Honesty is the Best Policy

3rd - 5th

Learners define honesty. In this character education lesson, students read the book Too Many Tamales and discuss the consequences of the characters not being honest in the book. Learners complete at graphic organizer and write stories about the importance of being honest.

Resource Details

Instructional Designs
45 mins
Tammy Samples, Connie Wright, Deanna Young

Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: On-Demand Informational Writing

Lesson 7 focuses on building academic vocabulary and writing an explanatory letter with supported textual evidence. For the first five minutes of the lesson, the educator reminds the class of how to read and refer to the accordion graphic organizer they previously created (see lesson 6 for chart & instructions). Third graders will analyze their reading strengths, the two areas that they need to work on, and how they will build up their reading power all recorded on their charts. Next, learners will use a graphic organizer to write a paragraph letter to a person of importance explaining how they can become a powerful reader. They will develop and support their writing with facts, details, and thoughts, and will also connect their reading goals to characters from previously read books such as Thank You, Mr. Falker and The Boy Who Loved Words. More worksheets and exercises extend this lesson, which is designed to help students become proficient and independent readers and writers. A very organized and comprehensive lesson that truly addresses both the language and writing Common Core standards identified. Note: This may take longer than the one hour indicated.

An Invitation to Learn about Literary Characters

Students create an invitation for a Literary Character Celebration. This invitation answers who, what, when, where and why about their favorite literary character. The students invite their family and friends. During the celebration students share information about their favorite characters using visual representations, media and play.

Story Books

Learners discuss a narrative work of art, then write stories describing the action and publish their stories and illustrations in books.

Character Tea Party

A tea party in Wonderland? An East Egg brunch with Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, and Nick? Breakfast with Miss Havisham, Lady Macbeth, and Abigail Williams? Or dinner with Andre, Hamlet, and Randle Patrick McMurphy? Class members select a favorite book or theme, dress up as a character, and get together for refreshments and pithy conversation. Groups create the invitation, decide on the menu, decorate the room, and outline a script. The packet includes suggestions and links to resources. A great way to review a novel, a course, or prepare for the AP literature exam.

Make a Temple Book or Japanese Screen

The piece Mount Fuji and the Beach at Miho is the inspiration for an art-based social studies lesson sure to excite young learners. They first discuss the travelers of the Edo period and the concept of pilgrimage. They then explore the art and purpose of temple books or Japanese screens. They make miniature Japanese-style story screens that describe a journey they have made. This lesson truly integrates art.

Character and Citizenship Education

Students analyze the importance of being a socially healthy citizen. In this character education lesson, students brainstorm personal traits that they think make the world a better place. Students compile their ideas as a class to construct a map of the United States. Students are assessed by their completion of a community volunteer project.

Great Expectations Character Adoption

Students write a detailed character analysis by adopting a character from the novel, Great Expectations, and become an authority on the character.

Reading with Bailey’s Book House

Students decode words as they construct meaning. In this writing lesson plan, students create a story using the software program Bailey's Book House. They listen to their story on the computer, print it out, and read it aloud.    

Reading with Bailey’s Book House

First graders decode words as they construct meaning. In this "Bailey's Book House" reading lesson plan, 1st graders create, read, and comprehend a selection of literature through the use of the computer software.

Coast-to-Coast Book Design-Part 1: What is a book?

In this first of four lessons on book design, students are introduced to the vocabulary of book design through the use of bookwalks and a non-linear PowerPoint presentation in game-show (Jeopardy!) format.

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