READING WITH RUBY
This is a lesson a use with my
ESL students to build reading skills and confidence.
book: Ruby the
Copycat, by Peggy Rathmann, Scholastic Inc.
dress up clothes
in the group (of no more than 4) is given a character.
One person can be the narrator.
I give the boys
the choice of changing their character to a male
one or playing the role as a female (which they often
opt to do and have a lot of fun with it).
Each child is
given a copy of the story with their part highlighted.
I read the story
to them and then have them practice reading their
We do this several
times and I send it home for them to practice with
Using a play
format really works because once they are better
at reading the script, I have them dress the part
and read it in costume to the class.
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The concept of allowing
the students a time to freely express themselves without
fear of a negative grade is the main purpose of this
- spiral notebook
- The teacher needs to explain
to the students that 2 or 3 times a week, a special
time will be allowed for them to write or draw whatever
they choose in their journals. The teacher
will need to adjust the explanation depth according
to the grade level. The journal will not be a graded
project, but the teacher will review all entries.
- Once a month the journal should
be sent home for the parents to review and returned
the next day or whatever the time limit desired.
The journals are sent home at the end of the school
year for the students to keep.
- We have completed journals
for several years at my school, and I am always amazed
at how expressive my first graders are sometimes. I
encourage them to write a letter to someone. If
the letter is to me, I will write back to them in
- If the letter is to someone
else, I try to arrange a response from them. After
the events of September 11, I was shocked at some
of my students entries. The journals were an
excellent means of finding out what was going on
in their minds. I had a better grasp as to
how to calm some fears because the students had expressed
what was their fears. The journals are a wonderful
expression of the students, but also gives the teacher
an open door to provide additional instruction in
all avenues of learning.
OAKWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
SAMBURGER BY DAVID PELHAM
At the end of the
lesson students will be able to write their own four
line-rhyming poem. Students will also be able to
recognize and develop rhyme scheme.
- Anticipatory Set: The teacher
will ask the students to think of a time that
either they or someone else has played a practical
joke on someone. The teacher will then ask the
students to write a two-sentence journal entry
on the subject. The teacher will then ask the
students to share their journals with the class.
- The teacher will read The
Sensational Samburger by David Pelham out loud
to the students.
- The teacher will then work
with the students to define rhyme. The teacher
will ask the students to write the definition
down in the vocabulary section of their notebooks.
- The teacher will go over
examples of rhyme with the students. The teacher
will ask the students to give examples. The students
will write the examples in their vocabulary logs.
- The teacher will ask the
students to write a four line-rhyming poem as
homework. The teacher will remind them to use
their journal entries for ideas.
GREEN & TRACY CURTIS
In this lesson,
students will research a famous anthlete, explorer,
politician, or important person in history and write
and article about him or her. In addition, students
will create a Time magazine cover for their person.
- computer with internet access
- construction paper
- interview sheet
- Students will select a person
they would like to learn more about. After selecting
this person students will be given a questionaire
that they will fill out about this person using
the internet. (time on internet varies)
- After interview sheet complete
students will use informaton to write an informational
article about their person.
- Students will then create
a Time Magazine cover for their person. Includes
picture, name, date, price.
- Article will be put into
folded construction paper and Time Magazine will