Aliens Ate My Homework Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Strengthen student comprehension and engagement of the text 'Aliens Ate My Homework' by Bruce Coville. We'll share after-reading summary strategies, a comprehension game and culminating activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Aliens Ate My Homework by Bruce Coville
  • ask and answer questions from the text Aliens Ate My Homework
  • identify problem and solution in Aliens Ate My Homework


50 minutes for core lesson, plus one hour for the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).


  • Copies of the book Aliens Ate My Homework by Bruce Coville
  • White boards and markers
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary & Character List

  • Alien
  • Rod Albright
  • Little Thing One and Little Thing Two
  • Billy Becker
  • Arnie Markle
  • Grakker
  • Madame Pong
  • Snout

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