Essential Question: How are we better together?
Week One: Focus Question: What is a team?
Standards: W.1.6, SL.1.1, SL.1.4, SL.1.6, L.1.5
Explore students’ prior knowledge and begin building vocabulary on Teamwork using photographs and video clips.
Lesson Plan 01
Text: Teamwork by Ann Morris
Standards: RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.3, RI.1.6, W.1.2, W.1.8, RF.1.1, SL.1.1a, L.1.2
Explore students’ prior knowledge and begin building vocabulary on Teamwork using text.
Lesson Plan 02
Text: Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Standards: RL.1.2, RL.1.3, SL.1.1, SL.1.2, W.1.3
Retell stories, including key details. Work in teams to sequence the events in a story.
Lesson Plan 03
Text: Swimmy by Leo Lionni; Video Clip: “Keep Swimming” (from Finding Nemo)
Standards: RL.1.3, RL.1.9, SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.1.4
Compare how teamwork is represented in both stories.
Lesson Plan 04
Texts: Teamwork by Ann Morris, , Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Standards: RL.1.9, RL.1.7, SL.1.1, SL.1.1a, SL.1.5, SL.1.6
Revise the text and focus question to develop a set of rules for teamwork.
Lesson Plan 05
Week Two: How do families and friends work as teams?
Text: Mama’s Coming Home by Kate Banks
Standards: RL.1.2, RL.1.3, SL.1.1, SL.1.2, L.1.1, L.1.2.
Use a story map to summarize the story.
Lesson Seed 01
Standards: RL.1.9, SL.1.1, W.1.3, L.1.1, L.1.2.
Write a personal narrative telling about a time when members of your family worked as a team.
Lesson Seed 02
Lesson Seed 03
Text: The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy
Standards: RL.1.1, RL.1.7, RL.1.10, L.1.5, SL.1.1, SL1.2, SL.1.4.
Lead a collaborative discussion about teamwork and family members who stick together.
Lesson Seed 04
Text: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischmann
Standards: SL.1.1, SL.1.2, RF1.4, W.1.3, L.1.5.
Work together to perform poems for two voices.
Lesson Plan 06
Week Three: How is each person important to the team?
Text: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
Standards: RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RL.1.10, SL.1.2, L.1.2, W.1.1.
Express an opinion on whether Office Buckle and Gloria were better together or alone.
Lesson Seed 05
Text: The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf
Standards: RF.1.1, RF.1.4,
RL.1.1, RL.1.7, RL.1.2,
RL.1.6, RL.1.10, L.1.5, SL.1.1, SL.1.2.
Read a poem accurately and expressively to demonstrate comprehension.
Lesson Seed 06
Text: The Bundle of Sticks
Standards: RL.1.2, W.1.3, SL.1.1, L.1.2
Retell a fable and identify central message.
Lesson Plan 07
Text: The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
Standards: RL.1.1, RL1.7, L.1.5, W1.5, W1.8, SL1.1
Apply the message from the text to a real life situation.
Lesson Seed 07
Text: Game Day by Tiki and Ronde Barber
Standards: RI.1.3, SL1.1, SL1.5, W1.8
Describe the differences between two individuals in a text.
Lesson Seed 08
Week Four: How are we better together?
Text: Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting
Standards: RL.1.1, RL.1.2,
RL.1.3, RL.1.6, L.1.2.
Participate in collaborative discussion of the selection and write two sentences about the Golden Gate Bridge.
Lesson Plan 08
Text: How Did They Build That? Bridge by Vicky Franchino
Standards: RL.1.5, RI.1.1, RI.1.6, L.1.2, L.1.6.
Participate in a collaborative discussion of factual information about bridges. Draw and write an explanation of the team’s LEGO bridge.
How Did They Build That? Bridge by Vicky Franchino
Standards: W.1.7, W.1.8, SL.1.4.
Students will apply the STEM standards of practice to solve a real world problem by researching, designing, building and testing a bridge.
Students have an opportunity to implement their design improvement ideas by building and testing a stronger bridge.
(This optional day is provided to build and test the redesigned bridge.)
STEM Research Report
Standards: W.1.2, W.1.8, L.1.1, L.1.2.
Students will compose a set of related sentences to explain the process used to build a bridge.
(The research report/explanation may require additional time for revision and editing.)