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Mixed Up Animals

In this fun and silly lesson, students use their imaginations to create mixed-up animals. After making their funny creations, students will write narratives about their fictional animals.
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  • Students will be able to write a narrative about a fictional animal.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to share about the craziest animals they've ever seen (in real life or in books/movies).
  • Tell students that there are all types of animals in the world. In this lesson, they will create their very own mixed-up animals!
(10 minutes)
  • Draw a combination of two animals on the board (e.g. dog/fish, cow/cat, giraffe/turtle).
  • Have students try to guess what animals you combined.
  • Repeat the process with a different animal combination.
  • Give your animal a funny name. Tell students that you are going to write a story about the animal. Think aloud about what could happen to your animal.
  • Explain that narratives are stories that have beginnings, middles, and ends. Tell students that you are going to write a narrative about your fictional animal.
  • Begin to write a narrative on the board, thinking aloud as you write.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students turn to a partner and talk about the silly animal they will write about. Have students use the sentence frame: I will write about ____. My animal is ____ and ____.
  • Then ask students to share what will happen to their animals in their narratives using the following sentence frames:
    • At the beginning, ____.
    • In the middle, ____.
    • At the end, ____.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students create their own animal mashups by drawing on the white paper with crayons or markers.
  • Hand out lined paper and ask students to write narratives about their animals with a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Enrichment: Have students create multiple mixed-up animals to include in their narratives.

Support: Have students work in small, teacher-led groups to write their narratives.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students are writing narratives with beginnings, middles, and ends.
(5 minutes)
  • Call on students to share their animals and narratives.

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