Many of my colleagues were overwhelmed when our district implemented one-to-one technology, so I shared my first book projects with them, By the Great Horn Spoon
and Island of the Blue Dolphins
. They were so popular, the requests started pouring in.
This project is designed to be used while reading Maniac Magee, a frequent request, and includes questions to spark critical thinking and links to help students understand unfamiliar concepts—all in line with common core. Knowing there just aren’t enough hours in the day, I’ve tried to incorporate a little bit of everything, as well as exposing students to multiple media sources. Understanding engagement is key, I’ve also taken care to balance links between charts, texts, and videos.
Point of view
Deciphering height and weight graphs
Types of triangles
Washington’s troops at Valley Forge
The Children’s Crusade
“Extra” Image links are included for early finishers to explore. This project can be used with a whole class if you have one-to-one devices, small group at a computer center, or individually. You can assign all of it or part. With more than 30 links, this project is self-contained, highly engaging, and ideal for students who read at different rates or as an individual project when differentiating.