- Respond to a question
- Draw a self portrait
- Participate in guided writing
- One 9" x 11" piece of paper for each student
- A cutout of a cowboy hat for each student
- Pencils, glue, and crayons
- Examples of WANTED posters from the Old West
- Word web with the word WANTED in the middle
(Begin each lesson with a song: "Clementine.")
Step 1: Show students examples of old WANTED posters. Tell the students that a long time ago WANTED posters were made for people who did really bad things. (WANTED posters are still used today, but in the Old West, before radio and television, and even before many communities had newspapers, they played a more important role). As a group, brainstorm what you think that these people were wanted for. Write down the students responses around the word. After the students brainstorm ideas for the WANTED word web tell them the real reason what these people could have been wanted such as robbing a bank or stealing a horse.
Step 2: Read the story "The Legend Of Lightning Larry" by Aaron Shepard. Discuss why characters were wanted in the story.
Step 3: Brainstorm ideas of why your students could be wanted. My favorite is "WANTED for eating too many cupcakes." Other responses have included "WANTED for running in the classroom" and "WANTED for tickling too much!"
Step 4: Give each student a 9" x 11" piece of paper. Write "WANTED" at the top of the paper in pencil for students to trace over in black crayon.
Step 5: Have students glue the cowboy hat cutout right below the word "WANTED."
Step 6: Have students draw a circle/oval underneath the cowboy hat in pencil for the face. Tell them to draw their eyes, nose, mouth, and eyebrows. Have them color their faces and facial features.
(Begin each lesson with a song: "Oh, Susanna.")
Step 1: Review the WANTED word web.
Step 2: Review and brainstorm more ideas of why the students could be wanted.
Step 3: Pass out the WANTED posters so students can finish coloring their WANTED self-portraits.
Step 4: While the students are at centers, call students one-by-one to the table and ask why they are wanted. Write down their responses.
Step 5: Type the responses on the computer, print, and glue the students' responses to their WANTED posters.
Step 6: Share the WANTED posters at share-time.
Step 7: Display the posters on your bulletin board.
Supporting All Learners
Students who are writing already may write why they are wanted on a piece of paper. English language learners or students of special needs may draw a picture showing why they are wanted.
Invite the parents to come in and watch the students present their WANTED posters.
- Did the students stay on task?
- Did the students work independently?
- Did the students understand the concept of what the poster means?
- Were the students able to write and trace the word the word "WANTED?"
- Can the students draw a self-portrait?
- Can the students respond to the question being asked: "What are you WANTED for?"