Lesson plan

Labs: Launch Stage - Imagine

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/6
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1

Labs: Launch Stage - Imagine

Learning target: 

  • I can show respect for Lab materials and my peers.

Purpose:

  • In the Imagine Lab, the Launch stage serves two purposes:

    • Students are introduced to the purpose of the Imagine Lab.
    • Students are given time to freely explore the various materials they will use in the Imagine Lab and begin to formulate ideas about how they might use these materials more purposefully in the future.
  • As the Imagine Lab continues into later stages, students’ experience becomes more directed and focused toward module-specific content knowledge and literacy skills.

In advance:

Storytime

  • Review the Labs song.
  • Post: Focus question (optional).

Setting Goals 

  • Post: Guiding question and learning target(s) for the Lab students will be launching that day (see detailed plans for each Lab on the pages that follow).

In the Lab

  • Prepare workstations, each with a different type of imaginative play material that will be housed in the Imagine Lab (other possible materials might include modeling clay, common kitchen materials and safe cooking utensils, and felt or magnet boards):

    • Workstation 1: building blocks (one set of wood or linking blocks)
    • Workstation 2: white board (one large to share or several small) and dry erase markers (one per student)
    • Workstation 3: hand or finger puppets (several to share)
    • Workstation 4: dress-up materials (several to share)
  • Consider labeling each workstation with a name or number to assist students in transitioning from one to the next.

Reflect on Learning

  • Post: Sentence frames or picture clues for any reflection questions you will use regularly (optional).

Materials:

Storytime

  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Text for Storytime (chosen by teacher)

Setting Goals

  • Labs notebook (new; one per student and one for teacher modeling)

  • Pencils (one per student)

  • Learning target(s) (one to display for each Lab; see Launch Stage: At-a-Glance for the specific targets for each Lab)

In this Lab

  • Workstation materials (for students to use to create a world of play for themselves and others)
    • Workstation 1: building blocks (one set of wood or linking blocks)

    • Workstation 2: white board (one large to share or several small) and dry erase markers (one per student)

    • Workstation 3: hand or finger puppets (several to share)

    • Workstation 4: dress-up materials (several to share)

Reflecting on Learning

  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Labs notebook (one for teacher modeling and one per student)