Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bobbin Girl Lesson Plan (Book)

Lesson Plan Component
  • This activity will be during the industrial revolution unit.
Title and Grade
  • Grade 4
  • Post it Notes for Understanding
  • 5 Minutes before independent reading time
Relevant Standards
  • SS:EC:4:3.2: Describe how changes in the business cycle can impact people’s lives. (Themes: C: People, Places and Environment) 
    Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Learner Outcomes
  • Students will learn that post it notes can be used to improve comprehension while reading

  • Students will be seen writing and sharing their post it notes
  • Oodles of post it notes in three colors
  • Poster or white board with three columns and the questions 'Who worked in the factory?', 'why did the work in the factory?', and 'What was working in the factory like?'
Anticipatory Set
  • The teacher will introduce the book: Bobbin Girl by Emily Arnold McCully. This book is about a young girl who works in the mills to support her family.
    Pre-reading Questions:
Who worked in the factory?
Why did they work in the factory?
What was working in the factory like?

Teacher will display the three column with questions where they are visible to the students. Teacher will read the question aloud and ask students to think about those questions while reading. Teacher will hand out three different colored post it notes to the students and instruct them to write their answers to the questions on them as they discover them while reading. The teacher will color coordinate the post it notes to a color boarder around the question.

Example: I know who worked in the factory (yellow boarder), I'll write that on the yellow post it note. I know why they worked in the factory, ill write that on the blue post it note.

Teacher will read the book aloud.

Modification: If the class needs more scaffolding, the teacher will read the first two pages of the book and model finding an answer to the question and writing it on the post it note.

At the end of the book, the teacher will ask the students to come place their post it notes on the poster/whiteboard under the question they answer. The teacher will praise the students and read selected answers.

Example post it notes:

girl can't reach the counter
ruled by bells: 4:30-5:30 wake up to work
hot, humid, loud
dangerous, her friend gets sick and injured then fired

Assessment -
  • Teacher observes who is posting their post it notes. When reading a selection of post it notes teacher says things like 'I like how you remembered that they had to get to work at 5:30'

Teacher will ask students a cause and effect:
Do students remember why the mill girls were going to organize a strike or walk out. Answer: drop in price for cotton good/less play.

Teacher will ask students why they believe those are related. Answer: if the factories make less money, then they will pay the girls less.

Teacher will ask How were the people of the town/mill workers impacted? Answer: Lost jobs, less money to pay the boarding houses, new people moving in, fired workers moving away

  • The teacher will conclude with a statement on having a better understanding of working in the mills.
Modifications and/or Accommodations
  • All modifications/accommodations identified on Individualized Education Plans or 504 Plans are addressed.
  • Students may sit closer to the book if they have vision or hearing problems.

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