This is TRULY a darling book that you will use over and over again! The main theme, hinted at in the first chapter, is about belonging. Where do you belong? How do you know? How do you feel when you belong? What happens when you feel like you belong? VERY POWERFUL thinking!
I have created the I Can Statements, Anchor Charts, Focus Areas and Student Interactive File Folder. All YOU need to do is focus on amazing teaching!
Key concepts that students will learn or review include:
Types of Conflict: I wrote traditional conflict titles, but added “robot” titles as well. For example, Man vs. Man is also written a Robot vs. Robot. Kids will get a kick out of this.
Words and Phrases: Words and phrases focus on sensory language and author’s word choice/”juicy” words.
Reading Connections: The chapter titles really help students focus on the main idea of each reading selection. Take the time to discuss this as a way of building a story summary with your students.
I.C.E. your writing (Using Evidence-based terms): When students individually write, we always use evidence-based terms. Students each have a bookmark to mark the page number and what they noticed as they read.
I have created an anchor chart for each of these skills that you can project and trace onto chart paper OR project on your Smartboard. This is also printable in 8 ½ x 11 size for your wall.
Students have all four anchor charts on one page to refer to when reading and writing.
YOU decide how many chapters you will read each day and which skills to focus on. Words and Phrases and Reading Connections are ongoing. Model, model, model your ideas in writing in front of your class before you have kids work in partners and then individually.
Types of conflict are introduced in the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Man (Robot) vs. Nature
Chapter 13 & 14: Man (Robot) vs. Man (Animals or Robots)
Chapter 15 & 24: Man (Robot) vs. Self
Chapter 42: Man (Robot) vs. Society (Island Rules)