All About Me! Things I Like
Kindergarteners and first graders love to share information about themselves! With the lesson plan, All About Me! Things I Like, children will get the opportunity to do just that. Kids will express what they like through drawings, pictures, and writing, and they'll work on using complete sentences to describe some of their favorite things to do. Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative texts is an important stepping stone for young learners to become strong writers.
- Students will be able to participate in collaborative conversations with their peers.
- Students will be able to use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative texts.
- 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 brothers 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.
- Teach students the rules for whole class discussion:
- Listen to others
- Take turns speaking
- Talk about the topic
- Ask students to give you a thumbs up if they can agree to follow the discussion rules.
- Toss a ball around the room. When a student catches the ball, it is their turn to share one thing they like to do. Continue until each student has shared one thing.
- Invite students to now use the rules for discussion to share with a partner. Provide sentence frames to support students in collaborative conversations with their peers, such as:
- I like to ____. I like this because ____.
- Have the class clap their hands twice after each person says what they like to do.
Guided Practice(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 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.
- Invite students to share their ideas with a partner prior to writing them down on paper.
- 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 students with cutting out the pictures of what they like to do if they have trouble.
- Look over each student's Write and Draw assignment to assess their fine motor skills, writing competency, and spelling.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Encourage students to present their finished texts to the class. Each student should show their pictures and read their corresponding sentence(s) aloud to the class.