Students will love hearing the aquatic version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears! Kiniro, a curious mermaid, wanders into the home of an octopus family. What follows are familiar events, with an undersea twist. This lesson plan is designed to be used as an interactive read aloud with primary students. This lesson is designed for one class period. Extensions can be taken over several days.
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to retell The Mermaid by sequencing important events. At the end of the lesson, students will write in response to the prompt: Retell the story from beginning to end. Include important events and actions of the characters.
In addition to retelling the story by connecting related events (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, inferring, comparing and contrasting, vocabulary, 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 11 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:
-11 vocabulary cards and 3 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 how two characters behave and feel differently
-“Take it to Writing” for students to create their own ocean themed story using key vocabulary words from the story (2 differentiated versions for varying abilities)
-3 variations of extension task cards
-additional page of ideas for continuing learning: with informational texts and comparing across texts
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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