Lesson for First and Second Grade
Anticipatory Set: Elephant Jokes
Presentation of Concepts (spelling, science, character education):
Tell the story of The Good Ould Family, then have four students act it out while others sing the song:
Read The Little Elephant Who Couldn't Forget by Faith McNulty
elephants COULD, SHOULD, and WOULD do.
Distribute paper. Students draw a picture of something they SHOULD do. As they draw, monitor. Ask each student to describe their sentence. (Be sure they include "should" in their sentence.) Write their sentences on sticky notes if they need to copy under their picture. Create other pictures and sentences for "what an elephant could do" and "what an elephant would do."
Closure and Transition to Math: Make a marshmelaphant to use during math! Give each student 2 large marshmallows (for head and body), 4 small marshmallows (for legs), and some toothpicks (to break for details..like tails and trunks!). Students can lick the marshmallows where the pieces touch to have them stick together. Take turns making up math problems with our marshmelephants. For example: How many more small marshmallows did we use? How many large marshmallows did all the girls have to use?
Sing the song once more before eating our marshmelephants.
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