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This Reading / Predicting lesson uses the textbook “A Soft Pillow for an Armadillo”


Art, Language Arts  


3, 4  

Title – A Very Strange Photo
By – Tricia Moskal
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Art
Grade Level – 3-4
A Very Strange Photo

Students will be introduced to the next cluster in A Soft Pillow for an Armadillo textbook.
Students will predict what the cluster will be about by reading the title and the proverb.
Students will predict what the first selection will be about by looking at the items inside the book box.
Students will write about and draw their very own strange photo.
Students will write captions to their photos taken throughout the school year.

Subject Content/Teaching Method:
Students will be introduced to the new cluster of stories about pictures.
Students will look at pictures and read a proverb.
Students will be shown a book box to introduce the first selection in the cluster.

Materials Needed:
          A Soft Pillow for an Armadillo textbook
          Book box containing items from the story
          Ghost/white sheet
          Picture of a pie
          Red tie
          Picture of a snowstorm
          Key word list
          Story on cassette tape (for ESL students)
          Photos of the students
          My Very Own Strange Photo worksheet

Time Required:
2 – 45 minute periods


A.          Introduction To Cluster
1.          Invite the students to gather around in the reading corner. Show them page 86 & 87 in the textbook. Have them look and the illustration and read what’s on the page.
2.          Read the proverb aloud and ask:
What does this saying mean?
What is a proverb?
3.          Explain to them that a proverb is a saying that teaches a lesson or talks about a belief or opinion (An apple a day keeps the doctor away.)
4.          Hold up the photo and encourage them to describe what is happening. Help them see that they used many words to describe just one picture.
5.          Have the children look again at the illustration and encourage them to describe what’s going on. Ask if they can predict what the cluster is going to be about by using the cluster title, the illustration, and the discussion of the photo.

Introduction to Story
While still gathered in the reading corner, show the students the book box and ask them if they would like to know what’s inside.

B.          Presentation
1.          Pull out the key word list and have them see what words they already know. Read them the riddles and hand out incentives if they are correct.
2.          Pull out the character list and read them aloud with the students.
3.          Take out the items one by one and explain that these are all clues to what the story is about. Ask them if they can predict what the next story will be about by looking at theses items.
4.          Have the students go back to their desks to begin reading silently.
5.          Use the guided reading questions to help students understand the story.

C.          Closure
1.          When finished reading, students may begin to work on workbook page 39. Help students with the two new words in the list – juggle, oddest. If they do not finish, it will be assigned for homework.
2.          On Thursday, there will be a review of the story. Students will then create their very own strange photo.
3.          On Friday, students will complete the comprehension questions.

D.          Evaluation
Students will be evaluated according to the rubric from the strange photo assignment. They will also be evaluated by their answers to the comprehension questions.


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