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Learning to Learn with Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster

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Learning  to Learn with Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sharon Roth

Sharon Roth

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps





  • Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier (Voyager Books, 2007)

  • Note cards

  • Large sheet of paper or white board

  • Computer with Internet access

  • Family letter

  • General resources for costume making

  • Video camera (optional)

  • TV/VCR (optional)

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Stapleless Book

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!


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RWT Stapleless Book

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

RWT Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book app is designed to allow users to create with ease an eight-page book simply by folding and cutting. Students can choose from several different layouts for the pages of their books.


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  • Read Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster (Voyager Books, 2007) by Debra Frasier prior to sharing it with the class.

  • Choose a unit of study for studentsí vocabulary study that is rich in challenging, complex vocabulary. Based on that unit, prepare a list of vocabulary words students are likely to suggest. The list can serve as a reference during the brainstorming activity in Session One.

  • Determine best method of sharing the project, depending upon your school, time of year, and expectations. Studentsí vocabulary parade might be shared with other classes at the same grade level, with the entire school, with family members, or with local community members.

  • Gather resources for costume planning and making. Costume design can be an elaborate affair or something put together within a class period. This activity provides a great opportunity to collaborate with an art teacher or media specialist. If desired, consult the book Making Make Believe: Fun Props, Costumes, and Creative Play Ideas by Mary Ann Kohl for ideas.

  • Create a custom letter that explains the project to famillies, modeled on the Family Letter included on the back pages of Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster. Be sure that the message lists any Websites the students will need to access as part of the project. Make copies of the letter for students to take home to their families.

  • Make copies of Vocabulary Disaster Presentation Rubric and the New Learning Reflection sheet.

  • Test the Stapleless Book on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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