Students interview each other and make a short film with the goal of fostering teamwork and creating a sense of community.
- Listen to books.
- List famous people.
- Write how they are famous.
- Plan for an interview.
- Judy Moody Gets Famous!, by Megan McDonald
- Shoe Magic, by Nikki Grimes
- Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman
- All I Am, by Eileen Roe, Helen Cogancherry
- The Red Carpet, by Rex Parkin
- Arthur's Famous Friends, Video based on book by Marc Brown
- Chart paper and marker
- VCR and TV
- Sign-up sheet for roles
- Two weeks before school starts send home a Back-to-School letter to parents.
- Put red carpet (or red roll paper) in the entrance to the classroom.
- Record the book The Red Carpet for the listening center.
- Set up centers for learning photography, videotaping, editing, reporting, listening, reading, and watching the Arthur's Famous Friends video. These would stay up for the entire unit.
Step 1: Read Judy Moody Gets Famous! aloud to students.
Step 2: Discuss what the word "famous" means.
Step 3: On chart paper, brainstorm a list of famous people with the students. Next to each person's name, indicate why they are famous. For example: Jan Brett — author; Sally Ride — astronaut; Barack Obama — President.
Step 4: Read Amazing Grace and All I Am to help the students get ideas for how they are also important.
Step 5: Discuss how the children are Famous First Graders. They may be "famous" for something like being a good runner, writer, singer or helper at home.
Step 6: Talk about how famous people are interviewed because other people are interested in learning more about them. Explain to students that the children in this class are interested in learning more about them too, so everyone will have a turn to become a Famous First Grader.
Step 7: Encourage students to write information about themselves that would be interesting to others and how what they wrote could make them famous. For example: I like to travel and take photos. So I am a famous photographer for a travel magazine.
Step 8: Allow time for the students to write their information. They may need help with writing or need to dictate their information to an adult. (Great time to use parent volunteers, teacher assistants, or older students.)
Step 9: After the students are finished, or at a later time, make plans for interviewing the Famous First Graders. Guide the students to think of ways famous people get publicity - through paparazzi photographers, reporters, movie, or TV cameras. Plan how they could interview the Famous First grader as a team so that everyone could have a cooperative part. They may want to include limousine drivers and ushers who open the limo door, and a crowd who watches for famous people to arrive.
Step 10: Have a sign-up sheet for students to choose a job for the first interview session tomorrow.
Step 11: Conclude the lesson by asking students for their reactions to becoming famous and becoming a team.
In class, write about what they are good at doing that would make them famous.
Observe how well the children understand what it means to be famous.
Observe how well students listen and participate in discussions. Use the written information sheets to evaluate how well the students can write at the beginning of the year.