English Language Arts Grade 1
Reading: Literature Standard 3
After reading Leo Lionni's story titled "Frederick", students will illustrate a scene from the story.
In the story, Frederick, the little field mouse, and his friends live in a stone wall near the barn. When the weather begins to turn chilly, the other field mice begin to gather grains, nuts, and seeds. Frederick does not help. He says that he is gathering rays of the sun, colors, and words. As the long winter progresses and food supplies are depleted, the field mice are comforted when Frederick, the artist, shares his contributions of warm memories, rainbow colors, and colorful poetry with them.
Students can close their eyes and visualize a place with warmth and color as Frederick did in the story. Students should be able to use their own background and experience to make connections with parts of the story.
Intended Learning Outcomes
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
Invitation to Learn
Read the story of Frederick. Have the students identify the setting of the story and the problem that the little field mice have. As part of the solution to the problem, ask each student to close their eyes and visualize a beautiful place, a place they would like to remember during the gray days of winter. Take time to share.
This activity can be used as an assessment of student understanding as observed by the drawings and comments students add to the wall story.