Hook: Begin the lesson by showing the students a package of seeds. Start shaking, rattling, blowing, or talking to the seeds. When you have your students' attention, tell them you are trying to get them to grow. (This is really just to get them thinking, do not discuss or take much time with this.)
*Suggestion - While students are in small group have your other students:
- Pre-read story. (Prediction)
- Draw and write 4 things seeds need to grow.
- Create oa and or short o word family using “sky to ground” or notebook paper.
Read together page 4, Chapter 1 of Frog and Toad are Friends, "Spring".
Phonics: As you read the story, stop and have students put their fingers on short o words. Have your students put their fingers on the oa words. Remind students oa has the long o sound. Bring attention to any multisyllabic words. Have students say the words to you and to each other.
Use same correction and feedback.
On level - Teacher reads then has students choral read pages together.
Below level - Teacher reads, points our specific oa and short o words, then reread together phrases or sentences.
Above level - Have students whisper read pages chorally.
Comprehension: Before you read the chapter, talk about spring and what usually happens in spring. Ask students to tell their partner (partner talk) what they see in spring. Have students begin with a stem or prompt.
- Stem: "In spring I usually see..."
- Examples: birds making nests, new leaves on trees, flowers, trees turning green...
As you read the story have students listen carefully. To monitor engagement, have your students give a thumbs up when Frog is being a friend to Toad.
When Toad begins to take care of his garden have your students give a thumbs up or a thumbs down when they believe he is helping his seeds to grow or not helping his seeds to grow.
Above-Level Comprehension - At the end of the story, introduce the word patience. Talk about how patience is needed to tolerate or befriend someone who is troubling or suffering. Ask students to talk to their partner about who in the story was not patient, Frog or Toad. Have them to go back in the story and point out an example to prove their answer. (Text evidence)
Ask students to look at the picture of Toad shouting at the seeds. Ask them was this an example of patience. Thumbs up if yes, thumbs down if no.
Show the Teachertube video: "From Seeds to Plants". Discuss seeds and what it takes for them to grow. Get out the package of seeds you had at the beginning of the lesson. Talk about spring and why spring is a good time to plant a garden. Talk about what you might need to do to get the seeds in the package to grow.
*Optional - Create an Anchor chart that displays things seeds need to grow.