Cherokeee Myth: Origin of Strawberries


Fourth graders read a Cherokee myth about the origin of strawberries. After reading the story, they add another chapter to it and read their additions to the class. Or, as a group activity, they each write a few sentences and then pass it on to the next student to add to it.

Resource Details

Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning
45 mins

Writing Your Own Original Myth

After your class has examined several Greek myths, provide an opportunity for individuals to compose their own myths. The resource includes information about mythology and heroes as well as a mythology writing prompt and related graphic organizer designed for planning writing. Tip: When all of the myths are complete, create a class book!

Developing Reading Fluency: Criteria for Reading Aloud

Third graders develop their reading superpowers in a instructional activity on fluency. After first listening to an audio recording or teacher read aloud, the class works together identifying criteria for fluent reading, focusing on phrasing, rate, punctuation, and expression. Children then participate in a whole-class choral reading of a familiar text before pairing up for further practice with fluent reading. Though the instructional activity is part of a third grade unit and cites specific texts, it can easily be adapted to other ages and pieces of literature. An excellent resource for developing this fundamental skill in young readers.

A Research Toolkit of 12 Reading Strategies for the Foreign Language Classroom

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Ladies Get the Vote

Students read about women gaining the right to vote. In this choral reading lesson, students break into groups and read the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. After reading students discuss their thoughts about the reading and where expression should be placed while reading. Students create a timeline and write the amendment in their own words.

The First Strawberries

Young scholars explore Cherokee legends. They read The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac, and then do several activities to help comprehension. They discuss the book and answer comprehension questions. In addition, they retell the story using puppets, graph their favorite berry, and discuss forgiveness.

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Students use facts about strawberry production in Wisconsin to complete math and art activities. In this strawberry production lesson, students read about strawberry production in the state of Wisconsin. They answer math word problems using the information and study the parts of the strawberry plant.

Writing a Greek Myth

Ask your learners to dream up a myth set in modern day. These mythology writing prompts require individuals take on the role of an ancient Greek citizen who just woke up to a totally different world. Through this lens, class members write a myth to explain something they don't understand (technology, transportation methods, etc.). They use the provided graphic organizer to brainstorm and structure their myth, and work with a partner to revise their work. The final product includes illustrations as well as the preparatory materials and the rubric.

Aztec Myths

Students practice identifying ancient Aztec stories as fact or fiction.  In this cultural history instructional activity, students read several ancient stories from the days of the Aztecs and use a chart to analyze the stories.  Students examine the story charts and create their own using similar themes.

Myths, Folktales, & Fairy Tales

Srtudents explore the folktale and folklore genres as well as the world of myths. They read myths and folktales to increase knowledge of world cultures and traditions and follow the writing process to create writing in different genres.

Daily Lesson Plan for a Struggling Reader

Strategy-based programs that are executed with consistency are the best for achieving growth in any learner with a learning disability. Here is a seven-step lesson plan that is highly structured and is intended to help learners with significant struggles in reading. It includes with brain integration exercises, decoding practice, dictation, sight words, prereading, and oral reading, and finishes off with comprehension training. Any pre-service teacher or new special educator would be pleased to use a plan as well-developed and thoughtfully designed as this one.

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