Students learn a little about Ben Franklin as they venture into these math and writing activities. There is a small foldable kite where students can write factors on the inside and the common number at the top. There is a "Who was the mystery writer?" decoder, in which students complete simple 1 digit multiplication. There is a time line where students are challenged to read the time line and answer word problems requiring regrouping with the 4 digit numbers of years. There is a kites and keys matching activity and a books and pens activity where students match the multiplication problems (some are 2 digit) to the answers. In writing there is a "If I had a Pen Name" writing prompt. Students will learn about how Ben Franklin wrote under a pseudonym, and they will explore the idea of writing under a pseudonym or to ghost write. There are guidelines they can follow as suggestions to think about when thinking up their own pseudonym, as well as graphic organizers to help them organize their ideas clearly and come up with their own pen names. There is also a list of quotes that Ben Franklin is credited as saying. Students can agree or disagree with one quote, and write out a 3 - 4 paragraph opinion piece on the quote. The larger foldable kite can be used for main ideas and details, as well as showcasing information about Benjamin Franklin in a notebook or as a bulletin board display. There are activities to practice components of language arts, such as modal auxiliaries, verb tenses, homophones (there, they're, and their; to, too, and two; and whose and who's). Answer keys are included where they apply.
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