Lois Ehlert Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Lois Ehlert is an award-winning children's author and illustrator. In this lesson, students will learn about Ehlert's life, books and awards, and will use this knowledge to create a collage using her artistic style.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify Lois Ehlert as a children's author and artist who uses collage in her art
  • identify biographical information, books and awards related to Ehlert
  • use found materials and collage to create artworks modeled after Ehlert's style
  • identify and explain the term collage


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2

Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

  • 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.


  • Collage

Materials Needed

  • Cardboard or tagboard (1 piece per student)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Collage materials, such as buttons, feathers, seeds, ribbons, sticks, leaves, grasses, etc.
  • Lois Ehlert books mentioned in the lesson
  • A variety of Lois Ehlert books illustrated using collage and found objects

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