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Activity 1
AKS:
(1LA_D2005-44) use examples from literature to create individual and group stories
(1LA_D2005-47) draft writing to capture ideas and develop fluency
(1LA_D2005-48) write a minimum of three sentences related to a topic
(1LA_D2005-49) write stories with a beginning, middle and end using appropriate descriptive word choice
(2LA_D2005-41) use examples from literature to create individual and group stores
(2LA_D2005-45) write stories with a setting, characters, and a beginning, middle and end
(2LA_D2005-46) write a minimum of five sentences related to a topic
(3LA_D2005-40) develop a clear topic with an organizational plan that matches purpose, genre, expectations, audience and length
(3LA_D2005-43) write ideas in story form with attention to sequence, main ideas and supporting details
(3LA_G2005-70) gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(3LA_G2005-71) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure
(4LA_D2005-32) write compositions of three or more paragraphs, including a clear topic with examples, details, transitions within and between paragraphs, and closing/clincher sentence
(4LA_2005-35) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization and style, to match purposes with audience
(4LA_G2005-56) determine and use appropriate resources to gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(4LA_G2005-61) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure
(5LA_2005-36) write ideas in story form with attention to beginning, sequence, main ideas, supporting details, characters, point of view, conflict and closing/clincher sentence
(5LA_2005-37) write a response to literature that is interpretive, evaluative and reflective
(5LA_2005-38) use transitions between ideas and paragraphs
(5LA_2005-39) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words and phrases), organization and style, to match purposes with audience
(5LA_G2005-62) determine and use appropriate resources to gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(5LA_G2005-67) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure

Peter wrote a book inspired by his kinkajou, Peeper.
1. Read the information about a kinkajou or have the students do research to learn about this animal.
2. Read the book Peeper the Kinkajou or Peeper Goes to Florida.
3. Either provide a list or have them pick an animal from the rain forest do learn about.
4. Have them:
· write their own fictional story using the animal that was researched.
or
· write a report about the animal. Compile all class reports to make a class book.

Activity 2
AKS:
(2LA_D2003-42) revise writing to improve fluency, topic, word choice, style, sentence structure, and organization
(2LA_D2003-48) use available technology to assist in writing
(3LA_D2003-52) revise writing to improve content, organization, and personal expression
(3LA_D2003-55) use available technology to assist in writing
(4LA_D2003-37) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization, and style to match purposes with audience
(4LA_D2003-42) use available technology to assist in writing
(5LA_D2003-42) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization, and style to match purposes with audience
(5LA_D2003-46) use available technology to assist in writing

After the children have written their stories and revised:
Have the students use the Student Writing Center, another desktop publishing program, or Microsoft Word to write, edit, and publish the final story.


Activity 3
AKS:
(3LA_G2005-70) gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(3LA_G2005-71) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure
(4LA_G2005-56) determine and use appropriate resources to gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(4LA_G2005-61) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure
(5LA_G2005-62) determine and use appropriate resources to gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(5LA_G2005-67) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure

In Peter’s books, he features organizations that help preserve the environment and/or threatened and endangered animals.
1. Chose an organization from one of his books or research other organizations that are not featured.
2. Individually or in small groups, read about the works of that organization.
3. Have the students report to the class about the organization they researched.
4. Have the class determine if they would like to choose one of those organizations and help with their program. (For example, the Sloth Center in Costa Rica has an adoption program that helps fund the care of the animals.)

Activity 4
(3LA_G2005-70) gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(3LA_G2005-71) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure
(4LA_G2005-56) determine and use appropriate resources to gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(4LA_G2005-61) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure
(5LA_G2005-62) determine and use appropriate resources to gather information from reference works: books, periodicals, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, atlases, and almanacs
(5LA_G2005-67) use the media center and available technology as sources of information and pleasure

Preserving the environment is a theme that Peter uses in each of his books.

1. Either through research, reading, or discussion, have each student select something that we can do to help save our environment.
2. Have them do one of the following activities:
· write a persuasive speech
· make a poster
· create an advertisement
· or other activities
to promote this idea.

Websites

Author Information
http://www.thereadingtub.com/files/interviews/author_peter_parente.html
http://www.thereadingtub.com/files/Interviews/2005_peter_parente.html



Name ___________________________________
Teacher ___________________________

There are many resources in the Media Center to do research. We are going to use these to find information about Tedd Arnold.

Go to “Web Tracks.” Click on “Media Resources.”

1. Tedd Arnold lives in Elmira. To find this information you need an atlas. Click on “Grolier Online.” Find the Atlas. Find the location of the city and mark it on the map below.


2. To find general information, you need an encyclopedia. Click on “Britannica Encyclopedia.” Find the flag for New York. Label the background color.


3. To get lists of current facts or tables of information, you will use the almanac. Click on the “World Almanac” link. The population for Elmira, New York, in the 2000 is ______________.

4. Other resources that can be used for information are newspapers and magazines. These sources are called periodicals. Click on “eLibrary Elementary.” Clear all sources and recheck the periodicals. Find the article about Tedd Arnold called “A Spaghetti Tale.” In the article it tells us that Tedd Arnold’s favorite food is _____________________.

5. To find information about words , you will use a dictionary. Click on “Student Resource Center.” Find the dictionary. Write the definition for the word “idiom”

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6. To find other words that mean about the same, you use the thesaurus. Click on the “New Book of Knowledge.” Open the dictionary to find the thesaurus. Write another word that is given in the thesaurus for the word “idiom.” __________________________________

7. Go to the “Media Catalog.” The number of books we have in the Media Center with idioms is ________________.
A title is ______________________________________________________________________

BONUS:

Go the “Web Tracks.” Click on “Media Resources.”
1. Open “CERF Kid’s Search.” Using the key words “Tedd Arnold,” locate the author’s website.

Browse through his website. Can you find?

A title of a book written by him is ______________________________________________________________________________
A book that he illustrated, but did not write is ______________________________________________________________________________
Tedd Arnold meets with other authors to discuss writing. What did he give one year to his writing group for Christmas? ___________________________________________________________________________
This is an interesting fact I found out about TeddArnold.__________________________________________________________________
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