Ginger and Petunia…what a pair! Petunia, the pig, and Ginger, her fabulous owner absolutely adore one another…but when Ginger must go out of town, things get interesting! Will Petunia be able to survive without her beloved owner? Students will love listening to find out just what happens when the pair are separated!
This lesson plan is designed to be used as an interactive read aloud with second or third grade students. This lesson is designed for one class period. Extensions can be taken over several days.
The lesson objective is: Students will able to describe Petunia by analyzing her actions in response to the problem in Ginger and Petunia. At the end of the lesson, students will write in response to the prompt: Describe Petunia in Ginger and Petunia. Explain what actions lead you to your inference.
In addition to describing the character based on their actions (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, inferring, visualizing, character development over time, vocabulary, examining character changes, feelings and actions, 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.
Use the discussion/extension cards as a way to build in creative writing and student to student discussion, allowing student to show growth towards writing and speaking and listening standards!
-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
-Assessment task cards (3 versions for differentiation)
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-10 vocabulary cards and 2 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and provide context clues (answer key included)
-2 variations of the vocabulary 4-square activity
-Graphic organizer to track how Petunia changes throughout the story
-“Take it to Writing” for students to create their own pet story using key vocabulary words from the story (2 differentiated versions for varying abilities)
-Graphic organizer for students to visualize mental images through the author’s use of vivid language
-4 variations of extension task cards
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Check out the other Patricia Polacco Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plans in my store!
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