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Making sure y'all saw this update (linked here) from a couple of days ago: make sure you're checking email and reading updates on the front page of our site (online classes make the communication part even that much more important).

Also, new Make Cycle is up for the following two weeks under the Make Cycles page (link here too). I look forward to seeing what you think about the series books and Reading in the Wild.

Love the Makes that I'm seeing so far! Thank you so much for trying out poems, drawing, Storyjumper...! So cool.

In my previous post, I explained how for this week’s make, I wanted to write a poem about Sunny asking Violet what happened to their mom and dad. As I was reading this book series, it troubled me to see the children go through so many traumatizing events at such young ages with Violet being 14 and Klaus being 12. It caused me to consider Sunny, being only a few months old, who won’t remember her parents or the tragic events that happened to them. Furthermore, as she grows up she would eventually become curious about their parents. I thought that this moment in Sunny’s life would be painful and that Violet would want to shelter her sister by retelling their childhood as a poem. As Violet is telling Sunny about the tragic events they went through, she also is teaching her a valuable life lesson: most families go through difficult times but it’s through those difficult times that family bonds are strengthened. Violet concludes her poem by telling Sunny how they stuck together through these difficult times and never gave up on each other; these tough times strengthened their bonds with one another and created mutual trust between the siblings. This poem not only allows Violet to communicate a horrible past, but it also gives violet a means to take Sunny beyond their circumstances to a place of hope for the future.

Sunny and Violet’s Conversation
One day little Sunny was feeling quite chatty:
“Big sister where are our mommy and daddy?”
Violet was shocked and felt really badly
So she took a deep breath and spoke so sadly,
“There once was a time when we had a mom and dad.
In fact, they were the best parents any child could have had.
They were very loving and altogether kind
Allowing the us to go to Briny Beach to unwind,
But alas our lives were caught in a mire
When we got news we lost everything in a house fire;
At first we thought Mr. Poe was a Lier
But unfortunately our trouble would only grow higher.
Together, we lived with Mr. Poe for a while
However, it didn’t work out with his busy lifestyle
Hence started our adventure of going place to place;
The fact we are even alive is because of God’s grace.
We lived with Count Olaf who subjected us to abuse;
Nevertheless, we stayed together while he drank his booze .
Although we knew that we must to escape,
We stayed together, even though we were in rough shape.
Luckily we were able to get away from this man,
However, Mr. Poe then needed to come up with a new plan.
Though there are many uncertainties in life,
I would like to share a piece of advice:
We will always be together through thick and thin.
Especially if we have to move again.”

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For my Make this week I created an activity for second grade. The book I read was Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix Up. I wanted to do something with vocabulary words but also a life lesson as well.
I created a bingo game that takes words from the book. When the word is called, the students will find the word, hear the sentence the word is in, and decide if the character made a Bummer Behavior choice or an Awesome Action choice by using one of the cut out pieces. Ideally, each student would have a different looking game board as well as some variation in words.
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For my make this week I decided to make a book trailer for Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-up. I took some pictures from the book and gave a preview of what the book is about. I pulled out the main point of what happens when Keena doesn’t listen to her teacher. In my future classroom, I could use this idea to make book trailers and show them to my class to peak their interest in a book we are going to read. I could also make book trailers and have students pick through a few books that they will choose to read based off the trailers. This allows students to make their own decisions based on what they may like from the trailer or dislike. An assignment that could go along the trailers would be to have students make their own book trailers after reading a book out of paper. This allows students to use their own creativity and explain to others how they saw the book in their minds or what stood out to them. I may try to find a different application to make the book trailer because I felt like I wanted to add more words. I also thought it was a little difficult coming up with just the right amount words to grab the audience’s attention. With practice, I think I could make these book trailers a lot better. We see movie trailers all the time and I think book trailers would make more people want to read. I’m glad I tried this make because I have never seen a book trailer myself.

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I decided to make a lesson plan with activities based off of the series book "Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up." My lesson plan consists of the class reading this book together in the beginning of the school year. This allows for the class to make classroom rules together and set the tone for the rest of the school year. I then thought it would be a great idea for the students to keep a journal just like Keena did for at least a week. In my lesson plan, I even listed a few ideas/prompts that teachers could choose for their students to write about. I approached this make as if I were a teacher and how I would want to go about reading this book with my class. This book has a lot of good points and can be used as a great example. This lesson plan also allows students to be creative, come together as a whole, and write great pieces for this portion of the class. I think that the students would enjoy reading this book and have fun being able to make their own rules (teacher has to agree of course).

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I chose to create a file folder game, imagining that I am teaching in a second-grade classroom. File folder games are a terrific way to reinforce previous lessons as well as encouraging critical thinking skills. Students enjoy working on these games independently as well as collaboratively.
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Explanation: I decided to do a mini powerpoint with cartoon pictures of the story. I noticed the book was easy to read for an adult but many students who lack comprehension skills need visuals. I picked images that mainly relate to important events and important characters. I also added some of my favorite quotes or quotes from the story that tell a lot about a character. I tried matching at least one picture per chapter.

It was hard to come up with a method of presentation. I tried different apps like build your own album online, prezie, and other whiteboard animations. Too expensive or just to complicated to use. This powerpoint seem good enough to give readers a visual representation and encourage them to keep on reading!

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For this make I am going to be using the book, “Keena Ford and the Second- Grade Mix-Up,” by Melissa Thomson. I decided to make an activity that involves both the teacher and students working together. We’re going to create a poster with classroom rules that we can both agree on. I wanted to make this activity because its something fun that will break the ice between the students and the teacher. There’s no wrong way to make this because it all the depends on the amount of creativity you put into it. I had my little brother whose eight years old help me by cutting out hands, this showed me that this activity worked because he liked it.
1. Read Keena and the Second-Grade Mix-Up.
2. Pick your favorite piece of color paper and trace your hand. After cutting it very carefully you write you name on it and include your birthday underneath.
3. Brainstorm what our classroom rules should be and explain why. Write them down on the poster.
4. In a big piece of paper write all the rules we agreed on and each student will then get to tape their hands according to the order of their birthdays.

"A Bad Beginning" is the first book in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snicket. Though the author's name is just a moniker, he/she ends up being a fundamental character throughout the book as Snicket tells the story. From warnings to the reader to put the book down or omnious foreshadowing, Snicket is an important character that our students might overlook. There is a lot of lore surrounding the author and hints in each book of the series to their true identity. The mystery behind the continuously worsening circumstances the children find themselves in, coupled with the engaging style of writing, is sure to draw our students in and encourage them to finish each book in the series. I believe that this book could be a great catalyst to spark our students into tackling series of books, which will allow them to hone their focusing and reading skills as they follow along from book to book.

Because of the approachable formats of the books (font, size, word counts, verbiage, etc.), it would be easy to encourage my students to read each book in the series throughout the school year. I could see myself creating rich lesson plans around each book so that my students can follow along to the tricky mysteries that lie beneath the surface. This series would be a great way to introduce my students to the concept of literary clues. By deciphering codes, monikers, and symbolism, my students will find themselves more engrossed with the books as they uncover the secrets that Snicket has woven into each story. Furthermore, this mysterious writing style would translate into great writing lessons. By asking my students to incorporate some of Snicket's writing styles, they should be able to create mini-books of their own that feature rich storylines and complex scenarios that might require codebreaking for the reader.

From start to finish, I love "A Bad Beginning." The gothic, steampunk settings are quirky. The characters are complex, and each features their backstories. Snicket is sarcastic and witty. All of these features and more make this an excellent story for students. The opportunities for teachable moments are boundless as there are complex words such as nefarious and pandemonium that our students may not have seen before. By introducing these words in context-rich sentences, we can get our students' minds working as they try to define the words on their own. From overarching themes of teamwork, courage, and overcoming obstacles, we can create open dialogues with our students about how they might handle the situations the Baudelaire children face. This story provides fantastic inspiration to our students, and this inspiration will come in handy when we ask them to create journals for one of the characters or to act out a scene from the book so they can understand the unspoken emotions each event has. Overall, this book and this entire series is an excellent introduction for our students who may not have followed any long storylines up until this point in their education. It is equally sophisticated and approachable so that our most active readers and not-so-active readers will be able to find common ground throughout. I cannot wait to create a Make with multiple lesson plans and worksheet ideas for "A Bad Beginning"!

The book I read was "A Series Of Unfortunate Events" The Bad Beginning
I really liked the book more than I thought I would. When I picked it, I wanted to read it because I was familiar with the title. I also knew my child had known about it. I figured this would be a great one for me to read. I was skeptical after I read the back of the book. It let the reader know that this is an unpleasant book from the first page, and all the way through. Surprisingly I thought there was many things the reader can gain from this book. I did not like the choice of events the author chose, but the characters strength and endurance were examples we could all benefit from.

I thought it would be fun to use this book in a future classroom by having the children model this book. They can choose their own set of unfortunate events to write about, and how the characters positively get through these challenges. The book can have a sad ending still. Another way to use this book in the classroom was to have the kids do a book report on it. One thing they can add in the book report is a mobile hanger with pictures of the characters if they want. I think this would be a fun project!

A challenge from this book might be that some kids don't want to read it because it is so negative. They might feel sad and fearful from this. I see a great teaching opportunity in this book to turn their fear and worries into hope. We as a class could talk about this book and pick it apart to make sure the kids see the characters bravery, strength and endurance. That although they had many unkind things happen to them, they overcame. I would like the students to be able to apply in their own lives. Al l students could pick an example of a challenge and figure out a solution or way to get through it that is positive.

I am still trying to figure out what I am going to do for the make this week!
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