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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Guided Reading Plan: Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark


 


 

Teacher:

Hilty

Date:

012711, 012811, 020311, 020411, 021011

Concept Of Comprehension Focus:

  • Character Motivation
  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Explaining Similarity and Difference

Guided Reading Texts

MTH: Dinosaurs Before Dark


 


 

Guided Reading and Independent Practice: (15-20 minutes)


AIM- SWBAT increase reading stamina; SWBAT explain characters' motivations and compare characters by drawing conclusions about the characters


 

What is the big idea (of the chapter)?

Chapters 1 and 2: Different people have different motivations for doing the same things, especially when it comes to doing something that is potentially dangerous or new.

Chapters 3 and 4: Characters' personalities and character traits stay the same in different settings. We can draw conclusions based on this. By behaving like "scientists," we can overcome our fears because science believes that the scientist operates outside of the world which is being examined.

Chapters 5 and 6: We can use scientific information to make inferences about the world. We can use these inferences to make decisions about whether or not certain actions are safe. Even if we infer that something is safe, we should still use caution.

Chapters 7 and 8: Identifying a new problem in a story is a good way to identify a subplot. We can learn a lot about a character by how they try to solve problems.

Chapters 9 and 10: At the end of a story the problem in the subplot is solved and we return to the main plot of the story. Sharing a special experience with someone can bring you closer to them. Sometimes things can happen to you that no one else can understand.


 

Teach about reading:

Reading Stamina: being able to read and understand more text at one time

Character Motivation: what causes characters to act and feel the way they do

Drawing Conclusions (about characters): inferring what a character might do or say in a certain situation using what you know about a character, what you know about the setting and you background knowledge.

Text Preview

Words to give-

Chapters 1 and 2: Pennsylvania, Pteranodon

Chapters 3 and 4: Cretaceous period, boldly

Chapters 5 and 6: Triceratops, medallion, Anatosaurus, colonies, magnolia

Chapters 7 and 8: Tyrannosaurus Rex

Chapters 9 and 10: ancient, reptile


 

Words specific to this text- Concepts- Text features-

How do you chunk the text? Where do you need to guide?

  • By chapter, 2 chapters at a time

(3 minutes)

Reading Strategy:

Increase reading stamina by reading and understanding more text at one time; identify and explain character motivation by "Figuring Out"; draw conclusions and compare multiple characters

Intro to book:

During reading

  
  
  
  
  
  

Chapters 1 and 2

Introduction:

Do you have a brother or a sister? How would you compare yourself to your brother or sister? This is the first book of the Magic Tree House series. This is a story about a brother and a sister, Jack and Annie who have some things in common, but who are also very different. In the first two chapters of the book they discover something very interesting while they are walking in their home town of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. As you read pay attention to how they react to their discovery. Think about what makes them similar and different, and imagine what you would do if you were in this situation with your brother or sister.


 

Factual Q:

Chapter 1

What does Annie like and what does Jack like? (Annie likes pretend stuff, Jack likes real stuff like books)

What did Annie and Jack discover on their walk?

Chapter 2

What was the tree house filled with?

What can they see from the tree house at the beginning of the chapter? Where are they at the beginning of the chapter? Where are they at the end of the chapter?


 

Inference Q (at least two):

Chapter 1

Why did Annie decide to climb into the tree house?

Why does Jack tell Annie to come back when she goes up into the tree house? What does this tell us about Annie? What does this tell us about Jack? (Annie is adventurous and curious, Jack is kind of curious, but more conservative and less adventurous)

Chapter 2

Why does Jack think that Annie is pretending when she screams and says she sees a monster?

What makes Jack think that they are not supposed to be in the tree house? Do you think Annie cares? Why or why not? What does this tell us about the characters?

Let's identify cause and effect:

Jack opens the book about Pennsylvania… (they are still in Pennsylvania)

Jack opens the book about dinosaurs to the page about the Pteranodon… (a Pteranodon appears)

What does this tell us about the books in the tree house?

What is so strange about this tree house?


 

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

Chapter 1

How are Jack and Annie different? What in the story makes you think that?

What does Jack think about Annie's actions?

Should Jack and Annie really have climbed into the tree house? Why or why not?

Chapter 2

(end) Using what we know about Jack and Annie, how does Annie feel about the tree house right now? How does Jack feel about the tree house right now? What do you think is similar and different about the way they feel? What in the story makes you think that?


 

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

By reading more than one chapter at a time we are increasing our reading stamina, or our ability to read and understand more text at one time. As we become better readers, our stories will become longer and more complex: they will have more characters, changing plots, and multiple settings. By drawing conclusions about characters' motivations and feelings and comparing them in different settings, we are becoming better readers.


 

Chapters 3 and 4

Introduction:

How would you feel if you left EBCS today, walked outside, and were no longer in Brooklyn as you know it, but you were somewhere else that you didn't recognize? Why would you feel that way? In chapters 3 and 4 Jack and Annie end up somewhere very unfamiliar. As you read, pay attention to how they react to their new setting. Think about what makes them similar and different, and imagine what you would do if you were in this situation with your brother or sister.

Factual Q:

Chapter 3

How has the setting changed?

Where did they go?

Chapter 4

What did Jack do after he touched the Pteranodon? Why did he do that?

What is a bony crest?

Inference Q (at least two):

Chapter 3

What's the deal with the book matching the setting?

Why does Jack say that "none of this can be real"?

How can Annie tell that the Pteranodon is "nice"?

What is different about how Annie and Jack feel about being in the Cretaceous period?

Chapter 4

In the beginning of the chapter, does Jack want to go down the ladder? Why does he change his mind?

Annie says, "Don't think, just do it." What does that tell us about Annie?


 

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

Chapter 3

How does Jack feel about Annie climbing down the ladder? What makes you think that?

Chapter 4

What does Annie think of Jack in this chapter? How would you describe their relationship?

It seems to me like they need each other. How do they need each other?

How would this experience be different if it were just Jack?

How would this experience be different if it were just Annie?


 

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

We've had a good opportunity to see how characters' personalities go with them from one setting to another.

By paying attention to this we can begin to make inferences and draw conclusions about how our characters would act in other situations, too. For example, I bet we could draw reasonable conclusions about how Jack and Annie would act in other settings like at school, at the beach, at Target, etc.


 

Chapters 5 and 6

Introduction:

Have you ever been in a strange place with unfamiliar things? What was that like? In these chapters Jack and Annie explore the new setting a little bit. Let's read to find out what happens when the encounter different types of dinosaurs. As we read, let's be thinking about how the characters' actions confirm or disconfirm (that means proves them wrong) haw we think about the characters.


 

Factual Q:

Chapter 5

Why are they trying to get into the tree house so quickly?

How big was the Triceratops?

What was on the medallion?

Chapter 6

Why did the Anatosaurus run away?

Inference Q (at least two):

Chapter 5

Why isn't Annie afraid of the Triceratops? What makes you think that?

How does Jack feel about Annie running towards the Triceratops? What makes you think that?

Think about the scene with the Triceratops. What does this tell us about Jack? What does this tell us about Annie?

How does Jack know that there was a person there before him and Annie? How does that show that someone was there?

Chapter 6

Why did Jack say that he was going to kill Annie?

Why did Jack decide to take the medallion?

What's the deal with pretending to chew? What makes you think that?

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

Chapter 5

How would you describe Jack now? How did this chapter affect how we think about Jack?

How would you describe Annie now? How did this chapter affect how we think about Annie?

If Jack and Annie weren't siblings do you think Jack would want to be friends with Annie? Why or why not?

Chapter 6

Why didn't Jack want to get too close to the baby dinosaurs? But what about Annie?


 

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

I think that this chapter showed us that we have been correct in our descriptions of Jack and Annie. The way that Jack and Annie act in this chapter is pretty much what we expected based upon the character descriptions that we used in previous chapters. What we have been reading, the exploration of the dinosaurs' habitat, is what we call a subplot. This means that their adventures in this setting are not the main plot. The main plot is that Jack and Annie found a tree house on their way home, and the tree house turned out to be magic. What is happening in the new setting is still very important, but it is the subplot; we can't let our excitement with the dinosaurs make us forget how this subplot fits with the rest of the story.


 

Chapters 7 and 8

Introduction:

We talked about subplots yesterday. Have you ever watched a cartoon or read a book with a subplot? Do you think that you can identify a subplot in a story? In today's chapters, Jack and Annie are still exploring the dinosaur world. But today a new problem arises. This problem is a subplot. Let's see if we can identify the subplot. Let's see if the subplot has any effect on how we think of Jack and Annie.


 

Factual Q:

Chapter 7

What is the main problem in chapter 7?

Where was the Tyrannosaurus Rex standing at the end of the chapter?

Chapter 8

Why was Jack outside the tree house, so close to a T-Rex?

Did the problem from ch. 7 get resolved?

Inference Q (at least two):

Chapter 7

Why does Jack need to go back for his backpack?

Jack makes some inferences about the Anatosauruses. What were some of his inferences? Do you think that his inferences make sense? Why or why not?

Chapter 8

Why was Jack's heart beating so fast?

How did Jack feel after he read in the book about the Tyrannosaurus Rex? What makes you think that?

Why do you think that the Pteranodon was coming right for Jack?

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

Chapter 7

Is the backpack worth risking his life?

How did the problem change from the beginning to the end of the chapter? Did it change?

Chapter 8

Why did Annie come down the ladder with the T-Rex so close? Do you think that Jack would have done that for her? What in the story makes you think that? (Recall what happen with the Anatosauruses in ch. 6)


 

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

In these chapters we saw more developments in the subplot. We noticed that a new problem arose and that was how we knew that we had found another subplot. We also got to see how the characters make inferences in a story. This is really cool because we get to see how the characters in the book are doing the very same thing that we have to do when we read the book.


 

Chapters 9 and 10

Introduction:

Have you ever done something one day, but then thought it was a dream when you thought back to it? What was that like? How did that feel? These are the final chapters in the book. This means that the problem in the subplot(s) will be solved and our attention will be called back to the main plot of the story. As we finish up the book let's think about how this adventure has affected Jack and Annie's relationship, and how they may have changed from the beginning to the end of the story.

Factual Q:

Chapter 9

What was Jack wondering when the Pteranodon landed next to him with "alert" eyes?

Where was Annie this whole time?

Chapter 10

Where are they now?

Inference Q (at least two):

Chapter 9

"Don't think. Just do it." Who does that sound like? Why is Jack saying this to himself?

Why did they teeter?

How did Jack feel to be able to see everything from the back of the Pteranodon? What makes you think that?

Why does Jack thank Annie for saving his life? What did she have to do with it? What does this tell us about her?

What do you think slammed into the oak tree?

Chapter 10

Why did Jack feel "dazed"?

Why did Jack's fingers tingle when he touched the medallion? What makes you think that?

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

How do Jack and Annie feel about the tree house? What makes you think that?

Should Jack and Annie tell their parents about their adventure? What about the tree house? Why or why not?

How can Jack be so sure that the trip was "real"?

Why do they want to go back the tree house? What makes you think that?

How do you think this adventure affected Jack and Annie's relationship? What makes you think that?

How have Jack and Annie changed from the beginning to the end of the story?


 

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

By paying close attention to characters' motivations throughout a story we get to see how characters change and grow from the beginning to the end of a story. In this book we got to see how a brother and a sister grew closer together through a shared experience that no one else would believe or even understand. As we continue to read Magic Tree House books, we are going to make connections to what we read here, and we will continue to see Jack and Annie's relationship grow.

(Independent)


 


 

Name: _____________________
Date:
________

Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, chapters 1 and 2


 

How would you describe Annie? (Your answer needs to be at least two sentences and include at least one character trait word.)

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How would you describe Jack? (Your answer needs to be at least two sentences and include at least one character trait word.)

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Can you think of someone who is like Jack or Annie? What makes them like Jack or Annie?

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How are Jack and Annie similar? What in the story makes you think that?

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How are Jack and Annie different? What in the story makes you think that?

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In chapter 1, does Jack think it's a good idea to go into the tree house? What does Jack do or say that makes you think that?

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How do Annie's feelings change from the beginning of chapter 1 to the end of chapter 2? Why do you think her feelings changed? What does she do or say that makes you think that?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name: _____________________
Date:
________

Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, chapters 1 and 2 (modified)


 

How would you describe Annie? (Your answer needs to be at least two sentences and include at least one character trait word.)

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

How would you describe Jack? (Your answer needs to be at least two sentences and include at least one character trait word.)

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Can you think of someone who is like Jack or Annie? What makes them like Jack or Annie?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 


 


 


 


 


 

How do Annie's feelings change from the beginning of chapter 1 to the end of chapter 2? Why do you think her feelings changed? What does she do or say that makes you think that?

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Name: _____________________
Date:
________

Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, chapters 3 and 4


 

Did Jack act the way you thought he would when they landed in the Cretaceous period? What did you expect him to do? What didn't you expect?

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Did Annie act the way you thought she would when they landed in the Cretaceous period? What did you expect her to do? What didn't you expect?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

What is the deal with the book that Jack is reading? What would have happened if the book was about Coney Island and not about dinosaurs? What makes you think that?

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In the beginning of chapter 4, does Jack want to go down the ladder? Why does he change his mind?

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What are you wondering at the end of chapter 4?

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Name: _____________________
Date:
________

Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, chapters 5 and 6


 

How does Jack feel about Annie running towards the Triceratops? What makes you think that?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

How does Jack know that there was a person there before him and Annie? How does that show that someone was there?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Is it important that someone was there before Jack and Annie? What makes you think that?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If Jack and Annie weren't siblings do you think Jack would want to be friends with Annie? Why or why not?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Did anything in these chapters change the way you think about Jack or Annie? Why is that?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

What are you wondering at the end of chapter 6?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Name: _____________________
Date:
________

Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, chapters 7 and 8


 

What is the problem in these chapters?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Why does Jack need his backpack so badly?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Should Jack really be risking his life for that backpack? What makes you think that?

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How do you think Jack felt after reading the part in his book about the Tyrannosaurus Rex? What makes you think that?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Did anything in these chapters change the way you think about Jack or Annie? Why is that?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

What are you wondering at the end of chapter 8?

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Name: _____________________
Date:
________

Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, chapters 9 and 10


 

How does the problem in the subplot get solved?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Why does Jack thank Annie for saving his life? What did she have to do with it?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Why do Jack and Annie think that no one will believe their story?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 


 


 


 

How did this experience change Jack and Annie's relationship? Why do you think that?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

Did anything in these chapters change the way you think about Jack or Annie? Why is that?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 

What advice do you have for Jack and Annie?

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What advice would they have for you?

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