Virginia Rojas from Denton, Texas, uses ReadWriteThink resources to connect poetry and science. Her bilingual first-grade class studied oceans, and each students chose an animal to research. After the research, they published their findings in a book, that included habitat, enemies, food, life cycle, and a “wow.” A “wow” is a piece of information that wows the students about their animal.
Rojas used the lesson A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry and used the interactive Acrostic Poems tool. Read more about her experiences in the ReadWriteThink Community Stories section, and for more free literacy activities, just keep reading!
- New Resources:
- Podcast: Barnyard Antics, Episode 57 of Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers (for grades K–5)
- Mobile App: Venn Diagram for iOS and Android (for grades K–12)
- Lesson Plan: Using Tiered Companion Texts to Comprehend Complex Nonfiction Texts (for grades 3–5)
- Strategy Guide on using mobile devices: Reading on the Go (for teachers of grades 5–12)
- Get ready to go back to school! We have booklists, community-building activities, and free online resources.
- Explore planets and the universe, launch rockets, and test gravity with Thinkfinity.
- Organize by the Letters! Use our updated Alphabet Organizer tool.
- Cook up summer learning! Mix up fun by hosting a muffin party.
- Beat the Heat With Free Summer Learning Activities from ReadWriteThink.org
- Connect. Get Energized. (Re) Invent Your Future! Register now for the 2013 NCTE Annual Convention.
From the Calendar
- August 1: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years. (For grades 3–8)
- August 2: Get ready to go back to school! Students share details about their lives with one another using the interactive Graphic Map and share their memories in small groups or with the whole class. (For grades 3–6)
- August 4: President Barack Obama was born today in 1961. Students are read a passage by President Barack Obama from his book Dreams from My Father and are encouraged to examine the ways people are portrayed by the media. (For grades 7–12)
- August 5: French author Guy de Maupassant was born on this day in 1850. Students read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st century. (For grades 9–12)
- August 6: The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926. Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete “famous.” Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years. (For grades 3–8)
- August 7: The first picture of Earth was taken by the U.S. satellite Explorer VI in 1959. After students view the first picture from the Explorer VI Satellite, they discuss the differences between this first image and the images of the earth that we typically see today. (For grades 5–12)
- August 9: Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931. Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic. (For grades 3–8)
- August 10: The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846. After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit. (For grades 1–8)
- August 11: Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921. Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots. (For grades 5–12)
- Next month, find lesson plans and activities on Walter Dean Myers, monarch butterflies, voting rights, and more!
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