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30 words are chosen per adventure book that students are likely to encounter in their coursework, as well as in daily life. The definitions provided offer not just a conversational explanation of each word’s meaning, but also extended use of the word. Each entry also contains a humorous example of the word in use, as well as a space for students to find and write the first instance of the word being used in the text. Our intention with these lessons is to provide students a comfortable approach to in-depth understandings of the words. More, the questions were designed to hone skills in paying close attention, discrimination, and abstract reasoning.

Teacher’s Book
Our teacher’s book contains solutions to all exercises in two ways. In the first, all exercises are presented in full, with the correct choices marked. This will allow teachers calling on students for correct answers to easily refer to the questions and answers. An answer sheet is also provided at the end of the section containing all correct answers for each exercise. This will make grading easier if lessons are printed out and distributed as homework.
The Lessons
The 30 words per adventure book are split into two lists of 15. Each list has four exercises. The two lists are then combined in the end for an additional three exercises. Counting the exercise of finding each vocabulary word in the text on each list, we offer a total of 13 vocabulary exercises per adventure book (104 in all, 240 vocabulary words per eight-book series).

Exercises using a 15-word list

  • Fill It In: In either engaging sentences or narration from the character in the adventure books, students must choose the correct word (and form of the word) to fill in the blank.
  • Say What? After reading a statement or question as if in a conversation, students must choose from a list of four the most appropriate response.
  • Choose Wisely: Using situations and categories, students must choose all choices (of four) that fit. There may be more than one correct choice.
  • In Other Words: Students are asked to rewrite sentences containing a portion in bold, using a new vocabulary word to replace the bold portion.
  • Get That Outta Here!  Presented with four words, students must choose the one that has no relation to the other words. Relations may be based on meaning or situation of use.
  • Same Same, Different Different: Students are asked to find two words out of four that are either antonyms or synonyms.

Exercises using all 30 words

  • Crazy Talk: Students must complete a crazy and humorous dialogue, requiring students to understand the context of the dialogue and all applications and nuances of the vocabulary words.
  • Connection Section: Students must find a connection between two presented words, whether that connection be in meaning, use, or an abstract sense of their own imagination. Example connections are provided for the teacher.
  • Combo Mambo: Students are presented with two vocabulary words they must use together in a new sentence. Example answers are provided for the teacher.
  • Solve It: This section ends with a puzzle containing fun clues or a surprise solution. Puzzles include crosswords, word searches and others.

Common Core Alignment

Please note that none of our lessons were created specifically to follow the Common Core. Some of our lessons do, however, match up with some of the standards, so we coded them for teachers who are currently using them.

Anchor Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.3
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4c
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5c
This workbook focuses on reading comprehension. The source adventure books and lessons were aimed at 5th grade level, but 4th grade may also be appropriate. In addition to standard multiple-choice exercises, we also have lessons that incorporate research and speaking skills.

Teacher’s Book
Our teacher’s book contains solutions to all exercises in two ways. In the first, all exercises are presented in full, with the correct choices marked. This will allow teachers calling on students for correct answers to easily refer to the question and answer. An answer sheet is also provided at the end of the section containing all correct answers for each exercise. This will make grading easier if lessons are printed out and distributed as homework.
The Lessons
Each adventure book has six reading comprehension exercises, including questions involving context, theme, basic understanding, and more.

The exercises include:

  • Fill It In: In either engaging sentences or narration from the character in the adventure books, students must choose the correct word (and form of the word) to fill in the blank.
  • Are We Clear?: The questions in this section gauge students’ understanding of the text, themes, characters and characters’ intentions, as well as tests their ability to make inferences and relate different parts of the source adventure book to each other.
  • Prove It! More than just a simple True and False exercise, here students must find the passage in the source adventure book that proves that their true or false answer is correct.
  • Figure It Out: This section focuses primarily on understanding the meanings of words, idioms and phrases using their context in the story as a guide. Students are presented with short passages from the book and asked to find the meaning of a highlighted portion.
  • In Your Own Words: Put your pens down! This section requires students to incorporate all of the previous skills addressed, and to do so verbally. Students are presented with a question or problem from the text, and asked to discuss and present their answer, using evidence from the text to back up their ideas. Students will also need to summarize passages, draw inferences, and present their own interpretations.

Common Core Alignment

Please note that none of our lessons were created specifically to follow the Common Core. Some of our lessons do, however, match up with some of the standards, so we coded them for teachers who are currently using them.

Key Ideas and Details

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3

Craft and Structure

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8
This section focuses on three core academic writing styles, plus an extra assignment meant purely for inspiring imagination and fostering a love of writing. More, students are provided with links when necessary for help in finding more information, support, or inspiration. As a final step or as part of the process, students are also encouraged to publish their writing in the forums in our main character’s online community. There, they will be able to give and receive feedback.

Teacher’s Book
Our teacher’s book provides rubrics, as well as links to the best Common Core rubrics available.
Crameye’s Tips
For each writing assignment, our main character will spell out some great writing tips as well as explain the purpose of each type of assignment in a friendly, conversational tone.
Writing Mission
Each type of academic writing will have three writing prompts based on the source adventure book.
Worksheet
Students are presented with organization, direction and guidance over whole writing process, from brainstorming to final draft.
Checklist
After the final draft, students can make sure they have accomplished their mission through a self-evaluative checklist.

Types of Writing Missions

Speak Your Mind

Students will have three prompts to choose from in writing a Persuasive/Opinion essay.

Common Core Alignment

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1c
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1d
Production and Distribution of Writing
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.6
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.8
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.8a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9

 

Spell It Out

Students will have three prompts to choose from in writing an Informative essay.

Common Core Alignment

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2c
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2d
Production and Distribution of Writing
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.6
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.8
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9a

 

This Is What Went Down

Students will have three prompts to choose from in writing a Narrative essay.

Common Core Alignment

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3c
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3d
Production and Distribution of Writing
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.6

Crazy Concoction of Creativity

Our main character will introduce the writing assignment, which will involve students letting their imaginations run wild!

Common Core Alignment

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3
Production and Distribution of Writing
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.6
Combined with the source adventure books, teachers have abundant resources for 21st Century Learning. Weaving together themes of Global Awareness, Environmental, Health, and Civic Literacies, our books make learning the fundamentals more profound. We also focus heavily here on Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity.

Please visit Partnership for 21st Century Skills to learn more about the standards we used not just to create these lessons, but also which inspired the creation of our company.

This workbook contains exercises that focus on speaking, discussion, critical thinking, research, computer, and presentation skills. In addition, there are adventure book-specific lessons on each country’s culture, as well as lessons helping students understand other cultures at a visceral level. Each installment also has a project related to the theme of each book. This project can be easily extended into a class presentation. In total, there are between 8-10 exercises per adventure book.

Teacher’s Book
Our teacher’s book explains the purpose behind each lesson, as well as provides example answers and responses to help teachers lead a class, as well as provides them with an arsenal should students need more direction or examples.

Types of Lessons

  • In Your own Words: Action and themes from the source adventure book are discussed for understanding. Students are encouraged to listen to others’ ideas while clearly expressing their own.
  • Let’s Talk About It: Questions are presented for partner or group discussion which delve into the deeper themes of each book. Students will need to work together to find solutions.
  • Go Find It: This exercise asks students to search the Internet to answer questions about each adventure book’s country of setting.
  • Walk The Walk: Activities in this section allow students to experience life in different countries, as well as how people there may live and think differently.
  • Odd One Out: Presented with four objects, people, places or concepts, students must choose the one that doesn’t belong. Here, connections must be drawn and students must think creatively. More, each new installment will incorporate previous countries until ultimately students are able to pull freely from their global experience gained in the books.
  • Project: Here, students can work together or alone as they finish a project directly related each country or a theme in the book.

In addition, each workbook contains country specific lessons related to each country’s culture, whether it be an activity to help people save face (Taiwan) or the power of silence and savoring an unspoken admiration of life (Finland). We also have lessons related to foreign languages, travel, and self-exploration.

Common Core Alignment

Please note that none of our lessons were created specifically to follow the Common Core. Some of our lessons do, however, match up with some of the standards, so we coded them for teachers who are currently using them.

Comprehension and Collaboration

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1c
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1d
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.3

Presentation of Knowledge and ideas

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4