Use As: Guided Reading , Listening Station, Read-Aloud, Early Reader K-2, Interest Level K-adult

DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) Reading Skills: DRA Level 16-18 I-J, problem & solution, predicting, asking and answering questions. Text features include; table of contents, chapter headings, glossary, index, bibliography, biography. Connect the beginning, middle & end of the story to the right, middle and left side of the accordion.

VGLA (Virginia Grade Level Assessment) Language Arts Skills: Compound words, plurals with s, multi-syllabic words.

Music Skills: Introduction to music theory, recognize different types of accordion music, relate the sound to specific parts of the accordion. Connecting the accordion to other instruments.

Science Skills: Uses of beeswax and its connection to the accordion; sounds -high & low, loud & soft, moving parts, simple machine, body parts, emotions.

Objective: The objective of this book is to provide a low-reading-level, non-fiction, guided reading book with various text features, giving the student who is reading at a first grade level the opportunity to learn about how the accordion produces sound; while using a table of contents, headings, a glossary, an index, a bibliography and biographies. At the listening station as the student listens and reads the book he/she will develop an awareness of the variety of music the accordionist can create.

Focus: Students will gain an understanding of the accordion and the different types of sounds and music it can produce. They will beintroduced to the multitude of text features in a way that is enjoyable and easy to understand. With a question as part of the title they will form a prediction, ask questions and try to answer them as part of the reading process. A connection between the worldof bees and music will result in a greater understanding and respect for the world around us.

Setting: This guided reading book can be used in several settings; early childhood classroom as a read-aloud, listening station and guided reading book; K-adult students reading at a low level with an interest in non-fiction; science classes studying bees, sounds, moving parts, simple machines, body parts and emotions; music classes studying music theory and the accordion.

General Lesson: In the early childhood classroom this would be a good read-aloud book and a student listening station. Reading the title together and discussing the question and then listening to the music, will stimulate the students to predict, create opinions and ask additional questions. As they listen to the table of contents they will gain an understanding about what they will learnin the book. The headings will unfold with the music demonstrating the various topics, the students will be able to draw conclusions and make connections to the music and text. They will see the parallel between the beginning, middle and end of a story and keyboard, middle and bass side of the accordion. Many will enjoy the music and story of the “The Fox and The Hound” as the book comes to a close then, they can listen to it by themselves and, put the book in their book bag to read it on their own.

Vocabulary: The vocabulary is listed in the order that it appears in the book. This will give the teacher a chance to locate specific teaching points. Language Arts Vocabulary is also listed by focus groups on the next page.
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