Lessons & Units :: Genre Kindergarten Unit

Lesson 2: Fiction

Lesson Plan

Go, Dog. Go! | BR

Go, Dog. Go!
Learning Goal
Identify and describe a fiction text.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman, fiction books from classroom library
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that stories can be real or make-believe. I will discuss how fiction stories are stories in which the author uses his or her imagination to create the book. I will show the cover of Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman and model how to think about the picture to decide if it is a fiction story. I will think aloud about how the dog is driving a car and that this is not something that real dogs can do. I will do a picture walk of the first few pages, thinking aloud about what the dog is doing and how this shows whether the story is make-believe or fiction. I will also discuss how the dogs are talking to each other on pages 8–9.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I decide whether the book is fiction?" Students should respond that you looked at the pictures and thought about if the things happening in the book are either real or make-believe. If they are make-believe, the book is probably fiction.

  • Guided Practice

    will work together to do a picture walk of the rest of the book and discuss what the dog looks like and what the dogs are doing in each picture. We will discuss if this shows that the book is real or fiction.

  • Independent Practice

    will look at the cover and do a picture walk of several books with your table group. You will identify one book that is fiction and explain why you think it is a fiction book. (Independent Practice Worksheet is provided.)

    TIP: For the Independent Practice, be sure to provide at least five examples of fiction and nonfiction books per student or group. At the end of the lesson, create a chart of all the fiction books the students found.

Build Student Vocabulary around

Tier 2 Word: around
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story Some big dogs and some little dogs were going around in cars.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) Around means going in a circle or not using the straight way to get somewhere. When the dogs are driving around, they are driving in different directions.
Students repeat the word Say the word around with me: around.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts When I can’t find something, I wander around in the apartment looking for it. My dog likes to run around outside. He runs around in every direction. I like to travel around on vacation. I travel to many different places. Children run around in the playground.
Students provide examples Where do you run around in circles or different directions? Start by saying, “Sometimes I run around _____________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? around
Additional Vocabulary Words now, over

Build Student Background Knowledge

Pause at page 18 of Go, Dog. Go! and explain to students that the dogs are attached to a "pulley." A pulley is a simple machine that uses a wheel and a rope to raise and lower a load. Students may recognize a pulley by looking at the flag pole at school. A pulley raises and lowers the American Flag.

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User Comments

Excellent I, We and You tips to build and model vocabulary. This will allow children to practice recalling and explaining fiction and non fiction books.

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