Coyote Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the fascinating coyote with this lesson plan. Students will read our informational text and apply comprehension strategies, complete a coyote project and take a quiz to check understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • use the 3-2-1 reading strategy to increase comprehension
  • provide facts about coyotes, including their physical appearance, lifestyle, and diet
  • describe the lifecycle of a coyote


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


Key Vocabulary

  • Coyote
  • Omnivore

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Start by writing the term 'Coyotes' on the board. Read the word together, then give students five to ten minutes to write down full statements on what they know about coyotes. Do an example together, writing 'Coyotes have long fluffy tails.'
  • When finished, break students into small groups to share their statements, then discuss briefly as a whole class. Record coyote facts on the board.

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