Mystery Stop and Jot Unit – Elementary

Mystery Stop and Jot Reading Lesson from Kat and SquirrelThis way-too-fun mystery unit uses the “Stop, Think, Jot” reading strategy to delve into any mystery story.

This expanded version now includes more detailed teacher ideas and an original Kat and Squirrel Mystery Learning Adventure!

Included:
Teacher plans as suggestions to ‘how to teach’ the unit
“Detective Academy Training Manual” and completion certificate
Mystery vocabulary – 8 words
Cover sheet to create a “Detective Case File” with your pronged pocket folder
“Case File” papers used to collect jotted observations
“Stop and Jot” notes (or you can use Post-its)
2 styles of book logs
Lists of easy mystery books with Lexile numbers
Link to my Mystery Pinterest page!
Poster with ‘stop and jot’ codes
Bookmarks with ‘stop and jot’ codes are available here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/
Product/Mystery-Stop-and-Jot-Bookmark-1195729

 

Goals of the Lesson:

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Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
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Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.6
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10
With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.
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Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
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Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
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Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
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Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3
Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.6
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

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Early Elementary Science Related Mysteries:

Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery

Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery

Dot & Jabber and the Mystery of the Missing Stream

Easy-Reading Mystery Classics:

The Case of the Hungry Stranger (I Can Read Book 2)

Nate the Great

Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie

Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones (Cam Jansen)

The Case of the Stolen Baseball Cards (Jigsaw Jones Mystery, No. 5)

Kat’s Favorite Series:

The High-Rise Private Eyes #1: The Case of the Missing Monkey (I Can Read Book 2)

The High-Rise Private Eyes #2: The Case of the Climbing Cat (I Can Read Book 2)

The High-Rise Private Eyes #3: The Case of the Puzzling Possum (I Can Read Book 2)

The High-Rise Private Eyes #4: The Case of the Troublesome Turtle

The High-Rise Private Eyes #5: The Case of the Sleepy Sloth (I Can Read Book 2)

The High-Rise Private Eyes #6: The Case of the Fidgety Fox (I Can Read Book 2)

The High-Rise Private Eyes #7: The Case of the Baffled Bear (I Can Read Book 2)

The High-Rise Private Eyes #8: The Case of the Desperate Duck (I Can Read Book 2)

Welcome Back to School Art (in 31 languages)

Welcome in 31 Languages Classroom Artwork from Kat and Squirrel Use this ‘star-themed’ product to welcome your students back to school in 31 languages.

Please contact us directly if you’d like a language that we haven’t included or if we have made an error in any language.

We strive for accuracy and want our products to fit your needs.

Enjoy!

If you like the star-filled artwork on this product, check out our classroom stars-themed art products for more sparkle!

Stars Classroom Theme Art (Part 1)

Stars Classroom Theme Art (Part 2)

 

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Some books you can use to show how children are the same and different around the world:

 

Will You Fill My Bucket? Daily Acts of Love Around the World

Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things

Wake Up, World!: A Day in the Life of Children Around the World

Let’s Eat: What Children Eat Around the World

Wonderful Houses Around the World

Houses and Homes (Around the World Series)

What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World

This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World

My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World

Our World of Water: Children and Water Around the World

My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World

Funky Flowers Classroom Theme Art

Funky Flowers Classroom Art Part 1

Kat and Squirrel Funky Flowers Classroom Theme ArtworkThis beautiful product contains what you’ll need to set up your funky flower-themed classroom:

17 pages of original artwork that you can cut out to use on bulletin boards or work stations

9 table tents each in a different color to label desk groups, work stations, or centers

9 “Happy Birthday” cards, each in a different color

9 pages of stationary with beautifully patterned backgrounds

18 pages of framed letterhead (9 landscape, in 9 colors) (9 portrait, in 9 colors) to print your own message in the middle for wall signs, anchor charts, or notes home

9 pages of smaller framed letterhead in 9 colors to print your own message in the middle

8 bookmarks with original artwork

5 classroom posters: “Bloom and Grow; Learn and Glow”, “Growing like a flower; learning by the hour.”, “Plant ideas to cultivate brilliance!”, “What’s for Lunch?”, and ” Where Do We Go After School?”

8 colors of primary desk plates to label students’ desks with their names or print on magnetic paper for a name sorting activity 8 colors of intermediate desk plates to label students’ desks with their names or print on magnetic paper for a name sorting activity

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 Funky Flowers Classroom Art Part 2

Kat and Squirrel Funky Flowers Classroom Theme ArtworkThis beautiful product contains original funky flower artwork to give you more of what you’ll need to set up your funky flower-themed classroom:

11 pages of color-word posters that you can use to set up your color-word word wall.

11 numeral posters (#s 0-10) which each include the numeral, written word, and a visual representation of the number.

26 letters-of-the-alphabet posters with vowels in a different color.

12 months-of-the-year headers with beautifully patterned backgrounds to fit pocket-chart calendars.

7 days-of-the-week headers to fit pocket-chart calendars.

31 numbers to fit pocket-chart calendars.

21 “special class” cards to go behind the days-of-the-week cards or the number cards.

75 “special days” cards to go behind the number cards.

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Writing Captions

Writing Captions with Kat and  SquirrelThere are 3 lessons which employ a gradual release of responsibility approach to writing captions for photos.

Included are photos with captions for a large group lesson, photos to use to model the lesson, photos for partner work, and photos for an individual contribution to a whole-class game.

This was designed to be used in a first-grade classroom, but it could easily be used for older groups.

Story to go with the lessons:
Kat and Squirrel have been asked to fill in at the Pigeon Post
Newspaper. Their new boss, Pigeon, wants them to write captions
for the photos. They do not know how to write captions!
Can you help?

Goals of the lessons:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.5
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.6
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce an publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.7
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.8
With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

 

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Did you come up with a fun caption from the “Writing Captions” lesson? If so, write the number and your caption in the comments below. We can’t wait to read them!

Kat and Squirrel on the Farm

Life Science and Engineering Design Unit for First Grade NGSS

Kat and Squirrel on the Farm - Life Science UnitThis is an interactive story with pauses after each ‘chapter’ to allow students and teachers time to research topics (video link included!), record observations (guided viewing sheet included!), discuss thoughts supported by evidence (animal parent and offspring cards included!), and design a solution to a problem (animal adaptation cards and engineering design form included!).

All lessons are introduced by a continuing story about Kat and Squirrel’s goofy adventures while on a farm. The lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for first grade. And the lessons have been created by an experienced first-grade teacher.

The timing will depend upon how long and how often you have science class, but would most likely take 2-3 weeks. This could also be integrated into the reading/language arts curriculum very easily with a few creative teacher additions.

Goals of the Lesson

1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.

1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

K-2-ETS1-1. Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. Optional: If you have your students build their “solutions,” it would be a great time to complete this standard:

K-2-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

Optional: If you have your students build their “solutions,” it would be a great time to complete this standard: K-2-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

 

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Recommended Reading for Help with Homework

Looking for more help with your homework? The Kat recommends the following books:

Homework: A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!

How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up (Laugh & Learn)

Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework

John Rosemond’s Fail-Safe Formula for Helping Your Child Succeed in School

The New Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children: A Newly Updated, Greatly Expanded Version of the Parenting Classic (Backlist eBook Program)


Ending the Homework Hassle

Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

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