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Swimmy
10-27-2011, 11:05 AM
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Vocabulary: school (school of fish)
Prior: Discuss what it means to have a problem and to solve it. Explain that the book we are reading today is about how a fish helped his friends solve a problem
Read the Story: After the story, ask the class, " What did Swimmy do to help the fish solve their problem?" "Why do you think Swimmy offered to be the eye of the fish?"
AFTER:
Let the children take turns being Swimmy and directing their classmates to stand together to form various shapes: a square, circle, an arrow, a letter, or a number.

Ask the class: What would you do if you....
twisted your ankle in gym class?
don't like the lunch in your lunch box?
forgot t bring your library books back to school?
left your backpack on the bus?
don't now how to spel a word?
think a math problem seems to hard for you to do?

Make a story strip and have students fill in.
What was the problem?
What did you ( or Swimmy) do to solve the problem?
What happened next?

OR
Lionni, Inch by Inch
Vocabulary word: notable (recognize because of)
Prior: Tell the students that there will be many birds in the story we are reading, and they each have a notable feature. Ask them to pay close attention to the different birds so that they can tell what the notable characteristic is.
Read the story. Ask students what was notable about each bird. Also, ask them to think of other animals that have something notable: elephant, giraffes, camels, cheetahs, monkeys, snakes, etc.
Have a ruler for each student (or have them bring them from class) Create a "Hunt and Measure" worksheet. (Write different lengths on the page; 1 inch, 2 inches, 3 inches, 4 inches, 5 inches, 6 inches, etc. Working together in small groups, students will measure objects in the room until they find something to match each length. They will write the name of the item beside the length.