Lesson plan

Identifying Parts of a Book

Let your students learn more about books with this lesson that helps them learn to identify key parts of a physical book. This information will have them well prepared for research projects later on.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the What's in a Book? pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the What's in a Book? pre-lesson.

Students will be able to correctly identify parts of a book.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
  • Tell the students that they will be learning about the different parts of a book in today's lesson.
  • Ask them if they know any parts of a book off the top of their head, and jot them down on the whiteboard.
(10 minutes)
  • Note: The larger your demo book is, the easier it will be for your students to follow along.
  • Go through the book and point to and label each of the eight parts of the book: the title, author, illustrator, front cover, pictures, pages, copyright info, and back cover.
  • As you explore the different parts of the book, make sure you explain what each part of the book is and why it is important. For example, ask students to think about the role the author and illustrator have when making a book. Reinforce that the author writes the words and the illustrator draws the pictures. Ask students to think about why the author and illustrator are important when making a story. Reflect on how the illustrator makes a story come to life.
  • Encourage students to think about what type of text this is. Write down the words poem and storybook on the whiteboard. Ask a student to come up to the whiteboard to circle the correct type of text. Ask the student to explain their reasoning, and explain that you are reading a story with many pages, and poems are usually shorter.
(5 minutes)
  • Pair up your students. They will be given a set of 8 labels with parts of a book already labeled on them.
  • Have students work together to identify these 8 parts.
  • Walk around, answer questions, and assist any pairs needing assistance.
(10 minutes)
  • After students have successfully completed labeling a book in pairs, they will show what they know independently.
  • Make sure to mix the books up so that the students aren't labeling a book that they just did with their partner.
  • Each student will get a book and set of already labeled sticky notes.
  • Provide students with enough time to label the book and have them bring it to you when they are finished.


  • Allow struggling students to label only 4 or 5 parts of the book and then add one on at a time to scaffold instruction for students.


  • See if students can come up with other items to label in a book. For example, they could label characters, the spine, the title page, etc. Let their imagination run wild.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess student understanding by checking for the correct placement of the sticky notes on the corresponding parts of the book.
  • Allow students to explain their answers if you are having a hard time identifying where the sticky notes are on the book.
(5 minutes)
  • Have the students see if they can name the parts of a book and tell you why they are important.
  • Reinforce that it is important to understand the parts of a book so we can become better readers!

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