Loneliness Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about loneliness. After a read aloud and a collaborative discussion, students will engage in creating a skit about loneliness and how to solve it in a real-world situation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe loneliness through collaborative discussion
  • Generate a list of solutions to loneliness
  • Create a skit about loneliness in a real-world context


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


  • Copy of 'The Very Lonely Firefly' by Eric Carle
  • Index cards with the following scenarios written on them:
    • You see a student sitting alone at lunch
    • You see a student sitting alone at recess
    • No one wants to be one of your classmates' partners for an activity in class
    • A new student is enrolled in your class
    • You feel lonely in the cafeteria
    • You feel lonely at recess
    • You do not have a partner for an activity in class
    • It is your first day as a new student and you do not know anyone
  • Post-its


Read Aloud and Discussion

  • Write the word 'loneliness' on the board. Say it aloud and have students repeat. Ask students to turn and talk about what they know about loneliness. Discuss answers as a class.
  • Explain that they are going to listen to a story where the main character experiences loneliness. While they are listening to the story, they need to think about if they can relate to the main character in the story.
  • Read 'The Very Lonely Firefly' aloud.
  • Facilitate a discussion with the students by asking the following questions:
    • How did the firefly feel at the beginning of the story? Why?
    • How did the firefly's feelings change throughout the story? Why?
    • Does this story remind you of a time you were lonely? How so?
  • Make sure to share your own experiences with loneliness in the discussion. Explain that everyone feels lonely from time to time and they are not alone.

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