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In “Poppin’ Corn,” students use descriptive language, inventive spelling and their five senses
Language Arts, Science
K, 3, 2, 1
Title – Poppin’ Popcorn
By – Michele Lish
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Science
Grade Level – K-3
- For this lesson, children will use descriptive language and Inventive Spelling techniques as they compare corn kernels to popped corn.
- Writing, Reading, Spelling, Science
- The students will gain an awareness of how inventive spelling can be used when writing,
- will use their five senses as they engage in language associated with corn kernels and popped corn,
- will apply some inventive spelling techniques as they work on their “after popping” webs, and
- will compare differences in corn kernels before and after popping.
- chart paper with “after popping” web,
- magic markers,
- air popper,
- corn kernels,
- electrical outlet,
- Ziploc bags,
- writing paper,
- cups, and
- The teacher will shake the hidden jar of corn kernels, asking the children to use
their sense of hearing to help them identify the object.
- The children will be directed to a meeting area.
- The children will be asked to name the other four senses as the teacher displays
each sense written on an index card.
- The children will each receive a bag of corn kernels and be asked to use their
senses as they explore the kernels.
- The teacher will model the use of inventive spelling strategies, before recording
their response onto the “before popping” web.
- The students will help the teacher read the web.
- The teacher will explain that the children will need to use various senses as the
kernels are placed in the air popper. Safety issues will be discussed.
- The teacher will display an “after popping” web asking the children to orally share descriptive words to describe the popped corn. The students will be
prompted to use inventive spelling.
- The students will be asked to return to their seats.
- Each child will receive a cup of popcorn and an “after popping” web
- Students will be encouraged to use inventive spelling in their writing.
- Students will be given the option to expand their web words by creating and recording sentences in the space provided.
- Students will share their responses with a partner, if time allows.
- Students will be asked to read their web to someone at home.
- The students will be evaluated by their participation in the activity and
- their word webs evidencing an awareness of the use of inventive spelling.
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