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A Morning to Polish and Keep Teacher's Guide

D N Wilson

Pacific Edge Publishing

57 pp, softcover, blackline masters

Level: Grades 2-5

 

$4.95 (PDF)

 

 

Summary

A Morning to Polish and Keep is a story about a family and their last fishing trip of the year. Amy, about ten years of age, hooks and struggles to land a large salmon. Unfortunately, she loses the fish when she is distracted by a sighting of a pod of orca whales passing close by their boat. Amy and her family experience a wonderful morning despite this initial bad luck, because the family members support and encourage each other. This caring aspect of the family contributes to the "specialness" of the last fishing trip of the summer.

 

Comment

A Morning to Polish and Keep could be used as an integral part of a larger thematic unit such as a study of orcas, or simply as a book that students will enjoy. It would be a valuable addition to a seashore unit or a medium for exploring family issues. The illustrations are superb and can be used as a lead-in to more specific studies about water colours and geographic locations.

 

Table of Contents

 

UNIT OVERVIEW

INTEGRATED STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES

 

Pre-reading

KWL

People Search

Knowledge Circle

Pre-Test

Think Pair and Share

Museum Collection

 

Reading

Overhead Reading

On the Line or Between the Lines?

Good, Better, Best, Reading

Sequencing

Invisible Ink

Setting Chart

 

Vocabulary Development

Book Bingo

Book Boggle

Reflective Writing

Flip up Booklets

First, Next, Then, Finally

Just the Facts

Your Opinion, Please

Facts, Lies and Questions

Compare and Contrast

Comparing and Contrasting Sentences

Story Grammar

Characters' Feelings

Pretend Letter

Senses Wheel

Thinking Bubbles

Ocean Blocks

Memory Game

 

Spelling

Worksheets

 

Science

Fishing Tackle

Coho Salmon

F.L.Q.

The Salmon Life Cycle Story

The Salmon's Body

Sockeye Salmon

Salmon Worksheet

F.L.Q.

 

Geography

The Ocean and Maps

 

Research

The Five Stages of Research

Student Research Plan

Research Sorting Page

 

Cooking

Cinnamon Buns

 

Memory Game

 

Evaluation

PreTest/Post Test

Book Evaluation

Activity Evaluation Cooperative Learning Evaluation

 

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