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First Grade Lesson Plans


Lesson Title: Can You Make Something Out of Nothing? 

Created and Submitted by: Ana Gloria 

School Name: Fasken Elementary School 

District: United ISD 

Role: School Librarian 


Grade Level: 1st


Lesson Plan Objectives:


At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

1.establish purpose for reading selected texts.

2. describe characters and plot of a story.

3. demonstrate creativity by making something out of nothing.



110.12.b.(9)(B) describe characters and the reasons for their actions and feelings


Other Content Area(s) Addressed:

Social Studies, Art, Technology (in the extension)


Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Indicators:

1.1.2 use prior knowledge as context for new learning

1.1.6 read, view, and listen for information presented in any format in order to make inferences and gather meaning

1.2.3 demonstrate creativity by using multiple resources and formats


Classroom Teacher – School Librarian(s) Collaboration

• The teacher gathers materials such as Rose Robot Cleans Up text and audio as well as the conclusion charts.
• The librarian provides the library book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and prepares the construction paper squares for the art project. 
• The educators meet a few times before the lesson to review their roles in the activities.
• Educators co-design the conclusion charts.
• Educators co-monitor and co-assess students’ work.

• The librarian trains the teacher on Little Bird Tales (creating ebooks) for the extension.

Measurable Outcome or Final Product:Students will complete a conclusion chart for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and create something out of nothing using construction paper scraps.


Assessment Tool(s): Conclusion Chart 


  • Text for Rose Robot Cleans Up written by Mary Anderson and illustrated by Michael Garland (Macmillan/McGraw Hill 2006) and audiobook of the story
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat written and illustrated by Simms Taback (Viking Press 1999)   
  • Conclusion Chart 
  • Construction Paper 
  • www.littlebirdtales.com (for extension)


Estimated Lesson Time: 90 minutes


Instructional Plan Outline:


Implementation Steps:



• Educators will provide students with a copy of Rose Robot Cleans Up and a conclusion chart.



1.Educators ask students to read the title and the name of the author and illustrator.
2. Students share predictions about what might happen in the story. 
3. Educators build background by asking children to share what they know about robots.
4. Educators set a purpose for reading by taking turns asking students questions such as: Why does Rose Robot like old things?  What will Rose do with the old things?
5. Educators remind students to think about these questions as they listen to the story.


6. Students listen to the audio book while educators take turns modeling how to complete the graphic organizer.
7. The read aloud will be paused as educators take turns asking questions such as: “Why do you think that Rose likes to find old things?” “What story clues have you found?”
8. Educators take turns adding clues to the conclusion chart.
9. Educators take turns pausing to ask additional questions throughout the story about clues that help draw conclusions or make a judgment about Rose’s character and the reasons for her actions.
10. Before getting to the end, educators take turns asking questions such as “What do you think Rose and Rob made?” and “What words in the story make you think that?”
11. The librarian introduces and reads Joseph Has a Little Overcoat while the teacher asks students to predict what Joseph will make next using a conclusion chart.
12. After the story, students explain how it is similar to Rose Robot Cleans Up. (Both stories are about recycling).
13. The librarian asks students to tear four squares of construction paper into small pieces with their hands and paste them on the white sheet of construction paper using their creativity to create “something out of nothing”.
14. Each student will be given four 3x3 squares of construction paper (different colors) and a white sheet of construction paper.

Guided Practice

15.  The educators monitor students as they complete their conclusion chart during the reading of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.

16.  Educators monitor students as they complete their art project making sure all construction paper is used.



17.  Educators remind students that in order to draw conclusions, they can look for two or more clues or details the author gives about a character or event in the story.

18.  Educators also remind students of the importance and benefits of recycling and conclude that you can always make something out of nothing.



19.   Educators review and assess the conclusion chart making sure the inferences/story clues lead to logical conclusions.

20.  Educators determine whether or not the students were able to create art out of paper scraps using a checklist.



21.   Students can create a class ebook using Little Bird Tales (http://www.littlebirdtales.com) to describe their artistic creations.


Lesson Plan Resources


Conclusions Chart


Lesson Plan (.pdf file)



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