Students can understand the main content of this passage.
Students can master these words such as “kitten” and “fur” and the structure “on+specific date”.
Students can make sentences by imitating the example.
Students can develop their awareness of protecting animals.
Key and difficult points:
Students can master the words such as “kitten” and “fur” and the structure “on+specific date”.
Students can make sentences by imitating the example “Their eyes are open on April 26th.”
Step 1: Warming-up
1. Greetings. Talk about the weather.
2. Sing a song with the students.
Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O
And on the farm he had a cat, E I E I O
With a meow meow here, and a meow meow there
Here meow, there meow, everywhere meow meow
Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O
Ask students which animal they hear from this song. They may answer cat and then guide them to have free talk about cat with some questions. For example, what color is it? Have you ever kept a cat? Then lead in today’s topic Sarah’s cat.
Step 2: Pre-reading
Show some pictures about kittens’ growing up and ask students “What’s this?” and “How does it look like?”. Students may give the wrong answers such as “They are mice”. Then show students other pictures and tell them they are the same animals--cat. Guide student understand the words kittens and fur.
Step 3: While-reading
1. Fast reading
Ask students to read the passage quickly and find out the main idea of it. And I will remind them not to read the passage word by word.
Then I will ask them to put the four pictures on the textbook in a correct order to train their observing ability.
2. Detailed reading
Ask students to read the passage carefully for the second time and do the match on the blackboard. Then invite some of them to finish it and check it together.
Their eyes are open. May 3rd
They have white fur. April 26th
They can walk. April 21st
3. Read in groups
Ask students to work in pairs to read the diary for each other. Then invite some of them to read at the stage.
And I will give some guidance accordingly, for example, the pronunciation of the new words, the intonation of sentences and so on.
Ask students to write two sentences about the kittens according to the example given on the blackboard “Their eyes are open on April 26th.”
Lead students to pay attention to the structure of the date.
5 minutes will be given. Then invite some of them to read their sentences loudly in front of the whole class. Also, I will give proper encouragement.
Step5: Summary and Homework
Summary: Ask a student to conclude the content of the lesson. Then tell students we should cherish the life of all animals.
Homework: To retell the growing process of kittens according to the words and sentence structures we have learned today to their parents.
1. What are the key steps in this class and how do you design for it?
The most important step of this lesson is while-reading, and I will design it in the following aspects. First of all, I will ask students to read the passage quickly for the first time and find out the main idea of it and arrange the pictures on the textbook in an correct order. It can help students have an basic understanding about this passage. After that, I will ask students to read the passage again carefully and match the growing process with the dates on the blackboard. This activity can help student know the detailed information of the kittens’ growing. Finally, I will ask them to read the whole passage which can improve their pronunciation.
2. Besides teaching the main idea and detailed information of the passage, what else can you teach in a reading class?
Besides the main idea and detailed information, I think there are another three important aspects I can teach my students: First, the new vocabulary; second, the reading strategies and last the the format or structure of the passage. In terms of vocabulary, teachers can use some pictures or videos to help students to master them well before reading the materials. Also, teachers can lead students to learn the new words while reading. As for the reading strategies, as showed in my presentation, I will lead my students to apply the scanning and skimming skills during reading. In terms of the format and structure of the passage, as for this passage, I intend to lead students to grasp the format and structure of a diary and guide them know how to write a diary in a correct way.