Preinstructional Planning Objectives Students will recognize patterns in writing and will write their own story using the same pattern. Lesson Resources Fortunately by Remy Charlip Set Up and Prepare Ask the students if they have ever had an experience that started out good and then turned bad or a bad experience that a turned out good. During Instruction Directions Have the students predict what will happen next in the story. Will it be a fortunate event or an unfortunate event? Have the students rewrite the story using their own events or adventures. In a small group, have students write a group story where one student writes a good event, the next student adds on a bad event, a third student changes it to a good event, and a fourth student changes it to a bad event.

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Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party. Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away. Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane. Unfortunately, the motor exploded. Fortunately, there was a parachute in the airplane. Unfortunately, there was a hole in the parachute. Students loves to hear how the story twists and turns between fortunate and unfortunate.

During our study of transportation, students used this book to create their own version. Each pair of students was asked to choose a vehicle. They had to then think of a handful of things that could happen while traveling on that vehicle. For example, if flying in a hot air balloon.. Fortunately, you can see the beautiful landscape. Unfortunately, you cannot see anything if it is cloudy. Fortunately, a hot air balloon can travel high above the ground. Unfortunately, it cannot go as high as an airplane.

Fortunately, a hot air balloon is powdered by hot air. Unfortunately, a hot air balloon can pop. Creating the Book We used this template to help guide the students thinking while they worked together to come up with their own adventure. After completing the words and illustrations, students cut the template in half horizontally, glue the two halves together and fold it like an accordion.

Here are some of the stories our students came up with: This activity always ends up being a favorite of the students. In fact, my son, who is now in 3rd grade, still takes his Fortunately book out from time to time to enjoy This template is available at the following link: Fortunately Template from BMTM If this is your first time visiting Boy Mama Teacher Mama, welcome! Stop by to see what is happening!


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