A Day in the Life of an Object Ona Larsell

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Grade Level(s):  
Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
EL.04.WR.06
EL.04.09
Lesson Plan Details
Duration: 
2 one hour sessions
Objective: 
Students will use the writing process to write a 4 paragraph story about a day in the life of an object the student uses frequently (water bottle, cell phone, piece of gum). Students will use transition words (first, next, then, later, finally) to establish the chronological order of events in the story.
Resources: 
Materials and Resources Needed: Kidspiration, Comic Life, photo editing software (we used iPhoto), digital camera, art supplies, optional templates (see below).
Preparation: 

 

The first part of this lesson is whole-class, but then students break up into 2 groups – one group writes while the other group works on their illustrations. Switch the groups each day (or halfway through the daily lesson – whatever works for you) so that all kids get equal time to do both parts of the project.

kidspiration template

Whole group: Introduce the Kidspiration template (see above).
Model filling in the bubbles with details from the perspective of their object. I tell kids to use only one or two words per bubble. All kids need to get their pre-write done before you split the class in half for writing/drawing.
The writers use the writing view (see example below) to build those pre-write details into complete sentences. Remind them to vary the length and beginning words of their sentences.

Instruction: 

 

The first part of this lesson is whole-class, but then students break up into 2 groups – one group writes while the other group works on their illustrations. Switch the groups each day (or halfway through the daily lesson – whatever works for you) so that all kids get equal time to do both parts of the project.

kidspiration template

Whole group: Introduce the Kidspiration template (see above).
Model filling in the bubbles with details from the perspective of their object. I tell kids to use only one or two words per bubble. All kids need to get their pre-write done before you split the class in half for writing/drawing.
The writers use the writing view (see example below) to build those pre-write details into complete sentences. Remind them to vary the length and beginning words of their sentences.

Assessment: 

Assessment: Use a writing rubric (see Oregon Dept. of Ed. rubric attached) to score students’ writing.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6A. Select, use, and troubleshoot tools efficiently.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR3A. Take responsibility for decisions and actions and anticipate consequences of decisions and actions.