Lesson Plan

Finding the Key Details

Introduce students to fictional story elements with a book by first grade favorite, Mo Willems! This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details lesson plan.

First graders are improving their reading comprehensions skills every day. Help them develop it further with the lesson plan Finding the Key Details. Geared towards EL learners, this EL support lesson introduces children to the KWL chart to help identify key details in a story. Using Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems, children will be taught how to use the chart to ask important questions and organize their information—providing a nice introduction to writing organization skills.

Objectives

Academic

Students will recall and comprehend key details and the story message.

Language

Students will be able to recall key details from a fiction text with grade level words using visual and written supports.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Display the read aloud text for today's lesson to the class.
  • Tell the class the title of the book and ask if they have any ideas or prior knowledge of what the book might be about. You can ask guiding questions. For example:
    • What other stories have you read about similar characters?
    • What does "mistaken identity" mean?
    • What things do you notice on the cover of this book?
  • Record student thinking under the K column of a pre-written and posted KWL chart on the board.