Triple Dip 1 - STARS & BELONGING (3 yummy books, 1 shared kidlit treat)

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A TRIPLE DIP is a delicious literary sundae of 3 books & 1 set of shared experiences.

Each TRIPLE DIP provides 3 carefully curated titles that reflect a Common Thing and/or Big Idea that everyone will recognize. This TRIPLE DIP digs in to 'stars & belonging.'

The titles in this TRIPLE DIP are:

  • Sophie & Little Star by Amber Hendricks (2018, picture book)
  • Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey (2016, nonfiction)
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman (1996, fantasy)

Students can read one or all 3 books depending on factors like choice, interest, time, learning style, and individual needs. Shared reading or teacher-read titles only add to everyone's interconnectivity.

Topics and themes in this TRIPLE DIP range from astronomy to wishing upon a star to establishing a spot in this vast universe. The synergy of these kidlit titles and related activities spurs fun, thoughtful engagement for students of all sorts.

Individualization is easy. No matter what books anyone reads, all Students can do each of the activities or just the ones that make sense to assign. The permutations range from 1 activity and 1 book to 3 activities for all 3 books.

STEM/STEAM-savvy activities include: book review & rating, presentation/graphic design, story element analysis, fine motor skills, constellation design, writing, speaking, patterns, key word selection, & more. No prep / low prep!

Extra Dips & Extra Sprinkles - More titles & related resources to explore this theme.

For more background on Triple Dips or to see free, cross-curricular learning options, check out my blog:

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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