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Teacher-Created Lesson Plan

Meet My Classmate!

Students learn about their classmates through the use of digital media.
Rachel B.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...

- work collaboratively to interview each other

- demonstrate active listening skills during the interview process

- compare and contrast themselves to their partner using a Venn diagram

- draw conclusions about themselves and their classmates

- create an ebook that compares and contrasts themselves to their partner

- present their book to their classmates

- provide feedback to their classmates after each book presentation

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 – 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Teacher will begin by asking students about their classroom. How well do they know their classmates? What might happen when we try to work with people we don't know? Teacher creates a list of answers on the board to these questions to refer back to later on.

Teacher then introduces the concept of a classroom community, and how students can work together better by getting to know each other more, which is what they'll learn about with this lesson.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Teacher begins by introducing the interview process. Another student will help teacher model the process. Teacher calls a student volunteer to the front of the room. Teacher models asking questions about the student, and writing down their answers. Teacher asks questions such as:

- What is your full name?
- How old are you?
- Tell me about your family.
- What are your favorite hobbies and why?
- What is your favorite food and why?

During this process, teacher is modeling good listening skills, and calls the students' attention to this fact. When the interview is finished, teacher calls for any student questions, and then pairs off students. Teacher can also choose to give a short handout with examples of questions that students might ask, like the one above.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Conversing

Teacher has students face each other and begin their interview process. Students are instructed to ask at least 6 important questions to their classmate and write down the answers they receive. While students are interviewing each other, teacher is observing and providing guidance where necessary. Teacher should watch for groups that are having difficulty asking questions and mediate any disputes. Teacher should also prompt early-finishers to ask other types of questions. Where necessary, teacher models the interview process again.

When students have finished their interviews, teacher gives them a cube planning page and instructs students to pick the 6 most important questions that they asked their partner. They need to write down the question and the answer that they received in the boxes on the sheet.

4 Independent Practice

Teacher brings class back together and hosts a simple discussion:

- How did interviewing help you to learn more about your classmate?

Teacher then has students go to the ReadWriteThink.org website and type in "Cube Creator" in the search box on the left side. Students need to use the Create Your Own Cube feature and fill in all of the cube boxes with their work.

Student Instructions

Once students are on Cube Creator:

1. Select "create your own cube" and input your name

2. Choose the side of the cube that you want to work with first.

3. Input the question into the question box, and the answer into the answer box. If not all of the answer will fit, then you may have to reword or rephrase your answer.

4. When all sides of the cube have been completed, click finish and print your cube.

5 Independent Practice

Now that students have created a bio cube for their classmate, they will compare and contrast their classmate to themselves to see what they have in common. Students should be sitting near their partner for this step, so that they can ask further questions as needed.

Using the Venn diagram app, students will label one of the circles as their partner, and label one for themselves. Students will then fill in the circles, first using the answers they have to their questions and then asking their partner further questions, such as "What's your favorite animal? Mine is a cat." Students should try to come up with 3 things they have in commmon with their partner, and 5 differences for each of the circles.

6 Independent Practice

Using the Book Creator app, teacher instructs students to create an ebook that tells about themselves and their partner that they interviewed. Students should use all information they have gathered from the bio cube and their Venn diagram to help them tell a story. The story will compare and contrast the two partners.

Teacher should observe as students work, providing tech assistance and spelling/grammar teaching moments as students need them.

7 Presentations

Activity: Presenting

When all student books have been finished, students should present their work to the class. Using an Apple TV, students should show their books one at a time to their classmates. Once one partner has presented, the other partner should present their book. After both partners have presented, classmates can ask further questions.

8 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

After all books have been presented, teacher brings students' attention back to the original questions that were asked during the hook:

- How well do you know your classmates now?

- How does knowing your classmates help create a classroom community.

Teacher writes down students's answers and provides feedback. Teacher discusses how knowing who we work with not only makes us more comfortable, but it can also help us find new friends as well.