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Annabelle finds a box filled with colored yarn during the dead of winter. Everything is cold, dark, and dreary until Annabelle begins knitting sweaters for herself, friends, and the people of the town. As the town begins to change, everyone wonders when the yarn will run out. Annabelle refuses millions of dollars from a greedy archduke who eventually steals the special box of yarn. Will Annabelle be cursed forever or will her special box of yarn find its way back to her?
This interactive read aloud is designed for one or two class periods, however extensions can be taken over several days.
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to summarize Extra Yarn by sequencing important events.
At the end of the lesson, after students participate in discussion about key events, they will be independently assessed by writing in response to the prompt: Summarize Extra Yarn 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 lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, identifying cause and effect relationships, characterization, comparing and contrasting characters, inferring the meaning of vocabulary words, retelling, 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 with text’s big idea, essential question, objective, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language related to the objective
-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
-Graphic organizer with lesson questions for students to collect their own thinking during the read aloud
-Assessment (2 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)
-3 vocabulary 4-square activity options
-Identify cause and effect relationships within the story (2 differentiated options)
-Comparing and contrasting characters (Annabelle and Archduke)
-Infer character traits of the main character
-Sequence story events on post-its and retell
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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