Lessons & Units :: Character Kindergarten Unit

Lesson 1: Physical Attributes

Lesson Plan

Lost! | 200L

Learning Goal
Identify the physical attributes of a character.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Direct Teaching/Guided Practice Example Chart, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Lost! by David McPhail, chart paper, markers, previously read books
  • Teacher Modeling

    will begin reading Lost! by David McPhail and explain that the little boy and the bear in the book are both “characters”. They are who the story is about. I will chart (example provided) picture clues that describe what the little boy looks like.

    TIP: Remember to define the term “character” for your students, as they may be unfamiliar with this literary concept.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I know what the little boy looked like in the story?" Students should respond that you are looking at the pictures of the little boy in the story.

  • Guided Practice

    will identify a second character (the bear) in Lost! and chart picture clues that describe what the bear looks like as we read the remainder of the story. We will do a picture walk through a previously read book to prepare for the Independent Practice.

  • Independent Practice

    will draw a picture of a character from the book and label the picture with specific physical descriptions. (Independent Practice Worksheet is provided.)

Build Student Vocabulary library

Tier 2 Word: library
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story Inside the library, the bear and the boy look through piles of books.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) A library is a place where books, magazines, and records are kept for use. In the story, the bear and the boy searched through books in the place where they could be used or borrowed.
Students repeat the word Say the word library with me: library.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts I can borrow a book from the library, or I can buy it from a bookstore. A library has music and magazines that can be borrowed, as well as books. Some large apartments and houses have a special room where there are many books called a library. Sometimes classrooms have a library in the back of the room where there are books to read and to borrow.
Students provide examples Think of a time when you used the library. What did you do or get there? Start by saying, “When I used the library ____________________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? library
Additional Vocabulary Words disappears, worry

Build Student Background Knowledge

Before teaching the lesson, explain that you are going to read a story about a bear that is lost and wants to find his home. An animal's home is called a habitat. An animal habitat must have shelter (a safe space), food, and water. After reading the story, we will know what a bear's habitat is, and we will discuss what a human person's habitat might be too.

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