Nelson Is Missing/Miss Nelson Is Back - Lesson 1
Students will be able to:
simple strategies to determine meaning and increase vocabulary for reading
including use of multiple meanings, synonyms, antonyms and word relations.
* read text
and determine the main idea.
relevant supporting details.
characters and recall details.
* Book: Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall
Miss Nelson Is
Back by Harry Allard and James Marshall
piece of paper
with Internet and word processing
(Who Am I?)
(comparing characters/recalling details)
Vocabulary: shall, relieved, substitute, ringleaders, corny, nervous, plot, impersonating,
misbehave, tottered, amused, demonstrated, consequences, behavior
teacher will introduce what a sentence is (put example on the board).
Students will do pg. 3 (Part A, B & C) in language book. Students
will go online to Student Fun and complete
activities on punctuation.
Activity: The teacher will...
new grade and school year.
"ball toss" to tell about yourself. Intro/model student questionnaire
(Who Am I?) and each student will complete one. (print out the worksheet)
lesson by activating prior knowledge by having the students answer the following
question in their journal: What would happen if you misbehave in class? (5
* Students can begin and maintain a computer-generated journal for this
unit; entries can be saved to the hard drive and student disk.
4. choose 2
- 3 students to read their journal aloud.
to the class that they will be reading a book about a class that misbehaves and
the consequences that will happen.
vocabulary words and definitions.
7. give each
student a white piece of paper, and have them fold it into seven pieces (model).
(students can also use word processing and create a table with two columns and
seven rows as their boxes; then type, add clip art and graphics)
students write each vocabulary word, definition and illustration in each box.
students write prediction of the story based on title and the front cover.
10. read and
ask questions as you read. (Miss Nelson Is Missing)
the main characters (Miss Nelson, Miss Viola Swamp) and brainstorm adjectives
12. have the
students go online to The
Dictionary Plus to find synonyms and antonyms for their vocabulary words.
13. have the
students go online to do a vocabulary activity, print out the worksheet and complete it.
14. if time
permits, put the students in groups and have them make a list of advantages and
disadvantages of having Miss Nelson vs. Miss Viola Swamp as a teacher - have the
students share their list with the class.
Evaluation: The students will do a personality panorama with the main characters (see
example), do a worksheet (comparing characters/recalling details) and answer the
***Students can add to the personality panorama as you read.***
* Why did
Miss Nelson go away?
* How did
the kids try to find her?
* List three
things the kids thought might have happened to Miss Nelson?
* Why do you
think Detective McSmogg won't be able to find Miss Nelson?
* What will
the kids do to make sure Miss Nelson doesn't leave again?
* List five
words that describe the children in Miss Nelson's class before Miss Swamp came.
Then list five words that describe how they were after Miss Nelson returned.
* Do you
think Miss Nelson would rather be a nice teacher or a mean teacher.
Explain your answer.
* What do
you think was the worst thing about Miss Viola Swamp being the teacher.
* Students will use word
processor to type their vocabulary words in 3x's each in ABC order.
* Students will go online
to Discovery Kids to create a crossword
puzzle with their vocabulary words.
* Students will go online
to do a comprehension activity, print out the worksheet and complete it.