What first comes to mind when you think Christmas? Christmas Trees!
Wilma is ready to grow something new in her garden…but what? Soon it becomes clear that Christmas trees are the right choice. Wilma and Parker carefully nurture and maintain the growing trees year after year until they are ready to be taken home by families. Children will be amazed by the meticulous care and effort that growing Christmas trees require. Students will take on a new appreciation after learning just what it takes to grow and care for this special symbol of the holiday season.
This interactive read aloud is designed for one class period, however extensions can be taken over several days. The lesson objective is: Students will be able to determine the theme of Christmas Farm by analyzing character traits and actions. At the end of the lesson, after students participate in discussion about character traits and actions, students will write in response to the prompt: What theme, or lesson, can readers learn after reading Christmas Farm?
In addition to determining the theme (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, inferring, vocabulary, using text evidence, creative writing, 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 10 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 w/ text’s big idea, EQ, target, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language
-Teacher's questioning guide w/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 during read aloud
-Graphic Organizer with lesson questions for students to collect their own thinking during the read aloud
-Assessment task cards (3 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-10 vocabulary cards and 2 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key Included)
-“Design your own Christmas Tree” activity page
-3 versions of a vocabulary 4-square activity
-creative writing page using vocabulary words from the text (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
-4 kinds of Extension and Discussion task cards (3 to a page)
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