This is a two-week lesson: part one is about sheep and their fleeces, and how a fleece becomes yarn. Part two will be about what we do with yarn (specifically knitting, since this librarian and her assistant love to knit!)
THIS WEEK’S TEKS:
1 a, b, f, g Print Awareness
2 b, c, e, i Rhymes & Phonological Awareness
3 a Phonics
4 a, b Prediction & Reading Strategies
6 a, c Story Elements, sensory details
8 a, b Retell Stories, Story Elements
9 Author’s Purpose
10 b, c, d Predict, Evaluate & Retell Stories
18 a Oral & Written Conventions
19 a Generate Questions
20 a Whole Group Research
21 a, b Library Procedures
RC(fig19) a,b,d,f,e Read Assorted Literature, Generate Questions,
Whole Group Research, Predictions/Inference,
Pair Fiction & Non-Fiction, Retell and Summarize Stories
n/a Book Selection
a. a. Welcome Song: Welcome to the Library (To “London Bridge is Falling Down.”)
Welcome to the library, library, library.
Welcome to the library, please come inside and read.
We’re glad to have you here today, here today, here today.
We’re glad to have you here today, today’s a special day.
b. Finger Play: Five Little Peas
5 little peas in a pea-pod pressed (fist)
One grew, two grew, and so did the rest (raise fingers individually)
They grew and grew and did not stop (cup hands, start expanding)
Until one day, they all went POP! (expanding… on POP, clap hands, throw out arms)
c. Set Library Behavioral Expectations: (reinforce / commend examples )
ii. Graphic CHAMPS reminder (weeks 4-) https://drive.google.com/#folders/0B3dpaiUKs9aAMHVaT2otdC1Kb1U
d. Mystery Bag: three items, a sheep puppet, some roving, and a spindle.
e. Word of the Week: (Forms a cornerstone of the lesson, aids in understanding and connecting text themes)
i. English Wool
ii. Spanish la Lana (LAH-nah)
iii. ASL (American Sign Language.) Sign language is a real language where people use their hands to communicate. Here is the sign for sheep. Hold your left arm up, and you’re your right hand into a letter “v.” You’re your right hand is the scissors, and the left hand is the sheep. Pretend to cut its fleece.
f. Intent & Agenda: Today we’re going to learn all about sheep. It’s almost winter now, and getting cold outside. The hair on the sheep, called its fleece or wool, is used to make hats, mittens, sweaters and blankets. We’re going to listen to some stories and sing songs about sheep today, then we’re going to watch a video about how a sheep’s hairy coat, its fleece, is made into yarn! At the end of class today, I’m going to show you how you can make yarn out of sheep’s wool with this spindle.
2. Story #1: Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski (Harper Collins, 2008) or Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep: A Yarn about Wool by Terri Sloat, (Dorington Kinserly, 2001).
a. Pre-reading: Action on the front of the book: what’s going on?
b. READ: note rhyme and rhythm in this picture book.
c. Reflection: What were the steps to make sheep’s fleece into sweaters?
d. Extension Activity: “The Lamb Went” (by Storytime Katie)
The lamb went around the cow in the corn (trace circle in palm)
Under the haystack (go under the hand)
Up the hill and down the hill (go up the arm and down the arm)
Over the fence (go above the hand)
Through the door (slide hands and clap)
And back in time to meet the teacher!! (trace circle in palm)
a. Why couldn’t the lamb play at recess? He was being baaaa-d.
b. Where does a sheep go for a haircut? The baa-baa shop.
c. What do you call a dancing sheep? A baa-lerina.
3. POEM: Mother Goose’s Baa Baa Black Sheep.
Baa, baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for my master, one for my dame, one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
4.1 RESOURCE #2: (Reading Rainbow, “Let’s Spin Wool”, accessed from Discovery Streaming)
a. Pre-reading So, we just read a book about what it takes to make a sheep’s fleece turn into wool for yarn. Let’s see that happen on video now, and check to make sure we understand each of the steps.
- INVESTIGATE Resource
4.2 Video clip: Shaun the Sheep “Fleeced” (Running Time 5 minutes)
Shaun and his flock get sheared, in a comic version of what we discovered today. So sue me for having a little fun right before holiday break!
a. Spindle and loom demonstrations:
Fortunately, I have a drop spindle and a loom! Students will see how the drop spindle works in a demonstration, then get to use the loom with their choice of yarn to create a class project. “Drop Spindle Demonstration” gets you plenty of hits on YouTube: here’s one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjoFt4-02A4. If you don’t have a loom of your own (mine is a 12x18 Harris Loom I found at thrift store years ago) you can make one: making your own spindle with a CD and a little metal hook is another project you could try.
6. Check out books
i. review intent: sheep give us wool, which we can make into all sorts of things.
ii. word of week in English, Spanish, and ASL.
iii. closing song
(Open shut them open shut them raise your hands up high.
Open, shut them, open shut them wave and say good bye.)
b. Pet the Puppet (The lamb!)
c. Line Up By… Every week, we line up according to different criteria, makes kids pay attention, work on grouping, differentiating among options. (People wearing sweaters! Then people wearing scarves or other knitted/woolen items!)
d. High Five the Word of the Week FLEECE
· Shaun the Sheep “Fleeced” (Season 1)
· Shaun the Sheep “We Wish Ewe A Merry Christmas” (Season 3)
· Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski
Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks
· Hide and Sheep by Andrea Beatty
· Charlie Needs a Cloak Tomie de Paola (book or video on Discovery Streaming)