Lessons & Units :: Setting Kindergarten Unit

Lesson 1: Where

Lesson Plan

Gaspard at the Seashore

Gaspard at the Seashore
Learning Goal
Identify where a story takes place.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Gaspard at the Seashore by Anne Gutman
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that understanding where a story takes place helps us understand the story better. Where a story takes place is part of the setting. I will provide concrete examples of settings. (The setting of our class is the classroom.) I will model thinking about where Gaspard at the Seashore by Anne Gutman takes place by looking at the title and front of the book. I will model using pictures and explicit text to determine where the story takes place by reading pages 1–6 aloud. On the inside cover of the book there is a picture of blue water and brown sand. There are also trees, houses and mountains off in the distance. The book looks like it takes place at the beach.

    TIP: Students at this age will find identifying “when” a story takes place to be challenging. Therefore, it is important to teach “when” and “where” separately before teaching them together.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I decide where the story is taking place?" Students should respond that you looked at the pictures and looked for clues in the text to determine where the story is taking place.

  • Guided Practice

    will use pictures and information in the text to determine where the story takes place as I read the remainder of the book aloud. We will discuss how we determine where the story takes place (pictures, specific text).

  • Independent Practice

    will illustrate where a new story takes place and explain (orally, in writing, or by labeling the picture) how you determined this. (Independent Practice Worksheet is provided.) Note: Choose a new book with a clear setting. You may choose to read only a part of the book that gives clear clues to the setting.

Build Student Vocabulary camp

Tier 2 Word: camp
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story Gaspard said, “I begged my parents to send me to a summer camp at the seashore.”
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) A camp is place where children go to spend time outside and have fun during the summertime.
Students repeat the word Say the word camp with me: camp.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts Last summer I went to a camp and learned how to swim in the pool. Another time I went to a camp and took a ride in a boat.
Students provide examples What things might you do at a camp? Start by saying, “At a camp, I might ___________________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? camp
Additional Vocabulary Words counselor, tent

Build Student Background Knowledge

Before teaching the lesson, explain that you are going to read a story about a character who wants to learn about windsurfing. Windsurfing is one kind of water sport. When you windsurf, you stand on a surfboard in water and a giant piece of cloth on a pole called a "sail" catches the wind and holds you up. Other water sports include surfing, sailing, fishing, skiing, swimming, and diving. Share pictures of some of these water sports, or imitate their actions with your class.

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User Comments

I love it

thank you!! I am using a different book but love that the lesson can be adapted to any book!

I love it.