Ms. Sena's Second Grade Class
Mockingbird Elementary School
Coppell, Texas

Stone Fox

Interactive Read Aloud:
We read this exciting and emotional book. The book is a story of a young boy you desperately wants to save his grandfather and their farm. His hopes are to get the money needed to pay their taxes by winning a local dogsled race. You may not expect the outcome or who the true hero ends up to be.

Writing Workshop:
After the book, the students wrote a summary of the story. They were asked to have an opening sentence and a closing sentence. They are to state the problem and the solution. They students also tried to add voice to their writing by using colorful language and descriptive words.

Technology Connection: Kidspiration – Create a story map Their story maps included: characters, setting, opinion, as well as problem and solution. They inserted pictures from a created custom library and other libraries offered on Kidspiration. They did some typing as well to label characters and state their opinion, problem, and solution.

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Download Kidspiration File

Note: This activity requires that you install .inl files in the custom library.

Stone Fox.inl

1. Put the library file or files (*.inl) into the C:\Program Files\Kidspiration 2\Kidspiration Libraries\Custom Libraries folder on the machine that will be opening the Kidspiration Activity. Mac users can find the folder in Applications.

2. Open Kidspiration and then the Activity. From the Teacher Menu, select Enable Teacher Menu.

3. Return to the Teacher Menu and select, Save with Activity Wizard. Click Next and then click on the radio button in front of Selected Libraries. In the left window, scroll all the way to the bottom under Custom Libraries and select the library(ies) you need and then click the Select button to move the libraries to the window on the right. When complete, click Next. Click Next, Next, and Next again. Select the radio button in front of Another Location and click Save Activity. Save the activity in the location your students will use to access the file (may be a network drive or the hard drive of that machine depending on your particular situation). Now your students will be able to use the custom library of symbols when they access the Kidspiration Activity.


Susan Silverman - Kidspired Frosty Tales 2007