Lesson Plan: Courage (1st & 2nd Grades)

Lesson: Courage

Grade: 1st & 2nd

Content Objectives:

  • Students will discuss what it means to have courage.
  • Students will analyze the pros and cons of taking risks.
  • Students will make text-to-self connections.
  • Students will make text-to-text connections.
  • Students will practice using KidPix and saving content onto their H: drive.

Readalouds:

Owen by Kevin Henkes

Courage by Bernard Waber

Video: (if time allows)

Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt http://bkflix.grolier.com/lp/node-33981/bk0097pr

Before the read-alouds/video:

  1. Discuss being courageous/brave with students. Define what it means to have courage and ask students about times in their lives where they have chosen to be courageous even when they felt scared inside. Brainstorm with students about different times and reasons people choose to be brave or not. Are there pros and cons to being brave?  Can being courageous/brave be dangerous at times?  Record students’ ideas on the whiteboard.  (Text-to-self connections)
  2. Tell students that we are going to read a couple of stories about courage, and watch a video about a squirrel who is terrified of everything. Encourage students to watch and listen for ways that his life is positive because he doesn’t do anything, and the way it’s negative because he doesn’t do anything.

Read-alouds (+ video, if time)

Computer: KidPix — have students draw a picture of a time when they were courageous.  Demo this on Smartboard.

Exit ticket (if time allows): Have kids complete the following sentence (either with words or drawing) – “Courage looks like…” on a post-it and post it to the whiteboard as they line up.  Read a couple of them while we wait for the teacher.

Work Samples:

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“Courage is…going up to the water slide for the first time!”

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“Courage is…dancing on stage.”

"Courage is...swimming underwater."

“Courage is…swimming underwater.”

 

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The Dark: Lemony Snicket

The Dark

Author: Lemony Snickett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 2013
Brief Summary: Lazlo is afraid of the dark, but after a conversation with “the dark” in the basement, he feels better.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: N/A

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss fears — are you scared of the dark?  What kind of things keep you or your siblings/friends awake?  What can you do to feel better?  Do your parents do something that help you?
  • For older students: discuss “personification”…how does the author personify Lazlo’s fear of the dark?

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library