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Lesson: Introduction to Number the Stars


Author: Kelly H
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Grade Level: 1 - 12

Introduction

Dear Students, During the next few weeks we will be reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. To build your background knowledge about the historical setting of the book, you will be exploring websites and videos pertaining to the holocaust and the Danish rescue of Jewish citizens. Then after reading the first chapter of the novel, you will write a personal response in your journals.

Goals

1. Students will develop (or add to) a schema about the holocaust including when it occurred, where it occurred, which people were affected, and what it entailed. 2. Students will learn about the Danish effort to protect Jewish families from the Nazis by transporting them to Sweden. 3. Students will make a prediction while reading chapter 1. 4. Students will write about their initial reactions to the book (first chapter).

Directions

To build your background knowledge you will first watch a video and look at an interactive map about World War II and the Holocaust. Then you will explore a website about the Danish Resistance and consider two questions. Next you will begin to read chapter one and make a predication about the soldiers which are discussed. Lastly you will write a journal response to chapter 1.


Background Builder Background

Title: The Holocaust URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag7_VvruVNk
Directions: Number the Stars is set during World War II when the German Nazis lead by their dictator Adolf Hitler invaded many countries in Europe including Poland, France, and Denmark. Jewish families living in the occupied countries were rounded up and sent to concentration camps where they were killed or died of starvation and disease. This is called the Holocaust. Watch this video to learn more about what happened during the Holocaust. You may stop watching when the video reaches 5:14.


Title: Background on the Danish Resistence URL: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_nm.php?ModuleId=10005185&MediaId=3374
Directions: Some brave people tried to save Jewish families from being sent to concentration camps by hiding them in their houses or helping them to escape to other countries not occupied by the Germans. Look/listen to this animated map to find out how the Danish people rescued thousands of Jews.


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Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message: Take a look at these words before you read the first chapter of Number the Stars!
Vocabulary Words:
contempt having a feeling of disgust towards something or someone
sabotage to attack or damage something in order to stop an enemy
Resistance efforts made to fight against the German occupation of Denmark by sabotaging factories and supplies
impassive not showing any emotion


Activity: Danish Rescue Effort


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Goals

Students will explore the content of a webpage from the Jewish Virtual Library and consider how the effort in Denmark to rescue Jews differed from rescue efforts in other European countries.

Directions

Read the information on this webpage and look at the photographs. Answer the following questions in your journal: What was unique about the how Denmark responded to the Nazi's attempt to deport the Jewish population? What do you think happened to people who were caught helping Jews?



Activity: Making a Prediction


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Goals

Students make a prediction while reading chapter 1.

Directions

After reading the section in chapter one which discuss the German soldier on the corner, use the prediction strategy to predict why there are soldiers on the street corners in Copenhagen where Annemarie, Kristi, and Ellen live. Click on Pablo to help guide your thinking.



Activity: Chapter 1 Journal


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Goals

After reading chapter 1 students will respond in their journals.

Directions

After reading chapter 1, respond to what you have read by using the journal strategy. Click on Kiesha to guide you. You may either write about what you think about the book so far--what have you liked and why? what questions do you have?--or you can respond to the question Kiesha asks.




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