Parts of A Sentence
This lesson plan provides ideas and activities to teach first grade stsudents about parts of a sentence: capital letter at the beginning, punctuation and a subject (noun) and a verb.
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Lauren Wasiloff (Teacher (K-12))
I really liked the incorporation of technology to improve your instruction on sentence structure. Not only are you incorporating School House Rock to grab their attention, the lesson gives students the choice on what type of program to use to apply what they learned. For example, sharing their list of nouns in google docs or wordle will give students the opportunity to use technology they are familiar with and feel comfortable enough to showcase their lists. Differentiating based on students’ individual needs and interests will help each child feel successful. I think these features make the learning interactive and motivating. The incorporation of a variety of technology elements (video, powerpoint, choice of how to publish word list) make the learning experience authentic, and holds students accountable.
To improve the lesson, I would give the students more time on the days where they are generating their own lists and sentences. The plan says the lesson will span over a week for 30 minutes each day. You could either extend the time in the computer lab for the days where students will be generating lists, or extend the lesson to 1 ½ to 2 weeks. I think providing students with more time to look for clipart and really put time into showcasing their work will add meaning to the activity.
Marni Freedman (Teacher (K-12))
This is a strong lesson plan for teaching parts of a sentence. You have really thought through how to properly and thoroughly teach this topic. Great resources to connect with the students: SchoolHouse Rock Video is perfect for this age group! I loved that you thought to include a variety of different technology tools that will allow students to express their understanding of the concept: Google Docs, Wordle, clipart, Voicethread and/or Audacity. Using the game of charades to teach verbs is a great idea! Again, this is another way to touch children that learn differently than just through a textbook. This is definitely a fun activity that they will remember. It will help them to make the connection between a verb and its meaning (just say…think about charades)! Having the students work with a partner to generate the list of nouns and verbs is another strength of the lesson. It not only allows for a greater understanding of the concept, but also helps the students to practice their social skills (extremely important in the first grade). You have given the students many opportunities to learn about nouns and verbs. Your final assessment comes at a proper time. I like that you have the students working independently on creating their sentences. It will truly show you their understanding of the material. This activity uses deductive teaching. The instructor presents the general concepts of noun and verbs to the students, and then the students are given opportunities to practice with instructor feedback, activity and games!
I would like to see what the jingles were…
Also, it is amazing that the students have the opportunity to express themselves with technology; however I just wondering how your students learned all of those tools and how to use them independently…seems like it would take a lot of time. Would you have a classroom volunteer or parent help with this?