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Students will read and discuss Janet Stevens' book, Tops & Bottoms, and use it as a stepping stone to understanding character analysis, sequence of events, and main ideas and supporting details.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will word-map a story, compare traits of characters in a story, and sequence the events of a story.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will identify plants that grow above and below the ground and parts of plants that are used for food.
31 to 60 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
The book, Tops & Bottoms, by Janet Stevens; potatoes and peanuts on vines, heads of lettuce and cabbage, and corn on a stalk; Think-sheets from Makes Sense Strategies CD, Guided Reading Strategies: Sequence (3 event), Comparisons (similarities and differences), and Story Grammar (see attachments)
Technology Resources Needed:
Gather vegetables, check out book and preread, and duplicate Think-sheets.
Teacher will check the Think-sheets for accuracy. Teacher will observe students' knowledge of the details of the story as they compare characters and dictate descriptions of the events of the story.
In a related science lesson, students could draw the plants that the teacher has brought for display and label the parts (stems, leaves, roots, and seeds).
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for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.