Lessons & Units

Setting Kindergarten Unit


Lesson 1 Where Identify where a story takes place.
Lesson 3 Where and When Identify when and where a story takes place.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Start a class list about different settings that students notice in books you read aloud or think of (the classroom, home, or the principal’s office). You can add to it as the year goes by.
  • Have students go on a “setting hunt.”  Ask students to look through books to determine the setting from the pictures. Add the settings that students find to the class list.
  • Copy pictures from books read aloud in class. Have students identify the settings and match them with the appropriate story.
  • Have students identify where and when a story takes place by putting sticky notes over clues in stories and/or pictures.
  • Have students watch part of a movie and draw a picture of the setting.
  • Show pictures of settings from familiar books.  Identify words that describe each setting.
  • Show students pictures of familiar settings and discuss which activities you could do there. (At the beach: build a sand castle, swim, sunbathe).
  • Students can complete the Matching Setting worksheet. (See Additional Activity A in Teacher and Student Materials below.) Students will cut out pictures and glue the pictures to match the activities that can be done in each setting (beach).
  • Read two versions of the same story, such as Cinderella and Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella by Tony Johnston. As you read each story, have students complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3. After completing each worksheet, discuss with the class how the settings of the two versions are similar or different.
  • Provide students with photographs of a place, and have them tell a story that takes place in that setting.
  • Have students incorporate the settings from the class list into their writing, or have them illustrate these settings.
  • Make a class setting big book. Students can illustrate and describe the various settings they have learned about.
  • Make a class mural of a setting, such as the playground. Each student can draw a different part of the mural. Then, write a shared story about the setting, making sure to describe the “where” and “when.”

More Books for Teaching Setting

The Listening Walk
Tracks in the Snow
Lisa in New York
Harry Goes to Day Camp