ALEX Lesson Plan

Do You Have a Babushka?

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Author:Amy Uptain
System: Russellville City
School: Russellville Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 375


Do You Have a Babushka?


This lesson will familiarize students with the author Patricia Polacco. Students will use appropriate resources to gather information about Polacco, categorize the information, and record it in a graphic organizer (concept map).

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
19 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the Grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RI.3.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
28 ) Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic. [W.3.7]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.28- Ask and answer questions about a topic for a research project allowing the use of digital tools and/or differing forms of media.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 3
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 3
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 3
16) Conduct basic keyword searches to produce valid, appropriate results, and evaluate results for accuracy, relevance, and appropriateness.

Examples: Use search techniques, check for credibility and validity.

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

The student will be able to retrieve information about Patricia Polacco from selected sources. The student will be able to classify information into prescribed categories on a concept map.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

One concept map per student

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with internet access


1.)Teacher will introduce the word "babushka" and elicit student guesses about the word's definition. Teacher will share pictures or Russian artifacts (matroishka dolls, Ukrainian eggs, etc.) and discuss how one's ancestry/culture affects one's life.

2.)Divide students into groups of three or four with one experienced computer user in each group.

3.)Students will access the Internet to retrieve information from the Alabama Virtual Library's databases.
(Article from Gale Literature Resource Center (Alabama Virtual Library))
Article includes biographical information, a complete bibliography of Polacco's works, and a lengthy narrative about Polacco's experiences and inspiration as an author.

4.)Each group will read the information about Polacco and complete a concept map.


Assessment Strategies

The teacher will assess each group's concept map. This assessment could be based on the accuracy of the details in relation to their categories.


Pictures from the Internet could be used to represent details on the concept map. Students could write a summary paragraph of the author's life based on the details from the concept maps.



View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.