Vocabulary building through a story

Animal homes and animal sound

Resource Info

Basic Information

This lesson plan enhances the students’ imagination by allowing them to alter the story and introduces new vocabulary related to the homes  of animals. It also develops their spatial  skills and focus by encouraging them to do a word-search based on the newly learnt vocabulary.

Lesson plan Details

Duration: 
01 hours 20 mins
Introduction: 

The lesson has been used to enable students to dramatize a story and to identify the homes of animals. It enhances the students’ imagination by allowing them to alter the story and introduces new vocabulary  related to the homes  of animals. It also develops  their spatial  skills and focus by encouraging them to do a word-search based on the newly learnt  vocabulary. Through the lesson the teacher can also intro- duce the sounds  of animals as a part of vocabulary  building exercise. Continuous and comprehensive assessment will happen throughout the lesson.

Objective: 

The students will be able to:

•     Sing a song and identify the sounds  of animals

•     Listen to the story and comprehend it

•      Enact the story

•     Identify the homes of animals

•      Do co-operative group work to discuss  questions

•     Display their understanding  by answering questions

•     Do co-operative group work to brainstorm

•     Use their imagination to build the story further

•     Express their own ideas in clear words•     Match the names  of animals with their homes

•     Match the names  of animals with the sound they make

•     Display spatial skills, focus and attention  by doing a word-search

•     Apply the new vocabulary through  a game

 

Steps: 

 

Day 1

Steps:

Step 1: Generating Interest

The teacher sings the song, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” along with the chil- dren. She can replace the name  MacDonald with “Pintu chacha” in order  to make it suited to the Indian context.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Song)

Old MacDonald had a farm

E I E I O

And on that farm there were some ducks

E I E I O

With a quack-quack here And a quack -quack there Here a quack, there a quack Everywhere a quack-quack Old MacDonald had a farm

E I E I O

Start again substituting another animal for the duck, but repeat the last four lines, singing the duck sound before you start the song again.

Cows – moo moo                      Dogs – bow wow

Crows – caw caw                      Cats – meow meow

She then suggests that they read  a story about animals. (Refer to 'Reading: Story - Rabbit finds a house')

Step 2: Activity

The teacher chooses five students to come forward.  One is asked  to be the narrator of the story. She reads out the part narrated. The others are asked  to play the roles of the rabbit, the sparrow, the tortoise and the mouse. They read out their lines from the text book. The other students listen to the story as it is enacted. (The Resource: Masks attached below can be pasted on chart  paper and used for the play).

Objective: The students will read  and enact  the story, other will listen to the story and comprehend it

                                                                                                                          

Step 3: Activity | Group discussion

The teacher divides the class into groups.  Each group is asked  to reflect  on the following questions:

a) Why do you think the rabbit was sad?

b) Why did the rabbit fall from the nest?

c) Why could the rabbit not live in the pond?

d) Why could the rabbit not live with the mouse?

The students are  given 10 mins to discuss  the questions. The teacher then asks one member from each group to share the answers. The others express whether they agree with the answer or not.

Objective: The students will:

•    Do co-operative group work to discuss  questions

•    Display their understanding  by answering questions

 

Step 4: Activity | Imagine!

The teacher asks  the students to imagine taking the rabbit  to the homes  of two other  animals and predict  what would happen  to the rabbit  there.  The students of each group come and share their idea with the others after  dis- cussion.

Objective: The students will:

•    Do co-operative group work to brainstorm

•    Use their imagination to continue the story

•    Express their own ideas in clear words

 

Step 5: Activity | Take the animal to its home

The teacher discusses with the students, the homes of the sparrow, the frog, the mouse  and the rabbit. She then distributes a set of flash cards with pictures of animals among some students and another set of cards with the homes of animals, among other students within the group. If a student gets the picture of an animal, he looks for someone who has the home of that animal written on a card, i.e. Match the animal with its home. (Resource: Flash Cards - Animal homes). These can be printed out, cut and

pasted on chart paper or similar ones can be made by drawing on pieces  of chart paper.

Objective: The students will match the names  of animals with their homes

Recapitulation activity:

The teacher can give a word-search and ask the students to find out the homes of animals hidden in it. These words can be coloured. This sheet can be given as homework. ('Worksheet: Word-search' attached).

Objective: The students will:

•     Recall the homes of animals

•     Develop spatial skills, focus and attention

 

 

Day 2

Steps:

While developing vocabulary around  the homes of animals,  the teacher can take the opportunity to introduce  the sounds  of animals too.

Step 1: Generating interest

The teacher sings the song, “Pintu chacha had a farm” along with the children. The song had been taught on day 1

Objective: The students will:

•     Recall the song

•     Recognize the sounds  of some animals

 

Step 2: Activity

The teacher writes  the names  of the animals on chits of paper. She asks  the students to come up one by one and make the sound  that the animal  would make. The others guess the animal.

Objective: The students will identify sounds  of animals

 

Step 3: Activity

The teacher distributes 'Worksheet: Sounds of animals' and asks the students to match the animals with the sound they make.

Objective : The students will match the animal with the sound they make

 

Step 4: Activity

The teacher initiates  a game. Each student becomes an animal. He/she comes in front of the class and gives a hint about the animal with special  reference to either the home it lives in or the sound that it makes.  For example, a student may say “I live in a den. I roar. Who am I”? or “I mew. I love to drink milk. Who am I”? The others guess the answer.

Objective : The students will recall and apply the new vocabulary

 

 

Assessment: 

Assessment:

Continuous and comprehensive assessment through  the following activities:

•     Reading and enacting  the story

•     Answering questions testing  comprehension

•     Using their imagination to continue the story

•     Matching  the animals to their homes (worksheet)

•     Word-search – animal homes

 

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