Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
This English language arts and agriculture lesson consists of two short activities that teach students in Grades 3-4 about sheep using an online ebook and flashcards about domestic sheep. The lesson ends with a formative assessment writing activity consisting of either an informational writing prompt or an opinion one.
Access to computer or tablet for remote learning. Printing out cards for your students is best for this lesson.
Activity 1: Use flash cards to learn vocabulary
The sheep flash cards below can be used to pre-teach the vocabulary found in the All About Sheep book for 8-10 minutes.
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- Click the link to access the ebook on Book Creator: All About Sheep.
- Students may read the book on their own or alternatively, listen to it.
- This can take 5-10 minutes.
Have students complete a writing prompt about what they learned after reading All About Sheep. This can take about 10-15 minutes. You can choose from the following writing activities.
- Opinion Writing Prompts
- My favorite part of being a shepherd would be…
- If I had wool, I would make…
- If I could feed a sheep a snack, I would feed it…
2. Informational Writing Prompts
- Reflect: Why are sheep important to us? What resources do they give us?
- Reflect: Why do sheep need a shepherd?
- Synthesize (Going beyond the text.): Why might it be important to put colorful markings on a ewe and her lamb?
3. Book Review
- Write a book review about All About Sheep. Have students tell other young readers what the book was about. Have students include their own evaluation or interpretation about All About Sheep.