Realistic (fiction), 2,888 words, Level X (Grade 5), Lexile 910L
What would you design and sell if you could be an entrepreneur for a day? Making Big Bolstead Bucks is a realistic fiction book that follows a group of students and their teacher as they learn the basics of how capitalism works. Their assignment is to work in small groups to start their own business. Mr. Bolstead teaches his students about borrowing money with interest, supply and demand, and profit as they compete to win the contest in a real-world simulation. Illustrations support the text.
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Use the reading strategy of retelling to understand and remember a story
Identify the author's purpose
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and understand the use of commas to separate dialogue
Read and understand number words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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