Smart Solutions: Challenge Activities (Theme 6)

This Smart Solutions: Challenge Activities (Theme 6) handout & reference also includes:

Smart Solutions is the theme of unit comprised of activities designed to challenge minds and stretch writing muscles. Enthusiastic writers create their own comic strip, write a problem-solution essay, an opinion letter, a funny story, a book review, and read books by Beverly Cleary. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign applicable activities in your English language arts center rotations 
  • Display book reviews next to the book for learners to browse when time permits 
  • Invite pupils to choose and share their best writing with the class 
Classroom Considerations

  • Some curriculum-specific materials are not provided, but lessons can still be conducted with modifications
  • The unit is the first of three in a themed series created by Houghton Mifflin and designed to accompany their English language arts curriculum
Pros

  • Each lesson's corresponding worksheet is printed next to the lesson's directions for easy referencing 
  • Lessons are labeled as either individual or group work
  • Additional independent work is provided 
Cons

  • The link to post book reviews no longer works