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Aloha from the King

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Summary

Students will research and identify well-known places in Hawaii. Students will identify and use map features. Students will identify and apply features of friendly letters.

Coin Type(s)

  • Quarter

Coin Program(s)

  • 50 State Quarters

Objectives

  • Students will research and identify well-known places in Hawaii.
  • Students will identify and use map features.
  • Students will identify and apply features of friendly letters.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Grades

  • Second grade
  • Third grade

Class Time

Sessions: Four
Session Length: 30-45 minutes
Total Length: 151-500 minutes

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Individual work

Background Knowledge

Students should have a basic knowledge of:

  • The writing process
  • Friendly letters
  • Map features

Terms and Concepts

  • Quarter
  • Obverse (front)
  • Reverse (back)
  • King Kamehameha I
  • Mahalo

Materials

  • 1 overhead projector
  • 1 overhead transparency of the "Hawaii Quarter Reverse" page
  • "Aloha from the King" worksheet
  • 1 class map of the United States
  • 1 copy of a text that gives information about the state of Hawaii. For example:
    • A is for Aloha: A Hawai’i Alphabet (Discover America State by State) by U’ilaniGoldsberry
    • Hawaii (Rookie Read-About Geography) by Christine Taylor-Butler
    • Hawaii (America the Beautiful) by Martin Hintz (select pages)
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Butcher paper
  • Computers with Internet access
  • Construction paper
  • Yarn

Preparations

  • Make an overhead transparency (or photocopy) of the "Hawaii Quarter Reverse" page.
  • Make copies of the "Aloha from the King" worksheet (1 per student).
  • Locate a text that gives information about the state of Hawaii (see examples under "Materials").
  • Prepare a three-column chart labeled "Hawaiian Place," "Island," and "Why Special" to be used in Session 1.
  • Use an overhead projector to trace a large outline map of Hawaii on butcher paper to be used in Session 2.
  • Arrange to use the school computer lab for one session.
  • Bookmark Internet sites that contain basic information about Hawaii.

Worksheets and Files

Lesson plan, worksheet(s), and rubric (if any) at www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/256.pdf.

Session 1

  1. Describe the 50 State Quarters® Program for background information, if necessary, using the example of your own state, if available. Then display the transparency of the "Hawaii Quarter Reverse" page. Locate Hawaii on a classroom map. Note its position in relation to your school’s location. Make sure to point out that Hawaii is often shown in a separate box on United States maps because of its great distance from the mainland.
  2. Ask the students to examine the Hawaii quarter and tell you what they know about the image. Explain to the students that the image shows the chain of islands that make up Hawaii and the islands’ most famous leader, King Kamehameha I. Ask the students to share what they already know about the state of Hawaii.
  3. Explain to the students that they will be learning about special places in Hawaii. Display a three-column chart labeled with the headings "Hawaiian Place," "Island," and "Why Special."
  4. Introduce the students to the selected text about Hawaii. As a group, preview the text. During the reading, add to the chart information about the state of Hawaii as it is presented. Pay special attention to text that relates to important places in Hawaii (for example: main islands, national parks, volcanoes, cities, rivers, and lakes). Also focus on the important contributions of King Kamehameha I (unification of the islands of Hawaii). Attend to unfamiliar vocabulary and concepts.
  5. After concluding the selected text, review the charted information about Hawaii. Ask each student to choose a favorite location in Hawaii from the chart, then draw and label an illustration.

Sessions 2 and 3

  1. Display the transparency of the "Hawaii Quarter Reverse" page. Review with the students the material covered in the previous session. Ask the students to discuss information they heard about important places in Hawaii, including Haleakala National Park.
  2. Display and discuss the large outline map of Hawaii you drew on butcher paper. Label each of the main islands and the ocean.
  3. Review with the students the list of Hawaiian places they created in the previous session. Explain to them that they will label the important Hawaiian places on the large map and write about them.
  4. Tell the students that they will each write a brief letter about one place. Discuss the key components of a friendly letter and list them on chart paper. Note that friendlyletters include a date, greeting, body, closing, and signature.
  5. Ask each student to choose from the chart a different Hawaiian place to write about.
  6. Ask the students to imagine that they are King Kamehameha I, and how proud he must have felt of the unified islands of Hawaii. Explain to the students that they will write a letter from the king inviting others to come and see the wonders of Hawaii. Each student’s letter will welcome visitors to the islands and describe in detail a specific place, including a description of the place, three facts about the place, and an explanation of why the place is special. List these components on another chart with the components of a friendly letter to provide clear expectations for the students.
  7. As a model, you can share the example below, create one based on the text read aloud, or produce a class example. Conduct a shared writing experience to practice using the friendly letter components and including key information. For example:

    Aloha, Visitors! Welcome to Hawaii! There are many wonderful things to see here in Hawaii. I hope that you will have a chance to visit Haleakala National Park. There you will be able to see a 10,000-foot volcanic peak. It is especially beautiful at sunrise! Be prepared for changes in weather, though, as it can be close to freezing at the summit, but in the 70s at the coast. The park is very special because you will also be able to see a great variety of plants and animals there. Bring your hiking shoes so you can get a great view of the park on foot. Have a great trip!
    Mahalo, King Kamehameha I

  8. Distribute an "Aloha from the King" worksheet to each student. Review the letter features and the spaces identified on the worksheet for each component. Discuss the components to be included in the body of each letter.
  9. If needed, take the students to the computer lab and allow them time to conduct additional research on their chosen Hawaiian places.
  10. Direct the students to work independently to write their letters.
  11. Allow time for the students to complete their letters.

Session 4

  1. Have the students share their written work with the class.
  2. Distribute construction paper for students to mount their letters on. Attach the mounted letters beside the large butcher-paper map. Connect each letter to the corresponding place on the map using colored yarn. Have each student label their Hawaiian place on the large map.
  3. Display the students’ work in the classroom and invite other classes to view the project.

Differentiated Learning Options

  • Allow students to work in pairs to complete their research and writing.
  • Provide various texts on the state of Hawaii for students to use in writing their letter.
  • Allow students to dictate their written responses.

Enrichments/Extensions

  • Have students create expanded travel guides about the state of Hawaii.
  • Have small groups of students create maps of each island of Hawaii.
  • Have students research and write biographical reports about King Kamehameha I or other important leaders of Hawaii.

Use the students’ class participation, worksheets, and final letters to evaluate whether they have met the lesson objectives.

There are no related resources for this lesson plan.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: SL.2 Speaking and Listening
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Comprehension and Collaboration
Standards:

  • SL.2.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
    • Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
    • Build on others’ talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
    • Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
  • SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • SL.2.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. 

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: W.2 Writing
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Text Types and Purposes
Standards:

  • W.2.1. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.2.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.2.3. Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: L.2 Language
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
Standards:

  • L.2.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Use collective nouns (e.g., group).
    • Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).
    • Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves)
    • Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).
    • Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
    • Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
  • L.2.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
    • Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
    • Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
    • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage --> badge; boy --> boil).
    • Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: L.3 Language
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
Standards:

  • L.3.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
    • Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.
    • Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).
    • Form and use regular and irregular verbs.
    • Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.
    • Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.
    • Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
    • Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
    • Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  • L.3.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Capitalize appropriate words in titles.
    • Use commas in addresses.
    • Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.
    • Form and use possessives.
    • Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).
    • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.
    • Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: SL.2 Speaking and Listening
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Standards:

  • SL.2.4. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
  • SL.2.5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • SL.2.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See grade 2 Language standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.

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

  • RI.2.1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • RI.2.2. Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
  • RI.2.3. Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. 

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

  • RI.2.7. Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • RI.2.8. Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
  • RI.2.9. Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

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

  • RI.2.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
  • RI.2.5. Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • RI.2.6. Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Informational Text
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Craft and Structure
Standards:

  • RI.3.4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
  • RI.3.5. Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
  • RI.3.6. Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Informational Text
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Standards:

  • RI.3.7. Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • RI.3.8. Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
  • RI.3.9. Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Discipline: Language Arts
Domain: RL.3 Reading: Informational Text
Grade(s): Grade 2
Cluster: Key Ideas and Details
Standards:

  • RI.3.1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • RI.3.2. Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • RI.3.3. Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.