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Visions TRB, Book B, Unit 1 Lesson Plan          Copyright © Heinle

Unit 1  Challenges

Chapter 1 • The Race, by Jennifer Trujillo, & The Camel Dances, by Arnold Lobel

Chapter Materials

Activity Book: pp. 1–8

Audio: Unit 1, Chapter 1

Student Handbook

Student CD-ROM: Unit 1, Chapter 1

Teacher Resource Book: Lesson Plan, p. 1; Teacher Resources, pp. 35–64; Reading Summaries, pp. 65–66; Activity Book Answer Key

Teacher Resource CD-ROM

Assessment Program: Unit 1, Chapter 1 Quiz, pp. 7–8; Teacher and Student Resources, pp. 115–144

Assessment CD-ROM: Unit 1, Chapter 1 Quiz


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See the Teacher’s Edition wrap-around for complete teaching suggestions for each section.

Day 1

Unit Opener (p. 1) 20 min.

Preview the unit reading selections. Complete the “View the Picture” activity.

Objectives (p. 2) 5 min.

Present the chapter objectives.

Use Prior Knowledge (p. 2) 15 min.

Activate prior knowledge about competitions.

Build Background (p. 3) 5 min.

Provide the background information on ballet.

Homework: KWL (TRB, p. 42); Have students complete the first and second columns based on what they learned in class. Students will complete the third column at the end of the chapter.

Day 2

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: List 3 types of competitions.

Build Vocabulary (p. 3) 15 min.

Introduce synonyms and using references.

Text Structure (p. 4) 10 min.

Present the text features of a poem and a fable.

Reading Strategy (p. 4) 10 min.

Teach the strategy of making inferences.

Reading Selection Opener (p. 5) 5 min.

Preview the chapter reading selections.

Homework: Activity Book (p. 1)

Day 3

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: List 2 things you learned about a poem and 2 things you learned about a fable.

Reading Selections (pp. 6–9) 25 min.

Have students read the selections and use the reading strategy. Teach spelling, capitalization, and punctuation points on TE pp. 6–9.

Reading Comprehension (p. 10) 10 min.

Have students answer the questions.

Build Reading Fluency (p. 10) 5 min.

Teach how to build reading fluency by reading key phrases.

Homework: Activity Book (p. 2)

Day 4

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: Complete these sentences:

a.  In “The Race,” the rider rode her horse because     .

b.  In “The Camel Dances,” the Camel worked very hard because     .

Listen, Speak, Interact (p. 11) 15 min.

Have students describe something they like to do.

Elements of Literature (p. 11) 15 min.

Teach how to distinguish sounds of rhyming words.

Word Study (p. 12) 10 min.

Present the suffix -er and complete the activity.

Homework: Activity Book (pp. 3–4)

Day 5

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: Write a rhyming word for these words:

a. catb. mouse   c. deer  d. bear  e. shark

Grammar Focus (p. 12) 15 min.

Present past tense verbs.

From Reading to Writing (p. 13) 15 min.

Teach how to write a poem.

Across Content Areas (p. 13) 10 min.

Provide related science content on classifying animals.

Homework: Activity Book (pp. 5–8); Have students complete the third column of the KWL chart from

Day 1. Have students study for the Unit 1, Chapter 1 Quiz.

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