Title: What's the Theme?
This lesson is a beginning lesson to use to introduce the skill of theme. Students will read two picture books "Ranita, the Frog Princess" and "Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody!", determine the theme for each, and then compare them in a writing assignment.
Standard(s): [TC2] (3-5) 2: Use various technology applications, including word processing and multimedia software.
Students will review as a whole class on what a digraph is and identify the different types of digraphs used in spelling words. Students will sort words used based on the digraph pattern. This lesson is to help students to identify digraphs to guide them in being able to spell and read words correctly. Students will use the “H Brothers” strategy to help them to remember the different types of digraphs being used in words.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (4) 20: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. [RF.4.3]
Title: Character Education - "Respect"
This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on integrity. Students will apply research skills, open-ended discussions, and cooperative learning experiences to investigate the meaning of "respect." Practicing good manners means showing respect for yourself, for others, for property, and for the world at large. Many of these basic courtesies are automatically included when the “Golden Rule” (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) is the rule of thumb. Giving respect to others and having respect for oneself is an integral part of developing good character.
Standard(s): [TC2] (3-5) 8: Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
Title: The Two Voices of the ow Spelling Pattern
Variable vowels are the focus of this lesson; students use nursery rhymes and ow to study how vowels can change their sounds according to different spelling patterns.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (5) 20: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. [RF.5.3]
Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974.
Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (9) 33: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task. [SL.9-10.4]
Title: Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.
Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (9) 30: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 9 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. [SL.9-10.1]
Title: In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day.
Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O .
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (5) 21: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.5.4]
Title: Walt Disney was born in 1901.
Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 22: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 19-21 above.) [W.11-12.4]