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This lesson is on Poetry and Teamwork, using a Poem from Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul

Subjects:

Language Arts, P.E. & Health  

Grades:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6  

Title – Teamwork Poetry Presentation
By – Amy Galbraith
Subject – Language Arts, Physical Education
Grade Level – 2-6

This is a good activity to use before starting a group project
Materials: *This lesson requires the poem Nine Gold Medals by David Roth from Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul (not reprinted here due to copyright issues) by Canfield, J., Hansen, M.V., Hansen, P., & Dunlap, I. (1998).

Preparation:
In preparation for this teamwork activity, I will start by writing “Teamwork” on the board. This will start the webbing activity to determine prior knowledge. Following the procedure for webbing, I would have the children tell me all the ideas/words that they can think of that may go along with “teamwork.” Once there are several ideas on the board, suggest any other important words that may have been overlooked.
I will then read the poem (Nine Gold Medals) aloud to the class.
Assistance:
Without discussing the poem, I will then make the transition to a teamwork activity, by stating something along the lines of “as we are doing this activity, think about how the poem and your activity coincide.”
The activity is a puzzle activity. Basically the teacher would distribute a puzzle to each one of the children. The pieces to the puzzle would be given to them in plastic baggies. The baggies will contain all but three or four of the pieces to their individual puzzle. The missing pieces from each student’s puzzle will be contained in other classmates’ baggies. As the teacher you can provide guidance to the students if they become too confused.
Reflection:
Once the activity is completed, ask the students to sit down at their own desks. The teacher would ask them to take out their journal and write what they thought about the poem and the activity. The teacher would model for them the importance of journaling and reflection by writing in his/her own journal. The teacher would then ask the students to pair up into groups of two or three and share with each other their reflections. After about five or ten minutes, the teacher would ask if anyone would like to share with the rest of the class his/her reflection (remembering to praise them for their good work of course). As the teacher I would say that I would like to share mine as well. Maybe I would have something similar to this statement:
Even though we may all have individual goals or
dreams, we need to be sensitive and encouraging
to others as they fulfill theirs as well.
On a larger scale, as a society we may
share a common goal. We all have different attributes that someone else may not have,
but working together we can share a piece
of ourselves to achieve that goal.

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