Elementary School Resources
Table of Contents
Scratch: Digital Summary
Students will create a summary of a literary text and use Scratch1 to demonstrate their understanding of the summary. Students will read closely and incorporate information from the text to support their project.
Information/Opinion Essay Questions
Students will be able to delve deeply into informational texts, find significant ideas and supporting information, as well as synthesize and compare multiple texts.
Humpty Dumpty and the Great Fall Challenge
Students will pay close attention to the rhyming patterns hidden in the poem Humpty Dumpty and complete a design challenge to investigate and design a safe way for Humpty Dumpty to get down safely off the wall.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Students will use before, during, and after-reading strategies with the picture book, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Williams. Students will use the design process to create a bus for the pigeon to drive that will travel the furthest distance.
Peg + Cat: The Racecar Problem
Students will use the picture book, Peg + Cat: The Racecar Problem, and learn about the structure of a text and plot by using a story arc and will explain how the main character responds to challenges in the text, providing details from the text to support the theme. Students will complete a challenge, making a car move down a track without touching it, building a ramp, or changing the track.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Students will analyze two characters from Jack and the Beanstalk by Joseph Jacobs, demonstrating an understanding of key details and characters by rereading and visualizing the text. Students will create a new tower for Jack to return to the magical land of giants, using marshmallows and spaghetti noodles.
Little Red Riding Hood
Students will read closely, locate details to help determine the theme, and analyze the structure of text from The Story of Little Red Riding Hood by E. Louise. The students will use the design process and compete to create a basket that will hold the most mass without breaking.
The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Challenge
Students will read closely and use quotes to accurately provide evidence when explaining what the text says or drawing inferences from The Story of the Three Little Pigs with drawings by L. Leslie. The students will help the pigs by creating another house out of toothpicks that will hold 10 grams and cannot be blown down by the Big Bad Wolf.
Benjamin Franklin: Scientist, Writer, Inventor
Students will read closely Benjamin Franklin: Scientist, Writer, Inventor by Kira Freed and will explain the relationship between two or more main ideas by using knowledge of text structure. Students use the design process to create a new kite for Ben.
Casey at the Bat
Students will read closely and gain a better understanding of the poem Casey At The Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Students will use the design process to create a lever (catapult) that will send a ping pong ball flying in the air high enough to be caught.
My Brothers' Flying Machine
Students will gather details and examples in My Brothers’ Flying Machine by Jane Yolen when referring to what the text says and when making inferences. Furthermore, students will write an opinion paragraph. Students will design a paper airplane and analyze how weight affects the flight of a paper airplane.
Titanic: The Unsinkable Challenge
Students will watch, read, annotate, and analyze multiple accounts of the Titanic, noting important similarities and differences based on the viewpoint the text’s represent, and write a multi-paragraph opinion essay. Students will use the design process and compete to make a boat float and carry the most mass without sinking.