Night Noises by Mem Fox 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 use illustrations to describe the events in a story, use phoneme manipulation to decode words, and recognize the meaning behind similes while reading 'Night Noises' by Mem Fox.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Use illustrations to make predictions and retell a story
  • Manipulate phonemes to create new words
  • Understand and use similes


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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


Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.


  • bristled
  • cottage
  • dozed
  • wispy
  • onomatopoeia
  • simile


  • Copies of the book Night Noises by Mem Fox
  • markers/crayons
  • paper
  • pencils
  • card stock cut into squares
  • sentence strips
  • chart paper

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