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edTPA-Style Lesson Plan (Modified for EDU 276)

Name(s):Nicole Lent, Megan DeGroat

Date: 10/3/16
Lesson Title: Rainbow Fish
Subject: English
Age or Grade Level: 1st
Number of Students: Class
Length of Lesson:
Central Focus
The main focus of this lesson is reading comprehension.
Essential Strategy

The essential strategy for this lesson will be visualization.

The audio book gives illustrations like a movie. This will help
engage the students in the story paying close attention to the
key details and elements that they will be assessed on after.

Prior Academic

Cause and effect relationship, basic elements of stories,

comprehension from stories, ability to join discussions, know
how to use a computer/tablet.

What knowledge, skills, and

concepts must students
already know to be
successful with this lesson?

Common Core State

Standards or New
York State Standards
Include # and text

Grade 1: Literacy

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate

understanding of their central message or lesson.

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story,

using key details.
Learning Objectives

What do you need in order
to teach this lesson? Be
sure to provide citations to
anything that you did not

Describe how you plan to
monitor student learning
(formally and/or informally)

Students will be able to:

Identify the lesson of the story
Identify main character, theme and key details.
Understand the conflict in the story using cause and effect
Have a discussion on characteristics of a good friend

Smartboard, slideshow

computer/tablet, pencil and paper.
I plan to give a formative assessment to my students using

Describe how technology is
used on both teaching and

Technology is used in learning and teaching through the audio

book, Kahoot, the interactive slides on the smartboard with the
appropriate prompts as well as the activity on the last slide.

Introduction to Lesson
Write short
descriptions here
Introduction to Key
Vocabulary Words]

Description of What Teacher and Students Do:

Go over key vocabulary which are the different story
elements: conflict, resolution, main character, setting and
Go over listening skills and note-taking strategies
Use prompt for cause and effect relationship
Use a prompt to start discussion in class on what it means
to be a good friend
Critical thinking.

Instructional Activity
Write short
descriptions here

Description of What Teacher and Students Do:

The lesson is followed through a powerpoint to be brought up on the

The first link takes you to a youtube video that reads aloud
the book rainbow fish.
The students will watch and listen as the story is read to
them through the video with some visuals.
After the video is over and the book is read, go to slide
number two. This slide is going to be interactive for the
With the entire class, go over the conflict from Rainbowfish
through cause and effect.
The cause is already on the slide, because rainbow fish
didnt share his scales. The students may raise their
hands and come up with the effect and the teacher
discusses/explains to the students the right answers.
Effect= the other fish stopped being friends with rainbow fish
because he wouldnt share his scales. He thought since he
was so beautiful, they should all like him but he became the
loneliest fish in the ocean.
The third slide then talks about the resolution. The same
thing should happen on this slide, students raise their hands
and the teacher should explain and discuss the right
answers with them.
Resolution=He went to the wise octopus, he told the rainbow
fish to give away his scales. Giving away his scales taught

rainbow fish the joy of sharing and friendship, he didnt care

about being the most beautiful fish anymore, he finally felt at
home among the other fish.
Extension/Closure Activity
Description of What Teacher and Students Do:
Write short
descriptions here
The fourth slide contains a link to a kahoot quiz. Login to
kahoot and click the link, a 5 question quiz on rainbow fish
will pop up.
The students should be using either a computer, tablet or
smartphone to log on to, before the quiz comes up,
it will provide a code for the students to enter into their
devices to get the quiz.
Each question has 4 options and gives 20 seconds for the
students to answer. The teacher should read the question
and the choices out loud to the students.
After the quiz, going back to the slideshow, slide number five
has a discussion question what characteristics make up a
good friend? the class should discuss this as a whole and
put the answers on the sixth slide which is a picture of
rainbow fish.


EDU 276 Lesson Plan Commentary

Group Member Names
EDU 276
Instructor: C. Davenport
Due date:
Central Focus
Describe the central focus and main purpose for the content you will teach in the lesson.
Essential Strategy
Essential strategies are strategies that can help students to learn effectively. Some examples include: close
reading, visualization, questioning the author, comparing & contrasting, the stages of writing (planning,
drafting, revising, editing, publishing), making predictions, summarizing, sequencing, and word study.
a. Describe the essential strategy you selected and explain how the strategy helps your
students learn the central focus.
b. Describe the connection to literacy (reading and/or writing) your lesson demonstrates.
Instructional Methods
Instructional methods are ways of teaching content, not to be confused with essential strategies. Some
examples include: think alouds, modeling, read alouds, direct instruction, shared writing, guided reading,
think-pair-share, class discussion, cooperative learning (like jigsaw), reciprocal teaching, or simulations.
a. Describe the instructional methods you planned in your lesson.
b. Describe the instructional materials you plan to use in teaching. This can be handouts, slides,
web resources, books, videos, or any other materials needed.
Technology Incorporation
Describe how you have incorporated technology into your lesson. How will students interact with
technology? How will the teacher utilize technology in instruction? Justify how your technology choices
enhance the lesson design.
Supporting Student Learning
Describe and justify why your planned instruction is appropriate for all learners. Describe how you plan to
help students who need more support.
Describe your planned assessment. Explain how your assessment will provide evidence that students can
use the strategy you taught.
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