R.A.C.E. with Ms. Hall

Restate, Answer, Cite Evidence, Explain

I can explain my answers and support them with evidence from the text.

R. Reword or restate the question

A. Answer all the parts of the question

C. Cite textual evidence

E. Explain your answer

Prove it!

Support your answer with evidence from the text.

Show and Tell Evidence Sentence Starters
  • It said so on page...
  • Because...
  • The author wrote...
  • For instance...
  • For example...
  • Based on what I read...
  • According to the text...
  • From the pictures I know...
  • On page ____ it said...

Your 1st R.A.C.E. Starts Here

The New School

Miss Gregory was nervous. Not only was today the first day of school which made her nervous enough, but it was her first day at a brand new school.

Miss Gregory fed her cat, Rufus, and said good-bye to her two pet fish. She grabbed her coffee and her lunch and she was out the door. Miss Gregory hopped on her bike and put her coffee and lunch in the front basket. She fastened her helmet and started her five minute bike ride to school.

As she rode up to the school her heart started to beat faster and her palms grew sweaty. She locked up her bike and walked through the double front doors into the school. Her new principal, Mr. Dubble, smiled and waved at her from the front office. Miss Gregory started to feel a little better.

Miss Gregory walked down the hall to her new classroom. Inside two other teachers were waiting.

"Good Morning! I'm Mrs. Hopper, and this is Miss Eve. We'll be teaching 3rd grade with you this year. We are happy to have you at Hope Elementary," said the blonde teacher.

"We brought some donuts and coffee for you this morning. Do you want chocolate frosted or glazed?" said Miss Eve.

MIss Gregory smiled, "Oh, definitely the chocolate one. Thank you so much!"

The two teachers laughed, "We know teachers get just as nervous as students do. Donuts definitely help!"

Miss Gregory agreed and bit into her donut. She had a feeling she was going to love her new school.

Click the link below to R.A.C.E. Remember to support your answer with evidence and use your show and tell sentence starters.

Your 2nd R.A.C.E. Starts Here

Excerpt from Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook

     Miss Smith seemed very...different from Zack's other teachers. But the day went along like every other school day Zack could remember - until Miss Smith said, "It's story time."

     When she sat at her desk and started to read from the book she had brought with her, Zack couldn't believe his eyes. The storybook characters came to life, and the classroom was swept up in a swashbuckling pirate tale.

     Zack and the rest of his class were right in the middle of the story. He could feel the breeze in his hair and hear the waves pounding on the side of the ship.

     From then on, Zack couldn't wait to go to school. Every day there was a new story to look forward to.

Your 3rd R.A.C.E. Starts Here

Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
From Miss Sarah at Bellville

Horrible Harry is a popular series by Suzy Kline about a boy named Harry and all his crazy adventures at school.  All of the books are written from the point of view of Doug who is Harry’s best friend. In the book Horrible Harry in Room 2B, the reader discovers a several reasons why Harry is horrible.  For example, he has a box that contains a garter snake which he uses to scare girls and during seven-up he gives whoever he picks a knuckle noogie.

Harry gets Doug to do horrible things too, like when there were leftover treats and Harry and Doug take one to Mrs. Michaelsen, but Harry convinces Doug that they should eat her cupcake.  In the Thanksgiving play, Harry wants to be a dead fish because the Native Americans used it to fertilize the corn.  Harry can be nice sometimes like when Song Lee, a fellow classmate, had a part as a pilgrim but didn’t like talking in front of people so she got to be a dead fish too thanks to Harry.

Children will enjoy reading Horrible Harry books, especially second and third graders.  The books have some illustrations that help demonstrate how horrible Harry can be and will make the reader laugh.

Your 4th R.A.C.E. Starts Here

Tortillas for All!


1) 2 cups masa harina tortilla flour

2) 1 ½ to 2 cups hot water

3) Bowl and spoon

4) Measuring spoons and cups

5) Rolling pin

6) Griddle or frying pan

7) Paper and pencil

8) Oven mitts

If you’ve never made homemade tortillas, you’re in for a treat. Soft, warm, and delicious, tortillas are easy enough for kids to make with a little adult supervision. Yum!



Pour the masa harina flour in a mixing bowl. Slowly add the water and stir until a slightly stiff dough forms. If the dough seems too dry, add a bit more water; if the dough seems too wet, add more flour.


Knead the dough on a clean table or counter top for five minutes until it is smooth. Allow the dough to sit for five minutes and then break it into 2 to 3 inch balls. Use a rolling pin or your hands to roll the dough out into a very thin pancake.


Lay the tortillas on a hot griddle or frying pan. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the tortillas are golden brown. Flip the tortillas, and cook the other side until brown.

Your 5th R.A.C.E. Starts Here!

Click the button to read an article about the travels of the Olympic torch. Be sure to pay careful attention to all the text features in the article. You should also watch the two short videos in the article. You will need to combine what you learned from the article, features, and videos to respond to the RACE question.

Click the link below to R.A.C.E. Remember to support your answer with evidence and use your show and tell sentence starters.