Trying New Things -2

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Teachers

Definition: Trying new things means attempting to participate in an activity or an event that you have never participated in previously.

Discussion Points:

Questions:

  • Why is it important to try new things?
  • What can happen if you try new things?
  • What do you need to do when you are planning to try something new?
  • Is it easier to try new things with a friend?

  • Discuss with students what it means to try new things. Review the discussion point questions.


      Possible activities to review the discussion point:

    • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
    • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

    Activity 1: Circumstances

    In a large group, make a list of circumstances when it is important for you to try new things. Record answers on the board.

    Example: At a summer camp

    Materials Needed:
    • Chart Paper or chalkboard

    Activity 2: Dream Essay

    Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. When finished students should share and see if any other students in the class would like to try the same new thing.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
    • Pencil for each student

    Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

    Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. When finished, have students share.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student activity sheet B - 1 per student
    • Pencil for each student

    Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension and Grammar Review

    Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet C.

    After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
    • Pencil for each student
    • Student activity sheet D - 1 per student
    • Red and purple colored pencil or crayon

    Example script demonstrating trying new things appropriately:
    Kim: Hey Tori, would you like to go ice skating?
    Tori: I have never been ice skating.
    Kim: Would you like to try it?
    Tori: Sure!

    Example script demonstrating trying new things inappropriately:
    Kim: Hey Tori, would you like to go ice skating?
    Tori: No I don’t like ice skating.
    Kim: Have you ever tried it?
    Tori: No and I never will. I don’t like it. I’m just not going.
    Kim: Please.
    Tori: No!

    After completing the listening comprehension portion of this activity provide students a copy of student activity sheet D. Point out to students the features of script text to indicate which character is talking. Remind students that this is a dialogue between characters.

    Allow students time to complete activity sheet D.

    Display the script using the immersive reader, highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self check their work to determine if they correctly named nouns. Repeat for verbs and syllables.

    If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

    Script Writing and Animation

    Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

    In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating trying new things appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

    Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Materials Needed:
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Lesson Review

    Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • Pencil for each student

    Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

    • Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez
    • I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
    • Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
    • Samantha on a Roll by Linda Ashman
    • Peep!: A Little Book About Taking a Leap by Maria van Lieshout
    • My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives by Jamie Lee Curtis

    Students

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    Student Activity Sheet A

    Write an essay about something you would like to try one day but that you might not be able to do yet.

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Study the comic strips below. Circle the answers that show the characters willing to try new things.

    Student Activity Sheet C

    Who are the characters in this script?

    What would Kim like Tori to try?

    How do you think Kim feels about trying something new?

    How do you feel when you have to try something new?

    Student Activity Sheet D

    Directions: In the scripts below circle two nouns in purple that name a person and one noun that names a place. In red circle two verbs.

    Remember:

    A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.

    A verb names describe an action, state, or occurrence.

    Example script demonstrating trying new things appropriately:
    Kim: Hey Tori, would you like to go ice skating?
    Tori: I have never been ice skating.
    Kim: Would you like to try it?
    Tori: Sure!

    Example script demonstrating trying new things inappropriately:
    Kim: Hey Tori, would you like to go ice skating?
    Tori: No I don’t like ice skating.
    Kim: Have you ever tried it?
    Tori: No and I never will. I don’t like it. I’m just not going.
    Kim: Please.
    Tori: No!

    Directions: How many syllables do you hear in the words below?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    1. Why is it important to try new things.

    2. What will happen if you try new things?

    3. What will happen if you don't try new things?

    4. Can it be scary to try new things? Yes or No? Why?