About This Book
This delightful book is a mixture of silly and science. The humorous illustrations bring it to life. What a fun way to teach about floating and displacement.
Reviews and recommendations:
School Library Journal (06/01/13)
IRA/CBC Children's Choices
MSTA Reading Circle List
Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Honor Book
Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (IN)
Selection of the Junior Library Guild
What Floats in a Moat?
by Lynne Berry
Matthew Cordell, (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013
Lexile: 400 AD
Summary: While trying to cross a moat, Archimedes the Goat and Skinny the Hen learn why objects sink or float.
Ways to Use This Product
These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities. Examining text is perfect for two students to work on at one time making it easier for both. Through the teacher read-aloud and student group work, good books become part of a common classroom culture.
Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.
The vocabulary cards can be put on a crown or attached to a student’s back. This student then gets to ask five questions about his word and try to guess it.
This product contains the following activities:
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet and a page explaining how to use
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are four words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have students draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
One blank vocabulary map for use with words
Word sorts by number of syllables, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Word scramble with answer key
Word shapes with answer key
Missing letters with answer key
Word Search with answer key
Spelling test (choose the correct word from four) with answer key
7 vocabulary words with answer key
Cloze exercise with answer key
Marking text with answer key
Board Game with Game Cards and directions
Scrambled sentences with answer key and writing sheet
Write a word problem with answer key
Vocabulary in context with answer key
Draw and explain the most important part
Sequence seven events with answer key and writing sheet
Chickens--Fiction, Goats--Fiction, Stories in Rhyme, Floating Bodies--Fiction, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Study, Literature Unit and Activities, Reading Circles
Core Curriculum Standards
RL - 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.7, 2.10
RL - 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 3.10
RL - 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.10