Priceless Gifts

This Priceless Gifts lesson plan also includes:

Discuss the idea of gifts and gift-giving with a activity on Priceless Gifts by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss. As you read the story to your class, learners answer reading comprehension questions, talk about common proverbs, and talk to their friends about gifts they would like. Additionally, they review the /at/ sound, cook a yummy apple spice crisp, and compare what they have learned to two additional stories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the activities into stations, and have kids rotate through each station in small groups
  • Choose the parts of the lesson that are the most relevant to your curriculum
  • Work into a unit about the /a/ sound or /at/ words
Classroom Considerations

  • Extension activities require access to a kitchen and selected books (The Drum by Rob Cleveland, and How and Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss)
  • Some proverbs, or the idea of proverbs, may be too advanced for first graders; consider teaching them what a proverb is in the lessons preceding this one
Pros

  • Provides varied opportunities to reinforce the concepts and themes from the story
  • Extension activities prompt kids to think critically and to apply their knowledge to different tasks and stories
  • Comes with a version of the lesson plan for second and third graders
Cons

  • None