Mixed Up Animals
- Students will be able to write a narrative about a fictional animal.
- 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!
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(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.
Guided Practice(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, ____.
Independent working time(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.
- Assess how students are writing narratives with beginnings, middles, and ends.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Call on students to share their animals and narratives.