Lessons & Units

The Wizard of Oz 5th Grade Unit

The Wizard of Oz (Puffin Classics)
Genre
Fantasy
Concepts Taught
Cause and Effect, Character, Genre, Plot, Setting, Theme

Lessons

Genre Lesson Fantasy Identify the fantastical elements in a work of fantasy fiction.
Lesson 1 The Language of Setting Examine descriptive language used to give a setting emotional impact.
Lesson 2 The Effects of Character Decisions Explain the effects of a character’s decision on the plot.
Lesson 3 Analyzing Plot Conflict Analyze a Character vs. Character plot conflict.
Lesson 4 Deciding Theme Explain the theme of a story by analyzing the effects of a character’s decision.

Build Background Knowledge

Dorothy's home state of Kansas is a place that is famous for its tornadoes. Build background knowledge for this unit by teaching your students the science of tornadoes. Tornados are violent storms that can be very dangerous. They appear as funnel-shaped thunderstorms, moving through the air at speeds reaching 300 miles per hour. This is why some people call tornadoes "twisters." Show pictures of twisters to your class. Explain that when tornadoes touch down, they can destroy and lift anything in their path. Tornadoes can happen anywhere, but most happen in "Tornado Alley," the area between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains. Show this area on your map of the United States. Explain that most people living in Tornado Alley have cellars, or underground areas in their homes, schools, and workplaces, where they can go if a tornado is approaching.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for The Wizard of Oz

Day 1

Begin the Genre Lesson

Begin Reading The Wizard of Oz,Chapters 1-6;

Day 2

Finish Reading The Wizard of Oz,Chapters 1-6;

Genre Lesson (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for the Genre in the Student Packet

Day 3

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-6

Day 4

Begin Lesson 1

Day 5

Lesson 1 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 1 in the Student Packet

Day 6

Begin Reading Chapters 7-12

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets Chapters 7-12

Day 7

Finish Reading Chapters 7-12

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets Chapters 7-12

Day 8

Begin Lesson 2

Day 9

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 2 in the Student Packet

Day 10

Begin Reading Chapters 13-18

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 13-18

Day 11

Finish Reading Chapters 13-18

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 13-18

Day 12

Begin Lesson 3

Day 13

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3 in the Student Packet

Day 14

Begin Reading Chapters 19-24

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 19-24

Day 15

Finish Reading Chapters 19-24

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 19-24

Day 16

Begin Lesson 4

Day 17

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

Day 18

Review for the Unit Assessment

Day 19

Unit Assessment

 

 

 

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