⁣Lesson Plan: Building Fortresses of Comfort: How to Create the Coziest Blanket Fort Ever!

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⁣Lesson Plan: Building Fortresses of Comfort: How to Create the Coziest Blanket Fort Ever!

Grade Level: 2-4

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will learn how to plan and construct their own blanket fort, fostering creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. They will explore different materials and techniques to create a cozy and inviting space for reading, relaxation, and imaginative play.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.B.4: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch.

- Blankets, sheets, or large pieces of fabric
- Pillows or cushions
- Chairs, tables, or other furniture for support
- Clothespins or clips
- Flashlights or string lights for ambiance
- Books or other reading materials
- Writing materials for note-taking and reflection


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Engage students in a discussion about forts and their purpose in providing a cozy and private space.
- Show images of different types of blanket forts to inspire ideas.

2. Planning and Design (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to brainstorm and sketch their ideal blanket fort designs.
- Encourage them to consider the space available, materials needed, and any additional features they would like to incorporate.

3. Gathering Materials (10 minutes):
- Provide a variety of blankets, sheets, or large pieces of fabric for students to choose from.
- Guide them in selecting additional materials such as pillows, cushions, and furniture for support.

4. Construction (25 minutes):
- Instruct students to use the chosen materials to construct their blanket forts.
- Encourage them to experiment with different techniques, such as draping blankets over chairs or using clothespins to secure fabric.

5. Cozy and Creative Decorations (15 minutes):
- Introduce the concept of creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere within the fort.
- Encourage students to add pillows, cushions, and other soft materials for comfort.
- Show them how to use flashlights or string lights to create warm lighting inside the fort.

6. Reading and Reflection (20 minutes):
- Provide a selection of books or reading materials for students to enjoy inside their forts.
- Instruct students to spend time reading and reflecting on their fort-building experience.
- Encourage them to write a short informative/explanatory text describing their fort design, materials used, and their favorite aspects of their cozy hideaway.

7. Sharing and Showcase (10 minutes):
- Allow students to share their blanket forts with the class.
- Encourage them to explain their design choices, the features they incorporated, and how they created a cozy atmosphere.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Get your life together with the Nifty Organization Journal: bit.ly/2AYkXm2Here is what you'll need!How To Make A Blanket FortNote: These are just our suggestions and tips for building a successful fort structure, but we encourage you to be resourceful and get creative with what you have! SUPPLIESSheetsBlanketsCushionsPillowsChairsWooden dowels or broomsticksClothespinsBinder ClipsStringTapeString lightsElectric tea lightsLED lightsHeavy BooksEntertainmentSnacksFriendsWhatever else you feel you might need to make it cozy!INSTRUCTIONSChoose a location and clear a space for your fort. Build the walls of the fort with the backs of chairs. Drape blankets over the backs of the chairs. Add layers of blankets to the floor between the chairs. Line the walls of the fort with pillows and cushions. Drape a sheet across the chairs to create a roof. Secure by placing heavy books on the edges of the sheet. Secure dowels and broomsticks between couch cushions. Tie a string across them. Drape another sheet across the dowels to create a second level of the fort. Secure the sheets together with clothespins or binder clips. Use more dowels or sticks to raise the roof of the fort. Add string lights (secure with binder clips) and other electric lights to the walls and roof of the fort. Add a TV, laptop, books, snacks or other sources of entertainment (optional). Hide in your fort for the rest of the year. Check us out on Facebook! - facebook.com/buzzfeedniftyCredits: https://www.buzzfeed.com/bfmp/....videos/40831MUSICBui Memories_FullNoVox.aifLicensed via Warner Chappell Production Music Inc.VIDEOTwo cats feast on ice cream cones before being ushered into the peppermint palaceSilverwell Films/Getty Images

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