Do elephants have special friends?

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A Literature page for Pre-Kindergarten

Emma Kate written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Emma Kate and her best friend are inseparable!  They walk to school together every morning , and they sit together in class.  They sleepover at each other's houses and do their homework side by side.  They are always having lots of fun together.  They even get their tonsils taken out together and eat lots of pink ice cream.  It is fun to have a best friend to do things with.  You can even have imaginary friends.

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              1.  Where do you think Emma Kate and her friend are going?

          2.  Who do you think is Emma Kate?

          3.  What time of year do you think it is in the picture?


Pictures of Students Working

         The students looking on
         the computer at my website                       The students are gluing pages
        about the book Emma Kate                          I copied from the book and                                                                                        putting them in order

   emma         emka

This is the correct sequencing of the pictures from the book!


Lesson Title – An Elephants Best Friend



Name:  Lori Hamilton
Grade Level: Pre-K
Subject Areas: Technology Integration, Children’s Literature Approximate Time for lesson 30 -35 minutes (This lesson can be presented in 2 sessions)

The primary learning outcomes to be achieved with this lesson include:
A. Student will be able to use the mouse while operating the computer
B.  Student will be able to respond to prediction questions from looking at an illustration from the story
C.  Student will listen to a children’s story about an animal s/he has learned about in a previous lesson and will be able to understand how this animal is represented in the story.
D.  Student will work cooperatively in small group to retell events of the story by ordering 3 pictures from the story.

Related Pre-K Standards Language

LD 1. Children will develop skills in listening for the purpose of
LD 5. Children will begin to develop age-appropriate strategies that will assist in reading

Related GPS Standards
A. Grade: Pre-K
Technology Integration Standard: Operates basic technology tools and applications.

SE 3c. Uses classroom materials purposefully and respectfully.

1. Computer with Internet connection
2. Topic Literature Web Page titled Do elephants have special friends?  Go to

3.  Book: Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco Illustrated by author
2. 8 ½ by 11 sheets of paper.
3.  Photo copies of 2 illustrations from the book (sized to fit on each of the 8 ½  by 11 sheets) for the sequence of events activity. Make one set for each student.
4. Glue stick for each child

5  Markers or crayons
6. Copy of lesson rubric for each group member.

Technology Connection

Technologies that will be used in this lesson include: computer with Internet connection, a picture developed using a computer drawing program, and a designed website that includes a computer painted picture.

Part I Step One: Introduction

1. Work with a small group of students (2-5).  Tell students that today you are going to read them a special book about an animal that they have been learning about.  Can anyone guess what animal this might be?
2. Ask students an introduction questions.
List of Introductory Questions:
a.  What are some things we learned about (the animal) Elephant?
b. Do you think Elephants live in a house?
Estimated time 2 minutes)
Step Two: Teaching the Primary Learning Outcomes  
1. Go to the computer and your Topic Literature website at Students should be grouped around the computer with you so they can see the screen, and have access to using the mouse
2.  Let children take turns pointing to things in your picture. 
3.    Read each question under the Paint drawing. Ask them to predict the answers of what they think.  They can also try to point to certain words on the screen.
Prediction questions.
1.  Where do you think Emma Kate and her friend are going?
2.  Who do you think is Emma Kate?
3.  What time of year do you think it is in the picture?
4.  Read the short overview about the story to them.  (include here)  Emma Kate and her elephant best friend sit next to one another in school, share lunches, play at recess, finish their homework, and go to soccer practice. They even have their tonsils out at the same time, sharing a hospital bed and gallons of pink ice cream. All the things that best friends do.
Estimated Time 5 -7 minutes
Part 2
Show the book to the children.  Tell them the title, author, illustrator
Do a VERY brief picture walk and highlight 2-3 aspects of the book

Read the story to the children.  (if the story is very long, read or tell key parts of the story or read story in 2 sittings)

Estimated time 10-15 minutes

After you read the story,
Ask students to tell you some things they liked about the story.  
Ask a question about the animal (that they have been studying) as it relates to the story.
-Give the students 2 sheets 8½ by 11of paper/ Label the pages 1, and 2
-Give the students 2  photocopied pictures from the storybook you read them, and ask them to paste the pictures on the papers with the event that happened first on the sheet labeled 1 and the next event on the sheet labeled 2.
Have them paste the papers together from left to right according to the order of events in the story. 

-If they want to dictate something to write under each picture, use markers and write the information as they dictate it to you.  They can also write their own information or draw on the page.

-Ask them to tell you what the pictures are about and what happened in each.

 (Estimated time 10 minutes)

Since this is a small group activity, the teacher will work individually work with each student to help him or her complete the activity.

Students who complete the work before the other students can add pictures to enhance their finished product.

Rubric:  Do one for each student in the group (see below) 

 (Lesson Plan outline developed by Dr. Inez  Heath, Fall 2007)


Rubric:  Do one for each student in the group

Level 3 (5 - 4 points) Level 2  (3- 2 points) Level 1  (1- 0 points)
Student is able to use the mouse to point to things and click  with  little or assistance Student is able to use the mouse to control the computer with assistance. Student is not able to use the mouse to control the computer.
Student responded to all the critical thinking prediction questions about the story in a logical way that indicated  knowledge about the animal.

Student responded with accuracy to two of the critical thinking prediction questions 

Student  had difficulty responding to the prediction questions related to the story.
Student worked collaboratively with others in the group and was able to place the pictures of the story in order from beginning to end Student worked collaboratively with others in the group, but had some difficulty ordering story pictures Student was unable to work with others in the group and/or  was unable to place story pictures in order.


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