Lessons & Units :: Genre Kindergarten Unit

Lesson 1: Real and Make-Believe

Lesson Plan

Learning Goal
Classify and categorize based on real and make-believe.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Pictures for Lesson 1: Direct Teaching, Example Pictures for Lesson 1: Guided Practice, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: chart paper, markers, scissors, glue
  • Teacher Modeling

    will define real and make-believe for students, using pictures to illustrate the differences between real and make-believe. (Example pictures are provided.) Things that exist are real. We can see, hear, feel, taste, or touch them. Examples of things that are real include pencils, books, people, parks, schools, teachers and classrooms. Make-believe is when something is not real. It does not really exist in the world around us. Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Sometimes, people pretend they have an invisible friend that no one can see. But that is make-believe. Examples of things that are make-believe include: cartoons, unicorns, magic and talking animals.

    TIP: Students may mention that “Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy” are magical, but also real. Respond to students by saying, “Yes, they are magical and real. However, most things that are magical are not real.”

  • Think Check

    Ask: "What did I have to think about when I was deciding whether or not something was real?" Students should respond that you thought about if you can feel, touch, taste, see, or hear it and if it really exists in the world around us.

  • Guided Practice

    will look at a series of pictures and place them on a real/make-believe T-chart. We will also determine why each picture was placed in each category. (Example pictures are provided.) For example, we know the rabbit coming out of the hat is magic and magic is make-believe. So this picture would go under “make-believe” in the chart.

  • Independent Practice

    will review the definitions of real and make-believe and work with your reading group to sort pictures into real and make-believe categories. (Independent Practice Worksheet is provided.)

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