Week at a Glance:
- GIVEAWAY of the Week: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
- Island of the Blue Dolphins Project
- Reading Response for Elementary Students
- Teaching Children how to Search Internet
- Teaching Children how to use Publisher
- Teaching Children how to Paint with Natural Materials
GIVEAWAY of the Week: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
Book of the Week: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Why we love this book:
I read Island of the Blue Dolphins for the first time when I was 9-years-old. Since that first reading, it has remained one of my favorite books. My independent, adventurous side is drawn to Karana’s story of survival. Through many readings, I have bonded with Karna’s strength, loneliness and harmony with nature. Scott O’Dell actually based Karana’s “Robinson Crusoe” story on a young women found living alone with a dog on the Island of San Nicolas in 1853. This bit of real-life mystery makes the book even more intriguing.
This week’s GIVEAWAY is a bit different. Rather than a specific book, we are GIVING AWAY an Amazon Gift Card so you can purchase several novels for your home library. Of course, I recommend Island of the Blue Dolphins!
Island of the Blue Dolphins Reading Response Project
(Teaching Students How to Use Publisher)
Island of the Blue Dolphin Reading Response Project, MacGyver, 8-years-old
- I always give MacGyver a choice when selecting novels for independent reading.
- I do a book talk on several books and let him make the choice.
- Island of the Blue Dolphin was NOT his first choice. He picked Hank the Cow Dog!
- What can I say, Hank the Cow Dog is a great book for an 8-year-old boy.
- Nonetheless, Island of the Blue Dolphins made the cut the second time around! Yeah for me!
I taught MacGyver how to:
- make a text box,
- select a font
- select a size
- center text
- space lines
- create color designs
- scan original painted artwork
Cover Ocean Scene Artwork
- As he read, MacGyver kept note of important characters, the setting, the problem and the solution to the story.
- In his reading response journal MacGyver wrote a summary of the book.
- I edited the corrections.
- MacGyver typed his summary in publisher.
La Isla de San Nicolas
- Many days after reading, MacGyver searched the web for important details in the story.
- He located the San Nicolas Island off the coast of California.
- Since we visited San Diego and the Tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument this brought the setting to life for MacGyver.
- MacGyver copied and pasted the map into a publisher page.
Navigating the Island of the Blue Dolphins
- I taught MacGyver how to highlight important descriptive details about the island.
- Next, we looked up the length of a league.
- MacGyver multiplied the size of the island.
Navigating the Island of the Blue Dolphins
- Using the above description, MacGyver drew his own map of the island.
- This gave him a frame of reference while reading.
Getting to Know the Characters: Who are the Aleuts?
- Again, with a little research the Aleuts became real rather than abstract people in the story.
- The maps brought an element of geography and history into the story.
- MacGyver continued to copy, paste and crop into publisher.
Getting to know the Setting and the Natural Environment
- With the introduction of each new animal, MacGyver researched and created a new publisher page.
- For this beginning introduction to publisher, I simply taught MacGyver how to copy, paste and crop.
- Since then he has learned to research, take notes and write his own summaries.
- He is also learning how to credit photos.
Learning New Vocabulary
- While watching an episode of Chopped on the Food Network, the basket included abalone.
- MacGyver exclaims, “Look, they are cooking abalone like Island of the Blue Dolphins!”
Island of the Blue Dolphins
- MacGyver copied, pasted and cropped to create his pages in publisher.
- I currently do not let MacGyver search the web without my assistance.
It has been a year since we read Island of the Blue Dolphins and MacGyver still likes to look through his notebook. And of course, I’m still in love with this classic novel. When teaching I try to incorporate many different subjects and skills. Reading a book like Island of the Blue Dolphins lends itself to many learning opportunities as well as an amazingly entertaining story. This is a hectic day so I hope you can follow my posting of our little journey with Karana on the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
We read much of this book together. MacGyver would read a couple of pages and then I would read a page. Miss Enigma, age 5, listened to the story as well. In our home, reading is a form of entertainment. It is an activity the children like to share. MacGyver could have read this book independently and purely enjoyed the adventurous story. However, taking a little time to research and develop a richer understanding, gave him a deeper appreciation for the characters and the setting.
Okay, I’ll stop! Just read this book!
We’re GIVING AWAY one $25.00 amazon gift card.
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To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What is the first novel with which you remember falling in love? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, February 28, 2013
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, March 1, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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