Jack is a switchman on the railroad track…how will he react when a hungry ant approaches during his lunch break? Students will love hearing Jack’s unexpected reaction! Will the ant be shooed away before the train charges by? 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 use the words and pictures to describe Jack in I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track. At the end of the lesson, after students use the text and illustrations to describe Jack, they will write in response to the prompt: Describe Jack’s actions when he noticed the ant was in danger.
In addition to describing the character using the text and illustrations (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, vocabulary, creative writing, making connections, 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 11 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:
-11 vocabulary cards and 3 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key included)
-vocabulary 4-square activity
- Write a letter to the illustrator activity (to connect to lesson objective)
-creative writing page using vocabulary words from the text (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
-3 kinds of Extension and Discussion task cards
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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