Virtual Lesson Plan: Theme


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Virtual Lesson Plan: Theme

  1. 1. Grade 4 Lesson Plan Themes
  2. 2. Lesson Objectives ● Students will identify a theme from a book ● Students will support their choice of theme with evidence from the story.
  3. 3. Common Core Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2: Determine a theme of the story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  4. 4. Setting Activities will be asynchronous The lesson begins two weeks after assigning the reading book The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. The lesson will run two weeks with two lessons the first week and the last three lessons in week two. The class will be set up in groups of 3 to 4 before the lesson starts. Assigned reading: Pages 1-78, Pages 79-146 (the 2 weeks before the start of the lesson) Pages 147-236 (week 3), Pages 237-300 (final week). Students will use organizer beginning in week 1.
  5. 5. Lesson - Day 1 - Intro Learn about themes by watching presentation by teacher including the following video: How to find a Theme Answer questions about themes from popular stories in a classroom discussion. Challenge: Think about another story you have read. Complete an organizer on that story and submit it to our discussion area with notes about your thoughts on the theme. Throughout the lesson: Continue to take Notes Using while reading the book.
  6. 6. Lesson - Day 2 -Group Work Students will meet in their individual groups to discuss through Chapter 7. Discussion questions: ● ● Rank the most important things that have happened to Ivan to this point. Discuss your rankings with each other in the class forum. Choose 2 or more possible story themes to this point. Cite evidence from the book to back up your points. Take individual notes for use in the next lesson.
  7. 7. Lesson - Day 3 - Group Work Collaborate with your group in discussion forum and then share on Kidblog. ● Choose one of the possible themes from the previous lesson ● Consider the theme. Ask students to think about whether they know of another story, or a song or something that reminds them of that theme. ● In their groups, students should write another story, draw a picture or find something (video, song) that brings to mind that theme. ● Students post their creation or what they find to the Kidblog.
  8. 8. Lesson - Day 4- Sharing ● On our Kidblog, each student will comment on at least 2 posts from other groups. Remind students that every post should have a minimum of five comments. ● Teacher will comment and ask question for clarity, to promote critical thinking or to illustrate a concept as necessary or for extension and differentiation. ● Ask students to specifically comment about EVIDENCE of themes they see in the posts.
  9. 9. Lesson - Day 5 - Writing ● Teacher will facilitate discussion in classroom forum about determining themes and will prepare the students for their independent writing. ● Students will be told to review their notes and to write an essay about the theme f Ivan the One and Only. They will be reminded to include evidence of why they believe that is the theme.
  10. 10. Differentiation ● Struggling readers to receive the book early, extension for final project, provide more video resources about the book. ● Students to be grouped according to abilities and compatible work styles. ● Scaffolding resources for writing projects when needed. ● Optional instructional materials available in workspace and blog for students to reinforce skills. ● Extension Activities include extra challenge questions for days 1, 4 and 5
  11. 11. Technologies Used KidBlog brainstorming and mapping Moodle Classroom Web searching Various optional technologies including KidDraw, PowerPoint, Voki.
  12. 12. Pedagogical Approach Project-Based Learning the approach throughout the lesson with various emphases on different days. Lesson 1: Combination of content delivery and active learning in classroom discussion Lesson 2: Reinforcement of previous lesson. Cooperative learning in small groups to achieve a common goal. Lesson 3: Cooperative learning in small groups to achieve a common goal Lesson 4: Cooperative learning and reinforcement Lesson 5: Modeling by teacher
  13. 13. Design Justification The design was based loosely on Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction: 1. 2. 3. 4. Activation of prior experience Demonstration of skills Application of skills Integration of skills With Lesson 1 activating prior experience. Lesson 2, 3, & 4 demonstrating and applying skills (lessons 3 and 4 also integrating a little too). Lesson 5 applying and integrating.
  14. 14. Unit Assessment
  15. 15. References image: mistersato411. (2011, August 8). How to find a theme. Retrieved from v=p4qME64SkxM Maryland State Department of Education. (2010). Common core state standards. Retrieved from Merrill’s First Principle of Instruction http://www.instructionaldesigncentral. com/htm/IDC_instructionaldesignmodels.htm#merrill RubiStar: Create rubrics for your project based learning activities, 4Teachers: Teach With Technology. Retrieved from