In this bundle of lessons for Jane Meddaugh’s classic, students will actually have Martha speaking with their paper bag puppets. Like all the Primary GATE literacy units at Portable Gifted and Talented, this is fun, hands-on, participatory, and full of critical thinking challenges for your younger thinkers. Of course, you get the Common Core State Standards references, too. We’re not just barking into the wind here!
Critical Thinking Questions: more than you’ll ever need with a focus on explaining why with evidence.
Vocabulary in Context: a cartooning activity and sharing opportunity.
What Martha Says: critical thinking including a ready-to-print activity sheet to take a closer look at characterization.
Expected vs. Unexpected: critical thinking including a ready-to-print activity sheet as well as Common Core Speaking and Listening standards.
What Martha Should Have Said: students make Martha paper bag puppets from a template, a ready-to-print activity sheet to help students prepare, and critical thinking and creative responses.
Level: really challenging for 1st and GATE for 2nd and 3rd grades.
Time: about 6 hours if you do everything—easily broken up into sessions.