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Imagination: Real or Make Believe

Can cartoon bears talk? Can fish sing? Engage your students by teaching the difference between real and make believe.
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Students will be able to decide if something is real or make believe and speak clearly about the topic.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(10 minutes)
Fact or Make Believe
  • Tell students they will be learning about things that are real and make believe. Explain that RealThings exist and we can see, hear, feel, taste, or touch them, while Make believeIs when something cannot happen in real life because it doesn't actually exist.
  • Tell students to listen attentively to Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • Play the story.
  • Ask the class if they think everything in the story could actually happen.
(10 minutes)
  • Call a few students to the front of the room.
  • Present a scenario that is either real or make believe. For example: "The pink elephant flew around the classroom."
  • Have the students illustrate and describe the scene. Remind students to speak clearly and loud enough for people to hear their thoughts, feelings, or ideas.
  • Explain why the scenario is real or make believe. For example: "It is make believe because elephants are not pink, they cannot fly, and are not in classrooms."
  • Repeat several times, giving both real and make believe examples and allowing many students to participate.
(15 minutes)
  • Write the words "real" and "make believe" on the right and left side of the whiteboard.
  • Tell students that you will show them two videos: one of a real tiger and one of a make believe tiger.
  • Play both videos for the class.
  • Ask the class for things the real tiger can do.
  • Write their responses on the board.
  • Ask the class to say things the make believe tiger can do.
  • Write their responses on the board.
  • Compare and discuss what the real and make believe tiger can do with the class. Remind students to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and loudly.
(15 minutes)
  • Give each student a Fact or Make Believe worksheet to complete.
  • Read the instructions with the class.

Support:

  • Provide assistance to students as they complete the worksheet. Remind them of the meaning of real and make believe. Give them examples from movies, such as talking animals.

Enrichment:

  • Let advanced students write a sentence stating if the answer on the worksheet is real or make believe. For example: "This is real because it exists in the world."
(5 minutes)
  • Check each student's worksheet to see if they can differentiate between real and make believe.
  • Ask your students to explain why something is real or make believe in partnerships.
  • Remind students to speak clearly and loud enough for their partner to hear their thoughts, feelings, or ideas.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students to form a circle.
  • Tell students that you will pass a ball around, and when you say "freeze," the person holding the ball will answer a question.
  • Ask students questions about the topic. For example: "What does it mean if something is real? Give an example of something that is make believe."

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