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Title: Community Helpers- My Teacher’s Secret Life

Grade Level: K

Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies

Time Needed: 1 class period

Overview: During this one week lesson, students will learn about several different community helpers and what their roles are within the community. 


Materials or Equipment:

Ÿ        Books for read aloud: My Teacher’s Secret Life

Ÿ        Journals

Ÿ        Writing utensils

Illinois State Standards:

State Goal 1: Read with understanding and fluency

Ÿ        B. Apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency.

-         1.B.1a: Establish purposes for reading, make predictions, connect important ideas, and link text to previous experiences and knowledge.

-         1.B.1c: Continuously check and clarify for understanding (e.g., reread, read ahead, use visual and context clues, ask questions, retell, use meaningful substitutions).


State Goal 2: Read and understand literature representative of various societies, eras and ideas.

Ÿ        B. Read and interpret a variety of literary works.

-         2.B.1c: Relate character, setting and plot to real-life situations.


State Goal 3: Write to communicate for a variety of purposes.

Ÿ        C. Communicate ideas in writing to accomplish a variety of purposes.

-         3.B.1b: Create media compositions or productions which convey meaning visually for a variety of purposes.


State Goal 18: Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the United States.

Ÿ        B. Understand the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in society.

-         18.B.1a: Compare the roles of individuals in group situations (e.g., student, committee member, employee/employer)

Goals: Students will recognize teachers as community helpers.

Behavioral Objectives:

Students will:

Ÿ        state why teachers are important in the community.

Ÿ        draw a picture in their journals of something they believe the cooperating teacher or I do after school.

Teacher preparation:

Ÿ        Prepare building materials

Ÿ        Date stamp and prepare journals


Ÿ        Read My Teacher’s Secret Life.

Ÿ        Discuss text with students – what kinds of things did the student believe the teacher did after school?  What did the student see the teacher doing? 

Ÿ        Journal – Draw what the cooperating teacher or I might do after everyone leaves school for the day.


Ÿ        Review discussion.

Extra Challenge or Adaptations:

Ÿ        Student will sit on carpet and listen to the read aloud.  He will sit with the group for the discussion, even if he does not verbally participate.  With the help of aid, he will draw a journal entry.

Evaluation or Assessment:

Ÿ        Journal – students will be assessed on how well they followed the parameters of the assignment – i.e. did they draw cooperating teacher or me (or both of us)?  Ideas can be creative – like the ones in the book – or realistic.