It’s harvest time for Strega Nona! Strega Nona is ready to plant her annual garden with the help of Big Anthony. He can’t help but want to plant a garden of his own. Readers will love finding out how Big Anthony’s garden turns out when he prepares the garden a bit differently than Strega Nona.
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to determine the theme of Strega Nona’s Harvest by analyzing how characters respond to the problem. At the end of the lesson, students will write in response to the prompt: What theme, or lesson, can readers learn after reading Strega Nona’s Harvest?
In addition to determining the theme (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, inferring, comparing and contrasting, vocabulary, creative writing, examining character changes, feelings and actions, 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 10 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.
Use the discussion/extension cards as a way to build in creative writing and student to student discussion, allowing student to show growth towards writing and speaking and listening standards!
-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
-Assessment task cards (3 versions for differentiation for varying abilities)
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-10 vocabulary cards and 2 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and provide context clues (answer key included)
-2 variations of the vocabulary 4-square activity
-Graphic organizer to compare and contrast Strega Nona and Big Anthony’s gardens
-“Take it to Writing” for students to create their own farming/gardening story using key vocabulary words from the story (2 differentiated versions for varying abilities)
-3 variations of extension task cards
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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