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A Fuzzy Adventure. A first and second grade PowerQuest by Ms. Hansen, Library Media Specialist Hawthorn Elementary School. “ Boink ! Thump! Plunk . It’s big. It’s round. It’s really fuzzy. But --- what is it ?” What would you do if you found something strange and mysterious ?

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A Fuzzy Adventure

A first and second grade PowerQuest

by

Ms. Hansen, Library Media Specialist

Hawthorn Elementary School


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Boink!Thump!Plunk.It’s big. It’s round. It’s really fuzzy. But --- what is it?”

What would you do if you found something strange and mysterious?

How would you learn more about it?

Follow our little round friend through

this “Fuzzy Adventure!”

Introduction


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Task

In this PowerQuest all first and second graders will find out:

  • how books are made, and

  • learn about the authors of The Great Fuzz Frenzy.

    Second graders will also:

  • find out more about prairie dogs and their homes

  • learn more about the illustrator, Janet Stevens.


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Process

Read each step and click on the links to learn more about:

  • How a book is made:

    http://www.harperchildrens.com/hch/picture/features/aliki/howabook/book1.asp

  • All about the authors and illustrator:

    http://www.janetstevens.com/FAQ/index.html

    http://www.susanstevenscrummel.com/abouttheauthor.htm

  • Use graphic organizers from your teacher to make notes of what you learned.


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Learn More

  • Learn more about prairie dogs and their homes. Use post-it notes to write down four things you learned about prairie dogs to share with the class.

    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/mammals/rodent/Prairiedogprintout.shtml

  • Look at a prairie dog “burrow map”. Decide why there are so many rooms. Use post-it notes to write down two things you noticed about a prairie dog burrow. Share them with the class.

    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/burrow/end.html

  • Visit the studio of author and illustrator Janet Stevens. Create your own graphic organizer to share new information you learned about things she likes to draw and how computers help her illustrate books. There are lots of links here so take your time!

    http://www.janetstevens.com/today/index.html


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Assess

  • Able to follow directions of PowerQuest

    Yes No

  • Able to use different graphic organizers to take notes

    Yes No

  • Neat handwriting

    Yes No

  • Showed teamwork

    Yes No


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End

Way to go fuzz detectives!

You have shown how well you can:

  • use the Internet,

  • use different graphic organizers to take notes,

  • read a diagram, and

  • worked well with classmates.

    Now, enjoy reading The Great Fuzz Frenzy!


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Credits

Image Credits:

Google Images. “Prairie Dog Locator.” 19 June 2007. <www.prairiedoglover.com>.

Microsoft Images. “Tennis ball.” 19 June 2007.

Book Credits:

Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel. The Great Fuzz Frenzy. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc. 2005.


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Teacher Information

  • Missouri Standards

    • CA 1 – Develop and apply effective research process skills to gather, analyze and evaluate information

    • CA 3 – Write effectively in various forms and types of writing

  • Necessary Materials

    • Computers with Internet access

    • Graphic organizers

      • “How a Book is Made” (1st grade) & “How a Book is Made” (2nd grade)

      • “Learning About Authors” (2nd grade)

    • Post-it Notes & pencils

    • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel


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