One Grain of Rice Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What's better than a story with a meaningful message? How about a fun activity that pairs with a text lesson to engage students with the folktale, One Grain of Rice? We have also provided extensions and related lessons to continue on with similar instruction.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list the parts of One Grain of Rice
  • identify the parts of the folktale


1 hour


  • Photocopies of the text of the One Grain of Rice folktale by Demi
  • Colored markers or pencils

Curriculum Standards


Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).


Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.


  • Begin by passing out the photocopies of One Grain of Rice
  • Now have students take turns reading the story aloud to the class.
  • Next have students read the introduction and Parts of a Story sections of the text lesson Story Elements Lesson for Kids.
  • Now tell the class that they will be identifying the different parts of One Grain of Rice.
  • Next have them read the Characters section of the text lesson.
  • When all students have finished reading the section regarding characters, instruct them to use a red marker/pencil to circle each of the characters in One Grain of Rice
  • When students are finished circling all of the characters, discuss their selections as a class. Were any characters missed? If so, allow students to correct their answers.
  • Next, have students read the Setting section of the text lesson.
  • Using a blue marker, students should draw a square around any examples in One Grain of Rice pertaining to setting.
  • When all students are finished identifying examples of setting in the story, discuss their ideas as a class, again allowing them to fill in missing items.
  • Ask the students to read the Problem section of the text lesson.
  • Now explain to students that they should draw a green star next to any examples of a problem in One Grain of Rice.
  • Next have the class share their examples relating to a problem in the story. Once again, allow students to correct any missing or incorrect responses.
  • Ask students to read the Events section of the text lesson.
  • When students are finished reading the text lesson, ask them to identify examples of events in One Grain of Rice by underlining them in yellow now.
  • Have students share the examples of events that they found as a class for discussion, again allowing them to edit their responses as needed.
  • Instruct the class to read the Solution section and Lesson Summary of the text lesson.
  • Have students use a black marker/pencil to draw a line above any examples of a solution in One Grain of Rice.
  • Finally, when all students have finished identifying examples of solutions in the story, discuss solutions as a class, giving students time for any necessary edits.

Discussion Questions

  • How would the story change if we removed one or more elements of the story?
  • Was one part of the story harder to identify than another? Why? Would this be the case with all stories?


  • Have students craft their own version of a story inspired by One Grain of Rice.
  • Ask students to come up with their own plan to feed the village. Have them share their ideas with the class.

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