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This lesson is part of a week-long unit. It focuses on the pre-reading phase of guided reading. It aims to activate prior knowledge, preview vocabulary, and set a purpose for reading. This book deals with a very sensitive issue that most children know little or nothing about, homeless people. In a non-judgmental way the author shows how a father and son deal with the situation. The story leaves the reader with hope that someday father and son and all other homeless people will again have a home.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will demonstrate the reading strategy of making predictions. Students will match key vocabulary words to the definitions. Students will categorize information on a concept map. Students will analyze their own ideas about homelessness.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
31 to 60 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Copies of Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting, 3 Main Idea Web from Makes Sense Strategies transparency, overhead projector and pens, Vocabulary Word card match sheet (see attached), scissors, anticipation guide (see attached), chart paper
Technology Resources Needed:
Assess through teacher observation. Check matching activity for accuracy.
Use the Internet to find out about homeless people in the United States. Then find out about homeless people in your area. Who helps them? What alternatives are there? Sponsor a school-wide food drive to help the homeless or less fortunate.
Have students work with a partner to practice matching vocabulary words to definitions. When a correct match is made, the student should use the word in a sentence.
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