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Flower Garden: Literacy
Students will be able to use illustrations and details in a story to describe its events.
- Begin the lesson by introducing your class to the story Flower Garden.
- Activate prior knowledge by showing the class the book cover and asking questions. Good examples include: What do you think this story is about? What clues inform your guess? What is a garden?
- Refer to the illustration on the book cover. Explain to the students that illustrations, or pictures, in a story can help us understand what happens in the story. What happens in the story can also be referred to as the events of a story.
- Show each of the props or images. Ask the class if anyone can tell you what each object is. This quick vocabulary lesson will help students stay engaged while the story is read and support English Learners in understanding important vocabulary words.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(30 minutes)
- Read the story to the class.
- Use each of the props or images as the story is being read. When the prop appears in the text, show it to the class. This will help students connect what they know with what they've read, an important building block for listening comprehension skills.
- Encourage students to ask questions if they don't understand an event in the story.
Guided Practice(15 minutes)
- Discuss the story as a class. Ask your students open-ended questions to gauge their understanding of Flower Garden. Example questions include: Why does the girl in the story want to make a garden? What type of garden does she make?
- Instruct students to refer to the illustrations, or details, in the story to support their answer. Remind students that details are the words and phrases in the story.
- Go over the sequence of the story. Ask your students: What happens in the beginning of the story? In the middle? At the end?
- Record these three events in sequential order, either on the whiteboard or on large butcher paper. This gives students the chance to visualize the progression of the story.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Pass out a sheet of art paper to each student.
- Ask the class to create their own flower gardens on the paper, using water colors, colored pencils, crayons, or any other art supplies you have in the classroom.
- Give each student three sheets of paper. Have students label the sheets Beginning, Middle, and End, and encourage them to re-create the story using illustrations.
- Support: Have students who need extra support work with a partner or small group to create a sequential story about their gardens.
- Enrichment: Students who need more of a challenge should write captions about their drawing and stories.
- Have the students share their garden drawings and story sequences to the class.
- Encourage listeners to ask questions about the presenter's garden, to inspire storytelling techniques.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Ask the students comprehension questions about the text. Examples include: Who are the characters in the book? Where did the story take place? What happened in the beginning, middle, and end?
- Instruct students to justify their answers by referring to details and illustrations in the text.
- Enrich the lesson by making a real-world connection and discussing or showing online visuals of the life cycle of a flower.