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Lesson Plan: Migration

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To read a legend about migration and then answer questions about it

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2- Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

Materials:

Starter:

Say:

  • Have you ever had a question about something, but you didn’t know the answer and so you made an answer up?  (Allow the students to answer.)

Main:

Say:

  • People have been doing that same thing for hundreds of years.  Nowadays, we are lucky and can usually find the answer to a question that we have in a book or on the internet.
  • But, hundreds of years ago, people were not able to do that.  They had to try to figure out the answer to the questions that they had.
  • This is where legends and myths come from.  People would make up stories to try to answer questions that they had about why things happened or how things worked.
  • Today, we are going to be reading a legend about migration.  What is migration?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Migration is when animals move from one area to another because of the seasons.
  • You will be reading this legend that explains why some birds migrate and some birds do not.  This is a Native American legend.
  • While I read the legend to you, I would like you to be thinking about whether or not this story does a good job explaining why migration happens. (Read the poem)
  • I am going to give you a worksheet that has questions about the legend that I read to you.  I will also be giving you a copy of the legend so that you can read it to yourself.
  • After you have finished reading the legend again and doing the worksheet, we will talk about your answers.
  • Does anyone have any questions?

Feedback:

Say:

  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share.)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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