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Visions TRB, Book B, Unit 4 Lesson Plan          Copyright © Heinle

Unit 4  Discoveries

Chapter 1 • The Library Card, by Jerry Spinelli, & At the Library, by Nikki Grimes

Chapter Materials

Activity Book: pp. 121–128

Audio: Unit 4, Chapter 1

Student Handbook

Student CD-ROM: Unit 4, Chapter 1

Teacher Resource Book: Lesson Plan, p. 19; Teacher Resources, pp. 35–64; Reading Summaries, pp. 95–96; Activity Book Answer Key

Teacher Resource CD-ROM

Assessment Program: Unit 4, Chapter Quiz, pp. 61–62; Teacher and Student Resources, pp. 115–144

Assessment CD-ROM: Unit 4, Chapter 1


The Heinle Newbury House Dictionary/CD-ROM

Web Site: http://visions.heinle.com

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

Day 1

Unit Opener (pp. 222–223) 20 min.

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

Objectives (p. 224) 5 min.

Present the chapter objectives.

Use Prior Knowledge (p. 224) 15 min.

Activate prior knowledge about sources of information.

Build Background (p. 225) 5 min.

Provide the background information on public libraries.

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 2 things that you can borrow from a library.

Build Vocabulary (p. 225) 15 min.

Introduce using repetition to find meaning.

Text Structure (p. 226) 10 min.

Present the text features of fiction.

Reading Strategy (p. 226) 10 min.

Teach the strategy of comparing and contrasting.

Reading Selection Opener (p. 227) 5 min.

Preview the chapter reading selections.

Homework: Activity Book (p. 121)

Day 3

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: A plot has a     , a     , and an     .

Reading Selections (pp. 228–233) 25 min.

Have students read the selections and use the reading strategy. Teach spelling, capitalization, and punctuation points on TE pp. 228–233.

Reading Comprehension (p. 234) 10 min.

Have students answer the questions.

Build Reading Fluency (p. 234) 5 min.

Teach how to build reading fluency by reading chunks of words silently.

Homework: Activity Book (p. 122)

Day 4

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: Do you think that Mongoose will go to the library much in the future? Why or why not?

Listen, Speak, Interact (p. 235) 15 min.

Have students take notes, organize, and summarize.

Elements of Literature (p. 235) 15 min.

Present writing style.

Word Study (p. 236) 10 min.

Present historical influences on English words.

Homework: Activity Book (pp. 123–124)

Day 5

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: In “The Library Card,” the author begins several sentences in a row with and to show excitement. This is an example of the author’s writing    .

Grammar Focus (p. 236) 15 min.

Present sentences with relative clauses.

From Reading to Writing (p. 237) 15 min.

Teach how to write a story.

Across Content Areas (p. 237) 10 min.

Introduce related language arts content on using the library.

Homework: Activity Book (pp. 125–128); Have students complete the third column of the KWL chart from Day 1. Have students study for the Unit 4, Chapter 1 Quiz.

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