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Lesson 6 - Determining Story Elements and Central Message: “The Ants and the Grasshopper”

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/2
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/5
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.2.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.2.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2/1
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/5
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.2.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2/3
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.4.b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/4/b
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.5.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/5/a
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.2.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2/6

Lesson 6 - Determining Story Elements and Central Message: “The Ants and the Grasshopper”

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 6 Narrative found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can recount the fable “The Ants and the Grasshopper” using the story elements.
  • I can determine the central message of “The Ants and the Grasshopper” based on how the characters respond to the problem/challenge.

Ongoing Assessment

  • During Work Time A, listen as students describe other things that could be described as “bright” and use the Language Checklist to gather data toward (see Assessment Overview and Resources).
  • During Work Time B, circulate as students engage in the Role-Play protocol and notice if they are demonstrating understanding of the story elements by observing the choices they make to act out “The Ants and the Grasshopper.”

Purpose of Lesson

  • Recall that students complete a cycle of instruction in Lesson 6–7 that is similar to those of Lessons 2–3 and 4–5. In Lesson 6, students work to understand the key details of the story elements and central message of “The Ants and the Grasshopper” by examining how the characters respond to the problem/challenge. They also role-play the story to better understand it.
  • In this lesson, students continue to playfully work with the song “We Do What We Can” to examine how the use of the prefix re- can change the meaning of the lyrics.
  • In this lesson, students participate in the first of four opportunities to paint with watercolors. The watercolor paintings are a tool to help students visualize story elements and more fully recount the fable. In this lesson, students are introduced to watercolor materials and given time to explore techniques to create high-quality work using any lines, shapes, or designs they choose.

In Advance

  • Preview the watercolor materials and agenda steps for Work Time C to familiarize yourself with their purpose and use in Lessons 6–9.
  • Pre-determine:
    • Workspace for watercolor painting in Work Time C and pre-distribute materials for student use. Include a set of materials for teacher modeling.
    • Place to store students’ watercolor paintings to allow them to dry.
  • Post: Learning targets and applicable anchor charts.

Vocabulary

  • Lesson-specific: recount, story elements, central message, version, similarities, differences
  • Text-specific: bustling, stored, humble/humbly

Materials

  • “We Do What We Can” (For Teacher Reference) (from Lesson 2, one to display)
  • “The Ants and the Grasshopper” (one per group and one to display; for teacher-read aloud)
  • Fluency Anchor Chart (begun in Lesson 2)
  • Role-Play Protocol Anchor Chart (For Teacher Reference) (begun in Lesson 2)
  • Fables and Folktales Response Notebook (from Lesson 3; added to during Work Time B; one per student)
    • Story Elements and Central Message Student Notes: “The Ants and the Grasshopper” (page 7 of the Fables and Folktales response notebook)
  • Fables and Folktales Response Notebook (Example, for Teacher Reference) (from Lesson 3)
  • Story Elements and Central Message Class Notes: “The Ants and the Grasshopper” (new; co-created with students during Work Time B)
  • Story Elements and Central Message Class Notes: “The Ants and the Grasshopper” (Example, for Teacher Reference)
  • The Lizard and the Sun (one to display)
  • Watercolor supplies
    • Paintbrushes (one per student)
    • Cup of water (one or two per table group)
    • Palette (one per student)
    • Paper (blank; 8"x5"; two or three sheets per student)
  • Watercolor Tips Anchor Chart (new; co-created with students during Work Time C)
  • Watercolor Tips Anchor Chart (Example, for Teacher Reference)
  • Unit 1 Guiding Question Anchor Chart (Example, for Teacher Reference) (begun in Lesson 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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