Lesson Plan

"Cock-a-Doodle-Whooooo"

Teacher will read Cock-a-Doodle-Whoooo and lead a discussion on retelling the story by identifying the fictional story elements: characters, setting, events and problem & solution. Students will recall the story elements.
Purple R.
Classroom teacher
William N. Deberry
Springfield, MA
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning
Objectives

Students will be able to...to retell a story (including the key features of a fictional text). They will complete a graphic organizer including the key features and the events in sequential order.

Subjects
English Language Arts
discussion
literature
reading comprehension
Grades 1
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Teacher will play the sounds of the owl and the rooster.  (focus specifically on the Eastern Screech Owl and the Barred Owl because those resemble the "whooooo" sound more closely.

Student Instructions

Students will listen attentively and compare the two sounds.  Students will replicate the sounds.

2 Direct Instruction

Teacher will show the story “Cock-a-doodle-whooooo” on the projector and stop throughout each significant event in the story to assess the owl character’s feelings using student responses during cold-calls.  Teacher will close the story by referring the students to the Story Map on chart paper.  Teacher will explain that a graphic organizer like this one will help us keep our thinking neat and tidy.  (Two words from a previous vocabulary lesson)  Teacher will refer to the front cover of the book to point out the title and write it in the section of the graphic organizer that reads “title”.  Teacher will do a cold-call and ask the students who the characters were and fill in that section of the graphic organizer as students respond.  Students will Turn & Talk about the setting of the story.  One pair will share and the class will agree or disagree about whether their response was actually the setting of the story.  Teacher will fill in that section of the graphic organizer.  Teacher will explain that the beginning of the story helped us to understand what we were about to read.  The middle contains a problem, and the end usually contains a solution to that problem.  Teacher will ask students to assist her in completing the beginning, middle, and end of the story (the middle should include the problem and the end should include a solution).

 

Student Instructions

Students will Turn & Talk about how the owl character’s feelings have changed from the beginning, to the middle, towards the end of the story.  Students will assist the teacher in completing a whole group graphic organizer of a story map.  

3 Guided Practice

Teacher will form 4 groups of students.  Each group will be responsible for completing an online story map.  Teacher will assign each group to one of four maps:  character map, setting map, conflict map, and resolution map.  (Previous lessons gave practice to these maps on paper and pencil.)

Student Instructions

Students will create online story maps in groups/pairs (depending on how many laptops/computers/students there are).  

4 Independent Practice

Teacher will explain that knowing the elements of a story can help them to get someone else interested in reading the book if it was enjoyable to them.  Teacher will explain that each student will create a postcard (or book commercial) for someone they love about "Cock-a-Doodle-Whooooo".  They will need to make it so that they retell the story and its elements.  Teacher will model how to create a post-card on Read-Write-Think's Post Card Creator site.

Student Instructions

Each students will create a postcard.  Students will describe the characters in the story under "Postcard Description".  This is also a description of the illustration they will create on the back of the postcard that illustrates the characters of the story.  Students will retell the story (sell it) in the "body" of the postcard.  This book commercial will include the setting, problem, and solution.  Finally, they will include the address of the person they love in the "mailing address" section.