Author in You - Tedd Arnold Classroom Activities









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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
(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
(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

Tedd wrote and illustrated the book Green Wilma.
1. Read the book Green Wilma.
2. Discuss the surprise ending of the frog having the dream instead of a girl.
3. Have the students pick an animal and lists characteristics of that animal, (e.g. frogs—eat flies, hop, swim, can be eaten by bigger fish)
4. Write a story using the idea of Green Wilma.
5. After the story is written and edited, it can be put into a 32 page format and illustrated. (Note: If the children would like to try to illustrate their book similar to Tedd’s, check his website for the steps of his illustrations.)


Activity #2
AKS:
(1LA_E2005-47) draft writing to capture ideas and develop fluency
(2LA_D2005-45) write stories with a setting, characters, and a beginning, middle, and end
(3LA)D2005-47) incorporate story elements, including setting, characters and problem and solution (plot) in writing
(4LA_D2005-31) prewrite to generate ideas for self-selected writing
(5A_D2005-35) prewrite to generate ideas for self-selected writing
1. Read the books No Jumping on the Bed and No More Water in the Tub.
2. Have the children create a story where the character is in an apartment or multi-layered building. Have the children create an incident where they go down the floors.
3. Before writing, make a list of characters and what they would be doing.
4. Have them integrate the characters in a sequential order.

Activity#3
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 #4
AKS:
(3LA_C2005-31) identify and use metaphors, similes, common idioms and figurative phrases
(4LA_C2005-29) identify common idioms, figurative phrases and playful language such as puns and palindromes
(5LA_C2005-33) identify idioms, imagery, sensory language and exaggeration
1. After discussing idioms, create a T-chart of “Known” and “New” idioms. Have the children list idioms that are familiar on the “Known” side..
2. Read the books Parts, More Parts, and Even More Parts. (Other books that contain idioms can also be used.)
3. Continue to fill out the T-chart on the “New” side.
4. After the chart is complete:
    a. Create ideas and write a story using idioms to had confusion.
    b. As a class project, have each student make one page with an illustrated idiom.
    c. Play charades.

Activity #5
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

Using media resources, create a scavenger hunt to find additional information about the author Tedd Arnold. There is an example shown that can be used after the list of websites, or a similar activity can be created.
Websites

Author Information
http://www.geocities.com/~teddarnold/
http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,0_1000001347,00.html
http://books.scholastic.com/teachers/authorsandbooks/authorstudies/authorhome.jsp?authorID=4&collateralID=5089&displayName=Biography
http://library.thinkquest.org/J001156/expert%20advice/int_arnold.htm
http://t3.preservice.org/T0301050/facts.html
http://www.patriciamnewman.com/arnold.html

Bibliography
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/arnoldbib.htm

Book Ideas
More Parts
http://t3.preservice.org/T0301050/skin.html

Parts
http://www.education-world.com/a_books/books050.shtml







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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