First Week of School Activities with Winn Dixie

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Get your year off to a terrific start with a wonderful book. Because of Winn Dixie, you can set a positive tone of friendship and caring in your classroom from day one when you read this book aloud to your class and discuss the important life lessons.

In my opinion, Because of Winn Dixie, may be the best book for young readers ever written. I read it aloud to my class at the beginning of every year. There are so many valuable lessons our students can learn through the characters in this book. That’s why Because of Winn Dixie is the perfect way to introduce important life lessons at the beginning of the school year.

This packet is not a literature study guide. It is a set of activities you can use as you read the book, Because of Winn-Dixie, aloud to your class. The activities, described below, will help your students learn valuable life lessons, get to know one another and set goals for the school year ahead.

For every 2 chapters there is one life lesson focus. As you read these two chapters aloud to your class you can use the teacher card with guided discussion questions for those chapters. The 3 or 4 guided questions help you focus and connect the text to the daily life lesson, while also talking about the characters and main events in the story. After the group read-aloud and discussion the students can write in their journal. The optional journal is another way for them to think about the story and the life lesson. There are two journal options. One is printed and cut to make a half-page journal. It has one response question about the life lesson. The second option is printed full page. It has one response question about the life lesson and a second question connecting the life lesson to the student's life.

It is a set of activities you can use as you read the book, Because of Winn-Dixie, aloud to your class. The activities, described below, will help your students learn valuable life lessons, get to know one another and set goals for the school year ahead.d

Activities:

4-23 Life Lessons from Winn Dixie

Guided questions and 13 life lessons to discuss with students. (honesty and truthfulness, curiosity, compassion, responsibility, courage, teamwork, respect, loyalty, generosity, friendly, self-control, perseverance, joyfulness) Two student journals are included, one half-page, and one full-page. Both have response questions that deal with the life lesson of the day. In the full-page journal there is a second question that connects the life lesson to the student's life.

P. 24-27 Our Tree of Goals

Students set one or two goals for themselves to hang on a class tree display. The goals are a starting point toward setting class rules.

P. 28-41 Names, Names, Names!

Three activities to learn about names. (Name interview, Name Bingo, and Name Art)

 P. 42-43 New and Renew Friendships

Learn about classmates with the Circle of Friends activity.

P. 44-50 Ten Things About Me Flip Book

Students write ten things about themselves in a flap book.

P. 51-58 All About Us Glyph and Graphs

Students complete a dog glyph with information about themselves, then use the data to draw bar graphs.

P. 59- 67 Because of Winn Dixie We Love to Read

These end-of-book activities highlight the story elements; characters, setting, and plot.

Ten pages of teacher information/directions are also included.

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Crockett's Classroom

Copyright © 2013 Debbie Crockett

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67 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

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