Great Ball Game Lesson Plan - by Ruth Ferris


Focus Book: Great Ball Game by Joseph Bruchac (Intermediate Level)
Essential Understandings (Theme):
  • Lessons in the wisdom of the Elders.
  • Remembering the old ways.
  • To develop an awareness of the diversities and similarities in Native American Cultures.
  • Everyone and everything is related.
  • Organizational patterns of Indian oral and written literature differs from Western European stories.

Essential Questions:
  • How does this book show tribal and individual diversity?
  • What is the author’s perspective? How does the perspective influence the meaning of the story?
  • How does culture, history, and personal experience influence our understanding of others?
  • What was the purpose of this story?
  • What are some common characteristics of Indian stories?
Topical: Understandings
  • Identify and discuss cultural components
  • Make connections (text to self; text to text; text-world)
  • Develop comprehension strategies and skills


Topical Questions:
  • What is one lesson you learned from the story?
  • What types of relationships did you see?
  • Where would you fit in the story as you heard it today?
  • What character would you be?
  • What does the story suggest about appropriate or inappropriate behavior?
Goals & Standards: #1 Students seek a variety of materials for independent learning and personal enjoyment, including the appreciation of literature and other creative expressions.
Benchmarks: (1) Experience diversity of cultures through a variety of literature and other creative expressions. (4) Listen to and begin to read a variety of literature to enhance selection.
Concepts and Skills: (what we are learning about.)
· Develop comprehension strategies and skills
· Make connections
· Self question while reading and making predictions
· Develop listening skills
· Identify and discuss cultural components
· Be able to use reference materials

Learning Objective:
(What do you want students to understand and/or be able to do after today?
· Retell the story
· Be aware of the interdependence of the community and with their environment.
· Know that traditional stories were told for a reason.
· What lesson did the storyteller want the audience to learn?
· Use strategies to improve comprehension.
· Reading Fluency

Assessment:
(How will you determine if students understand it and/or can do it?)
· Through observations
· Discussions.

Brief summary and description of activities:
(What will be happening in the class today? How will class look?)

Introduction: Read portion of pages 3-5 of Native American Games and Stories by James and Joseph Bruchac
explaining about the importance of Native American games.

Lesson #1: Talk about the importance of ball games to the tribes; that everyone participated.
Read the “Great Ball Game” and “The Ball Game between the Animals and the Birds (Mohawk)”. Using a Venn Diagram compare the two stories. Locate both tribes on a map. Discuss LaCrosse and Soccer as originating in the Americas.

Lesson 2: Read and practice the Reader’s Theater Script.

Lesson 3: Pair with realistic books on bats.

Lesson 4: Another connection would be to compare an English/European story format to a Native American format, using Stellaluna and a webquest for it.


Materials/Resources/Handouts:
(Do you need to sign up or sign out for anything? Any special materials?)
The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story by Joseph Bruchac
Native American Games and Stories by James and Joseph Bruchac
Reader’s Theater script of the Great Ball Game
Pushing up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children – Joseph Bruchac
The Ball Game between the Animals and the Birds (Mohawk) in “Native American Games and Stories”
Venn Diagram Sheet
Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats – Anne Earle
Bats – Linda Wood (Zoo Book)
Bats Thematic Unit - Jennifer Overend Prior (Teacher Created Materials (ISBN 1-57690-376-1)
Shadows of Night – Barbara Bash (599.4 BAS)
Bats – Kevin Holmes (599.4 HOL)
Flying Squirrels – Lynn Stone (599.32 STO)


Web Sites

http://www.mrscarosclass.com/Ballgame%20Reader's%20Theater.doc Readers Theater Script for the Great Ball Game

http://www.srmt-nsn.gov/his.htm Mohawk Tribe Website

http://www.geocities.com/bigorrin/mohawk_kids.htm Mohawk facts for Kids

http://www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov/ Muskogee Creek Nation Website

http://www.indians.org/Resource/FedTribes99/fedtribes99.html American Tribal Directory

http://nativeamericanrhymes.com/library/tribes1200.htm Map of Native American Tribes

Bats

http://www.batcon.org/home/default.asp Bat Conservation International

http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/bats/index.htm Kid Zone Bats

http://www.batworld.org/main/main.html Bat World

http://science.howstuffworks.com/bat.htm How bats work

http://www.fws.gov/Endangered/bats/bats.htm US Fish & Wildlife Services



Webquests

http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/chavez/batquest/batquest.html In Search of Stellaluna’s Family

http://www2.tltc.ttu.edu/butler/Student-Webquests/stellaluna-home.htm#Task Big Bat Hunt

http://www.vigoschools.org/~sugrel/bats2.html Going Batty for Stellaluna

http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/stella/stellatg.html Teacher Cyberguide - Stellaluna

http://faculty.trevecca.edu/jbivens/Sharp.htm Webquest

http://www.schools.manatee.k12.fl.us/martin/projects/stellaluna.html Bat Activities

http://www.literacy.uconn.edu/k2webqu.htm Batquest

http://www.oswego.org/staff/cchamber/resources/bats.cfm Bat Links




Resources/Background Information:
The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story by Joseph Bruchac
Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children – Joseph Bruchac
Native American Games and Stories – James Bruchac and Joseph Bruchac
Stellaluna – Janell Cannon
Pairing Fiction & Nonfiction: Strategies to Build Comprehension in the Content Areas – Deanne Camp
Roots and Branches – Dorothea M. Susag

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