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ESL Lesson Plan for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help ESL students retell a story, ask and answer questions about key details of a story, and describe the relationship between illustrations and the story as they read 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' by Bill Martin, Jr.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
  • Retell a story using key details
  • Describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear

Length

30-60 minutes

ELP & Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • ELP.K.1.

Construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.2

With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Materials

  • Copy of the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr
  • Other materials are listed under activities

Vocabulary

  • color words: brown, red, yellow, blue, green, purple, white, black, gold
  • animal words: bear, bird, duck, horse, frog, cat, dog, sheep, fish
  • children
  • teacher

Reading & Discussion

  • Read the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr, pausing at appropriate times to discuss the following questions:
    • What other colors can bears be?
    • Name something else that is red.
    • What do birds and ducks have in common?
    • Why do you think the author made the horse blue?
    • What are some things that are purple?
    • By looking at the next picture in the story, what do you think this page is going to say?
  • Turn and Talk:
    • If you could add one more page to this story, what would it say?

Activities

Class Book

Materials: paper, crayons, pencil, sentence stem displayed

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