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Fun Reading Swimmy with a Character Web and More
Build reading comprehension skills with this lesson plan. Have your class listen, predict outcomes, retell the story, and produce a character web as you read the book Swimmy by Leo Lionni aloud. This lesson also asks learners to make connections between the book and their own prior knowledge about fish and oceans.
Problem Solving with Swimmy
Students participate in a hands-on activity in which they discover how to solve problems by working together with others. In this problem solving lesson, students read the story Swimmy they discuss how the problem was solved in the story. Students then create a mural which demonstrates what they learned from the story.
First graders explore all the ingredients that constitute a good friend. They read a story called "Swimmy" and realize why Swimmy was a good friend. Students discuss why and how all of the fish worked together to solve a problem. They then use kid pix to type out the sentence. They print their work and illustrate their papers.
Something Fishy Going On
Students create a video animation of how Swimmy gathered his fish friends together to form a great big fish that would frighten the predator tuna away. In art class each child create a small red fish which gets displayed in the ocean environment.
Follow the Leader
What are the qualities of a good leader? Of a good follower? A reading of Leo Lionni’s Swimmy launches a discussion of leadership and cooperation. Class members brainstorm how they can be leaders at home and how they can encourage others to do the right thing.
Students explore the themes of the book Swimmy by Leo Lionni. In this literacy lesson plan, students dramatize a character from Swimmy and identify common themes such as cooperation and caring. Students create a new ending to the story.
Introduce Vocabulary: Swimmy (Lionni)
Learn the importance of leadership as you explore vocabulary in context through Leo Lionni's book Swimmy, which can be found on YouTube in case you don't have it. This text includes some excellent vocabulary words for young readers, including: fierce, marvel, midday, sway, and swift, all of which have specific comprehension questions to accompany them. Encourage kids to raise a hand when they hear one as you read, paying close attention to context clues. The graphic organizers are great as a possible homework assignment.
Swimmy Swim Swiftly
Students examine the letter 's'. Through instruction and modeling they explore the sound the letter makes, how the letter is written, words that contain the letter, etc. They listen to a story and identify words with the /s/ sound by holding up a snake puppet.
Students read the book, "Swimmy," and examine the advantages of working for the common good. They pantomime the story, and retell the story in their own words.
Character Education -Cooperation/"Swimmy"
Students listen to the story "Swimmy" and signal when they hear an example of cooperation and then draw an example of coordination on a construction paper fish.
Introduce Vocabulary: Swimmy
Students explore the story Swimmy. In this language arts lesson plan, students listen to the story and discuss the vocabulary. Students discuss the word meanings and use them in a sentence.
Students read the book Swimmy, by Leo Lionni. They study his method of illustrating and then create an underwater scene of their own using the same method.
Second graders identify characteristics of various habitats. In this habitats lesson, 2nd graders read Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Swimmy to identify the settings of different habitats. Students construct murals of different habitats.
Small Fish Stick Together
Students pantomime the book Swimmy. In this philanthropy lesson, students discuss the main character in the text and how Swimmy participated in philanthropic acts. Students role play the book.
Law of the Land
First graders explore how the rules and responsibilities are different at school and at home.
Students review the concept of silent reading. Through modeling and guided practice, they explore six steps/rules of summarizing. In groups, they read a short book and then, using the summarization rules and skills, write an effective summary of it.
My Family is Important
Students explain they are important members of their family. They describe factors that influence relationships with family and friends.
Reading with Swimmy
Students listen to the picture book Swimmy. They identify the conflict and observe its climax. They take turns retelling the story while the teacher shows the illustrations. They create a sea mural and describe more stories and songs.
Looking Back and Moving Forward - Lesson 7
Young math scholars review the meanings for subtraction and practice comparative subtraction in a variety of formats. They play games to solidify their understanding of comparative subtraction. I really like the games described in this lesson! Some of them are computer-based games, while others are old-fashioned games that use dice and coins. Kids should love them all. An excellent lesson on the basic properties of subtraction.
Youngsters explore their sense of smell by working in pairs. One child is blindfolded, while the other holds things for him to smell. They switch after a while. All of this leads up to learning about the amazing ability sharks have to smell - even from very far away. A study of sharks, and their prey, ensues. Terrific worksheets and activities are embedded in this fine science plan for the little ones.