Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Lesson Plan

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 introduces students to the body through the book 'Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes' illustrated by Annie Kubler. Students will also identify and label the parts of the body during some fun activities.

Learning Objective

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

  • Answer questions about the text Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
  • Identify parts of the body
  • Label parts of the body

Time Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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


With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.


With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).


  • ears
  • eyes
  • head
  • knees
  • mouth
  • nose
  • shoulders
  • toes


  • Copies of Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes illustrated by Annie Kubler
  • Roll of art paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Chart paper
  • Markers

Lesson Instructions

  • Preview vocabulary with students.
  • Read Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes illustrated by Annie Kubler with students. Pause at appropriate times to discuss the following:
    • Where is your head? Why is your head important?
    • Point to your shoulders. What do the shoulders do?
    • Show me your knees. What would happen if you didn't have knees?
    • Where are your toes? What do your toes do?
    • Point to your eyes. Why are eyes important?
    • Point to your ears. What do your ears do?
    • Point to your mouth. Why do you need a mouth?
    • Point to your nose. What does the nose do?
    • What are some other parts of your body?
    • Turn and talk: What is your favorite part of your body? Why?

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