My class has a new obsession….they can’t get enough of Jerry Pallotta’s Who Would Win series! I had seen the idea on Pinterest to use the books to work on opinion writing, so I bough a big pack of them using Scholastic Bonus Points.
We used this awesome pack by Teaching in Stripes to organize our thoughts. I read aloud
from Whale Vs. Giant Squid, stopping before the big fight scene at the end. I
wanted the kiddos to form their own opinions based on the facts presented in the
book. Then they had to choose if they were Team Whale or Team Squid.
I gave them time to meet with their “teams,” and compare notes and then we
wrote our opinion pieces. After everyone’s writing was complete, I finally read
the battle scene and they found out who would win. They absolutely LOVED
They were so in love with these books that I had to think of another way to
use them. So we did a review lesson on text features because these books are
FULL of them! I partnered them up and each set of partners got a different
Who Would Win book. They had to go on a text feature hunt and fill out a
After that, they got to create a poster about their Who Would Win battle.
Their poster had to included three text features. I think it’s safe to say that
this project was a huge hit! They had such a great time and it made my teacher
heart so happy to hear them discussing which text features would help them
explain the information on their posters!
Want to try it out with your class? Click HERE to go grab the graphic organizers and poster rubric, they
are a FREEBIE in my store!