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Learning Activity: NarrativesMaterials:
Scheduling worksheet (one for each narrative, three worksheets per student or per group)
Bar graph sheet or blank sheet of graph paper
crayons or markers
Students can do this activity individually, in pairs, or in small groups.
Students will read a narrative and then fill out the scheduling worksheet for the narrative which will depict what activities the character did, how long they spent doing those activities, and what category that activity fits into.
Once all three narratives are read and their Scheduling Worksheets are complete, students will create a triple bar graph that depicts how much time each of the characters spent on the four time categories.
You can either have students use the Bar Graph sheet included with this activity or you may wish to have them set up their own bar graphs using a blank piece of graph paper.
Have students color in the bars of the bar graph with a crayon or marker according to the key provided or the key they design.
NarrativesAnne is an 11 year-old girl in the fourth grade. She lives in a house in the country with her grandparents, older brother, and dog. Anne’s alarm went off today at 7:00AM. She watched cartoons while she ate breakfast and got ready for school. She got on the bus around 8:45AM. That bell means it is 9:00AM! Time for school to begin! Anne has math, science and spelling for 45 minutes each. At 11:15 it is time for recess. Anne goes outside for recess, and she stands along the play equipment talking with her friends. It’s 12:30PM and that bell means lunchtime is over. Anne has gym class next. She does not play hard during gym class. She just stands around while the other kids play kickball for 45 minutes. After gym class, Anne has reading, writing and art for 45 minutes each.It’s 3:30PM and school is out! Anne gets home 15 minutes later and turns on the TV. She does her homework while watching TV until dinner.At 5:30PM she eats dinner. After dinner, Anne helps clean up the dishes. Then she plays a video game with her brother from 6:20PM to 8:10PM. Then, Anne gets on the computer and surfs the Internet for about twenty minutes. At 8:30PM, Anne’s favorite TV show comes on. She watches it for half an hour. At 9:00PM, Anne gets ready for bed. By 9:45PM, Anne is in bed, drifting off to sleep. Pablo is an 11 year-old boy who lives with his mother in an apartment in a city.Pablo, it is 7:30AM! Time to wake up! calls Pablo’s mom.Pablo rolls out of bed. YAY! It is Monday! Pablo loves Mondays! Pablo eats breakfast and gets ready for school. At 9:00AM, school begins. Pablo learns a lot of different things at school. His favorite subject is writing. He has writing class every day from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. Pablo is very good at writing funny stories.BRRING! The bell rang! It is 3:00PM and school is over! Pablo has waited all day for school to be over! On Mondays, he gets to do his favorite activity after school!Pablo’s mom picks him up from school. She takes him to karate class! Pablo loves karate! He learns new karate moves from 3:30PM until 5:00PM. After karate, Pablo goes home and helps his mom make dinner. They eat dinner from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Then, Pablo starts his homework. Not much homework today! He is finished with his homework at 7:30PM.Pablo’s favorite TV show comes on at 8:00PM. He has 30 minutes to wait for the show to begin. Pablo does stretches and exercises he learned at karate class. Pablo stretches during the commercials, too. Pablo’s favorite show lasts one hour. Then he gets ready for bed. 45 minutes later, he is in bed. Soon Pablo is dreaming about karate! Kevin is 10 years old. He lives with his mom and dad in a house 10 minutes away from a city.The alarm goes off at 7 a.m. Kevin hits the snooze button. He stayed up late last night playing a video game. His mom tells him he will be late for school if he doesn’t get up soon. Kevin gets out of bed and starts getting ready. He eats cold cereal and a plum for breakfast.Kevin leaves for school at 7:45. His house is 15 minutes away from the school. He must get to school early on Mondays. Band practice starts at 8:00. Kevin is in school from 8:45 to 3:15. He has a 45 minute break for lunch and recess at 12:25.Kevin gets home at 3:30. His mom fixes him a snack. Kevin decides to play a video game. His father comes home at 5:30. He asks Kevin to do his chores before dinner. Kevin takes out the trash and starts to rake the leaves outside. Halfway through, he finds his favorite basketball and shoots hoops until dinner. Dinner is at 6:30 and lasts an hour. Kevin finishes raking the leaves. He sits down to do his homework at 8:00. He works on it for 15 minutes and takes a break. He starts to watch TV and loses track of time. Its 9:30 and he hasn’t finished his homework! Kevin stays up until 10:30. He’s going to have a hard time getting out of bed tomorrow.