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Mole Music 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 will help students describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, identify words and phrases that describe emotions, and use illustrations to describe a story as they read 'Mole Music' by David McPhail.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Identify words and phrases that suggest feelings
  • Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events

Length

30-60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • 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.

Vocabulary

  • audience
  • bow
  • imagine
  • peaceful
  • practice
  • scale
  • screech
  • strings
  • violin

Reading & Discussion

Materials: Book Mole Music by David McPhail

  • Begin by reading Mole Music by David McPhail, pausing at appropriate times to discuss the following questions:
    • According to the picture, what is on top of mole's tunnel?
    • How does mole feel when he hears the man playing the violin on television?
    • How do the birds and the tree react when the mole first plays the violin?
    • What does mole do to get better at the violin?
    • How does the area above mole's tunnel change over the years?
    • How does mole feel when he knows he has become a great violin player?
    • Once mole becomes a great violin player, what does he wish?
    • Do you think mole's wish comes true? Why?
  • Turn and talk:
    • If you could say one thing to mole, what would it be?

Activities

Graphic Organizer: Character and Setting

Materials: paper, pencil, crayons

  • Students will fold a piece of paper in half horizontally and then fold it in half again. When the student unfolds the paper, he/she will have 4 boxes.
  • The top left side of the page will be used to describe and illustrate the mole at the beginning of the story.
  • The top right side of the page will be used to describe and illustrate the setting at the beginning of the story.
  • The bottom left side of the page will be used to describe and illustrate the mole at the end of the story.
  • The bottom right side of the page will be used to describe and illustrate the setting at the end of the story.
  • On the back of the page, the student will explain why the character and setting changed over the course of the story.

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