Author:
Shea
Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Lower Elementary
Tags:
  • Lesson Plan
  • Retelling
  • Seed
  • Sequence
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English
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    Education Standards

    Retelling of The Tiny Seed

    Retelling of The Tiny Seed

    Overview

    This is a lesson plan created to help students learn how to retell the events of a story using first, next, then, and last using the story The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Students are also learning the life cycle of a seed. 

    Summary

    In this lesson, students will be able to retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson. This lesson teaches students the process of sequencing a story using the words first, next, then, and last. The lesson provides opportunities for students to write, draw (or glue), listen, and speak. This could be also done virtually. 

    • Time frame: 45-60 Minutes
    • Format: face-to-face or virtual

     

    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson you must have a basic understanding of the life cycle of a seed:

    The seed falls from the plant, goes dormant for the winter, with sun and rain in the spring it spouts into a healthy plant if it isn't disturbed, in the summer it blooms.                       

    The teacher can watch or read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle 

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    OBJECTIVES

    Students will be able to...

    Knowledge: The students will learn to retell a story using story elements to improve their comprehension of the story.

    Skills: Students will be able to identify the problem, solution, setting and the characters of the story. Students will use the basic story elements to help them retell the story.

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

     

    Student Background Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of:

    • sequence in a story
    • the words first, next, then, and last in context of retelling a story. 

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Review any vocabulary from the book that might be difficult:

    • drift
    • settle
    • bud
    • autumn
    • spring
    • summer
    • winter
    • sways
    • sails

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Opening to Lesson

    • To introduce the sequencing lesson and gain students' attention, the teacher can tell a silly "out-of-order" story about his/her day. For example : "This morning, I woke up and ate dinner. Then, I put my pajamas on and went to school. Next , I brushed my teeth played with my friends".
    • This can lead into a conversation about the importance of putting events in order.
    • Introduce the concept of sequencing.

    Body of Lesson

    • Read the story "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle
    • Stop throughout the story to ask questions using Think-Pair-Share
      • What happens to the seed in autumn?
      • What carries the seed away?
      • What happens to the seed in winter?
      • What happens to the seed in the spring?
      • What does the seed need to grow?
      • What happens to the seed in the summer?
    • On the board or a large poster that already has the words first, second, next, then, and last written on it.  The words are ordered like a train.  There will be an arrow starting at first and pointing to last.
    • Use the pre-made story/picture cards to sequence the events in the story.
    • To check for understanding, you can intentionally place some cards in the incorrect place to see if students are following along.
    • You can use gestures and body language to help convey the words.
    • You can use slower speech with physical cues and clear articulation when approaching key topics.

    Guided Practice

    • Students will be divided into 4 groups.
    • Each group will be given an event from the story to illustrate.  They will work together to delegate responsibilities and roles.
    • After the students illustrate their scene, we will gather together on the rug.
    • Students will put the events in order.
    • They will use a bold marker to add the words first, second, next, then, and last to each drawing.
    • As a class, we will go over their work, as we order the events  by using the sequencing words (first, second, next, then, last).

    Independent Practice

    • Students will work independently to sequence the events from "The Tiny Seed".
    • Students can draw the sequence of events in the story or cut and paste. 
    • Students will be able to retell the story using their individual story boards. 

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Students will be able to correctly sequence the story and retell the story using first, next, then, and last on their story boards. 

    Overview

    In this lesson, students will be able to retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson. This lesson teaches students the process of sequencing a story using the words first, next, then, and last. The lesson provides opportunities for students to write, draw (or glue), listen, and speak. This could be also done virtually. 

       

      All graphics and activities were created in Canva by lesson plan author, Shea Anderson.