A Chair For My Mother

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Subject: Art, Literature, Reading
Grade Level: K through 3
Amount of Time to Complete Lesson: 50 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

The student will:
-Draw a gift they would give to the family in the book or a family that has just moved into their neighborhood
-Make a card for the family in the book or a family that has just moved into their neighborhood.

Anticipatory Setting: Who has ever moved to a new neighborhood?  How did you feel when you first arrived?  (Sad, lonely, no friends, etc.) What made you feel welcomed? (Friends, gifts, cards, etc.)  Do you know anyone who has recently moved into your neighborhood?  If you don't know of anyone, then you can pretend of a family that has just moved into your neighborhood.

Teaching Activities:
1.  Read a book called A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams.  Talk about what happened in the book. (A fire taking place, etc.)
2.  You will be drawing a gift you would like to give the family in the book or someone you know that just moved into your neighborhood.  You will also be making a welcome card to welcome the family into your neighborhood.  Show them an example of a gift and card you made for a family.
3.  Draw a Gift: On a 1/2 of a piece of paper, draw a picture of a gift you will give to the family in the book or someone you know that just moved into your neighborhood.  (It could be a picture of food, furniture, toys, etc.)
4.  Make a Card: Show them your card and demonstrate as you tell them what they need to do. (1.) Fold the half piece of paper in half.  (2.) On the outside put smiley faces, hearts, or however you would like to decorate the the card. (3.) On the inside, write a message to the family and on the bottom, sign it with your name.

Evaluation:
Monitor class to see how they are doing in drawing a gift and making a card.

Conclusion:  Obtain the students attention.  Who had fun making cards and a welcome card for the family.  How do you think the gift and card will make the family feel?  (Happy, welcomed, etc.) Have the students share examples of gifts and cards.

Resources:
crayons
colored pencils
paper cut in half (enough for 2 pieces for each student)
Book: A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
pencil
 
 

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