New! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
3rd - 5th
Pupils read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." After observing the illustrations and previewing chapter titles, students predict what will happen in the story. They research and contact chocolate companies to gather information on their products. Pupils compare and contrast the main characters in the story. Additional cross-curriculum activities are listed.
A great way to learn to understand people and their environment is to study their folktales. Stories from China, Vietnam, India, Iran, Persia, and Palestine offer an opportunity for readers to investigate the cultures of Asia. A list of suggested stories, activities, cross-curriculum, as well as school/home extensions, and assessments are included with the scripted plan.
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!
First graders use a chocolate theme to practice math and reading skills. In this cross curriculum lesson, 1st graders use chocolates as manipulative and measure objects using chocolates. Students use KWL charts and read about chocolate and its origins and how chocolate is processed.
"An American Story"--The Responsibility of Citizenship
Students describe the importance of being a responsible citizen. In this philanthropic actions lesson, students view "An American Story" and identify examples from the movie. Students discuss and recognize philanthropic behaviors in the community through interviews and research.
Story Telling Through Photography
Use this writing and photography lesson plan in your descriptive writing unit. Elementary and middle schoolers write and create a story line incorporating photos from Inspiration or their own personal photos. They experiment with imagery, shadows, descriptive details and graphic organizers.
Think It, Write It, Create It
Help your scholars create a class story. They will write a page of the story and illustrate that page. Then they use a variety of digital technologies to make the story come alive. A variety of digital resources are recommended for the project with details about how to use each one.
Philanthropy in A Christmas Carol
Students explore philanthropy in literature. In this cross curriculum literacy and character development instructional activity, students read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and note charitable acts described in the story. Students relate story elements such as theme, mood, character, vocabulary, and symbolism to philanthropy.
Examples of Sharing as Told Through a Native American Legend
Students explore community problem solving. In this cross-curriculum literature and social studies lesson plan, students listen to The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola and discuss how a Native American community problem was solved. Students make connections to their own community, identifying specific needs and ways they might help.
The story of Pi
Why are decimal places important? Can't we just round up? Through a comprehensive five-day lesson, young mathematicians and scientists discover the answers to these questions and more through an in-depth investigation into pi. From measuring and calculating, to designing and performing an experiment, to writing a persuasive essay about whether or not pi should be rounded to 3.0, all angles are explored in a cross-curricular fashion. Although the lesson lasts a week, the amount of information your learners will retain is well worth the time invested.
I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a basket. Use the included worksheets, pictures, and research activities to get your class further exploring this style of creative writing. By the end of these four days of planned activities, your young writers will be able to tackle their own first-person narrative!
Movie Maker: Retelling a Story
Using Movie Maker, sixth graders make an eight frame movie based on a story they have written. They choose music clips, select pictures from PowerPoint, and make their movie. The lesson should take about ten days to complete.
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