Author’s Purpose Pieathlon
Idenifying Author’s Purpose
My newest TPT product. Over the years I have looked for an activity that would allow my students to reinforce and/ or master their skills at Author’s Purpose. I wanted an activity that would allow students to work as a team and compete against other classroom teams. I wanted an activity that would allow my students to get up and move around. Then I had a brainstorm! Which is how my pieathlon activity came into existence.
This product is a great activity for students to reinforce or enhance their author’s purpose skills. The activity requires students to work in teams and compete against other teams in the class. Each team should have 3-6 students. The students work together to identify the author’s purpose of the stories, titles, ads, etc. listed on the pie pans. Prior to the start of this activity, hid the pie pieces around the room. Each pie piece has a label of (persuade, inform, and entertain). (It is up to you how challenging those hiding place are).
Race Is On
Students search for the pie pieces. Each team will identify what piece they need to cover each section of their pie. Once they think they have correctly matched all their pieces. The teacher will evaluate if all their pieces are correctly match. If they are they win! If not, the teacher will help guide them to identify the incorrect matches by asking students questions that will help lead them to the correct answers. *Optional Idea: Reward the winning team. (I personally gave my winning team a sugar-free pie of their choice. Making sure it meets health guidelines withing your state, district, and/or school.)
*Note: This activity is flexible. You may want to use it as a matching activity at a center or station.
Aligns to Standards
You can align this product to meet the standards associated with your specific state or district requirements. This product aligns to the following Common Core State Standards: RI 2.6, RI .3.2, RI 4.8, RI 5.8 but are not limited to.
In closing, I created a sample product for personal use last year. I conducted the activity just as I have listed above. It went so well. The students were actively engaged and all members of each team were participating. I would like to note that I did give each group number cards. This informed each member of each team who was to go search for their next piece. This provided each student in the group with the opportunity to search for a piece.
You may wish to check out one of my other activities: Fact and Opinion: George Washington Carver https://mastermindcrafter.com/fact-or-opinion-george-washington-carver/