The Velveteen Rabbit Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson plan helps students learn about the story of the Velveteen Rabbit and rabbits in general. It provides discussion questions and topics, an activity, an extension, key terms, and suggestions for extended learning.

Learning Objectives

Once your students have competed the lessons in this lesson plan, they should be able to:

  • Tell the story of the Velveteen Rabbit
  • Discuss the nature (diet, habits, etc.) of real rabbits


45-90 minutes without the activity


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Key Terms

  • Snubbed
  • Anxious
  • Mammals
  • Herbivores
  • Domesticated
  • Bucks
  • Does


Warm Up

  • Get the kids excited for these lesson with a couple of enticing questions:
    • Has anyone had a pet bunny rabbit?
    • Who has heard or read of the story of The Velveteen Rabbit? What are your thoughts on it?

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