Lesson Plan

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything

In this lesson, students will work on sequencing events, recognizing action verbs, manipulating inflectional endings, and identifying story elements using the book 'The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything'
Whitney R.
Afterschool program educator
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
  • The students will be able to identify elements of a story (character, setting, etc.). 
  • The students will be able to retell the story by sequencing the events.
  • The students will be able to identify action verbs.
  • The students will be able to identify and manipulate the inflectional endings on commonly found root words. 
English Language Arts
Grades 1
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

To gain students attention, there will a pair of shoes, a pair of pants, a shirt, a pair of gloves, a hat, and a pumpkin scattered throughout the room. Students will be asked to wander through the classroom looking for the mystery items. They will then think-pair-share with their neighbor about what they think the mystery items mean. Share the partners answers aloud, creating a list on the SMART Board or on chart paper. 

Student Instructions

Students will be instructed to observe the different objects throughout the room. Then, think-pair-share with your neighbor about what these items may be used for. 

2 Direct Instruction (Day One)

  1. ​Read aloud The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything  by Linda Williams, Illustrated by Megan Lloyd.  
  2. Discuss story elements with children.
  • Who was the main character?
  • Where did the story take place?
  • What was the problem?
  • What was the solution?
  • What happened in the beginning of the story?
  • What happened in the middle of the story?
  • What happened at the end of the story?
  1. Students will go back to their seat to complete the sequencing cut & paste worksheet. 
Student Instructions

When they return to their seat for cut & past activity: Cut out your pieces, and put them in order on your paper without using glue. Raise your hand when you have done this, and I will be around to check them. Once I have checked your paper, then you may glue your items down. 

3 Guided Practice (Day Two)

  • Review story using YouTube, either read aloud or song. Students will have their sequencing page from the day before to follow along with. 
  • Conduct mini lesson on inflectional endings using SMART Lesson (this would be a lesson we had already done in full extent, this will just be a short review lesson).
  • Display action verbs from the story on the board with inflectional endings. Students will work with these words using the ABC Magnet App on their iPads in partners. Ex.  Walk, Stumble 
Student Instructions
  • Share the iPad with your partner.
  • Once you have taken a turn, you will need to hand the iPad to your partner so that they can have a turn - one at a time. 

4 Independent Practice (Multiple Days)

  • Review elements of a story, action verbs, and the story The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
  • Students will use the worksheet packet from teacherspayteachers.com to begin mapping out their story. 
  • Once they have their story mapped out, they will hold individual conferences with me to discuss their story.
  • When finalized on paper, students will view the 'Toontastic How To' Youtube Video. Then, they will then start creating their story in Toontastic!

5 Wrap Up/ Closure

Students will be instructed to share their stories in small groups. Students will give each other feedback on their stories.