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A Date at Eight Guided Reading Plan

 

Read Aloud- Grades K-4    
Guided Reading- Grades 2-4

Thinking Before Reading

Upper-level thinking (synthesis)- At first, I was thinking the problem is…? 

 

Read the title of the book then ask “I wonder…” questions using only the pictures as clues:

Main character- Who do you think is the main character?

  • - When and where do you think the story takes place?

  • - What do you think the story problem might be? What problems might the main character encounter?

           Thinking During Reading

 

Upper-level thinking (synthesis)- as the story unfolds the student(s) will re-evaluate what they think the problem is and how Daphne is a true friend. Student(s) will stop often to evaluate and reflect. They will pull together background knowledge, make personal connections, inferences, and summarize to complete an original understanding of the text.

 

    Now, I am thinking..

p. 2-4 Using the senses to make personal connections, have the students think about a time that they may have spent at a pond or lake. What did the student(s) see, smell, feel, etc? Building on students’ background knowledge, have students share camping/fishing experiences. What do you suppose will happen at Daphne’s pad?

p. 6-10 At her lily pad, how was Daphne a kind friend to her insect guests? How was she a kind friend to Freddy and Frankie?

Synthesis: Ask your students how they could be like Daphne with classmates/friends?

p. 12-18 Predictions: how could the flashes of light (“glint of light”) have been concerning for Daphne? Why could Trina Trout be a problem for the sleep over?

Synthesis: help your students re-evaluate what problems Daphne is encountering as her sleep over plans progress.

p. 19-20 Again, what additional things does Daphne do to illustrate that she is a good friend to her guests? 

Personal Connections: share your sleep over experiences with your classmates.

p. 21-24 How did the friends show their appreciation for being invited to the sleep over?

                            Thinking After Reading

Synthesis: after reading of the story is complete, student(s)will know the problems Daphne encountered. Student(s) will know how she was a true friend at the pond. Students will share their thoughts and apply that thinking to the following questions:

What evidence proves Daphne is a caring, sharing, kind individual? Examples: She helped lonesome Freddy make a friend.  She distracted Trina to help her friends to be safe. She invited her friends to her pad for a sleep over.

  1. How can you be a Daphne at school?

  2. How can you be a Daphne at home with siblings?

  3. How can you be a Daphne at sports and youth organizations?

Students may create a list of character traits of Daphne. How can you speak with kindness?   Create a word bank of “kind” words/phrases.

              Synonyms for Kindness

Affection                         Helpful

Courtesy                         Gentleness

Goodness                       Tact

Gracious                        Thoughtfulness

Unselfish                         Good

Be happy                       Give compliments

Understanding                 Tender

Considerate                     Warm

Synthesis: bullying- If Daphne had not intervened, which characters could have become a bully to the insect friends? (The frogs and the trout- their diet is insects; these characters could scare and threaten the insects.)

Through the reading is thinking process synthesis will develop; students will create their own more complete and original understanding of the story.

100 Acts of Kindness

  1. Sing songs at a nursing home.

  2. Invite someone to play on the playground.

  3. Tell the principal how great your teacher is.

  4. Donate a toy to Toys for Tots.

  5. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.

  6. Say thanks when you see service men.

  7. Fill a kindness jar full of candy for another family.

  8. Make a thank you sign for sanitation workers.

  9. Make a busy bag for a family with little children.

  10. Bring cookies to the custodian.

  11. Help make dinner.

  12. Donate new pj’s to foster kids.

  13. Make a get well card.

  14. Bring your neighbor’s garbage cans up for them.

  15. Take care of someone’s pet while they are away.

  16. Leave a popcorn surprise on a DVD machine.

  17. Share a special toy with a friend.

  18. Clean up your room without being asked.

  19. Tape a video message for faraway friends.

  20. Leave kindness stones at the park.

  21. Give a candy bar to the bus driver.

  22. Send a dessert to someone as a surprise.

  23. Give spare change at the food bank.

  24. Buy extra school supplies for a teacher.

  25. Make muffins for your pharmacist.

  26. Reuse paper when you are drawing.

  27. Pay for someone’s fees.

  28. Teach someone something new.

  29. Give someone a hug coupon.

  30. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

  31. Write a note for someone’s lunch.

  32. Donate color books and crayons to a doctor’s office.

  33. Collect money or items for you favorite charity.

  34. Write a poem to a friend.

  35. Ask for donations rather than birthday presents.

  36. Help someone load their groceries at the store.

  37. Make a candy gram for a policeman.

  38. Collect or donate books for the library.

  39. Adopt an animal on line.

  40. Decorate tissue boxes and sanitizer for nursing homes.

  41. Make a homemade gift for someone.

  42. Clean up your toys without being asked.

  43. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.

  44. Give high fives.

  45. Make a thank you card for a librarian.

  46. Dry the wet slides at the park with a towel.

  47. Make play dough for a preschool class.

  48. Send a postcard to a friend.

  49. Deliver water bottles to the homeless shelter.

  50. Smile at everyone. It is contagious.

  1. Sing songs at a nursing home.

  2. Invite someone to play on the playground.

  3. Tell the principal how great your teacher is.

  4. Donate a toy to Toys for Tots.

  5. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.

  6. Say thanks when you see service men.

  7. Fill a kindness jar full of candy for another family.

  8. Make a thank you sign for sanitation workers.

  9. Make a busy bag for a family with little children.

  10. Bring cookies to the custodian.

  11. Help make dinner.

  12. Donate new pj’s to foster kids.

  13. Make a get well card.

  14. Bring your neighbor’s garbage cans up for them.

  15. Take care of someone’s pet while they are away.

  16. Leave a popcorn surprise on a DVD machine.

  17. Share a special toy with a friend.

  18. Clean up your room without being asked.

  19. Tape a video message for faraway friends.

  20. Leave kindness stones at the park.

  21. Give a candy bar to the bus driver.

  22. Send a dessert to someone as a surprise.

  23. Give spare change at the food bank.

  24. Buy extra school supplies for a teacher.

  25. Make muffins for your pharmacist.

  26. Reuse paper when you are drawing.

  27. Pay for someone’s fees.

  28. Teach someone something new.

  29. Give someone a hug coupon.

  30. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

  31. Write a note for someone’s lunch.

  32. Donate color books and crayons to a doctor’s office.

  33. Collect money or items for you favorite charity.

  34. Write a poem to a friend.

  35. Ask for donations rather than birthday presents.

  36. Help someone load their groceries at the store.

  37. Make a candy gram for a policeman.

  38. Collect or donate books for the library.

  39. Adopt an animal on line.

  40. Decorate tissue boxes and sanitizer for nursing homes.

  41. Make a homemade gift for someone.

  42. Clean up your toys without being asked.

  43. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.

  44. Give high fives.

  45. Make a thank you card for a librarian.

  46. Dry the wet slides at the park with a towel.

  47. Make play dough for a preschool class.

  48. Send a postcard to a friend.

  49. Deliver water bottles to the homeless shelter.

  50. Smile at everyone. It is contagious.

al·lit·er·a·tion

/əˌlidəˈrāSH(ə)n/1.the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words:"the alliteration of “sweet birds sang”"

 

The author used the literary device of alliteration throughout the story. Alliteration creates a musical effect with words that have the same letter or sound at the beginning of the word or to closely connected words. A Date at Eight has that musical effect with many of the characters having names that seem to sing a song: Dazzling Daphne Dragonfly, Musical Maria Mosquito, Busy Betty Butterfly. Can you find other names in the story that are alliterations?

Happy Hallie Horsefly, Frankie Frog, Wanda Water Strider

Assignment: choose an animal and create a poem using alliteration. Pick a consonant. Think of many words that start with that letter. Choose nouns, adjectives, verbs. Write several sentences using your word list. Check to see if some of the sentences can create a rhyme or tell a story. Write an appropriate conclusion to the poem.

                  Willie Whale

Willie whale went wandering

On his western way.

The waves Willie wades through

Were wishy, washy and wet.

Since Willie is a whale,

Willie loves to be wishy, washy and wet!

                          Peter Piper

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

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