Brief Summary: In previous lessons the students have learned, read, and composed a variety of different structures of poetry such as haiku, acrostic, diamante, shape, and free verse poetry in Language Arts class. The students have also been studying the importance of trees and forests, and the effects they have on our environment in science class. In this lesson, the students will be combining both language and science skills to create a poem that expresses their point of view and attitudes about the environment using various forms of poetry. This lesson will lead into an “Adopt a Tree” section of the unit where students will be able to deepen their awareness of individual trees over time, and develop a greater understanding and appreciation of their own local environment.</li></ul>Poet- Tree<br />
<ul><li>Students will be able to successfully create a poem about the environment using different forms of poetry structures to communicate their thoughts and feelings about the world around us.</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Students will be able to identify and correctly describe the characteristics of a tree or forest by using the four senses. (see, touch, hear, feel)
Students will be able to appropriately use online resources to investigate facts and find descriptive words relating to trees and the forest.
Students will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts by properly uploading the poems onto the classroom blog.</li></ul>Student Objectives<br />
<ul><li>2. Communication and Collaboration</li></ul> a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, and others employing a variety of digital environments and media.<br /> <br /><ul><li>3. Research and Information Fluency</li></ul>b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.<br /> <br /><ul><li>6. Technology Operations and Concepts</li></ul> a. Understand and use technology systems.<br /> <br />NET-S Standards<br />
<ul><li>Apply concepts involved in a scientific investigation</li></ul>b. Describe familiar objects and events using the senses to collect qualitative(color, size, shape) information. (DOK 1) (Science)<br /> <br /><ul><li>The student will apply strategies and skills to comprehend, respond to, interpret, or evaluate a variety of texts of increasing length, difficulty, and complexity. (DOK 2) (Language Arts)</li></ul> a. The student will use text features, parts of a book, text structures, and genres to analyze text.<br /> 4) Genres- Poetry<br />Content Standards<br />
1) To activate prior knowledge, begin the lesson by viewing a forest and tree slide show found on the Internet. (http://urbanext.illinois.edu/woods/42.html) Go though each slide and read the description located at the bottom. Stop and allow students to ask questions, make observations, or comment on what they see in the pictures. <br />Procedures<br />
2) Next, the class to name some of the benefits they receive from trees and forests. As a group, come up with a list of characteristics and attributes of trees and forests. Lead the discussion with the following questions:<br /> <br /> - What experiences have you had with trees and forests?<br /> - What do you think of when they enter a forest or stand next to a tree?<br /> - Do you have any favorite neighborhood trees?<br /> - Are there any special wooded places you like to visit?<br /> - Do you have any favorite stories about the forest or trees?<br /> - Are there any forest issues that concern you?<br />Procedures Cont.<br />
3) Tell the students that they are going to have an opportunity to create poetry expressing their ideas and attitudes about trees, forests, and the environment, as well as posting their finished product on the classroom blog for all to see.<br /> <br />4) Conduct a quick review of the major parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, participles, etc.) as needed for the poetry forms the students will be using. Write these on the board and have students generate a short list of examples under each category to make sure everyone understands them.<br /> <br />5) Next, present the different poetic forms the students can choose from to complete the assignment. These different forms include: haiku, acrostic, diamante, shape, and free verse poetry. <br />Procedures Cont.<br />
6) Take the class to go visit nearby trees in the schoolyard, park, or forest to gather “tree impressions.” (If it is raining outside, this can also be done indoors through windows, if necessary.) Inform the students that they need to bring a writing utensil, paper, and something to write on.<br /> <br />7) Instruct each student to sit quietly under a tree for ten minutes. (Try to have students select different trees if possible.) Tell the students to write descriptive words about how the tree feels, smells, looks, and sounds. They can report on living things they see on the tree, and any other observations they make while sitting outside. <br /> <br />8) Bring the students back into the classroom. Break the class into four groups, and give each group a piece of chart paper labeled “touch,” “smell,” “sight,” or “sound.” Have groups use their designated sense to generate words or pictures describing the trees. Encourage the students to use an online thesaurus, or other appropriate online learning pages about trees, to expand on their list of words. When each group has completed the list, ask a reporter from each group to share their words to the class.<br />Procedures Cont.<br />
<ul><li>9) Instruct students to write their own poems about trees and forests using one of the forms of poetry. After the poems are completed and revised by the teacher for grammar and spelling mistakes, instruct the students to upload their poems on the classroom blog. At the end of their poem, have each student write about which poetic form they used, and why they chose it.
While each student is uploading their poem in the Internet, the rest of the class will create a hard copy of their poems to turn in for a grade. It needs to be neat, colorful, and organized. Instruct students to turn in all drafts of their work as well.</li></ul>Procedures Cont.<br />
<ul><li>Students can use a variety of educational web pages to find out more information and descriptive words.