Library Lessons: March 31 – April 4, 2014

The week before Spring Break!  Time to start celebrating National Poetry Month.  Let’s go!

Kindergarten:  *Sub plans*  All-day specialist planning meeting.  Goals: read The Dog Who Cried Wolf, choose a favorite Keiko Kasza story, use evidence from the story to support opinion.

Do you see the misprint on the white board?  Not one student – or my sub! – noticed. The two favorite books were My Lucky Day and The Dog Who Cried Wolf.  Five- and six-year-olds tend to choose the most-recent book as their favorite, so the results weren’t too surprising.

2nd grade:  First of a 4 week poetry unit.  Goals: understand features of free-verse poetry, use claim evidence reasoning after reading different poems to answer the question “Would you like to own this dog?”  We will use Once I Ate a Pie for two weeks.

My two favorite poems in the book to use for claim evidence reasoning are “Darla” and “Louis”.  Darla rings a bell all-night-long, while Louis BARKs at everything and anything.  Asking the students to make a claim – Darla/Louis is the better dog to own – then back it up with evidence generates enthusiastic conversation.  (For what it’s worth, I think Darla is the better dog to own, because even though she rings the bell all the time, I could take it down at night.  🙂  ) This free verse poetry PowerPoint is what I used in the lesson and gives clear directions on how to use poetry to meet my goals.

3rd grade:  Featured poetry genre – haiku.  Goals: understand features/traits of haiku, make inferences on animal described in If Not for the Cat

This is one of those lessons that is insanely popular each year.  Prelutsky’s haiku are almost like riddles.  Students listen for clues among the 17 syllables to infer what animal is being described.   I type each haiku on a blank PPT slide so that they have just the text – no illustrations – to support their claims. I introduced the 2nd and 3rd lessons with PowerPoint presentations, which I hope to attach shortly.  This haiku slideshow PowerPoint is what I used in the lesson and gives clear directions on how to use poetry to meet my goals.


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