Developing A Taste

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Grade Level Expectations:  
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › Third Grade › Oral communication is used both informally and formally
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › Third Grade › Strategies are needed to make meaning of various types of literary genres
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › Third Grade › Comprehension strategies are necessary when reading informational or persuasive text
Lesson Plan Details
1 Class Period
Essential Question: 

Why is poetry important?

Learning Objectives/Student Outcomes: 

Students will develop an understanding of poetry, it's ideas, history and components; and be able to enjoy poetry enough that they will read poems for pleasure.

Key Topics: 



Computer with internet access Projector connected to computer


Prior to instruction, teacher needs to secure a laptop/computer, a projector, hard copies of How Doth the Little Busy Bee by Isaac Watts, Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein and The Crocodile Poem by Roald Rahl, a stack of post-it notes, a flower pattern (with petals), and background information on Isaac Watts and Roald Dahl.    

Teacher could also build a "Poetree" in the classroom a week in advance to build student interest.  As each poet is discussed, a branch could be identified as that poet, with leaves representing their works.  

Learning Experiences and Activities: 

Students will listen, observe and discuss to compare and contrast videos representing How Doth the Little Busy Bee by Isaac Watts; The Crocodile Poem by Roald Rahl; Boa Constrictor, The Flight of the Bumblebee.


Students will independently identify all adjectives and the nouns described in the "The Bee"  and share their findings with their classmates.  Students will choose one noun from the poem and write it in the center of the flower shape, and adjectives to describe the noun on the petals of the flower shape.  

Students will complete a Venn Diagram comparing the two poems.

Students will move to interpret The Flight of the Bumblebee

Colorado 21st Century Skills
Information Literacy: 
B. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
D. Process data and report results
E. Understand and use technology systems
F. Select and use applications effectively and productively
A. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 
A. Apply logical reasoning and analytical skills
Find and Use Information/Information Technology: 
A. Select, integrate, and apply appropriate technology to access and evaluate new information
Creativity and Innovation: 
A. Demonstrate intellectual curiosity
B. Generate, evaluate, and implement new ideas and novel approaches
C. Develop new connections where none previously existed
Global and Cultural Awareness: 
A. Appreciate the arts, culture, and humanities
B. Interact effectively with and respect the diversity of different individuals, groups, and cultures
Work Ethic: 
B. Manage time effectively
C. Take initiative, and follow through
D. Learn from instruction and criticism
E. Take responsibility for completion of work
A. Read, write, listen and speak effectively
A. Work effectively with others
C. Cooperate for a common purpose
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