The Z is Zapped - KristopherFulks

Teacher: Topher Fulks
Grade Level: 3rd
Course Title: The Z is Zapped
Date: 2/15/2011
Unit Topic: Language Arts
Lesson Topic: Predicting/ Parts of Speech
Learning Objective: TSW create a ‘Z is Zapped’ book by creating original pictures and writings
for each letter of the alphabet.
Introduction (20 minutes)
TTW pass out loose leaf sheets of paper and have students number 1-26 down the left
side of the paper.
TTW discuss what it means to make good predictions. TTW us the last letter of the book
to discuss what format the words are written. During this time discuss alliteration (words
starting with the same letter).
TTW show “The Z was Zapped” by Chris Van Allsburg using a doc cam, showing the
picture of each letter and asking students to predict what the letter is doing. Do not show the
writing and repeat this step for all 26 letters.
TSW discuss their predictions within their group.
Instruction (30 minutes)
Once each student has made a prediction TTW reread the story this time asking 1-3
students for their predictions. Once the teacher has heard the predictions TTW discuss if the
prediction is good or not based on the picture and then show the actual writing (which is on the
back of the page)
During this time TTW review Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, and Verbs as they appear in
the story.
Closing Activity (120 minutes)
TSW create their own ‘Z is Zapped’ story.
TTW pass out premade books.
TSW create a picture for each letter of the alphabet. The letter will either be a noun,
verb, adjective, or adverb which starts with the corresponding letter. Ex) R could be Ruby,
Running, Red, or Rapidly.
TSW then write a short sentence explain what their picture is which includes the noun,
verb, adjective, or adverb. TSW also write a sentences explaining if the word is a noun, verb,
adjective, adverb.
Out of the 26 letters/pictures/sentences TSW write at least 4 nouns, verbs, adjectives, and
Instructional Materials:
Document camera, projector, premade Z is Zapped books (1 per student), pencils,
coloring material, “The Z was Zapped” by Chris Van Allsburg.
Basis for Grouping:
Students who will not be able to complete a 26 page book will be able to work in pairs.
Each student will get the begging or end of the alphabet and when they are finished they will
combine their work.
Student Evaluation:
Completion of the “Z is Zapped” book. Grading be largely based on using 4 of each
noun, verb, adjective, and adverb; the pictures were able to be use to make predictions; students
complete all of their work; work was done in an organized faction.
Supporting Assignments (Homework):
Small group testing
Read aloud testing
JJ- Short breaks between tasks, modified assessment if needed, clarify directions if needed,
MC- reduction in writing, reduced work per page if needed
TP – Reduced spelling list (10 words)
CP – Extra time on writing, reading writing, no homework
NG – Clarify direction
If JJ or NG need extra clarification they will receive it.
MC, CP, NG, TP, JJ, JP will each receive half a book to complete.
Document camera and projector
Comments about the lesson for revision:
Some students take a long time to do this, but are very engaged in it. If students do not
finish in the allotted time have them complete at home or during lunch (if they wish)
Go in more detail during the review over nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
Create a premade Z is Zapped book with lines for sentences so each students will have
the correct template.