What A Wonderful World Book 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.

Use this lesson to help your students answer questions about the text and understand the author's purpose and word choices while reading 'What a Wonderful World' by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.

Learning Objective

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Answer questions about the text.
  • Describe the author's purpose.
  • Discuss the author's word choice.

Time Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Lesson Instructions and Activities


  • blessed
  • bloom
  • rainbow
  • sacred
  • wonderful
  • world


  • Copies of What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
  • Video clip of Louis Armstrong performing 'What a Wonderful World'
  • Chart paper
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Circle template

Reading and Discussion

  • Preview vocabulary with the class, making sure to define and explain each term while asking students for their input.
  • Introduce the title of the book and ask students to list some things that make the world wonderful.
  • Read What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss to the class. Pause at appropriate times to discuss the following questions:
    • What are some of the things the narrator sees?
    • Why do you think the narrator says that trees and roses 'bloom for me and you'?
    • How does the narrator feel about the world? How do you know this?
    • Why do you think the author uses the word 'blessed' to describe the day, and the word 'sacred' to describe night?
    • How are the colors of the rainbow like the people going by?
    • Why do you think the narrator talks about children growing up?
    • Turn and talk: What do you think the author wants you to learn from this story?

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