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Do you know the story of the Little Red Hen? Follow along in the classroom activity The Little Red Hen: Story Patterns as the main character does all of the work and gets all of the yummy reward! This lesson plan goes over story patterns and how they might relate to the morals of the story. Do your students have opinions about what happened in the plot? Find out as students in kindergarten and first grade ask themselves fiction comprehension questions and practice making connections in fiction texts.
Students will be able to identify story patterns and formulate opinions about a text.
- Tell students that today we're going to read a story called "The Little Red Hen."
- Ask students if they've heard about this story before. If they have already, tell them to not spoil the story for their friends who haven't heard it yet.
- Provide students with relevant vocabulary words in their home language (L1) as needed.
- Activate background knowledge of farms and farm animals as needed.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Using the computer or electronic tablet, read "The Little Red Hen" (see Materials and Preparation section) with your students.
- Ask students comprehension questions throughout the story to check their understanding.
- Ask students if they've identified a pattern in the story (e.g., "Not I").
- Provide students with their own hard copy of the text.
- Encourage students to use pre-written (posted) sentence stems when answering questions.
Guided Practice(15 minutes)
- Ask the students whether they agree with the Little Red Hen's decision to eat the bread all by herself in the end. Is it nice or not nice of her to do so? Allow the students to express their opinions and debate this question.
- Divide the class into two groups and have them debate.
- Pair students up who speak the same home language (L1) to discuss their opinions.
- Review definitions and examples of an opinion.
- Provide sentence frames for stating an opinion.
Independent working time(30 minutes)
- Have the students work on the Little Red Hen Felt Craft activity.
- Post visuals of step-by-step instructions for the activity.
- Have students re-enact the story using their puppets.
- Help students who need support (in particular language support), with forming their sentences.
- Let advanced students write down whether they agree or not with the Little Red Hen's decision in the end.
- Ask students for the morals of the story.
- Have students share the moral of the story with a partner.
- Post sentence frames for students to use as they share their thinking.
- Provide student-friendly definitions and examples of a moral.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Ask students reading comprehension questions (e.g. Who was a hard worker? Who was lazy?).
- Pair students together to share their reflection with a new partner.
- Provide sentence frames for students to utilize as they answer questions about the story.
- Make copies of the text available for students to reference during their reflection.