Picture This! Using Picture Books in the Classroom
Lesson Plan Example
Child will develop sensory motor skills
Child will develop early literacy skills
CDA Competency Standard: II.6.2a
Activities promote language development
a) Children are read to every day
Green and white paper
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Begin by finding a comfortable area and read The Carrot Seed with the child. Show them how to turn the pages and practice holding the book correctly. As you are reading the story, be sure to use an engaging tone and facial expressions. Make sure the child can see the pictures at all times as well. When you are finished reading, create the carrot craft with the child. Paint their foot using the paintbrush and orange paint. Press it down on the white paper to leave a foot stamp. Wash the child’s foot and allow the paint to dry. Cut out the print. Cut the green paper into thin strips to create the top portion of the carrot. Attach these strips with glue and allow to dry.
Observe and record the child’s actions while reading the story. Were they engaged in the book? Did they turn the pages on their own? Keep The Carrot Seed out and available for child to practice page turning skills over the following week. Record any progress in their portfolios.
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