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Grade Level:
Language Arts
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Essential Questions:
1. Why are seeds and plants important to different people? What cultural values do they represent?
2. How can the actions of an individual cause other people to take action? How can you start a chain reaction?
3. What makes people part of a group or a community? What keeps people apart?
4. Is it easier to leave things as they are than it is to transform them? Who has the power to transform? What will you transform?
Students should understand
1. The world we live in can be transformed. We can be agents of change.
2. Culture makes up part of our individual identity; the blending of cultures is essential to have a united, blended community.
3. We can be inspired by literature to take action and make changes in our real lives and community.
Content Goals:
Students will know...
• What it means to be an agent of change within their community. How to have a discussion and exchange ideas in a non threatening way.
• The SWBS (somebody, wanted, but, so) strategy to summarize a reading.
• How to make vocabulary a part of the reading experience through the use of context clues.
• The difference between reading words, decoding, and reading fluently with expression.
Other Information:
Differentiation of learning will include collaboration of students in small groups. Depending on student need some students will read with the teacher or be offered varied instruction on vocabulary or word knowledge using word sorts. These practices will help students who have IEP's as well as ESL students.
Extension activities
Plant a mini garden with seeds in a small container.
Design a seed packet jacket that is specific to student heritage. Include information such as when to plant, size of crop, how long the seed takes to mature and produce a crop
Students will interview members of their family (grand parents, parents, uncles and aunts ...) about seeds that the family has grown.
Reflection notes will be added as the lesson is delivered.
Student absence is a problem when beginning the lesson or if they miss a part of the lesson.
How can I reteach anticipation and prior knowledge when students are absent during those activities?
Use enrichment activities that will engage students and connect to student lives and cultures.
The Seedfolks book is written from the point of view of each character in the book. The varied characters represent people from various cultures that my students may connect with. These various groups include; Hatian, Korean, India, Romania, Guatemalan, Black, White, Jewish, Homeless, Mexican, Puerto Rican, British, and Vietnamese.