Lesson Plan #:AELP-STT000
Submitted by: Irene Psaras
School/University/Affiliation: Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT
Date: November 9, 1998
Grade Level(s): 2, 3
- Language Arts/Story telling
- Social Studies/Holidays
Objective(s): After reading The Biggest Pumpkin Ever aloud, the students will be able to do the following:
- The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
- 8×15 white construction paper
Initiation Set: This lesson should be taught 1-2 weeks before Halloween, in order for the teacher to decorate the students’ storyboards. Begin the lesson by asking the students about Halloween and what they like the best about it. How many people are excited about Halloween? Is anyone scared of Halloween? Who knows what they are going to be for Halloween? Did anyone pick their pumpkins yet? How about carving them? Do you get attached to your pumpkins? Have you ever been in a pumpkin contest? Would you like to enter your pumpkins in a contest? Who thinks their pumpkin would win? This will excite the students and get them involved in the lesson. Tell them that you will read a story aloud to them about a pumpkin. Conclude by telling them that will make something neat called a storyboard.
- Example of the event #1: Once upon a time there were two mice that fell in love with the same pumpkin.
- Example of event #8: On the day before Halloween, the field mice carved the pumpkin into the best jack-o-lantern ever.
*Don’t forgot to write the name of the author Steven Kroll and illustrator Jeni Bassett on the board so that the students can copy this onto their storyboards
Closure: At this time the instruction of the lesson is over. Have the students begin their assignment. Pass out any other supplies that might be needed. Allow a half an hour for the students to work on their storyboards independently. It is important to walk around to make sure that the students are doing their assignment accurately and help those that need help. Tell the students that what they don’t finish can be done tomorrow in class. This lesson can carry on to the next day so that they can share their storyboards with the rest of the class. Once again, when reviewing the stories reinforce the sequence. After you have checked them over, the students can decorate them on the bulletin board for Halloween.
Evaluation: When they have completed their assignment have them pass in their work before you decorate their storyboards. At this time you want to see if your students have understood the book and can piece together the sequence of events accurately. The beginning and the end will be correct because they were given. The 6 other events must be place in the order that they occurred. If a student has done this correctly without confusion then you know that they have achieved the objective of the lesson. Therefore, they have understood The Biggest Pumpkin Ever and the idea that a story has a beginning, middle, and end. If a student is able to identify the sequence then you know those that have a good comprehension the story. Remember* This will not be an evaluation of creativity but rather comprehension. The objective in this lesson is the comprehension of events, so if a student forgets an event that might have happen in between two events, it is fine. As long as those are in order because this shows that the understanding of the sequence is there.