks and they must use teamwork and strategy to get across. Of course, the distance between mats should be adjusted according to the age level of your class.
Through video, internet research, and hands-on activities, learners conduct a study of the interdependence between animals and the habitats they live in. They conduct Internet research independently in order to complete a report on a specific animal, its habitat, and many other facets of the ecosystem. Excellent videos, Internet links, and worksheets are included in this fine plan.