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“Best Idea Ever” English version

Here is the English version.  Thanks again Tana Krohn for sharing your work and your ideas!  (look for her ideas after the readings!)

English #1:

There is a man. His name is Sir Newton. Sir Newton is under a tree. An apple falls on his head. Sir Newton studies the apple. He studies more apples. He has an idea.

Sir Newton makes pies with the apples. He wants to sell the pies. No one wants the pies. Sir Newton is sad.

There is a bird. The bird poops on Sir Newton. Sir Newton has another idea!

English #2:

In a town there is a man. His name is Sir Newton. Sir Newton is under a tree. He is under a tree when an apple falls on his head. Sir Newton looks at the apple. He looks at the tree. He looks at the apple. He looks at the tree. He looks at the apple and throws it in the air. He studies more apples… and has an idea! He runs to the town with a lot of apples.

Sir Newton makes a lot of pies with the apples. He wants to sell the pies. No onw wants the apple pies. Sir Newton is sad. He throws an pie on the ground. Suddenly, a bird poops on his head. He looks at the bird…. and has another idea!

English #3:

 

There is a town where the weather is good. It’s sunny and cool. It’s fall. In the town there is a man. His name is Sir Newton. Sir Newton is tall and thin and has white hair (truly he has a white wig).

Sir Newton is under a tree. He has a telescope and five books. He is under a tree when an apple falls on his head. Sir Newton is confused. He looks at the apple. He looks at the tree. He looks at the apple. He looks at the tree. He takes the apple ant throws it in the air. He studies more apples. He eats the apple… and has an idea! He runs to the town with a lot of apples.

Sir Newton makes apple pies! He likes apple pies. He makes a lot because he wants to sell the pies. Unfortunately, no one wants the apple pies. Sir Newton is sad. He throws a pie on the ground.

Suddenly, a bird poops on his head. Sir Newton is confused. He looks at the bird… and has another idea! He makes wings in order to fly!

This tied in nicely with the kids’ current physics unit!
In addition to the readings, I also had students complete some of the following activities:
1)  Add their own details to the story based on known vocabulary:  weather, season, colors, physical/personality descriptions of characters, etc.
2)  Write their own True/False statements about the story.
3)  Give them a pre-quiz and “quiz” on the story based on their own true/false statements.
4)  Illustrate a scene from the story. Have the kids exchange drawings and write the a sentence about someone else’s drawing. I had other activities I wanted to do around these drawings…. Have students walk around the room and write sentences about multiple drawings of their choice (each drawing has a number and students write down the numbers of the drawings that hey write about). There is also a fun activity that involves drawing a picture and passing it to the next person who has to write a sentence about the drawing. Then you fold the first drawing down and have the third person illustrate the second person’s sentence. I’ve this at parties, but haven’t tried it in class yet.
Much of the vocabulary in this story (included and omitted) was obviously based on what I know my students know. You will definitely want to tailor it to your own students’ needs!

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