This "Pattycakes Notes" Mentor Text unit provides an innovative, engaging way for 3rd and 4th grade students to use the mentor text, "Happy Endings: A Story About Suffixes" to learn how to use suffixes in their writing. Designed to enhance the teaching of the WORD CHOICE Trait (from 6 Traits of Writing), this multi-day unit has a wealth of different activities for every class.
This 15-page unit contains one of our most popular products, our trademarked Pattycakes Notes, designed to meet the needs of teachers who want to conduct interactive read-alouds but aren't sure where to stop and ask questions or simply don't have time to prep a lesson that is aligned with standards and retains an instructional focus while actively engaging students.
Your manual begins with the research base about Interactive Read-alouds and provides you with step-by-step directions as to how to conduct an interactive read-aloud (as opposed to just reading the book). You are then given detailed directions as to how to print our trademarked Pattycakes template, stick on blank Post-It notes, and run the page through your printer again. The result? You will have ten read-aloud questions and activities ready-to-go, printed on post-its, and ready to stick in your copy of "Happy Endings: A Story About Suffixes". No more wondering about what to ask or when to ask it. These post-its allow you to 'stick' to the instructional focus while also giving you specific questions and activity prompts for students.
As an added bonus, we provide you with several extension activities that can be used with this engaging book including group activities and writing prompts in all three modes (opinion, informative, and narrative).
Remember, all Pattycakes activities have been tried in classrooms and have a strong research base. We also provide you with this base throughout the lesson and in the reference page at the end.
We know that time is a crucial element for you and picking standards, aligning activities, and making your read-aloud notes all take your valuable time. We have done the heavy-lifting for you - and once you make your sticky notes this way, you will want to order all of our unique products.
Please note: the mentor text is not included in these lessons. Teachers can easily find these books in most school libraries. We also have a link to each book on our Amazon Associates website at www.denovolearning.org. Your purchase of books from our site does not cost you anything extra and allows us to purchase more books to use for unit development. Thanks!