Lesson Plan:

Picture Book Pacing

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October 3, 2015
by Elizabeth S. Tyree

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to accurately read aloud from a chosen picture book.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell the students that today, they are going to be spending their time reading picture books.
  • Explain that they will each take a picture book and be given a few minutes to practice reading it out loud before being recorded reading the book aloud.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Choose a picture book and read it aloud to them.
  • Go over the self assessment and rubric, letting them know that you expect honesty from them.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Ask students to quietly practice reading their books aloud to themselves or with a partner.

Independent Working Time (45 minutes)

  • Begin calling students up one at a time to make their audio recordings.
  • Your aid should be positioned at the opposite end of the room or in a quiet part of the hallway calling students out as well. (Each reading will take approximately 5 minutes)
  • After each student has been recorded, hand them the self-assessment rubric. This is to be turned in immediately upon completion.



  • Enrichment: Students considered to be advanced verbal readers can be recorded on a video, reading the books and showing the illustrations. Advanced students may be allowed to read a more complex book for their recording.
  • Support: Students in need of support may be allowed one re-record. Students in need of support may be given a slightly lower level book to read aloud. Students in need of extra support may be given a different task to complete for their grade.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to complete their self-assessment rubrics and turn them in.
  • Students will also be assessed with your rubric.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask students how they felt about their reading skills. Let them know that it is okay not feel like they did a great job; even teachers stumble over words sometimes!
  • Finally, ask students to go home and read out loud to someone, whether it be their siblings, dolls, parents, or pets.

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