Surprise!: Extra Support Lessons (Theme 2)

This Surprise!: Extra Support Lessons (Theme 2) unit plan also includes:

Surprise! is the theme of a unit covering such topics as consonants, blending, short vowels sounds, high frequency words, and number words. The unit's lessons also include teachable moments covering story structure, illustrations, characters, settings, plot, and the difference between fantasy and realism. Learning occurs through grand discussion, chants, practice worksheets, and a focus on literature. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite pupils to bring in three objects from home to observe and discuss each item's details 
  • Borrow books that portray fantasy and realism for learners to browse when time permits 
  • Collect items whose name consists of short vowel sounds /o/, /e/, and /u/ to display in the classroom while conducting the unit 
Classroom Considerations
  • Copies are required for those participating the lesson 
  • This unit was designed as part of a Houghton Mifflin curriculum; however, it may be taught independently or with another curriculum of similar topic 
  • Many of the curriculum materials referenced are not include, but the remaining activities can still be implemented with some modification
  • The lesson plan is well organized, detailed, and easy to follow
  • Specific mouth movement directions are listed to assist pupils in making correct sounds
  • Plenty of opportunity for class members to practice their skills is provided 
  • None