Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits

Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits
Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits
Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits
Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits
Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits
Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits
Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits
Swimmy by Leo Lionni Lesson Plan: Inferring Character Traits
Product Rating
3.1
1 Rating
File Type

PDF (Acrobat) Document File

Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.

4 MB|45 pages
Share
Product Description

Common Core aligned and full of nearly 20 pages of extras and extensions beyond the comprehensive lesson plan, this Swimmy download covers multiple standards and allows students to practice inferring a character’s traits.

Swimmy is faster and looks different than his brothers and sisters. He is happy until a fierce tuna eats them. Lonely, he ventures to marvel at the creatures of the sea. One day, he meets another school of red fish, just like his family. He wants to adventure with them, but they are too terrified to leave. Swimmy bravely teaches them how to swim together, appearing to be one giant fish. Students will love finding out what happens when Swimmy leads the little red fish through the sea.

The lesson objective is: Students will be able to infer Swimmy’s character traits by analyzing his actions.

An anchor chart (t-chart) will make learning visible so that students make the connection between Swimmy’s actions and his character traits. Carefully crafted text dependent questions facilitate the learning while using the anchor chart. At the end of the lesson, students will answer the following question independently: What traits best describe Swimmy? How do you know? What strategy helped you better understand the character? **There are three differentiated assessment options for your students.

**Be sure to check out the preview of this lesson for a more in-depth look at what you’ll get with this 45-page download!!**

For the lesson, teacher resources include: teacher guide with strategy rationale and teacher language, lesson plan with stopping points, text-dependent questions (and scaffolding questions for each), expected student responses, 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.

Print and display TWO skill anchor charts to use with any text! This would be great for guided reading or to have alongside as you plan your whole group instruction.

Other student resources included: large, printable form of the essential question, student friendly objective, and questions to post visually for students during the lesson.

There are nearly 20 pages of extras and extensions to be used after the lesson for more fun and learning!

  • Nine colorful vocabulary word cards and photographs representing the ocean-themed key words from the story
  • Students use retelling strips with picture support to sequence story events and practice retelling the story with a partner.
  • For those who are ready, students retell the story through writing. They may sketch/label first as needed.
  • Students describe the problem and solution in Swimmy. Students can write or draw in the spaces depending on skill level.
  • Students infer the theme, or lesson, to be learned from reading Swimmy. Then, record evidence that supports the theme.
  • Students think about their best trait/quality, then illustrate themselves and write about their trait.
  • Students think about a friend and illustrate that person. Then, write traits that best describe their friend on the lines.
  • Students describe Swimmy’s feelings throughout the story. There is space to sketch/label three events and write about Swimmy’s feelings during those events.
  • Students list animals that Swimmy might encounter if the story took place in a different setting.
  • Students think about the meaning of four vivid verbs from the story. Then, students visualize and create a sketch for each word.
  • Students sort adjectives from the story into categories. Other adjectives are added for extra practice.
  • Students illustrate and color an underwater scene of their choice from the story.

Check out other winter lesson plans in my store!

The Mermaid by Jan Brett Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plan

Interrupting Chicken Text-to-Self Connections Read Aloud Lesson Plan

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson Retelling Lesson Plan

**********************************************************************************************************

After purchasing, you can receive TpT credits towards future purchases! Just leave feedback on this item and you will earn 4 credits to save you money on future downloads on TpT!

**********************************************************************************************************

★★Let's connect! Find and follow me on...★★

Instagram

Pinterest

TpT

Total Pages
45 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week
Report this Resource
Loading...
$3.50
Digital Download
More products from ELA with Mrs Martin
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up