Lesson Plan

Finding Idioms in Katie Perry's song "Fireworks"

Listening to the song with the lyrics, the students will identify different idioms
Christy S.
Special education instructor
Barboursville Middle School
Barboursville, United States
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My Grades 7
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math

Students will be able to... identify idioms in a song.

English Language Arts
Grades 7
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1 Hook

Activity: Assessing

By using a popular song that the students know and listen to and bring it into the classroom will make them feel more connected to the lesson.  It will also grab the attention of the audtiory learner by playing the song and at the same time the visual learner will have the lyrics will have words on the screen.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p_wNe9OtG8&safe=active

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Using Kidiom1 on the smartboard, the teacher will demostrate what an idiom is, what the meaning is, and an example is. This is the format that is needed from the student later on in the assignment from the "Firework" song.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Assessing

Each student is given a blank sheet of paper that is folded hotdog style.  On the left side they are to write the idioms as they appear in the song.  The teacher will bring the smartboard back up and show the lyrics one page at a time until all students are finished and then go to the next page.  For the special ed students, the lyrics will already be written down.   As each page is completed, the teacher will discuss the idiom and ask the students what the meaning is.  Continue to the next page.  

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Debating

The class is placed into 2 teams.  Using " The Idiom Game" the teams battle each other until the end of the class period.


5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Exploring

The student is asked to listen carefully to his/her favorite song and find an idiom in it.

The teacher will ask the next day if anyone is willing to share his/her discovery the next day.