“Juggling” By Donna Gamache
Genre: Realistic Fiction Elements of realistic fiction • The characters behave as people or animals do in real life. • The setting of the story is a real place or could be a real place. • The events of the story are based on a conflict or problem that could occur in real life.
About the Author Donna Gamache is a writer and teacher who lives in a Manitoba, Canada village. Her favorite topics are nature, sports, and farm life. She has 3 sons and they play sports. “Writing is a learned process which takes practice. Students need to realize that re-writing is a necessity. Even professional writers must re-write and re-write.” See page 54 for more information about Donna Gamache
Competition and Cooperation • You need to post a question, concept, word, illustration or object on the Concept/ Question Board this week. • It needs to be about “Juggling” or the idea of Competition or Cooperation. • Be sure and put your name on the paper. • If you find an article in the newspaper, bring that. • Conflicting needs can often be met through cooperative efforts. • A team effort is effective in both sports and everyday life. • Cooperation is essential if we are to compete successfully.
Illustrator: Daniel Powers • You can read about Daniel Powers on page 54.
Word Knowledge Line 1 everyone volleyball homework afternoon What do these words have in common? • These words are closed compounds • What is a closed compound? • They are considered “closed” because there is no space between the two words.
Word Knowledge, line 2 then those both truth What do these words have in common? These words have the consonant digraph th. What are consonant digraphs? Digraphs are formed when two letters are placed together, creating only one sound. Can you think of other words that have the digraph th?
Word Knowledge line 3 stop spin most speak What do these words have in common? These words contain s consonant blends. Can you give me tell me other words that contain these blends? Use the words in sentences.
Word Knowledge line 4 lockers office intercom offered What do these words have in common? These words contain the /o/ and /aw/ sounds spelled o.
Word Knowledge, Sentence 1-4 • Most Students do their homework in the afternoon. • Everyone saw both sport stars at the game yesterday. • The volleyball spins and then skips across the net. • Our lockers are down the hall from the principal’s office. 1&3 ID closed compounds and words with digraph th. 2. ID the s consonant blends in the sentence. Add more s consonant blends to the sentence. 4. ID the words that contain the /o/ and /aw/ sounds spelled o.
Prior Knowledge Good readers create links between what they already know and what they are reading. What do you know about juggling? What are2 meanings for the word, juggling? What do you know about the game of volleyball? What role did competition play in “Class President” and the Marble Champ? Is competition positive?
Background Information Some students your age often have a job of delivering newspapers to people’s homes early in the morning. They have to be delivered by 6:00AM each morning, even Christmas. They often ride their bikes to deliver these papers. Volleyball requires a player to hit the ball hard straight down over the net. Spiked balls are extremely difficult to return.
Preview and Prepare 1. Read aloud the title? and names of the author and illustrator. 2. Browse the 1st page or two of the story. Don’t spoil the ending! What do you think this story might have to do with cooperation and competition? 3. What is the focus question? Discuss it with the class.
What clues did you find that tell us something about the selection? Please write something for the concept/question board. • Cooperation is needed to score against the other team. • Teamwork is necessary. • Communication is needed to pass the ball. • Competition happens when kids try out for the team. • Practicing at home because he might all ready by on the team. • The team makes plans to win the game.
What problems such as unfamiliar words or concepts, have you noticed while browsing. • The volleyball players might lose and they might get mad at each other. They might get jealous. • Player might make the team, then get cut. • Maybe the players are afraid of the speed of the ball. • They might get mad and quit the team. • The team members might not have time to play volleyball.
Vocabulary Use Reading Transparency 4
Vocabulary serve pg 48 In volleyball and tennis, a way of putting the ball into play by sending it over the net. To handle more than one object or activity at a time; perform a clever trick juggle pg 48 spare pg 50 left over, remaining; extra spirit pg 51 enthusiasm; loyalty deliberately pg 52 when something is done on purpose
Reading Skills and Strategies • Strategies • Asking questions • Making connections • Predicting • Skills • Author’s point of view
What does “juggling” have to do with cooperation? • What important lesson does Kyle learn by the end of the story?
Strategies we used as we read: Did you ask questions as you read? Did you clarify confusing words or passages by reading further? Did you summarize as you read? Explain how using the strategies helped them to understand the selection better. How did you read effectively to find answers to the questions we asked as we set the purposes?