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Lesson Plans for I’M NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING

NEW! I rewrote I’M NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING as a reader’s theater. It is free to print and use at www.betharnstein.com!

Technology Standard (PA) 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. (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 (PA) 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 on youtube about water treatment. 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 (PA) 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.

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 (PA)  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.

Lesson Plans for BLOWING KISSES

Mathematics Standards (PA) Grade 1- 2.2.1.B: Demonstrate strategies for addition and subtraction in order to solve single- and double-digit addition and subtraction problems. 2.2.1.D: Estimate values, sums, and differences of quantities and conclude the reasonableness of those estimates.

Objective: The students will estimate the number of illustrated kisses in BLOWING KISSES then use addition strategies to check those estimates

Procedure:

  1. Read BLOWING KISSES to the class.
  2. After the first read-through, return to a page with the illustrated “kisses.” Count the kisses on that page (there should be five).
  3. Discuss that if there are five on this page, we can estimate how many are in the whole book.
  4. Ask students to share estimates and list them where everyone can see.
  5. Break students into small groups and ask each group to use the details (number of kisses on each page and number of pages with kisses in the book) to find out how many kisses there are in the book. Each group should be provided manipulatives and paper or white boards on which to show work.

Assessment: Ask each student to solve the problem on paper at his or her desk. Also include a question about whether or not their estimate was appropriate.

Science Standard (PA) Grade 3 (though this would be more a more appropriate book/lesson to use with younger grades such as kindergarten)-3.3.3.A4 Connect the various forms of precipitation to the weather in a particular place and time.

Objective: The students will learn how to appropriately dress for the weather conditions in the book BLOWING KISSES.

Procedure:

  1. Read the book BLOWING KISSES aloud to the class.
  2. After the reading, reread the story discussing the different weather conditions. Also discuss appropriate clothing during those conditions.

Assessment: Ask students to choose one of the weather conditions and draw the appropriate clothing on an image of the little girl from the story for that condition.

Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Standard (PA) Kindergarten 1.6.K.B: Speak clearly enough to be understood by all audiences using appropriate volume. Share stories, familiar experiences and interests, employing gestures where appropriate.

Objective: The students will participate in a read aloud of the book BLOWING KISSES and demonstrate appropriate speaking skills.

Procedure:

  1. Introduce the story by talking about what it means to blow a kiss.
  2. Read the story once through.
  3. Read the story a second time. This time, ask students to blow a kiss each time you read that part of the story aloud. Also pause and have students complete the rhymes where appropriate. Remind them to speak clearly. Use variations of volume to keep them engaged (whisper, shout, speaking voice).

Assessment: Watch students, or complete a checklist, for appropriate participation.

 

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