Students will fall in love with the heartwarming story of Owen and Mzee! Two unlikely friends teach students a life lesson, not to be forgotten!
This lesson plan is designed to be used as an interactive read aloud with third, fourth, or fifth grade using the informational narrative, Owen and Mzee.
This lesson can be taken over two days (a stopping point has been identified).
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to determine the theme of Owen and Mzee by analyzing how the hippo and tortoise change over time, through a discussion.
The vocabulary activities and extension discussion can be taken over several days or incorporated with texts on similar topics.
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students.
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.
Other key 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 student to student discussion, allowing student to show growth towards speaking and listening standards!
-Lesson Plan page w/ text big idea, EQ, target, vocabulary list, assessment
-Teacher's questioning guide w/stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted during read aloud
-16 vocabulary cards and 2 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and provide context clues
-2 variations of the vocabulary 4-square activity
-Assessment task cards
-Graphic organizer to compare and contrast Owen and Mzee
-4 variations of extensions
Thank you for your interest! Please let me know if you have any questions. If you're interested in a related text that celebrate nature and animals, check out my Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plans for Looking for Miza and Our Tree Named Steve!
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