Hoodwinked by Arthur Howard Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

'Hoodwinked' by Arthur Howard is about a witch who desires a creepy pet. This lesson plan includes a fun money counting activity after students listen to the story and answer questions.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • make inferences about the pets and characters in Hoodwinked
  • answer questions about Hoodwinked when prompted
  • count money in a simulated pet shop


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.


  • copy of Hoodwinked by Arthur Howard
  • construction paper including the color brown
  • crayons
  • scissors


  • hoodwinked
  • creepy
  • broomstick
  • slither
  • slim
  • attic
  • bat
  • piranha
  • magical
  • adorable


  • Create a word wall of the vocabulary words and review the vocabulary with students before starting the lesson.
  • Now, show the book to the class and asking them to identify the pets on the cover.
  • Then explain Hoodwinked by Arthur Howard is about a little girl who wants a creepy pet.
  • Now read the story and ask these questions throughout or at the end:
    • What are some of the creepy things Mitzi owns when the story begins?
    • What did Mitzi want and where does she decide to go?
    • How does Mitzi travel to the pet shop?
    • Based on the broom stick, what can we assume about Mitzi?
    • Describe the pet shop lady.
      • Do you think she is a witch?
      • Is she nice or mean? Explain.
    • Which pet does Mitzi choose first?
    • Did Mitzi like the toad? Why or why not?
    • Why did Mitzi choose the bats?
    • How many did she buy?
    • Did the bats act the way she wanted? Explain.
    • What type of creepy pets did Mitzi's family own?
    • Who scratched at Mitzi's back door?
    • Why did she tell the kitten it could only stay one night?
    • What did Mitzi decide to do with the kitten? Why?
    • What was the kitten's name?
  • Ask students if they have any questions before moving on to the activity.

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