1.)The teacher will begin the lesson by showing the students the chart (referred to as a KWL). She will give the students an opportunity to turn and talk to a partner or small group about things they already know about tigers. After allowing students time to talk, ask students to share things they discussed. Record responses on the KWL under the heading "What We Know." Then ask the students if there are any questions they have about tigers. Allow time for the students to turn and talk in order to develop questions for the chart. Ask students to share and record responses on the KWL chart under the heading "What We Want To Know." Explain to the students that you will come back to the KWL after reading the book to complete the last section labeled "What We Have Learned."
2.)Show the students pictures of various types of graphs such as venn diagrams, pictographs, bar graphs, pie graphs, etc. (See attachment) Discuss the names and the differences of each. Explain to the students that they will see more of these types of graphs in the book you will read to them about a baby tiger named T.J.
3.)Introduce and take a picture walk through the book. Explain to students that the right hand side of the book tells a true story about the life of a baby tiger named T.J. Explain that the pictures on the left hand side of the book are graphs. The graphs give the information about T.J.'s weight as described in the story.
4.)Read the story. Draw attention to the bar graphs and pictographs. Explain the difference between bar and pictographs and show examples of each from the book. Explain to the students that they will create a class graph using the information about T.J.'s weight from the book.
5.)Give each student a tiger from the handout. Students will color and cut out. (You will need 26 tigers total for the chart. Therefore, some children may have to color or cut out additional pictures.)
6.)Explain to the students that each tiger picture will represent 1 pound. Students will then take turns attaching pictures to the graph. Make sure each picture is in the correct spot. (i.e. 3 pictures should be in the birth column to show that T.J weighed 3 pounds at birth, 10 tigers in the 6 weeks column, and 13 tigers in the 10 week column.)
7.)Show the pictograph from the book and draw attention to the title of the graph. Ask students to collaborate to come up with a title for the class graph. Write the selected title at the top of the graph.
8.)Upon completion of the graph, ask students to turn and talk to a partner about things they learned from the book. Record student responses on the KWL chart under the last heading "What We Learned." Read the chart together and discuss.
9.)The teacher should use the following website to show the students the picture slide show of T.J. at Zoo Montana.
)The link is to the Zoo Montana site. This link is for the zoo where T.J. is currently living. The link provides a slide show with pictures of T.J. as an adult. The site also contains siberian tiger coloring pages.
10.)Students should then write three to five facts they have learned about tigers then draw and color a picture of T.J. in his current habitat.