Lesson Plan : Five Christmas Senses

Teacher Name:
 Mrs. D'Arduini
 Language Arts

 Rhyming and the five senses.
 This covers more than just language arts because the students are learning about their five senses as well. The NJLAL Standard that is targeted in this activity is Reading (specifically Phonological Awareness).
 Understand what rhyming is, and will be able to know what rhymes and what does not. Children are aware of their five senses of see, taste, touch, smell, feel.
 Children will gain a better understanding of phonemic awareness by being introduced to the rhymes within the poem. Children will understand the concept that the use of their 5 senses is important in their daily lives. Children will be able to apply what they have learned throuogh reading the poem and the activites that follow.
 A copy of "My Five Senses Christmas Poem" on paper large enough for all students to see during a shared reading experience.
 Present to the class the Poem the teacher will be reading, and ask if any student knows what rhyme is, and if so, to give an example of two words that ryhme. If no one then explain what it is. Also, introduce to the student's what the five senses are.
 Procedure: Read the poem to the children Discuss how our fives senses are used in the poem by asking them reflect back in the poem and give examples used. Move on to rhyme, and ask them to give example of rhyming words used in the poem.
 For a follow-up activity ask the students to find other words that were not already used that rhyme with the words in the poem. Another follow-up activity could be that you have the students say a sentence referring to the holidays that has to do with one of the senses. You write it for the children and have them illustrate the picture. You could either post the finished work in the writing center, or turn it into a class book.
Checking For Understanding:
 By the student dictating their sentence to the teacher, it will be clear if the students understands the concept. During group time when reading and discussing the poem, the children give examples of words that rhyme, and the teacher is able to give her insight to further help the students.
 An excellent closure for this lesson is a completed project ready to be put on display. This will really give both the student and teacher great satisfaction because they have something to show for what they have learned.

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