Lesson Plan

Grade 3-5: On-site - From Prairie Town Boy to Famous Writer

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
Literature, Museum Studies, Social Studies
Duration:
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
Setting:
in the park
National/State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4
S.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1
North Carolina Essential Standards
Social Studies - 3.H.1, 4.H.2, 5.H.2

Overview

This lesson is intended to be used following a tour of the Sandburg Home and can be completed on-site or in the classroom after a visit.

Objective(s)

Learning Targets

  • I can work collaboratively with a partner.
  • I can write descriptively about an object and explain its purpose.

Common Core State Standards
Reading Standard for Informational Text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text or idea. 
Writing Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences, take notes and categorize information. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose and audience. 
Speaking and Listening Standard
S.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners. 

North Carolina Essential Standards Social Studies
3.H.1 Understand how events, individuals and ideas have influenced the history of local and regional communities. 
4.H.2 Understand how notable structures, symbols and place names are significant to North Carolina.
5.H.2 Understand the role of prominent figures in shaping the United States.

Background

Pre-Visit Lesson: Connemara Farm
Pre-VIsit Lesson: Poets and Poetry
Pre-Visit Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - Growing Up

On-Site Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - From Prairie Town Boy to Famous Writer
On-Site Lesson: Sandburg's Writing "Spring Grass"

Post-Visit Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - Autobiographical Poem
Post-Visit Lesson: Sandburg and Lincoln
Post-Visit Lesson: Why Goat's Milk?

Materials

Procedure

Extensions

Extension A
1. Pair students together and have them complete the Prairie Town Boy to Famous Writer activity sheet after they have returned to the classroom. 

Extension B
1. Pair students together and have them draw their "clue card" object from the tour on one index card, then on a second index card write several sentences describing the object and explaining why it was important to Carl Sandburg.

2. The teacher will collect the cards and mix them up. Give each student pair a card with an image and have them try to find the matching written description.

3. Have each pair of students read the description/explanation and show the matching object.

4. I can write descriptively about an object and explain its purpose.