Pair Lesson Plans | Fox and SCES, Year One
PAIR Activities: CAT BALL
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
How are writers inspired by animals? How can writers describe animals creatively?
Integration Area/Subject: English Language Arts
L.4.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
Room 504, Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Ball, Animal Pictures, word choices,
Explain to students that creative people show the ability to do something in a new way.
Arts Integration Activity: Cat Ball
This exercise will be used to begin the creative thinking process and use of descriptive words.
- Students will be asked to stand in a circle
- The instructor/teacher will be in the middle facilitating the game.
- Round 1: Students are to say their name when the ball is tossed to them.
- Round 2: Students are to say their favorite color when the ball is tossed to them.
- Round 3: The word is “dog” – students will try to say a word that describes a dog. Repetition is allowed for this round. Other animals will be used and repetition will be discouraged after a few rounds.
- This challenges students to think on their feet and stretch their creative thinking. This will transition to the next activity specifically about bats.
- After Round 4: Questions – what did we do? what did we learn? Students will then write down words that they said or heard their classmates say on index cards. This will be their vocabulary stockpile.
Discuss the photograph of the bat. Focus on the traits of bats that might inspire writers to write stories and poems about them.
- Students will use sticky notes to mark what traits of bats would be interesting to them on the Smart Board image.
- Writers watch and listen. Then they are inspired to write about their experiences.
- Animals have inspired writers throughout the centuries. Many poems and stories tell about animals in descriptive detail.
- Students will be given a “word web” with the word BAT at the center. Some adjectives will be filled in, but as they listen, students will write in other adjectives they hear in the poems and story Stellaluna.
This plan is for PES students who are reading and writing at below grade level. We are focusing on including descriptive adjectives … in today’s lesson we will concentrate on using and applying new adjectives that can be used on place of common words. Students will be encouraged to think of and use these new adjectives in place of common words … scaffolding will include providing word choices for students to choose.