4th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about wild horses.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the significance of wild horses.
• Explore and apply the concepts of wild and gallop.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of wild horses.
• Orally use words that describe how wild horses move.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about where wild horses live and how they behave.
• Use key concept words [wild horses, tame, ranch, grassland, gallop].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about wild horses:
• What is a wild horse.
• Where do wild horses live.
• The purpose of wild horses.
• How do wild horses behave.
• How do wild horses move.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this photo? (horses). What are they doing? (standing up, about to jump on each other).
• Ask students: Why do you think these horses are known as wild horses? (answers will vary).
• Say: Wild horses are a mix between European horses and Spanish horses. Wild horses were the mode of transportation in the past. Wild horses carried humans, and things to other places. Wild horses have always been associated with freedom. Why do you think wild horses were associated with freedom? (they can roam anywhere, they aren't locked up in one place, riding horses makes you feel free, etc).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides, showing them how wild horses behave by asking them how they are being controlled in the photo. Always have the students describe what wild horses look like.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about whether they would have a wild horse as a pet. After the second game, ask students to discuss which of those animals they think could gallop the fastest.
Close• Ask students: What problems do wild horses face?
• Summarize for students that one problem is that there are many wild horses and two few owners. Wild horses have always been seen as a part of America's Wild West period. Thus, it is important that we try to protect them. Encourage them to think about ways that the problems they thought of can be fixed.