Title: Grandpa's Decision
1) Given the information about Grandpa's fight for his home found in Grandpa's Mountain, students will participate, when called on, in a class discussion about the good and bad consequences of this fight.
2) Given the class discussion of Grandpa's fight, students will fill in decision trees, in groups of 3 or 4.
Materials: Grandpa's Mountain, decision tree worksheet (See APPENDIX)
1) Teacher gives a card to each student. Students write their names on the card and return to teacher. When the teacher asks a question, a card is selected, and the child whose name is on the card gives the answer. Return used cards to the stack so that the children previously called on don't discontinue paying attention to the discussion.
2) Teacher asks open-ended questions that bring up the decisions facing Grandpa, and how he is handling those decisions. Some sample questions might be: What do you think is the hardest challenge facing Grandpa? What are some different ways he could handle being forced to leave his land/home? Why do you think he is reacting the way he is? If you were Carrie, would you support Grandpa? Are there any positive consequences to fighting, even if you are going to lose? What are some negative consequences of fighting?
3) This discussion leads smoothly into having students fill out a decision tree about Grandpa. The big decision at hand is whether or not Grandpa should stay and fight for his home, or go without causing a stir. Students should be at a point in the book where Grandpa has been told he has to leave. This comes early in the book, so this lesson fits in really well.
4) Divide students into groups of 3 or 4 by counting off. Each group of students in responsible for filling out one decision tree (see appendix). After filling out the tree, they will come to a consensus as to what they feel Grandpa should do: fight, or go peacefully.
1) Each group will select a spokesperson to represent them. The spokespersons will then stand one at a time and explain what decision their group made, and why.
2) Teacher will collect the decision trees and check for completeness.
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