Author:
MARGARET KELLEY
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English Language Arts
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Level:
Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle School, High School
Grade:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Assessment, Collaborative Learning, Project-based Learning, Reading Comprehension
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English
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Education Standards

Breakout! (Remix)

Overview

This activity is designed as a project-based learning activity. It allows students to collaborate, requires them to comprehend what they have read and engages them in critical thinking. This activity can be adjusted to fit the needs and grade levels of your students.

Key Lock

  • Print out a picture of a character, setting or theme related to the story. . 

  • Write on the back, “Return to teacher.”

  • Cut it into approximately 10-12 squares.

  • Places all pieces in a Ziploc baggie. 

  • Once students successfully assemble the picture puzzle, they will receive the key to the lock.

  • Your teacher will print out a picture of a character, setting or theme related to the story. . Written on the back will be: “Return to teacher.”

  • The picture will be cut it into approximately 10-12 squares.

  • All pieces will be placed all in a Ziploc baggie. 

  • Once you successfully assemble the picture puzzle, you will receive the key to the lock.

Letter Lock

Assign one letter from each name. The combination can be whichever letters you want to answer.

  • Stella’s pet fish P a n c h o

  • Name of the teacher M o r a l e s

  • Place where Stella was born M e x i c o

  • Day of the week Mom cooks F r i d a y

  • Jenny’s new friend A n n a

 

The combination for this activity letter lock would be p-o-x-d-a

​​​​​Assign one letter from each name. The combination can be whichever letters you want to answer.

  • Stella’s pet fish P a n c h o

  • Name of the teacher M o r a l e s

  • Place where Stella was born M e x i c o

  • Day of the week Mom cooks F r i d a y

  • Jenny’s new friend A n n a

 

 

3-Digit Letter Lock

Put the text into one of the following three categories:

  • 1. Celebrating one’s culture (5)

  • 2. Feeling Isolated (3)

  • 3. Bonding (4)

*Text will be provided by the teacher. Please see resource for specific content.

Put the text into one of the following three categories:

  • 1. Celebrating one’s culture 

  • 2. Feeling Isolated 

  • 3. Bonding 

*Text will be provided by the teacher.

4-Digit Lock

  • Introduction to Stanley. (Chapter 4)

  • Stanley wins the spelling bee. (Chapter 6)

  • Stella dances with her mom. (Chapter 2)

  • Celebration for Don. (Chapter 5)

You will align the event with the corresponding chapter.

  • Introduction to Stanley. 

  • Stanley wins the spelling bee.

  • Stella dances with her mom. 

  • Celebration for Don. 

Directional Lock

  • Put settings from the book up around the room with arrows on them pointing either up, down, left or write. 

  • The combination is whichever arrows you have put on the settings in this order: Library, Diaz Apartment, Playground, Speech Class, The Fantastic Time Machine

  • Settings from the book will be put up around the room with arrows on them pointing either up, down, left or write. 

  • The combination is which ever arrows your teacher has put on the settings.

Additional Technology Resources

I love, love, love this resource!  I am simply adding some technology resources that MAY be helpful to teachers as they work on these ELA concepts.

Story Elements for Kids: What Is a Setting? - YouTube

 

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

 

Story Maps | Classroom Strategies | Reading Rockets

https://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/story_maps

A story map is a strategy that uses a graphic organizer to help students learn the elements of a book or story. By identifying story characters, plot, setting, problem and solution, students read carefully to learn the details. There are many different types of story map graphic organizers.

 

Videos of story maps

bing.com/videos

How to Create a Story Map for Kids

 

Teaching Character Traits in Reader's Workshop | Scholastic

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/...

 

Character Traits List & Examples - TeacherVision

https://www.teachervision.com/writing/character-traits

 

Videos of theme of a story

bing.com/videos

HOW TO WRITE THEME INTO YOUR STORY

12:13

HOW TO WRITE THEME INTO YOUR STORY

How to Find the Theme of a Story

4:53

How to Find the Theme of a Story

 

3rd and 4th Grade Reading (What Is the Theme of a Story)

11:36

3rd and 4th Grade Reading

 

Videos of teaching third graders how to catergorize text

bing.com/videos

How Do I Teach Main Idea? | Reading Rockets

https://www.readingrockets.org/blogs/shanahan...

Nov 26, 2018 · Teacher question: Last week, I read your blog about how to teach theme to students by having them track character changes across a story and determine what lesson the character learns to determine the overall theme. Can you offer advice on determining the main idea of an informational text? Specifically, for third grade, students must determine the main idea, recount the key

  1. How to Teach Text Featuers In 3rd Grade - YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykiVNlgAz9w

    Click to view on Bing

    7:39

     

    https://www.education.com/resources/third-grade
  2. Strategies for Teaching Text Structure

    www.stclair.k12.il.us/ccore/ELAShifts/documents...

    20 Strategies to Teach Text Structure Shared by: Kristi Orcutt, Reading & Writing Consultant, kristio@essdack.org As early as third grade, students are expected to recognize expository text structures such as the following: sequence, description, compare-contrast, cause-effect, and problem-solution

    Free 3rd Grade Activities - Fun Online Learning for Kids  …