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February 2016

Teaching Tone!

Welcome back to our series for another tool!! Today’s tool is Teaching Tone! Be sure to download your FREEBIE below AND enter our RAFFLE for a FREE Tone Craftivity!!
 We always start a concept out with a colorful anchor chart
that will BURN an image in our students’ minds and IGNITE their interest in the
topic!
 We love a theme, so our theme for Tone was fire! We always
feature a career, since we want our students to be college and career ready!
Firemen are always a hit with the kids.
 Next, we had students complete a craftivity (that is
available in our store or in the giveaway below). Students read 4 short
passages, chose the tone from 8 choices, and matched them up. They highlighted
the words that showed the tone of the passage. With the other 4 tone choices
that were not used, they worked backwards. Students created their own, original
passages that showed the tone. Students then switched with partners to complete
the rest of the craftivity. They loved this part!

Here is a fun Reader’s Notebook idea that I absolutely love.
The hardest part for students is to realize that the tone of a passage is based
off of the author’s word choice. I always put up “What words or phrases do you
see in the text?” Students then need to collect the author’s words!!! They need
to forget about the passage’s meaning and just focus in on the words! They
always want to tell me, “The tone is funny because I laughed,” or they will
give an event. NOOOOO! THIS IS THE MOOD!!!!! Students need the opportunity to
pull out the words from the text! This Reader’s Notebook activity helps them
see the words isolated from the passage to see what the true tone is.

 Check out this FREEBIE! Students are able to practice
exactly what I just mentioned above!
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 We always love to have students practice with picture books!
This is a great activity for early finishers! They love picture books! With
this book, students pulled out the tone of “Urgency” with text evidence including:
“turned on the siren,” “rushed,” “roars down Main Street,” “siren going full
blast,” and so on.
 Students also enjoyed some yummy “fire bark” to complete our
theme. The fire bark is simply melted chocolate, and anything you want to throw
in! Simple!
Need more resources for teaching Tone? Buy the Craftivity or
better yet, the Bundle in our store! The Bundle has: Lesson Notes, Poster, A
list of 128 Common Tones, Craftivity, Sentence Frames, Reader’s Notebook Ideas,
Foldable, and Exit Tickets!
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Teaching Mood in Literature

Welcome back to our Teacher Toolkit Series!
Today, we are going to go over the COLORFUL concept of
teaching MOOD in literature!
Get your berets ready because we are going to paint you a
MASTERPIECE!
Our students always get excited with a cute anchor chart to start things off.
Anchor charts create a visual for students to reference back to.
Our focus is the READER when teaching mood!

After students have the concept of mood, we practice finding the mood with some of our favorite picture books. The key is to find picture books that give a variety of moods! For example, Silly Tilly’s mood was humorous and Where the Wild Things Are’s mood was imaginative.
Another fun way to teach mood in literature is to teach mood with MUSIC!
Students love hearing their favorite songs to spur their interest and ignite engagement! We love listening to Kidz Bop in our class! Students pulled out the mood of BORED, FED UP, and TIRED in one of their favorite songs, “Same Old Love” and POWERFUL and COURAGEOUS in the song, “Confident.”
We love hooking them in with what they love most!
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Our theme came from our idea to center teaching mood around colors. For this, we use the color wheel and associated different moods with different colors.
Do the same for your class by downloading this FREEBIE that practices using colors to teach mood! When teaching mood, we had students close their eyes and imaging different objects. For example, we had them picture the sky for blue and a tree for green. We had students write how they felt while imagining these objects. After our discussion, we gave them a chart with the different colors and moods, that we felt, fell under each color. We used this chart throughout our unit.
Our fun activity (that is available for FREE in our GIVEAWAY below) that we made goes PERFECTLY with our theme… PAINT BY MOOD!
Students loved this activity!
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Of course, our students’ favorite part was the colorful snack!
Students were able to “paint” their cupcakes with their moods from their book.
After reading, we had students paint their cupcake the color of their mood and explain it to their table group. This was a great Book Share while practicing mood!
For a fun art activity, we capitalized on the theme of being artists. While reading, the students listed their moods throughout the book. After reading The Dot, students were able to paint their own dots with their mood’s color!
Here’s what we have noticed about teaching mood in literature over the years…
1. Students always try to ask us if they have the correct answer. They are so used to getting a correct answer and they need to realize that mood is subjective (within reason). The most important point to make is that as long as they support their mood with events from the text, they have the “correct” answer. We all have different interpretations of the same event and this needs to be a discussion to have in your classroom.
2. Students should be noticing that the Mood Changes! Moods change within the book from chapter to chapter or sometimes, even page to page! We have found it helpful to have them use a mood tracker to record their moods AS THEY ARE READING and NOT WAITING UNTIL THE END! Also, when students use a “Mood Tracker,” it is easier for them to get the overall mood of a book. They are able to see what mood happened the most often throughout the book to make a general statement. When students do not use a mood tracker, they tend to give the mood of the last chapter instead.
Here is a great YouTube video that goes over the concept teaching MOOD and TONE… which brings us to our next blog post! Come back next week for our next TOOL… Teaching TONE in literature! We like to teach these concepts together, because they are easily confused.
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Teaching Proverbs and Adages

Welcome to our “Filling your Teacher Toolkit” series!
Today, we are adding teaching Proverbs and Adages to your toolkit!
Students come into our classes not having any idea what these are!
Sometimes, students will say, “Oh ya, my grandma says that to me!” This is what gave us our theme!!! So grab your dentures and get ready to bite into something sweet!
We teach our students that Proverbs and Adages are words of WISDOM believed to be true passed on through generations.
(We know that there is a difference between the two, but for the sake of 4th graders, we have decided to teach them as synonyms)
Here is our anchor chart!
In our class, we use “JOTs” to practice the concept we are learning about.
Students create their JOTs in their Reader’s Notebooks.
Students chose a proverb/adage from our list of 50, and applied them to a situation.
They then created a picture of a little kid getting advice from their grandparent.
Here are some student samples!
Students then placed our 50 proverbs and adages around the classroom. They placed them in places that reminded them of the proverb/ adage. For example, students placed “time flies when you’re having fun” by the clock and “when one door shuts, another one opens” above the door. This activity serves as a visual for students to constantly see throughout the year that spirals back to our lesson of proverbs and adages!
Another idea for Proverbs and Adages is to dress like a grandparent! It just so happens that we are in charge of student council, so we had the luxury of planning our spirit day… Dress like a 100 Year Old for the 100th day of school! It just so happens to have worked out perfectly with our proverbs and adages unit… imagine that!! I guess there are some perks to being Student Council leaders!
Since the kids were all dressed up, we decided to use the Aging Booth App to turn our students into 100 Year Olds! Then we had them do this fun writing prompt! Students picked their favorite proverb/ adage and wrote to the youngsters about it.
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To make it even more fun, we served denture treats! Simply apples, peanut butter and marshmallows! The kids loved it and we did too since it was so simple!
Students also completed a classroom game of SCOOT with our GRANDPARENT THEMED TASK CARD ACTIVITY BUNDLE! Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win them for free!!!!!
Here’s What’s Included:

•A Colorful List of 50 Common Proverbs & Adages… Perfect for a Bulletin Board! 
•2 Sets of 25 Task Cards with Activities/ Extensions! 
50 TASK CARDS IN ALL!!!!!
Part 1: 
•25 Task Cards that gives a proverb/ adage and has the student identify its meaning 
•Fun Recording Answer Page: Students get to see which granny baked the most cakes! 
•Antonym Extension Activity: Students will find that within the multiple choices, there is also the opposite meaning of the proverb/ adage… A recording page to complete! 
Part 2: 
•25 Task Cards that gives a scenario and students have to identify which proverb/ adage would be appropriate 
•Fun Recording Answers Page: Students get to see which grandpa showed the most love! 
•Blank Task Cards: Students will create their own scenarios for a proverb/ adage… either one covered on the list of 50, or one from further research! Students can switch and complete! 
•Further Study Page: Students collect 5 proverbs/ adages that they need to investigate further and complete an activity