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A Letter to My Teacher
Grade/Subject: Language Arts – Grade 4 Lesson Duration: 60 minutes
Unit: Making Mindfulness Possible Date: March 2019
OUTCOMES FROM ALBERTA PROGRAM OF STUDIES
General Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to explore thoughts, ideas,
feelings and experiences.
5. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to respect, support and
collaborate with others.
Specific Learning Outcomes:
• 1.1.1 - Compare new ideas, information and experiences to prior knowledge and
experiences.
• 1.1.3 - Share personal responses to explore and develop understanding of oral, print
and other media texts.
• 1.2.1 – Identify other perspectives by exploring a variety of ideas, opinions, responses
and oral, print and other media texts.
• 1.2.2 – Use talk, notes, personal writing and representing to record and reflect on
ideas, information and experiences.
• 5.1.1– Describe similarities and differences between personal experiences and the
experiences of people or characters from various cultures portrayed in oral, print and
other media texts.
• 5.1.2 – Appreciate the responses to some oral, print and other media texts may be
different.
• 5.1.4 – Identify and discuss differences in language use in a variety of school and
community contexts.
• 5.1.5 – Take responsibility for collaborating with others to achieve group goals.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. View a motivational video.
2. Personally relate to a book classed A Letter to My Teacher.
3. Compose a personal relfection.
ASSESSMENT
Observations: Key Questions:
• Make sure students are focused • What is a pep talk? (L.O #1)
on the video. There will be • Why do we need pep talks? (L.O
discussion after. Make sure all #1)
students can see. (L.O #1). • What are you teaching the world?
• Class reading – ask students (L.O #1)
questions to keep them engaged. • Why should we be mindful of others
Make sure students are paying daily? (L.O #1, 2 & 3).
attention and included in • What does it mean to be
discussions. (L.O #2) motivated? (L.O #1)
• Make sure students are on task • What does it mean to be
when working individually. Walk supported? (L.O #1 & 2)
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around the room and see what • Who in your life supports you? (L.O
students are coming up with. (L.O #2)
#3). • If you wrote a letter to your teacher,
what would it say? (L.O #2 & 3)
• What do you wish your teacher
knew? (L.O #3)
• What do you wish your friends
knew? (L.O #3)
Written/Performance Assessments:
• Students will write a reflection in their Me Book, this will go towards the final
product of their Me Book, which is a summative assessment.
• Students will participate in the I Wish My Teacher Knew exercise. They will
write something down on a recipe card, and put them into a jar. I will read them
later. Students can use this exercise to open up or tell me something going on
in their life. This will help create inclusion.
LEARNING RESOURCES CONSULTED
• The Alberta Program of Studies.
• A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson
• I Wish My Teacher Knew by Kyle Schwartz
MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT
• Recipe cards
• Smartboard
• A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson
• Container / jar to put recipe cards.
• Me Books
PROCEDURE
Introduction:
Hook/Attention Grabber: Today we will be examining another picture book.

Assessment of Prior Knowledge: The book is called A Letter to my Teacher. If you


wrote a letter to my teacher what would you say in it?

Expectations for Learning & Behaviour:


• Listening to me and eyes on the story when reading. I will be asking questions
after, so pay attention in case I ask you.
• Hands to yourself and no talking when sitting for the reading.
• During activities, be respectful of your classmates – follow the tribe’s
agreements (ask students to review these).
• Participate in activities.
• If you have a question raise your hand.
• When working, be on task. What does this look like?

Advance Organizer/Agenda:
• Have video ready to be played.
• Have the carpets out.
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Transition to Body: This morning, we are going to start with a video.


Body:
Key Questions:
• What is a pep talk?
• Why do we need pep talks?
• What are you teaching the world?
• Why should we be mindful of others daily?
• What does it mean to be motivated?
Learning Activity #1: YouTube Video (L.O #1)
• Motivational video by Kid President.
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwlhUcSGqgs
• The content of the video is about giving students a pep talk to try their best and
never give up. It also beings in how their teachers can help them achieve his.
Assessments/Differentiation:
• Make sure all students can see and are paying attention.
• Remind them there will be discussion after.

Key Questions:
• Why should we be mindful of others daily?
• What does it mean to be supported?
• Who in your life supports you?
• If you wrote a letter to your teacher, what would it say?
• What do you wish your teacher knew?
• What do you wish your friends knew?
Learning Activity #2: Group Reading (L.O #2)
• As a class, we will read A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson
• Students will grab carpets and sit at the front of the room.
• The main idea of the reading is to show students that no matter what happens,
their teacher will be there for them.
Assessment/Differentiation:
• Ask students questions for critical thinking. This will allow students to make
personally questions.
• Ask students questions to keep them engaged in the lesson.
• Make sure all students can see.

Key Questions:
• Why should we be mindful of others daily?
• What does it mean to be supported?
• Who in your life supports you?
• If you wrote a letter to your teacher, what would it say?
• What do you wish your teacher knew?
• What do you wish your friends knew?
Learning Activity #3: I Wish My Teacher Knew Activity & Me Book Reflection (L.O
#3).
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• Based on the book by Kyle Schwartz.


• Give each student a recipe card.
• Write on the board “I wish my teacher knew…”
• They will write their reflection, and put it into a jar.
• I will read the reflections later.
• Students will compete a reflection in their Me Book
• What do you wish your friends knew about you?
• Students will write a short reflection and then draw a picture to accompany it
Assessment/Differentiation:
• No criteria for this activity – students can write as much or as little as they wish.
They will put their name on it. Remind students I will be the only one reading
this.
• Students will write a reflection and draw a picture to accompany it. This will
accompany different types of learners.
• They will add colour to make this visually appealing.

Sponge Activity: Complete other Me Book reflections that are not complete
Closure:
Consolidation/Assessment of Learning: Great job! Does anyone have anything they’d
like to share after the activities this morning?

Transition to Next Lesson: Tomorrow we will be writing our spelling test.