This lesson plan is inspired by a successful collaboration between a second grade teacher and my mentor Jenny during my elementary school placement.
The context: Second graders at Hampton will be performing a dissection of an eyeball (sheep’s, I think…lovely). Part of their assessment will include a labeled drawing of the eyeball. Jenny offered to have the kids practice labeling something during their visit to the media center, using a kids drawing program called KidPix.
I thought this could easily be used as a part of a lesson on information books, as well. Here it is:
Lesson: Features of Information Books
- Students will be able to identify different features of an informational book.
- Students will learn how to label a picture.
- Students will label 5 body parts on an animal using KidPix and save content onto their H: drive.
- Owls by Gail Gibbons
- Penguins by Norman Barrett
- What is an informational/non-fiction book? How is it different from fiction? Show a couple of fiction books about owls/penguins — what makes them fictional?
- Discuss different features typical of informational books: pictures with captions, labels, pronunciation guides, table of contents, glossary, index, etc. How do these features help the reader?
- Do both books we read have these features? Show a chart that compare/contrast features of the two books. Have students go to the board and “check” appropriate boxes. (Smartboard) (Could include columns for fiction titles too.)
|Pictures with captions|
|Table of contents|
- Tell students we’ll be practicing labeling pictures today in KidPix. They have to first insert a picture of an animal, then use the Line and Textbox tools to label at least 5 body parts. Demo this on the Smartboard (asking students to help where appropriate):
- Start KidPix.
- Inserting a picture of an animal into KidPix.
- Demo how to use the Line tool in Kidpix to add lines to their picture.
- Demo how to use the Textbox tool in Kidpix to add text (or labels) to their picture. Show how to move the text box to the right place.
- Use the Textbox tool to add a title and the student’s name.
- Save the file onto the student’s H: drive.