Stone Soup Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help your students summarize and identify the moral in 'Stone Soup' with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text summarizing the plot, discuss the lesson weaved into the story, then apply learning with an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Stone Soup
  • identify moral in Stone Soup
  • analyze characters in Stone Soup


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Stone Soup: Story & Moral for each student or to display and use as a shared reading
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Copies of the story Stone Soup

Key Vocabulary

  • Ingredients

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2

Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3

Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.


  • Engage students with the topic by asking them to write a response to the sentence 'Sharing is important because...'
  • When finished writing, divide students into small groups and allow them to share their answers, then discuss as a whole group.
  • Remind students that often stories are used to teach a moral or lesson. Discuss other stories you've encountered with morals and lessons, then distribute or display copies of the lesson Stone Soup: Story & Moral.
  • Read the section 'A Beautiful Village' with students, then ask:
    • How do you think the travelers felt to hear no one would share their food?
    • Why may people chosen not to share food?
    • Why did the travelers decide to help the villagers?
    • What is your prediction for how the travelers may help the villagers?
  • Next read the section 'Making Soup' together, then ask:
    • Why did the travelers ask for a pot?
    • Why did the crowd gather to watch the travelers?
    • What did the villagers do when asked to contribute food? Why?
  • Read the section 'Sharing Soup' then ask student groups to discuss:
    • What did the travelers message 'Bring what you've got. Put it in the pot. Every bit counts, from the largest to the least' mean?
    • What is important about the stone in this story?
    • How did the characters in this story grow and change?
    • How does this story show that every part each person gives is important?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together, then take the quiz as a class to check for understanding.

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