Reflection: Grappling with Complexity The Bear Went Over The Mountain - Section 2: Reading the Poem


Many of the concepts that the CCSS have us teach seem very complex.  And they are.  My students are only 5 years old and I am expecting difficult things from them.  Using videos, songs and thinking maps/templates help my students remember the information they need to know to write.  In this standard and activity I was able to find a video and a song that helped us memorize the 5 W's.  We sing it now with out the video.  My students can name the 5 W's and ask a 5 W question about the story.  Knowing this song makes searching for the answers fun.  I used a tree map to help us answer the questions. I drew pictures on the Tree Map to make it more visual.  Using as many senses as we can helps with learning.  Incorporating technology is also helpful.  After hearing me lecture, watching the video is like a brain break even though they are hearing academic information.  As a teacher we can take the complex CCSS and break them down into fun little pieces that are more comprehensible for our students.

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The Bear Went Over The Mountain

Unit 3: Animal Adventures
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT identify the 5 W's in a poem then write an narrative sentence in response to the poem.

Big Idea: We will discuss the 5 W's of a poem and write our own verse to the poem.

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