Why are relationships important?
DAY 1 - SEED 1
DAY 2–5 - PLAN 1
DAY 6–11 - SEED 2
DAY 12–15 - PLAN 2
DAY 16–19 - SEED 3
DAY 20 - SEED 4
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Lesson seeds are ideas that can be used to build a lesson aligned to the CCSS. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction.
When developing lessons from these seeds, teachers must consider the needs of all learners. It is also important to build checkpoints into the lessons where appropriate formative assessment will inform
a teachers instructional pacing and delivery.
Text: Dolphin Tale: The Junior Novel Adapted by Gabrielle Reyes
Electronic versions of the text are available for students with print disabilities from Bookshare.org (https:/ /www.bookshare .org/) and the Accessible Book Collection (http:// www.accessibleboo kcollection.org/).
These introductory plans will springboard students into the inspirational book, Dolphin Tale: The Junior Novel . This novel, and a full length feature movie, was inspired by the true story of Winter, an injured bottlenose dolphin, and her recovery. Selected as an anchor text for this unit, Dolphin Tale: The Junior Novel provides many opportunities for third graders to engage in deep comprehension with a motivating and relevant text. Using a current event, the authors have developed a story plot with additional/enhanced characters and events to appeal to readers of this age. Students will recount events and identify the many and varied types of relationships presented in the story. Later in this unit, students will read, Winter's Tail, the informative account of Winter's rescue and her rehabilitation. This set of lessons is intended to span 5 instructional periods and will also set the stage for specific learning structures and routines. Students will use a response journal to identify relationships among characters, animals, and (events) and/or organizations. Through reading, writing, and discussion, students will cite key details and evidence that support the main idea of portions of the text read as well as the overall meaning of the novel. While some portions of the text will be read aloud to model strategies, the majority of the text will be read and reread by the students. Contained in this plan are day-by-day lessons followed by Lesson Seeds which serve as starting points for more in depth teacher planning.
Note regarding text complexity: A number of factors were taken into consideration when selecting this anchor text for this unit of study. The Quantitative Measure is at a Lexile level of 630, at the higher range of 3rd grade. Reader and Task factors such as motivation, familiarity with the topic, and associated tasks were also considered as appropriate for this age group. Finally Qualitiative Measures were examined and it was determined that the text structure, the knowledge demands, and the levels of meaning can be easily addressed and taught through the lesson sequence.
Use the options above as diagnostic information to guide instruction and gauge learning throughout the unit.
Day 1 (after the Unit Opener Lesson Seed #1)
Note: To support students' understanding of how story events shape character development and vise versa, the following is a suggested approach to engage students in manipulating symbols representing characters, engage in collaborative thinking, develop oral vocabulary, and build deeper comprehension. Use evidence from the text to demonstrate the relationships, events, and motivations of each by physically manipulating/moving the symbols representing characters. Prepare demonstration cutouts of the following:
Have students create their own set of character symbols. Be sure they add to the set as new characters are introduced. Keep the cutouts in a Ziploc bag for manipulative work throughout the unit. See sample chart.
Dolphin Tale has many potential vocabulary words the teacher may choose to develop. This example is just one way to meet the CCSS language standard, L.3.4.
Linear Array- L.3.5c shades of meaning.
NOTE: If Literature Circles/Discussion Groups have not been introduced or used, it is important to explicitly teach, model, and practice the structure, roles, and procedures for speaking and listening before expecting students to be able to execute this learning structure independently. The following guidance may be used to assist in the discussion.
Opinion = belief, view, outlook, position, attitude, mid-set, thoughts, feelings, viewpoint
Writing Opinion Sample
One of the most important characters in Winter's Tale is Hazel. I think she is important because she is nice to Sawyer and he really did not have friends. She snuck him into the aquarium to see the dolphin. Then she told her Dad that Winter perked up when she heard Sawyer. If she had not done that, Winter may not have started drinking from the bottle.
Lesson Seeds for Chapters 6-12 ( See Lesson Seed #2)
Speaking & Listening