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The Peace Book Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

What is peace? There are a lot of different ways to describe and define peace. We'll look at some of them in this lesson as we read ''The Peace Book'' by Todd Parr. At the same time, we'll choose our favorite definition for peace and write about it.

Lesson Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Write a definition for the word ''peace''
  • Draw a picture illustrating ''peace''

Length

35-40 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.2

Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.4

Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.6

Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.7

Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

Materials

  • copy of The Peace Book by Todd Parr
  • lined writing paper for each student
  • drawing paper for each student
  • crayons or markers

Instructions

Begin by introducing the book to the class.

  • Talk about the title and cover picture. Ask students what they think the book may be about.
  • Identify the author and illustrator of the book.

Next, read the book to students.

  • Stop to discuss the words and illustrations on each page.
  • Ask students to explain each page. For example, ''How is reading a bunch of different books a good definition for 'peace'?''

Once you are finished reading, discuss some of the ideas in the book with the class.

  • Ask students to share some of the things they learned from the book.
  • Ask students what their favorite page was and why.
  • Ask if students have any other ideas for definitions of ''peace'' that were not included in the book.

Activity

This book gives students a lot to think about in regards to the meaning of ''peace.'' Now that you have read the book to the class, let students personalize it by leading them through the following activity.

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