- Kindergarten, First Grade
- 50 minutes
I like to run, play, and dance! In this lesson, students will learn how to express themselves and write simple sentences. Your class will gain important social skills by interacting with their peers during these activities.
Students will be able to share what they like to do. Students will be able to infer what an unknown person likes to do. Students will be able to write about what they like to do.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by reading a poem about two brothers who like different things. For example:
Mario likes to run and play. Luigi likes to sleep all day. I saw Mario out one day, he likes to walk his dog. Then I saw Luigi, he likes to eat like a hog. Mario likes to sing, Luigi likes the dancing thing. Mario likes to watch TV to see Ben 10 save the galaxy. Luigi likes to watch Dora because he wants to be an explorer. Mario does not like to steal and Luigi does not like when he fights his friend Shaquille. Mario likes to learn and read but Luigi likes to do other things.
- Discuss some of the things the bothers liked to do.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Explain to your students that different people like to do different things. For example: Some people like to read, cook, run, watch television, write, and play, while other people might not like to do those activities.
- Tell students to think of one thing they like to do. Popcorn around the room, until each student has shared one thing.
- Have the class clap their hands twice after each person says what they like to do.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Separate the class in half.
- Draw a scoreboard on the whiteboard.
- Show the class stock photos of people and objects that imply what they like to do. For example: A boy holding a bat and ball.
- Have students from each side guess what the person likes to do.
- If they guess correctly faster than the other team, give their side a point.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Give each student a pair of scissors, glue, a copy of the My Favorite Things worksheet, and blank Write and Draw paper.
- Instruct your students to cut out the things they like to do from the My Favorite Things worksheet. If your students aren't developmentally ready for scissors, cut the images out for them.
- Tell your students to paste the things they like to do on the Write and Draw paper.
- Once they've finished, tell your students to write a sentence about what they like to do on the dotted lines.
- Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to write several sentences about what they like to do. If they're unsure about how to spell certain words, encourage them to find the words in a kid dictionary.
- Support: Give struggling students a starter sentence to write about what they like to do. For example: I like to (blank) because (blank). Assist these students with cutting out the pictures of what they like to do if they have trouble.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Look over each student's Write and Draw assignment to assess their fine motor skills, writing competency, and spelling.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Call on several student volunteers to present their work to the class. Each student should show their pictures and read their corresponding sentence(s) aloud to the class.