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Mr. and Mrs. Moose are ready for friends to join them for a special Thanksgiving dinner. The only thing missing is a turkey! Hoping to surprise Mrs. Moose, Mr. Moose heads off, with the help of his friends, to find a turkey to bring home for dinner. A terrified turkey finds himself being shuffled towards the Mooses’ home. Students are in for a surprise themselves when they find out what happens when turkey joins the Thanksgiving feast.
Designed to be done whole group, this lesson can be done in one class period, or broken down over two days. Extensions can be done at a different time of your choosing. This could also be used in small groups, or in a different format of your choosing; questions included in this lesson are targeted to lead students to summarize the text after reading by discussing elements of plot and the characters’ actions to solve the problem.
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The lesson objective is: Students will be able to summarize A Turkey for Thanksgiving by sequencing key events using a story map.
At the end of the lesson, after students participate in discussion about characters, the problem, key events, and the solution, they will be independently assessed by writing in response to the prompt: Summarize A Turkey for Thanksgiving including key events from beginning to end. Students will use text evidence and information gathered from the discussions to answer the prompt.
In addition to summarizing the story (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: visualizing, sequencing and retelling, inferring the meaning of vocabulary words, comparing and contrasting, and more!
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question.
The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.
This lesson focuses on 8 key vocabulary words. Other vocabulary words may be pertinent for your students; included are blank vocabulary cards so that you can customize for your students’ needs.
-Lesson Plan page with text’s big idea, essential question, objective, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language related to the objective
-Plot anchor chart for students to reference anytime
-Summary rubric for scoring students’ assessment responses
-Teacher's questioning guide with stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference. Please note: on each post-it, you will find (for the corresponding page) key vocabulary, the main lesson plan questions and scaffolding questions.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted for students during read aloud
-Optional graphic organizer with lesson questions for students to collect their own thinking during the read aloud
-Story map graphic organizer for students to collect evidence while discussing events/story questions.
-Headings for a large class anchor chart
-Assessment (3 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities).
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-8 vocabulary cards and 4 blank cards
-Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key included)
-Vocabulary 4-square activity options
-Students practice the strategy of visualizing. On the movie reel, students sketch the five most important events from the story. Then, label their sketches with key words from the text.
-Sequencing story events on post-its. This can be done independently or in groups. Just print one page of post-its per group.
-Students sort and stick on a sentence strip. Then, practice retelling the story in their own words.
-Students compare and contrast their own Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving in the story. They may consider who, what, where, and why.
-Students illustrate their own Thanksgiving dinner. Then, share with the class or a partner.
-Students brainstorm and write what they are thankful for. Two options available: (1) an all-on-one-page option and (2) write, cut, color, glue on a piece of construction paper. Then, illustrate a scene for their turkey.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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