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Giving Tree

Giving Tree

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Published by: Josie Lutton on Dec 15, 2010
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Josephine LuttonMissouri Southern State University12/15/2010
Josephine Lutton
The Giving Tree:
Josephine Lutton
The Giving Tree
Literature Focus Unit
1.Literature Selection
Silverstein, S. (1964).
The giving tree
. New York, NY. HarperCollins.
The Giving Tree
is an emotional story about a boy and a tree that selflessly provides him witheverything he wants. The story will be used to study the act of giving, and needs vs. wants,and preserving nature. This story will allow students to engage in activities allowing them todiscover the true meaning of giving, along with the importance of elements of nature,specifically trees.
1.Additional texts
Cherry, L. (1993).
The great kapok tree
. Orlando, FL: Harcourt.Luenn, N. (1992).
Mother earth.
New York, NY: Aladdin PaperbacksSeuss, Dr. (1971).
The lorax 
. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.Udry, J. (1956).
 A tree is nice
. New York, NY: HarperCollins.Waldman, N. (1997).
The never-ending greenness.
New York, NY: HarperCollins.2.
Unit Plan—Planning Stage
Now for each activity include the following:
Activity 1: Read aloudGLE:
L1A03: Listen for enjoyment, information, to distinguish fact from opinion, and for directionsto complete a two- or three-step task.
Students will be able to listen to a read aloud and record in their reading logs thatthey have received information, formed an opinion on, or enjoyed something from the text.
: The students will listen to me read
The Giving Tree
aloud. I will give them directions for completing the questions on the Smart Board. When reading logs are all turned in, we willregroup to discuss what we enjoyed about the book.
Technology Resources
: The questions “What book did we just read” and “What did you likemost about it” will be projected on the Smart Board.
Activity assessment
: Teacher observation will be used during the activity to monitor studentbehaviors during the read aloud. Students will receive a + or – in their reading logs for thecompletion of the questions from the Smart Board.
Plus or minus
+ means= You followed the directions and completed the two questions in your reading log,showing some knowledge of the text. –means= You did not follow directions and either did not turn in your reading log with answersto the questions, or they showed no knowledge of the text.
Activity 2: Friendly Letter GLE:
W3A03,b: Compose text emphasizing the format of diary/journal entries and friendly letters.Brainstorm ideas
Pair read
A Tree Is Nice
andcompare and contrast it with
The Giving Tree
Brief summary of related textPerform a skitPresent a speech on a giftyou have and how you shareit with othersFriendly letter Persuasive textRead aloudIntroduction togiving and needs
Josephine Lutton
Students will be able to compose a friendly letter after reading the text
The Giving Tree
: The students will create a friendly letter for someone who has given them something.They will use proper elements of a friendly letter including heading, greeting, body, closing,and signature. The students will have an example of a friendly letter that I have created, butthey will be encouraged to be as creative as possible as long as their letter also contains theproper elements.
Technology Resources
: A friendly letter will be on the Smartboard and students will be allowedto type their final copies on the computer.
Activity assessment
: Teacher observation will be used during the activity to monitor studentwork. Students will complete their letters independently they will be assessed using achecklist to make sure each element is included.
Friendly Letter ChecklistLetter includes:
 _____Heading _____Greeting _____Body _____Closing _____Signature _____Proper Use of spelling and grammar 
(3pts each) Score out of 18 _____________________ 
Activity 3: Compare and contrast
The Giving Tree
 A Tree is Nice
R2C04,a-f: Use details from text to demonstrate comprehension skills previouslyintroduced, make inferences, compare and contrast, identify cause and effect, identifyauthor’s purpose, identify setting, character traits, problems and solutions, and story events.
Students will be able to compare and contrast story elements by completing agraphic organizer after reading the text.
: Students will pair read the text
 A Tree is Nice
and then create a graphic organizer intheir reading logs comparing and contrasting it with
The Giving Tree
Technology Resources
: Templates of different graphic organizers will be projected on the SmartBoard
Activity assessment
: Teacher observation will be used during the activity to monitor studentwork and responses. Students will each complete their own graphic organizers in their reading logs and they will be graded using a checklist on the number of examples theyprovide, along with the accuracy of those examples.
Compare and Contrast ChecklistGraphic Organizer includes:

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