writing lesson pumpkin first grade team 09 10 by w1F535

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									Writing Mini-Lesson Topic: Writing descriptions                                            Grade Level: 1st
Written by: Bale, Bengston, Fisk, Wolfe
Standards and Performance Indicators Addressed:

Standard One: 1.108 Use written language more than drawings to communicate to a reader.

Objectives: Students will write a description of a pumpkin
     Type of Lesson               Discourse            Textual Feature (Trait)          Writing Task
_____ Procedural          _____Expressive             ___√_ Development           _____ choice
___√_ Process             __√__Informative            _____ Organization          __√__ focus
___√_ Craft               _____ Persuasive                                        _____ stand alone prompt
_____ Skills                                          _____ Sentence Formation    _____ text-based prompt
                                                       ______ Word Choice/Style
                                                       ______ Conventions




Materials Needed:

        Pumpkin
        Carving knife
        Newspaper
        Scale
        String for measuring
        2 Charts labeled: too long, too short, just right another labeled describing words
        Writing paper/journals/paper shaped like pumpkin
        Informative book s about pumpkins (Growing Pumpkins, Melvin Berger)
        Pumpkin seeds
        Orange yarn

Segment One: Mini-Lesson (Explicit Writing Instruction)

    1.   Gather students and read aloud pumpkin book.
    2.   Have students look at, touch, feel, smell, listen to when knocking on pumpkin.
    3.   Record the words students use to describe the pumpkin.
    4.   Have each student pick pumpkin up to feel the weight.
    5.   Ask students to estimate weight and circumference of pumpkin.
    6.   Students cut a piece of string to show their estimate of the pumpkin’s circumference.
    7.   Weigh and measure pumpkin.
    8.   Hang string measurements on the chart.
    9.   Discuss findings

Day Two:
   1. Read another pumpkin book (A Day at the Pumpkin Farm)
   2. Review word list and add to list.
 3. Say, “Yesterday we used our senses to observe a pumpkin, now we will write a description of
     our pumpkin.”
 4. Have students write a description using this model: Our pumpkin looks like _________.
     (describe the outside) Our pumpkin feels ____________. (describe how it feels) Our pumpkin
     feels as heavy as (a) ____________. (describe) Our pumpkin is as big around as (a) _________.
     (describe) Our pumpkin sounds like (a) _____________. (describe)
 Segment Two:
 Students write, teacher conferrers with students.
 Segment Three:
 Have students share their work.
 Days Three & Four:
 Segment One: Mini -lesson
     1. Review pumpkin descriptions.
     2. Have students predict what will be inside pumpkin (what color)
     3. Cut pumpkin and have the children each scoop out insides and place on newspaper.
     4. Have students brainstorm describing words for the pumpkin’s insides.
     5. List words on chart.
Segment Two:
Students write, teacher conferrers with students.
    1. Have students write a description of the inside of pumpkin.
    2. Have students glue a pumpkin seed and yarn to their descriptions symbolizing the pumpkin’s
         insides.
Segment Three:
Have students share their work.
               Our pumpkin looks like

                                        .




  Our pumpkin feels                             .




Our pumpkin feels as heavy as                           .




Our pumpkin is as big around as                     .



  Our pumpkin sounds like                   .

								
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