May 9, 2011
SUMMARY: The inspiring true story of a girl who lost her arm in a devastating shark attack but refused to give up her dream of becoming a professional surfer. Skill focus: analyzing character
AMAZING DIGITAL LESSON
Explore the theme of resilience across genres, using our thrilling nonfiction article, as well as a video clip, a poem by Emily Dickinson, and photographs.
SUMMARY: Award-winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan wrote a moving story using the first line by our Fabulous First-Line Contest winner. Skill focus: conflict
IDENTIFYING FICTION ELEMENTS: READ, THINK, EXPLAIN
CENTRAL-CONFLICT GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
SUMMARY: A barren wintry landscape. A scorched desert wilderness. How do people survive in the most extreme climates on Earth? Skill focus: compare and contrast
VIDEO: “Extreme World”
A BBC reporter visits Oymyakon and demonstrates what happens when you toss a pot of boiling water in the air. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Length: 2:05
VIDEO: “The Hottest Place on Earth”
An excerpt from the National Geographic documentary about Dallol, Ethiopia. To see the men of Dallol splitting and shaping the salt, play the start of the video through 4:39. For a clip about the volcanoes and the bubbling surfaces of the region, play 6:36–8:20.
A fun take on reading comprehension.
SUMMARY: Your students learn about the year-round school debate, then write an opinion essay using our guide. A teacher favorite!
GUIDED OPINION ESSAY
SUMMARY: We’ve peppered this fun article about the world’s most-pierced woman with all kinds of outrageous errors. Will your students help us fix these mistakes? Skill focus: revision
SUMMARY: Turn your students into grammar gods and goddesses with our delightful grammar activity.
This silly passage is chock-full of mistakes in desperate need of correcting. Includes errors of subject/verb agreement, homophones, capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.
SUMMARY: A fun take on the SCOPE 100! Students match vocabulary to photographs, then enter our caption contest.
A complete vocabulary kit! Includes a list of this issue’s words to print or project; a word-journal graphic organizer; a multiple-choice quiz; and a review activity on all words learned up to this issue. Read more about the SCOPE 100 here.
CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Enter students in our caption-writing contest, using this handy form.
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