Grade: Elementary

#2267. Sailing, Sailing

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Fri May 25 09:59:00 PDT 2001 by Rebekah Manwiller (
Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH, USA
Materials Required: "The Wreck of the Zephyr" by Chris VanAllsberg, worksheets (included at bottom)
Activity Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Concepts Taught: Reading Aloud, Listening, Predicting, Real and Make-Believe

Students will practice listening skills by listening to the teacher read a story.
Students will practice predicting skills by attempting to predict what will happen in the story.
Students will demonstrate understanding of the parts of a sailboat by drawing and labeling a picture of a boat.
Students will distinguish between real and make-believe by correctly identifying situations as real or make-believe.
Students will practice writing skills by writing a story about a sailing adventure.
Materials Needed:
"Real or Make-Believe?" worksheet (at bottom)
"The Wreck of the Zephyr" by Chris Van Allsberg
Introductory Activity -- Class discussion on sailing. Ask whether any of the students have been sailing before and have them share any experiences they may have had. Explain that we will be reading a story about sailing.
Step 1: Read "The Wreck of the Zephyr." Tell the students to keep their ears open for parts of a boat. When they hear a part of a boat, they are to raise their hand and, when called on, tell the class that part of a boat. They may then write that part on a piece of paper and tape it to the board. Also during the story, stop at various places for the students to make predictions. Be sure to call on all students.
Step 2: After reading the story, discuss the parts of a boat mentioned and add any more that were not in the story. Have the students draw a picture of what they think a sailboat looks like and label the parts discussed.
Step 3: Discuss real and make-believe. Point out that this story was a make-believe story. Discuss what makes a story real or make-believe. Give some examples of situations that are real or make-believe and have the students determine which type they are.
Step 4: Hand out the "Real or Make-Believe?" worksheets. Have the students fill them out and hand them in.
Step 5: Have each student write a story about a sailing adventure. It can be real or make-believe, but they need to be able to tell anyone who asks which type it is and why it is that type.
Challenge (Extension) Activity:
Have other books by Van Allsberg available in the classroom and allow students to read them.
Students can make their stories into books.
Students will listen to the story and engage in discussion about it.
Students will make reasonable predictions about the story.
Students will draw and correctly label a picture of a boat.
Students will distinguish correctly between real and make believe of at least 8 out of 10 situations on the worksheet.
Students will successfully make a book and write a story about a sailing adventure. They will be able to identify whether their story is real or make-believe.
Were all students successful and on-task?
What went well about the lesson?
What didn't go well?
What will I do differently next time?


Read each situation. Decide if it could be a real situation or if it is make-believe. If it is real, write an "R" in the blank; if it is make-believe, write "MB" in the blank.

_____1. The cat crawled on my lap and purred when I petted it.

_____2. I saw a four-legged person yesterday wearing an orange banana on her head.

_____3. Heather's computer jumped out of her window last night.

_____4. Fred, the fireman, helped Ms. Johnson get her cat out of the tree.

_____5. The cat jumped up on the couch and began yelling at me for not cleaning my room.

_____6. John went sailing last summer with his parents.

_____7. Nathan went to the beach last year and saw a purple whale and a yellow jellyfish.

_____8. Tim went to the store and bought ice cream. On his way, he saw kids playing in a park.

_____9. Last week, Stephanie met a prince and he took her to live in his castle.

_____10. Bethany took her favorite book to school and let her friend, Sara, borrow it.