If.....Then.....Objective Guide

Which standards and objectives do you wish to target through Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg? Use this guide to help you select lessons and activities that are designed to address specific concepts and skills.

IF...you wish to address this concept or skill and/or use this technology tool, THEN...use this.  
  • Supporting opinions, judgments and conclusions with evidence
  • Exploring and responding to literature
  • Making connections
  • Communicating using digital media environments
  • Building reading comprehension through discourse
Threaded Discussion Boards

Student Discussion Response Formative Assessment

What's a Good Discussion Response? Lesson

Posting on the Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg! Wiki Discussion Boards

 

After pre-assessing students, using the Student Discussion Response Formative Assessment, have students analyze responses to determine the characteristics which constitute a good threaded discussion using the What's a Good Discussion Response Lesson? As a class, they will develop a list of tips for writing a good discussion response which they can use to help inform their writing.

Students discuss the Nutmeg Award nominees using the discussion boards on the Spice it up a Notch with Nutmeg! wiki.

 

  • Summarizing
  • Identifying story elements
    • setting
    • characters
    • problem
    • plot
    • climax
    • resolution
  • Interpreting author's message
  • Using evidence to support inferences, conclusions and opinions
Wiki

Story Elements Layered Look Book Lesson

Story Elements Layered Look Book Guide

After modeling the process of completing sections of the Story Elements Layered Look Book Foldable® using the Story Elements Layered Look Book Guide, students will complete the sections for a Nutmeg book in small groups, in literature circle groups or independently.
  • Summarizing
  • Identifying story elements
    • setting
    • characters
    • problem
    • plot
    • climax
    • resolution
  • Interpreting author's message
  • Using evidence to support inferences, conclusions and opinions
  • Writing collaboratively using digital media environments
  • Revising and editing
Wiki Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg! wikipages Students collaboratively write about the story elements of the Nutmeg Award nominees.
  • Conducting research
  • Evaluating sites for accuracy and validity
  • Citing sources
  • Expository writing
  • Using multiple search engines

Internet Search Engines
Websites
Wikis

Interest Bound Book Activity Students use the Interest Bound Book Foldable® to collect the names of things, places, and people that they are interested in learning more about from the Nutmeg book they are reading. They will research one or more of these topics. They will use their research to add links to websites and pages they have written onto the Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg! wiki pages.
  • Supporting opinions, judgments and conclusions with evidence
  • Exploring and responding to literature
  • Making connections
  Journal Response Three Quarter Book Activity The Journal Response Three Quarter Book Foldable® provides an alternative approach for responding to literature. It can be used by students to respond to questions before, during and after reading, and by teachers as an assessment.
  • Interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating text.
  • Communicating with others to expand understanding and appreciation of text.
Wiki Threaded Discussion Boards How Has My Thinking Changed? Four Tab Activity Students use a Four Tab Foldable® to compare their thinking before and after participating in discussions, either on or offline.
  • Determining character traits
  • Point of View
  • Influence of setting on character
  • How characters change
  • Making connections
Wiki MyCharacterSpace Students collaboratively create online profiles for major or minor characters from the Nutmeg books including characters from other books as friends, and telling the story from another character's perspective.
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Fluency
  • Using multimedia to persuade
  • Digital Storytelling

Multimedia Applications e.g. Photostory 3, Voice Thread, iMovie, Movie Maker

Wiki

Creating a Book Trailer Lesson Make reading fun and exciting for students by providing an alternative form of assessment to the dreaded book report with the Creating a Book Trailer lesson. Students become members of the online community of content creators by making book trailers to post on the Internet.
  • Summarizing
  • Supporting opinions and judgments with evidence.
 

Book Review

Students will write and post book review on the Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg! wiki for others to read.
  • Persuasive writing
  • Using multimedia to persuade

Multimedia
Wiki

Persuasive Product or Performance

 

Students express themselves and their opinions about which Nutmeg nominees should win the Nutmeg Award, using the modality of their choosing. (e.g. written, audio, visual, multmedia, etc.) and self assess using the Persuasive Product or Performance Rubric.
  • Summarizing
  • Identifying story elements
    • setting
    • characters
    • problem
    • plot
    • climax
    • resolution
  • Interpreting author's message
  • Using evidence to support inferences, conclusions and opinions
  • Writing collaboratively using digital media environments
  • Revising and editing
Wiki Storybookipedia

This is activity is a wonderful pre-activity before having students work on the Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg! wiki. The format is the same and using pictures books provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice skills in a shorter time frame.

Students collaboratively write and discuss picture books on a wiki.

 

  • Using evidence to support inferences, conclusions and opinions
  • Interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating text.
  • Exploring and responding to literature
  • Making connections
 

Reading Comprehension Tools

Use these tools to help students organize their thinking to develop well develop substantiated responses and make meaningful connections to text.




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