Here Comes the Easter...?
Students will be able to identify the main characters, settings, and events in a story.
- Gather the students together and say, “Today we are going to read a story about a spring holiday. What are some of the holidays that are celebrated in the spring?”
- Pause to allow student answers.
- Say, “Our read aloud is about a holiday called Easter. Easter is a holiday that some people celebrate each spring. Many stories about easter include a rabbit called the Easter Bunny.”
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Display the book, Here Comes the Easter Cat and point out the author and the illustrator. Remind students that the author writes the words and the illustrator draws the pictures.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Write the words character, setting, and event on the board or chart paper.
- Ask students if they know what a character is. Allow for a few answers. Say, “A character is someone in the story. A character could be a person or an animal or even an object, if the object is alive in the story.”
- Go over the definition of setting and event. Explain that the setting is where the story takes place and events are the things that happen in the story. Read aloud the book, Here Comes the Easter Cat.
- Pause as you read to ask the students questions about the text such as, “Who is the cat talking to? Where is the setting of the story? Who are the characters?”
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Explain to students that they will now get to think about the story and record the characters, setting, events, and their favorite part of the book using the Who, What, Where worksheet.
- Pass out worksheet copies to each student to complete independently.
- Work with a small group of students to complete the worksheet. Allow students to use the book for reference as needed.
- Encourage students to write complete sentences to describe the characters, setting, and events in the story.
- If students finish early, have them complete the Easter Bunny Story worksheet.
- Circulate around the room and assess whether students are able to accurately identify the characters, setting, and events in the story.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Ask several students to share their favorite part of the book with the class. Have the students share their favorite character and what they liked about the character.
- Close by saying, “When we pay attention to details like characters, setting, and events in a story we can learn more about the story and what it is about.”