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Chasing Vermeer: A Flashlight Readers Activity

This innovative online experience offers activities related to Chasing Vermeer and author Blue Balliett that fans will love, from author chats to slideshows.

Grades

3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities
  • Book Resources

Explore Chasing Vermeer, a Flashlight Readers interactive literacy experience about the novel and author Blue Balliett, brings Chasing Vermeer and other popular books by Blue Balliett to life.

Students can:

Learning Objectives

While participating in Flashlight Readers activities, students will:

  • Offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to text
  • Identify and discuss book themes, characters, plots, and settings
  • Connect their experiences with those of the author and/or with characters from the books
  • Support predictions, interpretations, conclusions, etc. with examples from text
  • Practice key reading skills and strategies (cause-and-effect, problem/solution, compare-and-contrast, summarizing, etc.)
  • Monitor their own comprehension
  • Discuss ideas from the book with you, the author, and/or other students online

Benchmarks for Blue Balliett Flashlight Readers Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Picture the Process! Lesson Plan

  • Language Arts Standards (4th Ed.)
    • Develops the topic with simple facts
    • Organizes details chronologically
    • Uses technology to create and publish written work
  • Working With Others
    • Participates in a variety of group and individual activities
    • Provides feedback in a constructive manner and recognizes the importance of seeking and receiving constructive feedback in a non-defensive manner
  • Technology
    • Applies technology to compose and publish written work

Lesson 2: Do You See What I See? Lesson Plan

  • Language Arts
    • Understands reasons for varied interpretations of visual media
    • Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of informational texts
    • Uses new information to adjust and extend personal knowledge base
  • Art Connections
    • Knows the similarities and differences in the meanings of common terms used in the various arts (e.g., form, line, contrast)

Lesson 3: Patterns and Pentominoes Lesson Plan

  • Mathematics
    • Uses a variety of strategies to understand problem situations
  • Thinking and Reasoning
    • Tests a hypothesis, throws out an unsuccessful hypothesis, and formulates a new hypothesis
    • Selects criteria or rules for category membership that are relevant and important
  • Working With Others
    • Works cooperatively within a group to complete tasks, achieve goals, and solve problems
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