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Young scholars explore world geography by identifying the continents on Earth. In this continental drift instructional activity, students examine a worksheet which uses the world continents as puzzle pieces to create the single land called "Pangea." Young scholars complete a crossword puzzle using vocabulary terms associated with the Alfred Wegener.
Who says your budding readers are too young for crossword puzzles? Scholars use visual clues instead of written ones to complete single-syllable words. They fill in the initial letter for each of six words, and a second letter for one of them. Just like in a normal crossword, several of these letters operate as the first letter of two different words. Use this to discuss consonance and words that begin with the same sound. Categorize the words into those with the same vowel sound and those with the same consonant sound.
Fourth graders, while working in centers read Richie's Rocket by Joan Anderson, and then create a puzzle using ideas, emotions, and experiences from the story. In addition, they write specific definitions for certain words, use those words in sentences, write a synonym for the word, draw a picture of the word, and create a short dramatic scene from the story.
Fourth graders, after reading with intonation and expression the book, "Richie's Rocket," by Joan Anderson, circulate in centers to create a puzzle with emotions and experiences from the ideas in the story, write the definition of words down, write each word in a complete sentence as well as list a synonym for each word. They also create a short dramatic scene from the book.
Get your early readers off to a good start by building a strong phonetic foundation. They use the provided T-chart and puzzle pieces to practice saying and recognizing the medial sound in a series of words. They take turns by choosing a puzzle piece, saying its name, its medial sound, and then placing it on their side of the chart. Everything is included to complete this activity.
Print out this crossword puzzle and have your class practice their vocabulary. There is no word bank, so learners will have to truly know the definitions and be able to spell the word to complete this activity. These words are related through word roots. Answers are available, as is a print out of the clues and crossword puzzle itself.
Students explore the mystery genre. In this literature lesson, students identfiy common features and characteristics of the genre "mystery". Students independently read a mystery of their choice, and create an 8 piece jigsaw puzzle displaying various components of the book.