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Reading "The Hundred Penny Box”

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Summary

Using a penny and its date, students are asked to remember and write about an important event in their lives. Then students read "The Hundred Penny Box" by Sharon Bell Mathis, the story of a 100-year-old woman who has collected a penny for each birthday she's celebrated and who uses the collection to recount the stories of her life.

Coin Type(s)

  • Cent

Coin Program(s)

  • Generic

Objectives

Students will recount personal experiences to identify more closely with the story's characters, increasing their knowledge and experience with the book's topic.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts

Grades

  • Kindergarten
  • First grade
  • Second grade
  • Third grade
  • Fourth grade
  • Fifth grade

Class Time

Sessions: Two
Session Length: 30-45 minutes
Total Length: 46-90 minutes

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Individual work

Terms and Concepts

Brainstorming

Materials

  • One penny for each student
  • A copy of the book "The Hundred Penny Box" by Sharon Bell Mathis
  1. Collect a penny for each student in your classroom that was minted during their lifetimes. Alternately, you could ask students to each bring in such a penny.
  2. Using the date on the penny, ask each student to remember something of personal significance that happened that year. For example, the birth of a sibling or a move to a new household.

  3. Have students share their personal events by either breaking into small groups or by having a class discussion.

  4. Show students the cover of "The Hunderd Penny Box." Ask them to guess what they think the book will be about and how old the woman on the cover is. What feelings do they think are portrayed on the cover? If students have classroom journals, have them write their guesses and descriptions in the journals.

  5. Read and discuss the book.

Differentiated Learning Options

Create a penny record. Have students draw a picture of the obverse (front) of their penny on brown construction paper, being sure to include the mint date, or make a rubbing on white paper. Then have them briefly describe their personal event on the reverse of the paper penny.

Enrichments/Extensions

Start a hundred penny box or album. Have students collect a penny for each year of their lives so far. Ask them to brainstorm one or more major events for each year. You may want to have students add photos or drawings to their boxes or albums.

Evaluate how well the students are able to express their predictions about the book's content and the emotions it conveys.

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Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.K Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
Standards:

  • RL.K.10. Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RF.K Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Print Concepts
Standards:

  • RF.K.1. Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
    • Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
    • Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
    • Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
    • Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RF.K Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Fluency
Standards:

  • RF.K.4. Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.2 Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Phonics and Word Recognition
Standards:

  • RF.2.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
    • Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
    • Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
    • Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
    • Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
    • Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
    • Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.2 Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Fluency
Standards:

  • RF.2.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
    • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
    • Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
    • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RF.4 Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Phonics and Word Recognition
Standards:

  • RF.4.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
    • Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Phonics and Word Recognition
Standards:

  • RF.3.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
    • Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.
    • Decode words with common Latin suffixes.
    • Decode multi-syllable words.
    • Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Fluency
Standards:

  • RF.3.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
    • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
    • Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
    • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RF.4 Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Fluency
Standards:

  • RF.4.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
    • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
    • Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
    • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RF.5 Reading: Foundational Skills
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Fluency
Standards:

  • RF.5.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.  
    • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
    • Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
    • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.1 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Craft and Structure
Standards:

  • RL.1.4. Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
  • RL.1.5. Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
  • RL.1.6. Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Craft and Structure
Standards:

  • RL.3.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • RL.3.5. Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
  • RL.3.6. Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Key Ideas and Details
Standards:

  • RL.3.1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • RL.3.2. Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • RL.3.3. Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.2 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Craft and Structure
Standards:

  • RL.2.4. Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
  • RL.2.5. Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
  • RL.2.6. Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.2 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Standards:

  • RL.2.7. Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
  • RL.2.8. not applicable to literature.
  • RL.2.9. Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.2 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Key Ideas and Details
Standards:

  • RL.2.1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • RL.2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • RL.2.3. Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.K Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Craft and Structure
Standards:

  • RL.K.4. Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
  • RL.K.5. Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
  • RL.K.6. With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.4 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Craft and Structure
Standards:

  • RL.4.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
  • RL.4.5. Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
  • RL.4.6. Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.4 Reading: Literature
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Key Ideas and Details
Standards:

  • RL.4.1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • RL.4.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • RL.4.3. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: SL.4 Speaking and Listening
Grade(s): Grade K
Cluster: Comprehension and Collaboration
Standards:

  • SL.4.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
    • Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
    • Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
    • Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
    • Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
  • SL.4.2. Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • SL.4.3. Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points. 

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: All Language Arts Standards
Cluster: Applying Knowledge to Language
Grade(s): Grades K–12
Standards:

  • Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: All Language Arts Standards
Cluster: Applying Strategies to Text
Grade(s): Grades K–12
Standards:

  • Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound–letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: All Language Arts Standards
Cluster: Literature
Grade(s): Grades K–12
Standards:

  • Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience. 

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