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Learning about Tall Tales using Kerpoof

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Justine Koszela (Teacher (K-12)), May 02, 2011

The ideas and content behind this lesson are very well thought out, strong and geared towards upper elementary students. The goal oriented design plan is well thought out and every aspect is addressed including problem/need, real world performance, an instructional objective, and essential content. The lesson begins by having students share examples and prior knowledge of tall tales and recording them on chart paper. Students are then asked to model various examples of what tall stories by looking through texts and books. A suggestion maybe to model and write a class tall tale prior to students writing their own. This would be a great way to really help those struggling students to see the process of writing and thinking needed when creating this project. Another great idea would be to provide at-risk or struggling students a writing skeleton to help them stay on track. Also, having an audio text, book online read to the students would be another great way of using technology within the lesson.

Next in the lesson, teacher and students look for the characteristics of tall tales and together while reading a tall tale aloud, which is a great way to teach to those auditory listeners. Students are then asked to create a graphic organizer and listing the characteristics of their own stories. This is a great way to incorporate cooperative learning and differentiated instruction, which are important pedagogies to use within a classroom. Once students are given an opportunity to investigate and read tall stories, they are asked to create and write their own using a graphic organizer and a digital story telling tool, Kerpoof. This is another great UDL principal for allowing students to represent and apply their learning in various ways through technology. Students are encouraged to be creative, apply what they learned, evaluate and rate one another’s writing. Another great idea of this lesson is that it will allow students to be proud of their work by posting it onto the school’s website and the class blackboard. This allows more of a real world application to their work!  Overall, this is a well thought out lesson that addresses many pedagogies, strategies and great use of technology!

Technical Remarks:

This lesson plan is very easy to follow and to implement in the classroom.  I do not see any issues with it at all!! In order to fully teach this lesson the way it was designed, a blackboard, a subscription to kerpoof, with student accounts, as well as Internet.  This lesson is rich in  technology and there are numerous ways to increase it as well!

Time spent reviewing site: 37 Minutes