Lessons & Units :: Plot 3rd Grade Unit

Lesson 3: Plots with More Than One Problem

Lesson Plan

The Story of Noodles | 450L

The Story of Noodles
Learning Goal
Identify and describe how problems in a story are related to each other.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Chart for Direct Teaching, Example Chart for Guided Practice, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: The Story of Noodles by Ying Chang Compestine, The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy, and Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that many stories have more than one problem and that usually the problems are related. I will chart all the problems in The Story of Noodles and discuss how they are all related. (Direct Teaching Teacher Example Chart is provided below in Teacher and Student Materials.) I will explain that all the problems in The Story of Noodles are centered on the three boys and their playfulness with food.

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I determine how the problems in the story were related? Students should respond that you read the story and charted all the problems in the story. Then, you reread the problems and thought about what they were all related to.

  • Guided Practice

    will read The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy, identify the problems in the story, and describe how they are related to one another. (Guided Practice Teacher Example Chart is provided below.)

  • Independent Practice

    will reread Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges and identify the main problems in the book. You will explain how the problems are related to one another. (Student Independent Practice is provided below.)

Build Student Vocabulary repaired

Tier 2 Word: repaired
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story Many people had to work day and night until the hole in the Great Wall of China was repaired.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) Repaired means to fix or put back together. When the wall was repaired, it was fixed and put back together. The hole was filled in.
Students repeat the word Say the word repaired with me: repaired.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts When my computer was not working right, I had to get it repaired. Last night we had to take the car to be repaired. My video-game needs to be repaired because it broke.
Students provide examples Can you think of something that needs to be repaired? Say “My ____________ needs to be repaired.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? repaired
Additional Vocabulary Words groaning, remarkable

Build Student Background Knowledge

Before reading The Seven Chinese Brothers, share information from the "Editor's Note" about the construction of the Great Wall of China. Present pictures of the Great Wall to your students and explain that the Great Wall is considered one of the 7 Manmade Wonders of the World. The wall was built to defend the Chinese empire from invaders, and it was built by laborers who were not paid.

Texts & Materials

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