This is an interactive journal that utilizes the Pirates Fact Tracker book by Will and Mary Pope Osborne. This journal incorporates vocabulary and text feature study for deeper meaning of nonfiction material.
Print pages 5-17 single sided. This makes 2 sets of booklets when you cut down the middle.
Fold a piece of 8 ½ x 11 construction paper. Glue the cover on the front. The question sheet is layered on top of the 8 vocabulary recording sheets and stapled to the left inner side of the 8 ½ x 11 construction paper.
Staple the Nonfiction text features page to the right side of your construction paper.
Glue the “What I leaned” page to the back cover.
Vocabulary:Use the vocabulary words in the margins of the book. There are more than 4 words in each chapter, so kids have a choice on where they would like to focus their learning.
Use thesaurus.com to find synonyms. LOOK at the rich language/vocabulary you will facilitate! IE: A pirate could be a raider or a bandit. Another name for a trading ship is a merchant vessel. A port could be a wharf or a harbor and other words for myth include legends and folktales.
In an age of linguistic poverty, this activity is essential!
Text features are an essential focus when helping students “cue in” to what they are learning and WHERE to pay attention to their reading.
Students select 4 text features and explain how one (or more) of those features helped their learning.