Grades 3 and 4: Theme: My World and Others

3rd Grade Theme Book: The Courage of Sarah Noble


3rd Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • Madeleine Takes Charge by Sally McMillan.
  • A Time to Weave by Patricia Habada, Gary B. Swanson, Sally J. McMillan, LuWana J. Kumalea.
  • Adventist Life Reading Series, Level 10. The Department of Education General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 1983

3rd Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with The Courage of Sarah Noble? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
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Technology Ideas

  • Create a slideshow of favorite Bible stories (one slide per child). Share in church on Sabbath!
  • Have students find their favorite word pictures from the book and make a slide in KidPix, Pixie or TuxPaint. Decorate without using any pictures or photo that enhance the meaning. Just patterns and designs. Let the words stand out!
  • Use Google Earth (as a class) to trace Sarah's journey from MA to CT.
  • Make a scary graph of potential situations that might be scary. Have students vote for their most scary situation. Which situations are scary for most of the class? Ask students questions about the graph: How many? How many more? Which...? Use Graph Club or Create a Graph online.
  • Take digital pictures of students being responsible in the classroom. Assemble into a slideshow or multimedia presentation with students' sentences describing how they are helping.
  • Play a game like Oregon Trail with your students, individually, or as a class, to help them understand the perils of traveling during that time period. Have students journal or blog about what it felt like to travel by covered wagon, get sick without medicine to cure them, or have to buy and manage supplies.

Websites

  • Native American Facts for Kids, simple online information about American Indians in an easy-to-read question and answer format by a non-profit organization working to preserve native languages.
  • Learn about Native Americans: an online easy reading site designed for students by a school district in IL.
  • Crossword Puzzle- Use 12 of the voculary words to make a crossword puzzle
  • Native American Symbols Sarah did not speak the same language as the Indians. Pictures are one way people with a language barrier can communicate. Ask students to create a message using these symbols.

"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
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Lesson Plans


Learning Center Plans

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4th Grade Theme Book: Yuki: An Alaskan Adventure


4th Grade Official Supplemental Books


4th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Yuki: An Alaskan Adventure? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
  • "A Time to Weave" story in the A Time to Weave by Patricia Habada, Gary B. Swanson, Sally J. McMillan, LuWana J. Kumalea. Adventist Life Reading Series Level 10. The Department of Education, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 1983.
  • Balto the Untold Story of Alaska's Famous Iditarod Sled Dog (Volume 1) by Pat Chargot
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner and Greg Hargreaves

Technology Ideas

  • Have students record interviews with their family and create digital stories. Alternatively students can take notes and then script the story in their own words. Read more about digital storytelling here.
  • Have students create a Power Point Presentation on whales (humpback, orca, blue, sperm,other). Include information on their habitats, feeding grounds, food, physical description, and calves.
  • Connect to a missionary (or returned student missionary from your nearby Adventist college) with Skype. Compare their stories about living in two countries to the book Grandfather's Journey. What did the person miss from each country? Think of other good questions to ask.
  • Who could you invite into your classroom to interview about different ways of eating in other cultures? Invite them to bring props. Record the visit with a digital camera.
  • Connect to Kigluait Adventures in Alaska: learn about the sled dogs; adopt a sled dog. Ask them to connect via Skype.

Websites

  • Alaska Kids: Information for kids about Alaska.
  • Check out the Alaska webcams hosting by the Bering Straits School District. Look across to Russia!
  • Trace Yuki's journey with Google Earth. What are some important stops along the way?
  • The Bering Straits School District has a whole thematic unit online about the Iditarod. During the Iditarod, you can connect with standards based (H323 videoconferencing) or watch the live streaming on their webpage.
  • KidsKonnect: Iditarod resources.
  • Scholastic's Iditarod: Race Across Alaska is a great site for kids including facts about Alaska, the race, sled dogs, etc. It includes interactive online quizzes and activities, and an essay writing activity!

"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
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  • Make a pop-up book to illustrate the book. Page 1 summarize, Page 2 problem-solution, Page 3-? setting, final page Character Study with a Venn diagram comparing Sarah and yourself.
  • Have a classroom potluck where students bring in a dish that is typical of their family. Each student presents their dish to the class stating what it is and why it represents their family, or why it is a typical dish for their family. Have a class discussion on traditions; allow time for students to share important family traditions. Enjoy the potluck together!

Lesson Plans



Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.

Canadian Adaptation

How are you adapting this theme for Canada studies? What resources and technology tools do you use?
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