*This lesson coincides with chapter 8 (Avoid Ambiguity) from Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech.
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Lesson created by Kendra Dover
Grade level range: 3-4
Length of time to teach lesson: 30-45 minutes
Overview of lesson: Students will use a random word to inspire a connection to an essential item needed by settlers heading west through Nevada. This utilizes individual creativity to connect to classroom content. It allows students to have personal connection with the assignment while testing knowledge of what items were important to the settlers.
Objective (Learning target) of this lesson: Students should understand the struggles that settlers faced and what items were important for their survival and success.
Teaching instructions for the lesson:
Using the list of random words on page 191 in A Whack on the Side of the Head, students will close their eyes, and select 10 words by setting their finger down on the page. They will come up with one essential item for each random word that a family would need to make a successful trip (see handout for directions).