Content: Language Arts
Focus: Ideas from an integrated unit
Literature Source: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatblls, weather unit in science and movie
Activity: This lesson is the culmination of an integrated unit combining fiction and nonfiction. Susan began by comparing the movie and the book. Susan shared her thinking about why she chose this assignment - to find two verbs that were alike as a name for a town, Chew and Swallow, and follow the theme of the town's name. Next the teacher modeled how to come up with a pair of related action words and asked for examples from the students. Students gave good examples, i.e. open and close, see and do, hit and run, sing and dance, etc. Susan then moved to explain to students how to use the title and create a problem for the story. Lists of related verbs were displayed for students to choose from. Graphic organizers for mapping a plan were passed out to students. Susan moved around the room providing support where needed.
In about 20 minutes, I began to move around the room observing the students' work. Susan had passed out a blank page with Brainstorm on the top and directions for writing down all related ideas followed by a simple example. What I saw was impressive. The variety spoke volumes. Some students drew pictures, some made lists, others drew charts with columns and labels, while others had partial sentences. By the time 30 minutes had elapsed, everyone was writing - including Susan.
- my thinking was
- here is the connection I made
- what was the title? why?
- what do you think?
- can you think of any?