Lesson: The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big, Big Dark

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT describe a character with a trait word by thinking about what the character says AND what the character does.

Lesson Plan

Aims: 

  • SWBAT describe a character with a trait word by thinking about what the character says and does.

 

Agenda:

  • Focus the Learning:
    • Hook:  I want to tell you a story about a character named Becky.  Becky was looking out the front window and her mom was coming in the house from the grocery store.  Becky’s mom was very excited because cans of vegetables were on sale today.  Her mom was planning on buying 10 cans of carrots, 10 cans of peas and 10 cans of mushrooms.  Becky’s mom was walking up the driveway with two grocery bags when one ripped open.  As she tried to save everything from falling out of the ripped bag, she ended up dropping the second bag.  All of the cans fell and started rolling down the driveway.  Becky jumped off the couch and ran outside.  “I’ll help Mom!” Becky said.  Becky started running down the driveway and grabbing cans.  She would get to a can and pick it up.  Just as she was getting to one can another would roll by her.  Becky and her mom were chasing cans all over the driveway!  After a few minutes they were able to get all of the cans off the driveway, then Becky and her mom brought them inside.  “Thank you so much for helping me Becky!” her mom said.  “I would have been out there all afternoon if you hadn’t come to help me.”  “you’re welcome!” said Becky.
    • Build Background:  The things a character says and the things a character does tell us a lot about the kind of person a character is.
      • Analyze the story from the hook:
        • What did the Becky say?
        • What did the Becky do?
        • What does this tell us about the kind of person Becky is?
          • Becky is helpful.  I know because he says “I’ll help” AND she picks cans up off the driveway.
  • Intro to New Material: 
    • Introduce the character trait:
      • Becky was a helpful person.  (reveal on character trait poster)  People who are helpful are (name the qualities of this kind of person).
    • Connect to prior knowledge:
      • I am thinking of other characters we know who are helpful.  Remember, someone who is helpful is (review qualities).
      • One character I know who is helpful is Clifford.  I know this because he (review qualities).
      • Raise your hand if you can think of another character who is helpful.
        • Have S share out.  _____ is helpful.  I know because s/he ____________ AND ______________.
  • Setting the Purpose: 
    • Today, we’re going to read a story about another character who is helpful.  As we are reading, think about what the character says and does that show us he is a helpful person.  At the end, we will talk about how what the character says/did showed us a lot about the kind of person he was, and how, as great readers, we figured these things out.
  • Preview Story:  Today we are reading a story about a helpful fish.  The name of this story is The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big, Big Dark written by Deborah Diesen.  In this story Mr. Fish helps his friend find a pearl that she lost.  Let’s read to see what he does to help.
  • Preview Vocab:  Pearl—something that grows inside a clam and is sometimes used by people to make jewelry like fancy necklaces and earrings.
  • Interactive Read Aloud
    • Read through to “that’s a promise I’ll keep!”
      • Hmmm.  I’m thinking about the things the character said and the things the character did that tell us what kind of person he is.  When I look at the details in the picture, I notice Mr. Fish is smiling at Ms. Clam even though she looks worried.  When I think about the author’s words, I notice that Mr. Fish is promising to find Ms. Clam’s pearl.  I’m going to add these things to our list of what the character says and does to help us see how the these things tell us about the kind of person he/she is.
        • Add to chart.
    • Turn and Talk:
      • How did I figure out what the character said and did?
        • I looked at the details in the pictures and thought about the author’s words to figure out what the character did and said.
      • What do these things tell us about the character?
        • The things the character said and did tell us a lot about the kind of person the character is.  Mr. Fish is a helpful kind of person.  We know this because he says he will find Ms. Clam’s pearl AND he is smiling at Ms. Clam to make her feel better.
  • Read through to “he kept on searching along the ocean floor.”
    • Turn and Talk: 
      • What did Mr. Fish say?
      • What did Mr. Fish do?
      • What does this tell us about the kind of person Mr. Fish is?
        • Mr. Fish is helpful.  I know because he says I’m scared of the dark AND he keeps swimming even though he is scared.
  • Read through “holding fin to fin.”
    • There seems to be a new character in our story who is helping Mr. Fish…
    • Turn and Talk: 
      • What did Miss Shimmer say?
      • What did Miss Shimmer do?
      • What does this tell us about the kind of person this character is?
        • Ms. Shimmer is a helpful kind of person.  We know this because she said you can do it! AND swam down in the dark with Mr. Fish.
  • Read through “That’s a promise we keep.”
    • Turn and Talk: 
      • What did Mr. Fish and Miss Shimmer say?
      • What did Mr. Fish and Miss Shimmer do?
      • What does this tell us about the kind of person this character is?
        • Mr. Fish and Ms. Shimmer is a helpful kind of person.  We know this because they say But friends help friends and that’s a promise we keep AND they found the pearl for Ms Clam.
        • End of story reflection:
          • Character traits are words that describe the kind of person a character is – what the character is like.
            • Quick CFU:  How can we figure out what kind of person a character is?
              • The things a character says and the things a character does tell us a lot about the kind of person the character is.
  • Today, we talked about characters who are helpful
    • Turn and Talk:
      • What is a Helpful kind of person like? 
      • What kinds of things do Helpful people say? 
      • What kinds of things do Helpful people do?
      • How is Mr. Fish a Helpful kind of person?
        • Mr. Fish and Miss Shimmer are helpful people.  We know this because they say friends help friends AND they swim until they find the pearl Ms. Clam lost.
        • Close:
          • Helpful characters are (review qualities).  Today and every day, think about the things a character does and says and what that tells us about the kind of person they are.  Maybe you will meet more characters who are helpful just like Mr. Fish and Miss Shimmer.

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