Name: Natalie SapkarovCooperating Teacher-Librarian: Hope MorrisonDate: Thur., Nov. 5, 2009School & City: King Elementary School, Urbana Lesson Title: Monarch Award: Baa-Choo!Grade Level: 1stLength of Lesson: 30 minutes<br />Purpose: To familiarize students with another Monarch Award nominee so that they will be able to make an informed decision when they vote for their favorite in February. <br />Learning Outcomes:<br /><ul><li>Students will be able to develop an informed opinion about a Monarch Award nominee.
Students will be able to identify characters in a story.
Students will be able to add new characters and plot elements to the existing story. </li></ul>Illinois Learning Standards:<br /><ul><li>2.A.1a Identify the literary elements of theme, setting, plot and character within literary works.
3.B.1a Use prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas (e.g., focus on one topic; organize writing to include a beginning, middle and end; use descriptive words when writing about people, places, things, events).
4.B.1b Participate in discussions around a common topic.</li></ul>Standards for 21st Century Learner:<br /><ul><li>2.1.5 Collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems.
4.1.3 Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres. </li></ul>MaterialsNeeded by teacher: <br /><ul><li>Baa-Choo! By Sarah Weeks
Chart paper</li></ul>Needed by students: None<br />Instructional ProceduresFocusing Event:<br /><ul><li>Remind students that we are reading books that have been nominated for the Monarch Award and that they will get to vote for their favorite in February.
Ask students which books we read last week. Briefly review the story. </li></ul>Instruction:<br /><ul><li>Introduce the story Baa-Choo! by Sarah Weeks. Tell students that anytime a new character is introduced in the story that they should raise their hands and identify that character so that we can list them all on the white board.
Introduce Sam the Lamb and briefly describe the premise of the story. Let students know that they can join in during the “Baa… ahhh…” parts but that they should stop when I raise my hand.
Begin reading the story, stopping to write characters’ names on the board and allowing for student participation.</li></ul>Guided Practice/Closure:<br /><ul><li>After reading the story, review the characters we have listed on the white board. Ask students to describe what each character did to try to make Sam the Lamb sneeze. Draw pictures next to the characters’ names to represent this action.
Ask students what they notice about all of the characters’ names (they rhyme).
Tell students that we will now add to the story, creating our own characters and actions. Brainstorm new animals to include in the story. Make sure they have rhyming names. Brainstorm what the new characters can do to make Sam the Lamb sneeze.
On the chart paper, write out the new scenes with the added characters and their actions.
Re-read the story. When it’s time for the new parts, ask for a volunteer to read each new scene. </li></ul>Check for Understanding<br /><ul><li>During the lesson, I will check to make sure that students are following along and listening. </li></ul>What’s Next? We will continue reading Monarch Award nominees each week until we get through them all! <br />