By Madison Hughes and Bridget Ponzetti
Our lesson is based on the article, “How classrooms look around the world-in 15 amazing photographs,” by Valerie Strauss. Our goal for this lesson is for students to be exposed to different classrooms and cultures around the world. The classroom settings range from Russia to Brazil, and the students range from primary school to secondary school. One classroom in Pakistan is very minimalist, and illustrates how through a lack of resources, but a great deal of imagination, the outdoors can become a classroom. In contrast, one classroom in Morocco exhibits their creativity through paintings on the walls. The students will be able to compare and contrast their own personal experience in school with the students in the photographs. Students will become open-minded and globally curious. Students, through reflection, will gain an appreciation for the resources that they have.
“Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch,” by Eileen Spinelli, is about a lonely man who one day receives a mysterious letter in the mail. The letter changes his outlook on life, and he begins spreading joy to all his neighbors, until he is told it was meant for someone else. Mr. Hatch goes back to being lonely, but his neighbors surprise him, and he reverts back to his cheerful state. Our lesson will teach children the message that you do not need objects to keep you happy. They will learn this through the powerpoint which will include little projects and writing prompts.
Explain it: My lesson is based on the Oregon State Standard, “CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5: Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.” In my lesson, students will learn the elements of a stories’ beginning, middle, and end.
The beginning of the story answers the question: “Who are the characters? What is the setting?”
The middle of the story answers the question: “What happens to the characters?”
The end of the story answers the question: “How are the characters different than they were at the beginning because of what happened during the story?
Students will select a picture book, and look for a beginning, middle, and end. They will then retell the beginning, middle, and end of the stories they have chosen to the class.
I am going to teach a unit to second graders on pollination. According to pollinator.org, “pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind.” The brightly-colored petals and sweet scent of flowers attracts bees. An insect drinks the nectar from the plant, and in the process, pollen sticks to the bees. Then, the pollen is spread through either the wind, or the pollen spreading to other flowers. The bee drinks until he is full, and then passes the pollen to other bees around him. Then, the bee brings the honey to the hive. Eventually, the honey gets stored in the honeycomb. Each of my three images will feature a bee, hummingbird, and butterfly.
- What do hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies have in common?
- What are some qualities of pollinators?
Photo of Bee
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