My Side of the Mountain Jackdaw By: Arielle Slingwine

An essential/driving question: What is a Jackdaw and how does it relate to our novel “My Side of the Mountain”

Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.4: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.2.b: Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

LA.6.CC.1.3.6.B: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences and/or generalizations drawn from the text.

Empowered Learner: 1d Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

Digital Citizen: 2b Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

Creative Communicator: 6a Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Grade level, subject(s), length of lesson: 6th Grade English Language Arts, low reading group 3 40 minute periods

Outcome goals for students: Students will have five items that relate to the novel textual evidence to support why the item is related. Also, students must create a presentation to present their Jackdaw to the rest of the class.

Technology tool(s) needed: Students can use tablets, smart phones, or laptops for the project.


1. Students will search the internet for what a Jackdaw is.

2. Discussion on characteristics of a Jackdaw and why it relates to our project and novel.

3. Students will get into groups and create an example of an item for the Jackdaw and an explain using pre-written starters.

4. Students will have 2, 40 minute period to work on their Jackdaw in class on an app of their choosing.

5. When Students are finished we will present each Jackdaw in class.

6. Sample type up for the class, that will be given to students through our learning management website Schoology.


A jackdaw is an unusual bird who collects just about anything it can carry and hordes it in its nest. A jackdaw is just an aviary version of a packrat! As an educational activity, a jackdaw is a collection of things related to a specific topic. Jackdaws have received attention as an instructional tool, because they promote higher-level thinking skills in students in an enjoyable way.


• Each student will or may need a shoebox [or another medium sized box].

• This can also be computer generated: Google Slides, Google Docs., Schoology, or any other presentation style format.

• 5 items or pictures to represent the main character, Sam, in My Side of the Mountain book.


• Each student will create a Jackdaw containing at least five items or pictures for a keepsake, in order to remind Sam of his time/adventure in the wilderness. Each item or picture must include a statement, stating why the student chose the item [see the example below]. This will need to be submitted by the due date in Schoology. The box may be decorated on the outside and/or inside.

• Each student must get up in front of the class and present the items on their presentation [PolyVision] or from their box. The student may read the statement he or she prepared for each of the items. Statements are to be 2-3 sentences. [Example: I chose to put a in my Jackdaw to remind Sam of his _______. This item is important, because . I feel this item______.]

• Students should strive to find or make unique items to put in their Jackdaw that other students wouldn’t think of. You may use only one from the example given.

7. *See your handout for the example of what a Jackdaw might look like for Sam Gribley of My Side of the Mountain.

8. Assessment

1. Students will be assessed based on this rubric.Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Considerations for students who do not have access to the tool(s).

1. Students can go down to the office and sign out a chromebook to work on their project.

10. Management of the technology tool(s)

1. If a student is caught not working on their project during their work time they will lose 2 points per incident. Since this a co-taught class two teachers will be walking around at all time to make sure students are working diligently on their projects.

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Arielle Deana


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