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A dragon, a wolf, a tiger…and a boy dressed as a knight! This story is wonderful anytime of year, but is a great addition to any Halloween themed plans!
Theodore enjoys living in his quiet cave. One day, that all changes when a bird, wolf, tiger, and even a boy interrupt his peace with their squawking, howling, and roaring. The bird, wolf, and tiger make it beyond Theodore without being eaten. Students will love finding out what happens when that pesky, noisy boy roars just a little too loudly at Theodore! Will the boy make it out without being eaten?
This lesson is designed to address the skill of inferring the meaning of new vocabulary words using story clues and background knowledge during a whole group lesson.
Students will participate in targeted discussion through carefully crafted questions to infer the meaning of eight vocabulary words. An anchor chart will make learning visible so that students make the connection between story clues/background knowledge and the meaning they infer. At the end of the lesson, students will answer the following question independently on a post-it exit ticket: How do you determine the meaning of new vocabulary words?
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The essential question is: How can I determine the meaning of new words?
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to infer the meaning of new vocabulary words by using background knowledge and story clues.
For the lesson, teacher resources include: teacher guide with skill rationale and teacher language, lesson plan with stopping points, questions to ask students to support them in determining the meaning of each unknown word, word meanings, and clues/sources of information, post-its to print questions and place in book for easy reference during the lesson.
You will receive a completed sample anchor chart along with headings for printing. An optional student anchor chart is available if your students are further towards mastery and could benefit from more independent practice.
Other student resources included: large, printable form of the essential question and student friendly objective. For the assessment, a post-it template is included for easy printing.
For each of the eight vocabulary words, there is a decorative word card and high-interest photograph that illustrates the word’s meaning. Other vocabulary activities are also included.
There are several great extensions to be used after the lesson!
-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 summarize I Will Not Eat You by thinking about important events and actions. Students sketch or list key events, then summarize on the lines.
-Students sort –ed vocabulary words (and a few extra for practice) by /ed/, /d/, and /t/. Students can cut and paste or write the words in the appropriate space.
-Students think about the sounds made by the animals as they pass Theodore’s cave. Then, sketch or list other animals that make the same sounds.
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