"Jasper's Beanstalk"

K - 2nd

Students participate in various shared reading and writing activities related to the book "Jasper's Beanstalk." They write a sentence for each of Jasper's activities for each day of the week, develop a list of gardening words, and retell the story.

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Instructional Design
5 days
Literacy Matters

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My Favorite Activity

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Rest in peace, dead words!

Sick to death of reading papers loaded with trite expressions and over-used words? Here’s an activity that will enliven your reading and animate the vocabulary of your young learners. Laminate on a paper tombstone a short list of “dead” (banned or over-used) words. Distribute these lists to groups who must then find five synonyms for each word.  The tombstones, surrounded by synonyms, are then posted around the classroom, available for writers to use to give life to their creations. A banned word list and a sample essay, with lively lexica, are included.

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