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How Does it End?
A Lesson in Creativity

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Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts
    --Literature
    --Visual Arts
  • Educational Technology

Grade

  • PreK
  • K-2
  • 3-5
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Brief Description

Students use drawing software, such as Paint or AppleWorks, to draw, or write and draw, their own endings to a read-aloud story.

Objectives

Students will

  • draw or write and draw a new ending to a story.
  • use their imagination and creativity.
  • practice their mouse skills.
  • practice basic computer navigation skills.

Keywords

literacy, creativity, play, computer, mouse skills

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

  • Storybook: Choose an engaging book with lots of pictures and a plot that builds to an ending that's found on the last page. Narratives, mysteries, or stories with plot twists are good choices.
  • Computer access.
  • Computer-based drawing program: Microsoft Paint comes standard on most newer PCs (Go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Paint). Mac users might use AppleWorks' drawing feature.

Lesson Plan

Explain to students that they should listen very carefully to the story you're going to read aloud, but don't tell them what they're going to do when you finish reading. Read the story aloud, showing each picture as you go along. Close the storybook before you get to the last page and have students write and/or draw their own endings to the story.

Students can complete the work on one or more classroom computers or in a lab setting. Make sure each student, with or without your help, can open the drawing program you've chosen and can use the paint, brush, spray can, eraser, and any other tools.

Print the endings and have students share them with the entire class. (Printing in color is fine, but black and white copies work just as well.)

Assessment

Evaluate each student's
  • understanding of the story as expressed by the relationship of the ending to the rest of the story.
  • comfort level using a computer, based on your observations.
  • ability to use the mouse (click, hold, drag) effectively, based on your observations and on the printed worksheet.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lorrie Jackson

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes

LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

TECHNOLOGY
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity tools


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08/11/2004
 

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