Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Verdi by Janelle Cannon ~ Lexile 530

Janelle Cannon books are some of the most beautifully written and illustrated picture books I have read.  My favorite part of ALL of this author's books is the message that unfolds as you read.  She takes unusual animals and makes them beautiful, and we all learn a lesson that transfers to our own lives so very easily. 

From Goodreads:

Young Verdi doesn’t want to grow up big and green. He likes his bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think of to get rid of it--and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to his delight, he discovers that being green doesn’t mean he has to stop being himself. “Cannon is on a roll, her gift for creating memorable characters and scenes on glorious display in this tale of a feisty python hatchling.”--Publishers Weekly
Our  fourth grade students have read one Janelle Cannon book each week of September.  I was responsible for planning Verdi, and chose to focus on context clues and inferring as learning new vocabulary words can be applied and extended through inferring.  I also wanted to get students talking and discussing their ideas, so I created question cards in written and QR formats.  Finally, taking notes and learning information from print and digital sources were focused on.  Our students used Popplet to organize ideas, but I put a paper graphic organizer in the unit for differentiation for our team.

Overall Goals and I Can Statements:

  1. I can learn how to use context clues.
  2. I can learn how to infer meaning using prior knowledge and context clues.
  3. I can use a graphic organizer to frame my ideas and learning.
  4. I can gather information from different sources:  text and video.

Here are a few links I used to help with note taking.  This graphic organizer is free on Teachers Pay Teachers AND included in the paid unit as well.


 Below is a snippet of this complete literacy unit including the above graphic organizer, anchor charts, interactive journal templates for practicing inferring, question cards in both written and QR Code formats and my complete week long literacy unit.  You can find this posted on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Happy Reading!


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