Sheila Rae the Brave


First graders practice summarizing with the book Sheila Rae the Brave by Kevin Henkes. In this summarizing lesson, 1st graders read the story over 3 days and answer comprehension questions. They write a summary about what they book was about.

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Sheila Rae, The Brave

Students read the story Sheila Rae, The Brave and complete discussions questions as they read the story. In this comprehension lesson plan, students also write about being brave.

Comprehension: Comparing and Contrasting Two Characters from a Book

As a class, first graders use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the characters Toot and Puddle in the story Toot and Puddle. They then work on their own as they listen to the story Sheila Rae The Brave and use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Sheila and her sister Louise. A blank diagram and example diagram are included.

Wemberly Worried

Students read the book Wemberly Worried and complete language arts and math activities that go along with the book. In this language arts and math lesson plan, students read the book given and do activities that include connect the dots, a maze, matching, coloring, a word search, puppetry, and more.

The Ghost Catcher

Listen to a folktale, The Ghost Catcher, and explore mirrors with primary learners. As hey listen to the Ghost Catcher and participate in activities with mirrors they will learn skills to retell/summarize a story.  They answer comprehension questions about the book and then participate in a mirror activity. After that, the recall the story and tell it from the point of view of the ghost. They can also complete an additional art activity. 

Lesson 3: Comparing and Contrasting two Characters from a Book

One book, two main characters, and a Venn diagram; it's time to discuss similarities and differences in order to compare and contrast two characters from the same book. The class listens to the book Toot and Puddles as they complete a Venn diagram, showing how the characters are similar yet different. They then listen to Sheila Rae the Brave and compare Sheila Rae to her sister Louise. 


Learners focus on plot and sequence as they read the story Sheila Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henkes. The entire class will follow along with the teacher as she reads and models her thinking about the plot of the story. When instruction has finished, learners will independently draw and/or write about one of the main character's actions that was important to the story line. 

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Students explore psychology by reading a fiction book in class. For this human relationships lesson, students read the book Trapped by a Teacher and discuss the teacher's motivations to get students comfortable with each other. Students discuss story elements and define vocabulary from the book.

Sheila Rae, the Brave

Students read Sheila Rae, the Brave, and make predictions about the main character.

Wemberly Worried Lesson Plan

Students read a book and explore the feelings of the main character during a book talk. In this instructional activity about the book Wemberly Worried, students listen as the teacher reads, recall events from the story as teachers lists them on a piece of chart paper. The students will answer questions about the main character and what she worried about. Students will analyze the w in the title of the book and brainstorm about other w words write a sentence and draw a picture.

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