Sam and Dave are on a mission and they’re digging until they find something spectacular. Prepared with snacks, shovels, and their dog in tow, they begin digging. Will they find their spectacular something? Students will love hearing and talking about the story as the illustrations unfold, giving away information to the reader that Sam and Dave can’t see themselves.
This download is designed to be used with primary students addressing Reading Literature Standard 7 during one whole group lesson, using the text and illustrations to describe events and characters in the story. Questions and activities are carefully crafted to promote student thinking and engagement centered around Standard 7.
As you read the story aloud to students, they will participate in discussion linking their understanding to the text and illustrations. An anchor chart will make learning visible so that students can see the connection between their understanding and the text/illustrations. At the end of the lesson, students will answer the following question independently: What happened when Sam and Dave began digging a hole? What strategy helped you better understand the story? There are three differentiated assessment options for your students.
The essential question is: What strategies help me better understand a story?
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to describe characters and events using the words and illustrations in Sam & Dave Dig a Hole.
For the lesson, teacher resource include: lesson plan with stopping points, questions (and scaffolding questions for each), expected student responses, post-its to print questions and place in book for easy reference during the lesson. There is also an anchor chart template with headers and expected answers as well as a page of question stems for Standard 7 (to be used for this lesson and any book in the future).
Student resources included: printable form of the essential question, objective, and questions to post visually for students during the lesson. For the assessment, three differentiated options are available.
Lesson extensions include:
-Six key vocabulary words on word cards paired with 6 high interest photographs related to each word. There is also a 4 square vocabulary activity.
-Using highlighter tape, allow students to identify key words on a page. Then, have students explain how the picture helps express or describe the word. **This can be taken to guided reading, in any text!**
-Allow students to illustrate their favorite part of the story, followed by writing/labeling what is happening.
-Students write a letter to Sam and Dave explaining what they missed as they dug for their spectacular something.
-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 retell the story through writing. They may first sketch and label to organize their thinking, then write! Two differentiated options are given.
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