Lesson Plan—Cooperative Learning—The Courage of Sarah Noble
Concept Essential Questions:
What are the definitions of the vocabulary words given for the book The Courage
of Sarah Noble?
Instructional Objectives: Students will take the vocabulary words and definitions
that were previously written in their journals and review the terms and definitions
with a partner.
126.96.36.199 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases
in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Estimating Students Prior Knowledge:
The teacher will assess the student’s prior knowledge by asking questions
pertaining to the book. The teacher will continue probing questions throughout
the lesson to make sure the students are feeling comfortable with the words and
Exceptionalities: Low level: Provide assistance to groups as needed, instruct group members
what to expect when working with a student with disabilities
High level: Be aware that groups that are doing well may view my assistance as interference,
instruct the higher level students to assist other students within the group
Culture/ethnicity/race: be aware of cultural differences pertaining to social interactions and
Language Diversity: check frequently with these students to assess their understanding of
the directions, provide visual cues and materials to help them understand the material
Gender Differences: be aware of my personal biases to gender, assign roles within the group
equally, and help the group focus on individual strengths
Social Class Differences: be aware of my personal biases, assign roles within the group
equally, help the group focus on individual strengths
Multiple Intelligences: assign roles to students that focus on their individual intelligences,
lesson plan incorporates the following intelligences:
Linguistic: using information found from reading the book
Interpersonal: developing communication skills,
Learning Styles: Students will have the opportunity to work with a partner playing a game
and learning their vocabulary words.
Vocabulary words and Definitions
Establish Set- Students will gather in a circle and the teacher will ask the students
questions about the book they just finished reading.
Ask questions to students.
a) What was the main idea of the book The Courage of Sarah Noble?
b) Do you know what Courage means?
c) Why was Sarah Noble so nervous to stay with the Indians?
d) Would you ever stay in the woods with a stranger?
Introduce that the students will be picking a partner and going through the
vocabulary words and definitions by rolling the dice. The students will number
their vocabulary words and definitions in their journal. Whatever number the
dice lands on is the word and the definition that one student will ask the other
student to say to them. The students will go back and forth rolling the dice and
stating the words and definitions to their partners.
End Assignment: Students will gather back to their desk areas. The teacher will
have a few moments to quiz students randomly on their words and definitions.
Close the class with asking questions to the students of the understanding of the
activity and if they felt they learned the definitions easier this way.
Informal Assessment of Student Learning:
I will informally assess the students by walking around the room asking questions
to the students at their desks as they are playing the game.
Formal Assessment of Student Learning:
Formal assessment will occur at the end of the week with a vocabulary quiz on
the words and definitions they learned.
Evaluation of Lesson:
Reflect on what went well with my lesson and look at different ways for
improving for further lessons. Follow-up with students the following day for