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“Summer is the Coldest Season”
Content Topic:
Reading, writing, technology
Students listen to the book “Winter is the Warmest Season” by Lauren Stringer and write a class book titled “Summer is the Coldest Season”
Collaboration Potential:
Classroom teacher
Total Estimated Time:
2.5 hours
Suggested Number Of Sessions:
Instruction / Activities:

Direct Instruction:


  • TL opens the lesson by asking what students think of when they hear the word “winter.” When students say “cold” or “cool,” TL introduces the story, “Winter is the Warmest Season.”
  • TL reads the story aloud.


Modeling and Guided Practice:


  • Upon finishing, TL asks students to brainstorm ways that summer is cold and writes suggestions on piece of paper. (Brainstorm until there is at least one item for each student.)
  • Between meetings, type phrases from brainstorming session and cut apart.


Independent Practice:


  • At 2nd meeting, students each select one of the phrases and illustrate it on a piece of drawing paper. Once illustrations are complete, TL uses a digital camera to take pictures of the students’ drawings (or uses a digital scanner) and imports them into a PhotoStory 3 project.
  • At 3rd meeting, students turn their phrases into complete sentences. (If possible, some of the phrases can be combined to create more complex sentences.) As students complete their sentences, they can record them into the appropriate slide in PhotoStory 3.  When all recordings are complete, TL exports project file as .wmv file.


Sharing and Reflecting:


  • Once class book is put together, show to class.
  • Final project can be posted to library website for teacher and family to view.

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