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EleanorEllison

2ndgrade
October29,2015

PredictingwithCreepyCarrots

AlessononPredictionusingArtfulThinking

Context:
Thisbookhascompellingvisualsthatwillappealtothestudents,aswellas
captivatingtheirinterestbecauseoftheHalloweenthemeinthebooksoclosetoHalloween.
TheartfulthinkingroutineanduseofvisualsmeetsNationalCoreArtsStandardsforVisual
Arts.PredictionisaSOLthatthestudentsshouldreachin2ndgrade.Wehaveinformallyused
predictioningroupreadaloudsalready,andthestudentshaveshownthattheyknowtheideaof
predicting.Throughmypriortwolessonsoverthepasttwodaystheyhaveexploredpredicting
previewingwordsfromthetexttopredict,andusingpriorknowledgeofthestorytopredictwhat
willhappennext.Thislessonwillhavestudentsusevisualstopredictwhatwillhappeninan
unfamiliarstory.

RelatedSOL:
English:
2.8Thestudentwillreadanddemonstratecomprehensionoffictionaltexts.
a)Makeandconfirmpredictions.
VisualArts:
Grade2VA:Re7.2.2
Categorizeimagesbasedonexpressiveproperties.

LearningObjectives:
Understand

Know

Do

comprehension
involvesmaking
and
confirming/revising
predictions
predictionisa
usefulskillin
determiningand
settingapurpose

Titlesandheadingscanbe
usedtogenerate
predictions
usepriorknowledgeto
predictinformation
Illustrationscanbeusedto
makepredictionsbefore
reading
Predictionscanbe
confirmedorrevisedasyou
read

generateapredictionandprovide
reasoningforthatprediction
createthreepossible
predictionsorthebookthrough
analyzinganillustrationfrom
thebookifitwereinthe
beginning,middle,orendof
book
determineiftheiroriginal
predictionwascorrectthrough
reading
reflectonwhatinformationwas
discoveredtodeterminethe
confirmationorrevisingofthe
originalprediction

Assessment:

Studentswillfirstbeshownanillustrationfromthebook.Studentswillfirstwritewhattheythink
ishappeningandwhatwillhappeninthebookiftheillustrationisfromthebeginningofthe
story.Theywillthenchangeperspectivesandlookatthepictureasifitisfromthemiddleofthe
book,anddecidewhatmighthavehappenedbeforethepicture,andwhatwillhappenafter.
Lastly,thestudentswilllookatthepictureasifitistheendingofthestory,andmakea
predictionastowhathappenedinthestorytoleaduptothatpoint.

MaterialsNeeded:
CreepyCarrots!
byAaronReynolds,illustratedbyPeterBrown(Iwillbring)
Slidewithpicturefromthebook(Iwillmake)
Worksheetforstudentstorecordtheirartfulthinkingpredictions(Iwillmake)

Procedure:
1. Haveworksheetsalreadyprintedoutandslidereadytobeprojected.(pictureprintedon
theworksheetaswelljustincaseoftechnologicaldifficulties.)
2. Introducethebookbyshowingthecoverandsayingthetitleofthebook.
3. Explaintostudentsthatwearegoingtouseanimagefromthebooktobuildthree
possiblepredictionsforourstory.Butfirstwerejustgoingtolookattheimageforafew
moments,silentlysothewholeclasscanprocessontheirown.
4. FirsthavethestudentsfillouttheBeforesection,givethemabout5minstocomplete
this,thenintroducetheMiddlesectionwithanother5mins,andfinallytheAftersection.
5. Collecttheworksheetsandhavestudentsmovetothecarpet,callingbytableoncethey
showtheyareready
6. Readthebookaloud,pausingoncewegettotheillustrationtodiscusswhatsectionof
thestorytheillustrationisfrom,andhowthataffectsourpredictions
7. uponconcludingthebook,askthestudentsifanyoftheirpredictionswereconfirmed.
Talkaboutifthewordlistfromthefirstdayortheillustrationactivitytodaywasmore
usefultotheminmakingpredictions.
8. Discusshowourpurposewasdifferentfromtodayspredictionactivityandtwodays
prior.

Differentiation:
Iplanonhavingeverythingontheworksheetandinthestoryreadaloud,bymyself.Thiswill
helpthestrugglingreaderswithprocessingthecontentofthelesson.Therearefourstudents
whowillneedmoreindividualattentiononvoicingtheirpredictionsonpaper.Iwillprovide
assistanceinhavingthemvoicetometheirpredictions,andhelpthemtoputwhattheysaidon
paper.IhavetwostudentswhoIanticipatewillfinishveryquickly,andIwillchallengethemto
haveaconversationwitheachotherabouthowtheirpredictionswouldchangebyshowingthem
onemoreillustrationfromthebook.Icollecttheworksheetsinbetweentohelpavoidstudents
frommarkingouttheiroriginalthoughtsandchangingtheirpredictionstomatchthebook.This
willhelpmystudentswithlesswillpowertokeeptheirpredictionsgenuine.

Whatcouldgowrong:
Theprojectorcouldnotwork,inthatcaseIhavethepictureontheworksheets,andwill
showthepagefromthebookitself
Iforgettheworksheets/thecopierdoesntwork,inwhichcaseIwillhavethestudents
writeouttheirpredictionsonblanksheetsofpaperwithmyguidance
Ourlessontimeiscutshortbecauseofoutstandingcircumstance,inwhichcaseIcan
wrapupthelessonlaterduringscheduledreadaloudtime