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Lesson Plans: Another Reason to Share My Book

09 Feb

When I was teaching, I was always looking for lesson plan ideas that would break up what could become the monotony of the manual. It was amazing what a half hour game or some seasonal centers could do for the kids’ spirits. And mine. So, with my book I’m Not Afraid of Anything getting close to publication, I thought I’d give teachers some of those same ideas I was looking for. The below lessons are standards based (Pennsylvania) and designed to take thirty minutes or less. I hope you or someone you know can use them as is or adapt them to a classroom’s needs.

Technology Standard 3.4.3.B1-Grade 3- Describe how using technology can be good or bad

Objective: The students will compare and contrast reading an ebook to reading a picture book.

Procedure:

1. In a way that involves all students (computer lab, computer with projector, library, or in small groups), pull up the MeeGenius website and read a story from either the free books here or the contest entries here. (Of course I recommend my book).

2. In small groups or as individuals, students read a traditional picture book

3. In small groups or as individuals, students complete a Venn diagram to compare the experiences of reading ebooks and traditional picture book. Encourage students to describe both experiences in specific terms, like how things looked, smelled, felt, etc, rather than just “it was cool.”

Assessment: Grade student-created Venn diagrams, or compile a Venn diagram as a class that shows all students were able to compare and contrast.

Science Standard 3.3.4.A4- Grade 4- Recognize earth’s different water resources

Objective: The students will understand how we care for our fresh water natural resource

Procedure:

1. In a way that involves all students (computer lab, computer with projector, library, or in small groups), pull up the MeeGenius website and read I’m Not Afraid of Anything.

2. Ask students what happens when water really goes down the drain. List ideas for all to see.

3. Watch the video from PBS kids. It discusses treatment of water from a reservoir, but it shows the process clearly and concisely and discusses how to protect this natural resource.

4. In small groups or as individuals, students illustrate a way they can conserve water in school.

Assessment: Ask individuals or groups to present water conservation posters to the class.

Social Studies Standard 5.1.3.C Grade 3- (there is the same standard for grades 4 and 5, just with different labeling)

Define the principles and ideals shaping local government.

  • Liberty / Freedom
  • Democracy
  • Justice
  • Equality

Objective: The students will learn the definition of democracy and participate in democratic voting.

Procedure:

1. As a class, brainstorm the definition of a democracy. Write the definition somewhere everyone can see (you will need it later)

2. Introduce Abraham Lincoln’s quote on democracy “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Break it in two parts and discuss the meaning.

3. Revise the class’ original definition with anything learned from the quote

4. Tell the class that we live in a democratic society. Ask how we know. (They keys to a democracy are “where a constitution guarantees basic personal and political rights, fair and free elections, and independent courts of law.”

5. Tell the class that today they are going to participate in a “fair and free election.” In a way that involves all students (computer lab, computer with projector, library, or in small groups), pull up the MeeGenius website and read all the contest entries here.

6. Ask students to share on a “secret ballot” the book title they would vote for and why. Count the votes and share the winner.

Assessment: If all students were able to choose a story and tell why, they understand the voting process.

Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking Standard– Grade 2- 1.1.2.B: Use knowledge of phonics and word recognition (e.g., root words, prefixes, suffixes, and syllabication) to decode and understand new words during reading

Objective: The students will use phonic and word recognition to decide which words from page 12 of I’m Not Afraid of Anything are real words and which are just sounds.

Procedure:

1. In a way that involves all students (computer lab, computer with projector, library, or in small groups), pull up the MeeGenius website and read I’m Not Afraid of Anything.

2. Read through the story once. Then return to page 12.

3. Ask students to number a paper 1-8 and record the “words” from the page. Use phonics to decode each word. Look for familiar root words.

4. Decide whether each word is a real word or an onomatopoeia. Mark each word as appropriate. Consider writing the definitions of the real words.

Assessment: collect the papers and look for appropriate marking of words v onomatopoeias.

Other Ideas MeeGenius also has free books here  that, in addition to the contest entries, would be great in an independent reading center or for students who finish tasks early. This would especially work in the younger grades because the books can read to the student and it even highlights the words as it reads.

Again, I hope you can use these ideas! Please share them with teachers you know! And vote!

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