Caps for Sale Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this creative lesson plan to model story elements for your students. Using the book Caps for Sale, model character, setting, problem, events and solution.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify story elements in text


40 minutes


  • craft sticks with one story element written on each
  • cup to hold craft sticks
  • chart paper
  • book Caps for Sale

Key Vocabulary

  • story elements
  • character
  • setting
  • problem
  • event
  • solution

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


  • Gather students together on the carpet near the easel and chart paper. Tell them they'll be learning about story elements. Write 'Story Elements' on the top of the chart and ask students to turn and talk to a partner about what they think story elements are.
  • Share answers and discuss. Define term and write on chart paper.
  • Engage students and connect to prior learning by asking who has heard the story The Three Little Pigs. Tell students you'll be using this story to illustrate elements of stories.
  • With students, read our lesson Story Elements Lesson for Kids using technology.
  • As you read each section, write the terms on the chart paper. Write brief descriptions of each, along with examples from The Three Little Pigs. Allow time for students to copy in Reader's Notebooks.
  • Give students a brief break if necessary.


  • Next, tell students they'll each pick a craft stick that has a story element written on it. Ask them to keep the element a secret.
  • Ask students to listen for the story element they picked as you read the story Caps for Sale.
  • After the story is over, divide students into groups according to the element they chose. For example, all 'character' students work at the guided reading table, all 'setting' students work at the science desks, etc.
  • Instruct students to meet with their group and decide what their story element was from Caps for Sale and write on chart paper.
  • Circulate the room to support and scaffold learning.
  • Gather students back together and have each group present their story element for Caps for Sale. Discuss as a class.
  • If time permits, allow students to illustrate their story element on a poster.


  • In the following days, ask students to recreate the chart you used for story elements in their notebooks and record story elements from their independent reading.
  • Examine story elements from other fairy tales.
  • Have students review story elements in movies or television shows. Record and report in class.

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