LIFE.jpgLife Lessons: Week 1
  • Describe characters, key events, and the setting in a story. RL.1.3
    Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of the central message or lesson. RL.1.2
    Identify who is speaking in a story or fable. RL.1.3
    Distinguish between the information provided by the pictures or illustrations in a text and the information provided by the words. RI.1.6
    With help of an adult, revise narratives. L.1.2(b), W.1.3
    Produce complete sentences with correct past, present, or future verb tenses.
    Use end punctuation to the way a text should be read expressively. L.1.2(b)

    Product :
    Assess understanding at the end of the unit by reading a fable and then have each child write or dictate the entries on his or her own chart. (RL.1.3, RL.1.2)
    Create a Fable (whole group, small group, pairs, individual) including a specific type of light as a source of energy.
  • Key Questions (match Standard)Who are the Main Characters and how do you know?
    Where does the story take place?
    What was the big event and how do you know?
    Does this story take place now or in the past and how do you know? (RL.1.3)
  • Observable Student BehaviorsList characters, setting, and key events of a fable.
    Beginning, Middle, End
    Sense of closure
    Correct nouns and verb tenses (L.1.1c, L.1.1e)
Suggested Activities:

  • Narrative Prompt: “Think of a time when you learned a lesson. Be sure to include at least two sequenced events, use time cue words, provide some details, and include a sense of closure.” (Closure: Solve a problem)

    • Beginning, Middle, End
    • Sense of closure
    • Correct nouns and verb tenses

  • Reading Literature, Reading Comprehension

    • Tell the students that fables are stories that teach us a lesson. The characters in the story are usually animals and have one main characteristic. Read the familiar fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Ask students what they can tell you about the tortoise. (He’s slow, but steady.) What can they tell about the hare? (He’s fast, but undependable.) Create a chart with cells for the title, characters (with one characteristic each), setting, key events (i.e., from the beginning, middle, and end), and the lesson learned (i.e., the moral of the story). As you read each fable in this unit, continue to fill in the chart. Give students more and more responsibility for filling in the characters, setting, and key events of a fable (RL.1.3, RL.1.2)


  • Read the book “Punctuation takes a vacation” and begin to identify purposes for punctuation in a text. Have students practice using correct punctuation in the following Smartboard lesson.

  • Draw a personal history with three pictures, one for “past”, one for “present”, and the final one for “future”.

  • Use the calendar to talk about important events and past, present, and future.

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