1. Topic-
Novel - "Skinnybones"
2. Content-
Baseball, compound words, business letter, research, math, maps, poetry

Vocabulary - baseball, inning, teammates, bases, scoreboard, league, bat, mitt, catcher, pitcher, diamond, players, coach,homerun, umpire
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. After reading "Skinnybones", sharing class discussions, and drawing conclusions, students will understand the story elements of this novel with 100% accuracy.
2.Students will be able to effectively search the internet to research material for their sports team and player.
3.Students will gain an increased knowledge of the variety of writing processes including the parts of a business letter.
4. Objectives-
1. Students will be able to identify story elements.
2. Students will research the internet using the criteria given in class to complete a report.
3. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by identifying the parts of a business letter.
5. Materials and Aids-
"Skinnybones" book, graphic organizer, business letter template, poster board, vocabulary cards, smartboard jeopardy game.
Group materials: Writing center supplies, variey of activities with instructions for each one, trading cards template, gragh paper, U.S. map, sticky notes, "Skinnybones" test, dictionaries, computers
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Summarize what we have read so far in the book, "Skinnybones".
2. Show video clip of a baseball game.
3. Make predictions of the last chapter in the book.

B. Development-

1. Students will complete a graphic organizer as we read the last chapter of "Skinnybones".
2. Students will learn how to write a business letter using a template.
3. Students will be able to work as a group to organize the steps of story elements for this book.
4. Students will review the expectations and activities of the reading groups.
5. Review what a diamante poem is.
6. Preview smartboard Jeopardy game for closure activity.

C. Practice-

1. Students will engage in class discussions about "Skinnybones".
2. Students will brainstorm ideas for their poetry and creative writing activities.
3. Students will continue to develop their business letter into a finished project.


D. Independent Practice-

Students will break into their reading groups and begin to participate in the chosen activities:

*Choose a writing prompt about baseball and construct a story in the baseball booklet.
*Using the base template, create a Diamante Poem.
*Design their own baseball trading card.
*Develop a sports team pendant.
*'Mending the Ending' - Choose a prompt to create a new ending to the story.
*Complete the "Baseball is..." activity.

Word Study:
*Using the baseball vocabulary words, students will create their own wordsearch.
*Students will unscramble baseball words.
*Students will use the vocabulary words to define, use in a sentence, and illustate.
*Students will list as many baseball compound words as they can.

*Students will complete the comprehension activities.
*Students will complete their business letter.
*Students will choose a "take it to your seat" game about compound words.

*Students will work on their research project.
*Students will complete their baseball internet scavenger hunt.

*Students will calculate the math problems that are written on the baseball T-shirts.
*Students will solve the baseball math word problems.
*Students will create a menu of food sold at a baseball game.

Social Studies:
*Students will locate and label the city of their baseball team.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Advanced Students:
*Students will work on middle school math problems.
*Students will use the internet to research the last 10 games of their team to graph statistics.

Students with IEP's:
*Students will be paired up with someone in their group that can assist them with the vocabulary and explanations of directions.
*Students will work one on one with L.D. teacher or assistant.

F. Checking for understanding-

Summative Assessments:
* Culminating test on "Skinnybones".
* Business letter
* Report on sports player.

* All center activities.
* Poster board of story elements.
* Predictions
* Graphic Organizer

G. Closure-

*Reviewing the parts of a business letter, research project, and story elements.

*Jeopardy Game

This Lesson Plan is available at (www.teacherjet.com)