When I Was Five 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 better understand ''When I Was Five'' by Arthur Howard. Students will retell the story using illustrations, compare the character's changes over the course of the story, and distinguish between past and present verbs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson about When I Was Five by Arthur Howard, students will be able to:

  • Use illustrations to describe events in the story
  • Compare and contrast the narrator at age five to the narrator at age six
  • Examine which verbs were used to discuss the past and which were used to discuss the present

Time Length

30-60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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


Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.


Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g. Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).


  • astronaut
  • deep-sea diver
  • favorite
  • major-league
  • secret


  • copies of the book When I Was Five by Arthur Howard
  • markers
  • construction paper
  • crayons
  • chart paper
  • pencils
  • paper
  • sentence strips

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