One Plus One Equals New
Students will be able to write about their own creation with detail.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Have students pick any two or three pictures from the collection.
- Have students look at their pictures to see what can be used from each picture to create something new.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Show students that they can take parts of each picture and put them together to make something new.
- Take two pictures of your own and show them how you would do this. Cut out the different features of your pictures and glue them together on a white piece of paper.
- Brainstorm a backstory for your new character. What is his mission? Why is he the way he is?
- Ask the class what else you can add to make it better.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give the students paper and have them take out their scissors and glue.
- Allow students to work together during this time to so they can help each other brainstorm.
- Leave your example displayed for reference.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Once students have their new creation, ask the class to take writing paper back to their desks and work independently on their writing piece.
- Remind them of your creation's backstory. Ask them to add the details of what their creation might do, where it would live, and what it would eat.
- Enrichment: For student who need more of a challenge, have them create more than one creature in their story.
- Support: Students who need extra support may use labels in their picture to help guide them.
Assessment (2 minutes)
- Use the picture and writing piece to determine the student's understanding of the lesson.
- Observe students as they work with peers.
Review and Closing (3 minutes)
- Share the new creatures on the overhead.
- These pages could be turned into a class book for the kids to read throughout the year.
- Give students praise for their creativity and hard work.