Lesson plan

The Little Red Hen: Story Patterns

With some help from The Little Red Hen, young readers will have fun enhancing their reading skills while learning about the value of hard work.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Sharing Opinions About Stories pre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Sharing Opinions About Stories pre-lesson.

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.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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").
(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.
(30 minutes)
  • Have the students work on the Little Red Hen Felt Craft activity.


  • 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.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students for the morals of the story.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students reading comprehension questions (e.g. Who was a hard worker? Who was lazy?).

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