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LESSON 3

DAY 3
DAILY TOPIC: The Solar System & English Language Arts
Objectives:
- Students will be able to listen to a recorded story with a small group and gather
key facts and information.
- Student will be able to work in their small group to write their own brief
storybook (using Storybird) about exploring a planet.
Procedures:
1. Place students in groups of four.
2. Give each group a copy of The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System with a
QPC code that links to an online, dramatic reading of the book performed by the
grades teacher(s).
3. Using an iPad, each group will listen to the recording of the story. They should
write down at least two facts per student that they hear about in the story as they
listen. They can rewind and re-listen to parts if they miss any information.
4. After listening, the group should discuss what they wrote down and what they
found most interesting about the solar system.
5. Using Storybird, each group will write a brief story (at least eight pagestwo per
student) about exploring the solar system as a team. The story should fit together
and should include at least two facts per student from the Magic School Bus book.
Materials:
- Books: Cole, J. (1990). The magic school bus lost in the solar system. New York:
Scholastic. (Enough for each group of four to have one.)
- QPC code linked to Vocaroo recording of teacher(s) reading story.
- iPad with internet access for each group.
- Computer with internet access (for use in creating Storybird book).
Accomodations:
- Students with a hearing disability can read the book instead of listening to it.
- Students with visual impairment can work with others to create book.
- Non-native students should be provided with a copy of the book in their native
language if possible. Otherwise an interpreter in a language center can help them
understand the book and write their own.
- Students with weak vocabulary and listening skills can be sent to the remedial
center to spend time slowly listening to the recording and reviewing vocabulary
skills as they work on their own book.
- Students with advanced vocabulary skills can work with similar students to write
a longer, more complex storybook.

Story Telling : Solar System Storybird


Teacher Name: Charley Silvio

Student Name:

CATEGORY
Knowledge

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The student
accurately uses at
least two facts
from the Magic
School Bus
storybook.

The student
attempts to use
two facts from the
Magic School Bus
book, but only one
is correct.

The student
attempts to use
one or two facts
from the Magic
School Bus book,
but neither is
correct.

The student does


not attempt to use
any facts from the
Magic School Bus
book.

Connections to
other parts of the
story written by
other group
members are
present but
unclear.

Connections to
other parts of the
story written by
other group
members are
confusing.

Student makes no
attempt to connect
to other parts of
the story.

Uses a varied
vocabulary that is
appropriate for the
audience and
related to the
solar system.

Uses a varied
vocabulary that is
occasionally a
little to simple or a
little too hard for
the audience.
Doesn\'t
necessarily relate
to the solar
system.

The vocabulary
was not varied OR
was routinely
inappropriate for
the intended
audience. Not
enough
connection to
solar system
vocabulary.

Connections/Transitions Connections to

other parts of the


story written by
other group
members are
clear.

Vocabulary

Uses a varied
vocabulary
appropriate for the
audience,
especially related
to the solar
system, and also
successfully tries
to enlarge the
audience\'s
vocabulary.