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Creepy Carrots Lesson Plan Ideas

Creepy Carrot Lesson Plans and Ideas. See how we use this book as a week long close reading comprehension activity. You can see how we respond to this hilarious book by Aaron Reynolds. Fun craft idea too!

Creepy Carrots Lesson Plans and Ideas

Your kiddos will love the main character, Jasper Rabbit! See how we use this book as a week-long close reading comprehension activity. You can see how we respond to the writing prompts we created for this hilarious book by Aaron Reynolds.

Students will have so much fun making their own creepy carrots with craft too!

If you have not yet discovered Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, you are in for a treat. Your students will laugh out loud with this fun book.  We also really love his other book,  A Creepy Pair of Underpants. 

CREEPY CARROT LESSON PLANS AND IDEAS

Reading Comprehension

During this close reading of the book, Creepy Carrots, we focus on a different reading comprehension strategy each day.  As teachers, we do the decoding work, but we ask our students to do the thinking work. Students discuss the book and collaborate to peel back the meaning of each book we read… even a silly book like Creepy Carrots. These Creepy Carrots activities are part of our whole group reading book activities but you could work on responding in a small group reading setting.

Science supports the need for primary teachers to develop listening comprehension by providing more sophisticated texts. In the early grades, students’ listening comprehension largely exceeds their reading comprehension.  

According to authors, Jan Burkins and Kari Yates in their amazing book, Shifting the Balance 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classrooms, “… we must have an eye towards the future, focusing on stretching the limits of listening comprehension through oral language development.”  

They also state. “In typically developing readers, listening comprehension and reading comprehension eventually become one and the same.”

Creepy Carrots Lesson Plans Day 1: Predictions

Here is the prompt we ask students to discuss and ultimately respond.

“Jasper has made a plan. What do you think will happen next?”

Creepy Carrots Lesson Plans and Ideas. See how we use this book as a week long close reading comprehension activity. You can see how we respond to this hilarious book by Aaron Reynolds. Fun craft idea too!
This is a first grade example

Creepy Carrots Lesson Plans Day 2: Text Details and Retelling

Students work on retelling Creepy Carrots in this collaborative activity. Can you see Crackenhopper field?

Then we ask students to organize the retelling on their own. Should they need support, they can always look at the group retelling chart the class did together.

Creepy Carrots Cause and Effect Lesson Plans Day 3

We also have students discuss the causes and effects in Creepy Carrots. This response page is a great way to organize students’ thinking. It serves as one of the graphic organizers that aid in student discussion.

Creepy Carrots Lesson Plans Day 4 Making Connections

Students also make connections while reading Creepy Carrots. Students are asked to think about Jasper and some of his character traits and experiences and make a connection with some part of the story.

Creepy Carrots Lesson Plans Day 5 Opinion Writing

Usually, on the final day of our week-long Creepy Carrots lessons, we plan an opinion response. By continually asking students to respond to opinion pieces, we have found their writing becomes stronger when they are asked to write other opinion pieces. Creepy Carrots quickly became one of our favorite books last year.

Here are a few more examples of student responses to Creepy Carrots. These include the reading craft activity that is included in the Engaging Readers unit.

Kindergartners and first graders will have loads of classroom fun with this great story. In addition to the reading crafts and activities above, we also have:

  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Mentor Sentence Studies
  • Grammar Studies

You can find this included in the Engaging Reader Lesson Plans. It would be great for Halloween week or even in the spring when you study plants. You may even want to make other creepy vegetables! You find this great resource on Teachers Pay Teachers:

I have also blogged about A Creepy Pair of Underwear.  You can find that blog post by following this link:

Creepy Carrots Video

Would you like to listen to the book? It is pretty hilarious! Here is a digital version of the book. You will want to have a copy of the book to read each day, but having a digital version helps to provide another model of reading fluency.

Learning and Movement October Themed

Because wiggling happens, this is a fun way to get those wiggles out!

Creepy Carrots Lesson Plan Ideas 1
Creepy Carrots Lesson Plan Ideas 2

Each month comes with 4 ELA Skills and 4 Math Skills.

Creepy Carrot Lesson Plans and Ideas. See how we use this book as a week long close reading comprehension activity. You can see how we respond to this hilarious book by Aaron Reynolds. Fun craft idea too!

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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