Beacon Lesson Plan Library
Why You Should Listen to Your Granny
Orange County Schools
Students hear a story and use a graphic organizer to identify problems and solutions. Students also identify main characters, setting and simple plot.
The student knows main characters, setting, and simple plot in a story.
The student identifies problem(s) and solutions(s) in a story.
-Book: Wood, Audrey. [Little Penguin's Tale]. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989.
-Teacher-created KWL chart (See Preparations)
-Teacher-created graphic organizer for comparing and contrasting
-Internet-access computer with printer
-Treasure Hunt Activity (See Associated File)
1. Obtain a copy of [Little Penguin's Tale] and preview.
2. Prepare a poster-size KWL chart. (A KWL chart records in 3 columns what students KNOW, what they WANT to know, and what they have LEARNED.)
3. Run copies of the Treasure Hunt Activity sheet. (See Associated File)
4. Provide drawing paper and crayons for graphic organizer and illustration.
5. Visit Websites to find extended activities. (See Weblinks)
Prerequisites: Students have knowledge of KWL chart and a compare and contrast graphic organizer.
1. Introduce the story by dramatically reading pages 2 and 3 of [Little Penguin's Tale].
2. Fill out the KWL chart by discussing what the children KNOW about the story so far and what they WANT to know.
3. Read the story.
4. Have students identify main characters, setting and plot; record on chart.
5. Discuss reasons why children should listen to their parents.
6. Have students illustrate one situation when they should listen to their parents.
7. Provide examples of comparing and contrasting graphic organizers to the students.
8. Next, students break into groups of four and identify problems and solutions by completing the compare and contrast graphic organizer.
9. When finished, students meet as a whole group to share and discuss their group graphic organizers. Discussion should include information about main characters, setting, plot, problem and solution.
10. Pass out and explain the Treasure Hunt Activity sheet. (See Associated File)
11. Students work in small groups to complete the Treasure Hunt Activity sheet. (See Associated File)
12. Fill out the last section of the KWL chart by discussing with the childen what they LEARNED.
13. Review problem and solution of the story and discuss the importance of listening to their parents.
1. Use evidence from the KWL chart to assess prior knowledge.
2. Students identify problems and solutions by completing the graphic organizer in small cooperative groups. Formatively assess graphic organizers.
3. Assess students' understanding by listening to the groups' discussion of main characters, setting, plot, problem and solution.
4. Observe students for cooperative worker traits such as assuming roles within the group, working together toward the goal, and participation in the group.
Visit the Funorama Website (See Weblinks) to download pictures and instructions for making a mobile of the characters from a [Little Penguin's Tale].
Web supplement for Why You Should Listen to Your GrannyAudrey Wood Playhouse
This Website provides pictures and instructions for making the mobile. Funorama.com