Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Reading Bento Box Ideas

On a previous post, I featured math bento boxes.  This post features reading bento boxes.  A bento box is a Japanese lunch box that has sections to keep all parts of a meal separate.  I call this a bento box because it provides separate learning center activities for a student to complete in one box.

The large container was purchased from Dollar Tree for one dollar and is a magnificent way to individualize instruction.  To implement this, place different learning center activities inside of each plastic container that you have.  A student can check out the bin that best fits his or her academic needs.

This box contains Grade 4 Common Core text structure activity cards, theme task cards that are differentiated for different reading levels, and a tube that students can use for charting the sequence of events in a text.

This bento box contains character analysis activity cards, a Doodle Pro for writing, and a tin with letters for creating words that follow a specific prefix or suffix pattern.

This box contains a hornbook that I created out of soft wood and heavy paper.  The students are usually fascinated to find out that this is what children used as a "book" during the 1600s and 1700s.  It also contains a slate from a craft store for writing.  The Common Core genres card and book are also in the box.  Students read the book and write their notes on the slate.

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  1. I really like this idea. I especially like the Bento box with the book, slate, and horn book. Great idea and this will easy to implement.
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