1st Grade: Fun in the Desert!

Grade Level: 1st Grade

Lesson Developer: Lisa Huard

Lesson Plan Title: Fun in the Desert!

Concept/Topic to Teach: Writing a personal narrative thru the eyes of a desert animal

Standards Addressed:

Strand 3 Writing Applications, Concept 1 Expressive- Expressive writing includes personal narratives, stories, poetry, songs, and dramatic pieces. Writing may be based on real or imagined events.

 PO1: Write a narrative that includes-

a.       Main idea based on real or imagined events

b.      Character(s)

c.       A sequence of events

General Goal(s): To be able to read information about different animals then write a short story from the animals point of view containing at least three facts about that animal.

Specific Objectives: The student will read about a Sonoran desert animal then with the information they acquired from the website, they will write a short personal narrative story from their chosen animals point of view.

Required Materials: Paper, pencil, crayons

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

“Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an animal? If you were an animal living in the wild desert, what would you do all day? Today we are going to take the information we learned about on the Sonoran Desert Explorers website and we are going to write a short story from the view of one of the animals. The story can be real or you can make up a story about your chosen animal, as long as your story contains at least three facts from the website.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

1.      Students will look up and read about whatever animal, lizard, or snake they want to on the Sonoran Desert Explorers website.

2.      They need to write down three facts they found on the website to use in their personal narrative story

3.      Once they have researched the animal, they will be given time to write a short personal narrative story thru the eyes of their animal using the facts they found on the website

4.      The students may also draw a picture to go along with their story

5.      When the story is finished, I will proofread and allow them to edit and finalize their story.

6.      Students will publish their final copies and draw a picture to go along with their story to be included in a class story book about Sonoran Desert Animals

Plan For Independent Practice: Students will be given the chance to write in their writers notebooks about their experiences through their eyes. For practice on personal narratives, I would have them write a story about their favorite things to do. Once they get the concept of writing a personal narrative I would have them write a story about an animal, through that animals eyes.

- Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):  What did we learn about our animals today? Do you think, given a chance to write another story in first person narrative, you could do it? Imagining you are someone or something else is sometimes fun and creative. I enjoyed reading your stories about the different animals!

- Assessment Based On Objectives: The students stories will be assessed in two different ways; accuracy of their facts and whether or not they were able to write a personal narrative. Their stories will be put together and made into a story book for the class to read.

- Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities): Students will be asked to either draw a narrative picture about their chosen animal that includes at least one fact they found on the website, or they can write a short story that must include one fact from the website. If they are not at a level of being able to write or draw a story, they can explain to me what they learned about the animal through verbal expression.

- Extensions (For Gifted Students): Students will be asked to write a personal narrative story that includes two characters. The story will be in one animals point of view and that animal will have a ‘friend’ that they are describing. The ‘friend’ must be another animal that would be found around their first chosen animal.

- Possible Connections To Other Subjects: This lesson plan can be used as a science lesson as well as a writing lesson. The students will be learning about different animals throughout this lesson. If I wanted to do something different with the lesson in a different subject, instead of animals we could research historical events or people and write a story through others eyes.