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Superstar Reading Strategies | Learning Lab

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What you might know as " Reciprocal Teaching " (links to Reading Rockets' explanation page), we refer to as Why? Because isn't it every learner's goal to be a ๐ŸŒŸ Superstar Reader ๐ŸŒŸ? Well, even if it's not, it's our goal to make it their goal. If you want to be the best, you learn from the best. These ๐ŸŒŸ Superstar Strategies ๐ŸŒŸ are exactly that: four strategies good readers use while reading.  And we remind our ๐ŸŒŸ Superstar Readers ๐ŸŒŸ of that every time they read.  How We Use Them: At Whole Group shared reading time we model using the strategies. During Small Group instruction we work together to practice the strategies. When reading independently , learners use the strategies on their own . We bet you've seen these strategies before.  The ๐ŸŒŸSuperstar Strategies๐ŸŒŸ are: Predicting Before reading to set the scene and get excited ! During reading to keep them invested in the story and to help them alter initial predictions based on new information. A

Silas | The STEAM TEAM Scientist

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4th or 5th grade Writing Lesson on Voice | Mr. Wolfe's Kinder Garden

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Write from the perspective of... shoes? Yes please. Join Mr. Wolfe as he walks you through this writing activity to develop voice.

Intro Video | Mr. Wolfe's Kinder Garden

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Jordanna: The STEAM Team Artist

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Jordanna, our STEAM Team artist, makes her debut today.  If you're unfamiliar with the STEAM Team, we invite you to meet all of them: Silas, the Scientist Victoria, the Technologist Ashlynn and Alexander, the Engineers If Jordanna's story is the one you're here to read, then please, don't let us stand in your way.  Find her story below.                Jordanna had studied art for all her short-lived life, so far.   At the age of seven, she was one of the youngest children in training.   She was lucky to have been given access to several of the books which had come out of Old York.   Art was not a hobby, nor a job.   Art was life.   It spoke to her, told her what needed to happen, and her hands and artistic tools did the rest.   Some of the older kids told her she was a ‘natural’.   Her talent had been recognized by the Orphaned World Leaders (O.W.L.'s, for short), and she was given access to books and resources other kids would have died for.   Sh

Victoria's Comprehension Activities

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We promised the day would come, and so it has.  Today, we release to the world comprehension activities to complement the story of Victoria Cogsworth, the STEAM Team Technologist.  If you have yet to meet her, no worries, your time is now.  You may read her story online , or download the Wolfe Pack for her story and more. Overview In the pack, you'll find before, during and after reading activities to engage your learners.  Furthermore, we believe in meeting not just the needs of the learners, but also the needs of the leaders.  To this end, you'll find five levels of scaffolding for learners and a selection of instructional styles for leaders.   Before Reading Based on Silas' story , discuss predictions regarding Victoria and explore what a technologist might do.  We've included options for a class-based discussion, small group discussions, and a worksheet for independent thinking.  So, choose the option that works best for you, leaders! Then, prepare

Ashlynn and Alexander: The STEAM Team Engineers

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Ashlynn and Alexander, the latest additions to the STEAM Team, await your introduction here.  If you have yet to meet the other members, please do stop by and say hello to: Silas, the Scientist Victoria, the Technologist But for now, please do go on and meet Ashlynn and Alexander.  They've been waiting to meet you. Ashlynn turned to Alexander and snapped, “WE need to get the project going, kinda like soon, if you get my drift.”   Alex shrugged his shoulders as he stared into his new book, well old book but new to him.   “We have time sis.   Besides, we need the tail for it before we can finish anyways.”   Ashlynn looked annoyed and turned back to the saw table, putting her goggles back in place, as the whine of the saw began.   Sawdust flew all around her like fairy dust, but with a woody smell and not sparkly at all.   She absolutely loved to shape wood, she would do it with a knife and had several small figurines laying all over her office table off in

Silas: The STEAM Team Scientist

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If you've been to Wolfe Stew before, you likely already met Silas.  But, in the process of remodeling, we needed  a special post dedicated just to him and his story to feature in the Reading Nook.   Have you seen it yet?  In this corner of Wolfe Stew, you'll find a quiet place to browse all our original literary creations.  Intrigued?  Head over and get cozy in the reading nook now. But, maybe you're only here because you want to meet this person named Silas.  Welcome!  You're in the right place!  His story lives here.  The Mr. created Silas and the STEAM Team for the purpose of making STEAM content accessible to daily life; to help learners visualize how the STEAM skills become essential in a post-apocalyptic world.  Each character in the STEAM Team possesses a different STEAM skillset. Silas is our scientist, and this is his story:          Silas was possibly the youngest doctor alive.  Since the average age of living humans was about 12 years old,

Victoria Cogsworth

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Listen Leaders, The much anticipated moment is here!  On this, the day of our nephew's birth, we're releasing a gift to you.  Today, we release to the world: Victoria, our technologist, is the second member of the STEAM Team.  By now, you and Silas - our scientist - are old chums.  If not, and all this ramble about the STEAM Team is lost on you, check out his story first: Meet Silas And then, choose from these cross-curricular activities to further immerse you in his story: Science and Research Music and STEAM Design Physical Education and STEAM Design Social Studies and Writing Oh, you're ready for Victoria now?  Well, then, allow me to tell you a little about her.  Victoria hails from a subdued, rural setting, unlike Silas' action-packed metropolis. But make no mistake!  Her wheels are still turning.  In Victoria's story, you'll begin to see into the inner workings of the STEAM Team.  Her story tells of inspiration from nat

Writing as Art

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Leaders, It's time we make writing fun again, and I'm calling on you to help me do it!  It breaks my heart that starting in Kindergarten I hear my nephew being prepped on writing the five sentence paragraph with the transitional words first, next, last, in conclusion hammered into him.  It's repetitive, redundant, repulsive.  We're making our kids dread writing.  And writing should be fun!   Last night, the Mr and I went to the library  Most of the time I just put books on hold, drop books off, pick up my holds and leave.  But last night, I went hunting.  I was hunting a book of writing exercises to help me build that muscle.  And not only did I find that book, but I also found a book of like-minded leaders who organized essays meant to breathe fun into writing again. I'll be featuring both of these gems on our menu today. N e o n W o r d s The first book, Neon Words  by Marge Pellegrino & Kay Sather is the book I'll be using to train my

The Big Five for 4th-6th Grade

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(Updated 4/19/2022) Happy Tag-You're-It-Day, Leaders! For forever that's what I will now call touch tag.  My niece, years ago mind you, used to run around asking everyone if they would play "Tag-You're-It" with her.  And, yes, it all came out as one word.  It was the cutest thing ever and my new name for touch tag.  Confession: I didn't play today.  Did you? Apple Betty I promised I would share with you the recipe for Apple Betty if it was good.  Well, it was.  I actually have two kind of particular eaters in my household, even when it comes to dessert, and they both liked it.  So, I'll share.  And I won't be mean.  I won't lure you to the end and then give you the recipe.  I'll give it to you right now.  It's not even my recipe.  It is Barbara Milam's and it can be found at allrecipes.com. The first step in Barbara's recipe was to slice the apples.  I did.  It took four of them.  However many cups a recipe calls for in

Silas - Orphaned World Citizen

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Greetings Leaders, How is National Love People Day treating you?  I must admit, it is not always easy to show people love, and typically the hardest ones to show love are the ones who need it most.  So, kudos to you for going the extra mile and taking the effort to show someone you care.  Currently, when I'm angry at someone, or it's really hard for me to show love, I visualize peering into their eyes and seeing God.  He's always there, if you look hard enough, and if you remember to look.  That's the hard part for me, anyway. Here, at Wolfe Stew, we try to show our love for people by offering educational resources to make your life a little easier and maybe even more enjoyable.  We'd love to serve you better by making you Made-to-Order Quizine .  Head on over to that tab, and place your order.  Just shoot us an email detailing which kind of plates you wish we'd offer.  Think of topics, structures, purpose, etc.  We are working on an order form, so keep

Silas City Run

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(Updated 9/29/2022) Leader, are you ready for this? The third activity with Silas, our Scientist,  awaits.  To prepare for this one, you'll want to tie your sneakers, fill your water bottles, and do some stretches.  That's right, it's time to get active.  We're taking it to the streets. If you've already read our Meet Silas story, you know that in it Silas makes a narrow escape. We want you and your cadets to experience that narrow escape along with us. Lead your cadets as they use the design process to engineer an obstacle course based on story details.  They'll develop cooperation, evaluation, comprehension, and design skills along the way. After your cadets improve upon and build their blueprints, get ready for action!  They will become Silas as they live out the most riveting part of the story.  Will they escape?  Or will the bot beat them? Whether successful or snatched, cadets must debrief on their experience, and we've provided