Life Lessons: Week 4

  • Distinguish between the information provided by the pictures or illustrations in a text and the information provided by the words.(RI.1.6)
    Using time cue words, providing some details, and ending with a sense of closure, write narratives that include at least two sequenced events. (W.1.3)
    With the help of an adult, revise narratives. (W.1.3)
    Produce complete sentences with correct past, present, or future verb tenses. (W.1.3)
    Use end punctuation for sentences: periods, question marks, and exclamation points. (L.1.2b)
    Relate the use of punctuation to the way a text should be read expressively. (L.1.2b)
    Compare and contrast two versions of an Indian fable. (RL.1.9)

    Product :
    Town mouse, country mouse: Have students create a venn diagram to compare the town mouse and the country mouse. (see link)
    Small Group, Pairs, or individual
    Create a solar oven and use in class
  • Key Questions (match Standard)How are the components of this story similar and different? (RL1.9)
  • Observable Student BehaviorsStudents will be able to distinguish between similarities and differences.
    Students are able to provide details from the stories.

Suggested Activities:
  • Tell the students that the Indian fable “The Blind Men and the Elephant” is the original telling of a fable more commonly known in the United States as “Seven Blind Mice.” Read the original story first and then read “Seven Blind Mice.” (Read aloud to students, or they may read on their own if they are able.) As the two fables are added to the fable story chart ask the students to explain how these two stories are the same and how they are different. Use a digital camera to take photographs or have the students fill in a graphic organizer of the process they used to create the artwork. Use these photographs/graphic organizer to guide the writing of the shared explanatory paper.
  • Use the sample Aesop and Ananse lesson plan for fables from other cultures to compare other culture’s stories and values in their writing (see link)
  • Lousy, Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes: Role play each of the other animals in the story using that animals plan to get the grapes. After role play, discuss if any of the plans worked.
  • Green eggs and ham: Discuss trying new things. Have you ever thought you wouldn’t like something, and once you tried it, you liked it? Make the green eggs and ham and try it (after lunch). Predict whether or not the students like it or not. Check predictions after tasting green eggs and ham. Discuss other people’s perspective. Optional: Story sequence with Green eggs and ham.
  • Write an explanatory piece, comparing their perspective and their parents’ perspective on what time they go to bed.
  • As fables are read, discuss the cultural aspects of the stories. Urban and rural should be equated with country and town.
  • Ask children to think about a time when they felt hot and a time when they felt cold. Have them draw a picture describing each time. Help them write a brief description of each occasion next to the picture.

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