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Magic Box

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grade:

2  

Title – The Teacher’s Magic Box
by Gladys Ullstam
Grade Level:  2

Creating a Class Book
The Teacher’s Magic Box
Based on Uncle Ivan’s Magic Box
By  Helen Zane Jensen

Subjects: 
Language Arts (predicting and proving), Listening Comprehension,
Reading Aloud, Writing (Composition)

Overview
This is a literature/writing lesson using the book Uncle Ivan’s Magic
Box by Helen Zane Jensen. Students will create a page for a class
book by finishing the writing start “If your teacher brought in a magic
box….”

A.  Lesson Goals
In this activity, students will:
Make and adjust predictions.
Listen to a story and brainstorm ideas.
Participate in a discussion about predicting what would happen if their teacher brought a magic box to school.
Create a page for a class book by finishing the writing
Start “If your teacher brought in a magic box…,” and then illustrating the page.

B.  Instructional Materials
This activity requires the following resources:
Uncle Ivan’s Magic Box by Helen Zane Jensen

     Writing paper with the start “If your teacher
          brought in a magic box, _____________________”
          written on it, and with room for illustrations.

B.  Introduction
Before beginning, explain to the students that they will
be writing a class book about this topic after listening
to the story.

Teacher reads the title and shows cover to the
students.  The students make predictions about the
content.
 Questions: What do you think this story is about?
Why do you say that?

C. Body
Read the story to the first stop (page 2). The students
confirm, refine, or reject their initial hypotheses and
justify their ideas with reference to the text.  Students
will make new hypotheses.
Questions:What is the story about?
What do you think will happen next?
Why do you say that?

Teacher reads the next section and follows the
procedure in the previous step.  This cycle continues
until text is read.
Questions:What has happened?
How did your predictions turn out?
What do you think will happen now?
Why do you say that?
What else might happen?

Once the story is finished, revisit the ideas in the story.
Questions:How did the story end?
How did your predictions turn out?

Brainstorm a list of ideas of what might happen if their
teacher brought a magic box in school. Write down the
children’s ideas as they are given.

Show students a sample of the page for the book that
they will make. Model the thinking process for deciding
what to write and the illustrations to draw.

Have students make their own individual page. If
needed, have students dictate their endings to the
start. Once the endings are written down, they can
illustrate their pages.

E.  Assessment
The teacher will assess the students through observation and
analysis of classroom discussion.  She may also assess by
evaluating the class book pages created by the students.

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