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Subject: Literature/Technology/Media Literacy
Grade Level: 3
Instructional Time: 6, 55 minute periods to coincide with classroom unit
Resources/Materials:
Wolf and pig books, fiction and nonfiction Perfect the Pig - book and Reading Rainbow video version Piggy in a Puddle -- Reading Rainbow Books or photos of houses around the world Fantasy house-building materials Cacti, flowers, Hawaiian items Nature magazines Buckles and Garfield cartoon strips Video clips of commercials ClarisWorks for Kids

Prerequisites: Basic navigation of electronic catalog. Note: "From HM" refers to Houghton Mifflin's Teacher Resource Book for this unit.


Lesson 1:
Use electronic catalog to find books about animals for book selection. Note copyright date for each. Which animals did you find the most? Why are certain ones good subjects for fiction and folklore as well as nonfiction?

Activities:
Find animal titles for book selection.
Computer: From HM p.T60L: Introduce ClarisWorks For Kids: Nursery Rhymes (such as "Ten Little Monkeys") to fracture. Save to use in Lesson 2.

Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids saved file.


Lesson 2:
From HM p. T57: Real versus fantasy wolves and pigs.
Read aloud: Perfect the Pig
View: Reading Rainbow version with real information about pigs. From HM p.T60M: Use K-W-L before and after the video. Also View: claymation adaptation on Reading Rainbow of Piggy in a Puddle. What are strengths and limitations of these three different kinds of storytelling? Which was done first (compare copyright dates)? Which do you like best? Why?

Activities:
Display fiction and nonfiction about wolves and pigs for book selection.
Computer: Using ClarisWorks For Kids, create and print picture to go with fractured rhyme in Lesson 1.

Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids print-out.


Lesson 3:
From HM p.T60N: Read aloud or show photos of houses around the world. From HM p.T60N: List silly building materials for fantasy houses. Bring in as many materials as possible (pop cans, milk cartons, etc.).

Activities:
Computer: Using ClarisWorks for Kids, find clip art for houses, add captions.

Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids print-out.


Lesson 4:
From HM p.T117E: Make fantasy house (or pop-up page) out of silly building materials brought in. Display.
From HM p.T88N: Bring in cacti, flowers, Hawaiian items to add to display.

Activities:
Computer: Using ClarisWorks for Kids, make a real estate ad for each house. From HM p.T119C.

Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids print-out.


Lesson 5:
Introduce nature magazines for book selection.

Activities:
Computer: Using ClarisWorks for Kids, choose natural clip art and make poster about magazine chosen.

Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids print-out.

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Lesson 6:
From HM p.T114C: Introduce comic strips about Buckles and Garfield.
View: Video clips of commercials that use fictional creatures as spokespersons. From HM p.T114C. What is real/make believe? Why are these popular? How could you change it to make it more realistic?

Activities:
Computer: Using ClarisWorks for Kids, create a cartoon with speech balloons.

Assessment: Class Checklist for ClarisWorks for Kids print-out.

MN State Standard: Read, View, Listen
MPS Grade Level Expectations: 1.2a, 2.4a, 3.2a, 3.2d, 3.4b, 4.3a, 5.2a, 5.2b

Author/Source: Lyn Lacy, Media Specialist, Keewaydin Community School