Koala Lou Lesson Ideas! This book by Mem Fox is perfect for kindergarten and first-grade students. Reading comprehension, responding to literature, visualizing, retelling the text, directed drawing, and STEM activity!
Koala Lou Lesson Ideas: It starts with a great book!
I always say that if you want students to be engaged in their learning, it MUST start with a great book. Koala Lou by Mem Fox is exactly that sort of book. This book is over 25 years old and yet it is still as relevant today as it was back then. My students asked me to read it again and again and again!
Koala Lou’s mother loves her, but after the birth of Koala Lou’s brothers and sisters, her mother does not have as much time to spend with her. SO, cuddly Koala Lou decides to enter the Bush Olympics!
Spoiler Alert: The Olympics do not go as planned for her. (Don’t worry, it has a great ending.)
Koala Lou Lesson Ideas: Close Reading with Engaging Readers™
As you know, with Engaging Readers™, we read the book each day for a different purpose. This allows us to dig deeper into the story elements and practice building each student’s comprehension skills.
We love to have students practice visualization at the beginning of the story. The story Koala Lou is perfect for this.
I like to pick one of the reading response activities and turn it into a shared writing with the whole class.
Students work together to retell the story with the large retelling cards.
Once the cards are in order, the students turn to their partner or small group and take turns retelling the story. This is such a great opportunity to strengthen not only each students’ reading comprehension, but it also offers tremendous oral language practice.
Then students place the smaller black and white versions in their notebook. They can always look at the class retelling display if they get stuck. BUT because they have orally retold the story, this is rarely an issue.
Comparing Informational Text to Narrative Text
Students also practice sorting sentences. This would make a great student literacy center to practice once you have finished sorting the sentences in your whole group center.
On another day, students practice their inferring skills!
Koala Lou Lesson Ideas: Video Version of the Book
Here is a great version of the story. Although a video never replaces the need for a copy of the book, it is nice to have a different model of fluency to share with your students.
Koala Lou Lesson Ideas: Directed Drawings
I love how these directed drawings of Koala Lou in a gum tree turned out!
These students added the sentence study to their directed drawings. Love it!
Koala Lou Lesson Ideas: SEESAW PRELOADED
In 2021, we created a digital version of the response pages.
Koala Lou Lesson Ideas: STEM, Centers, and More!
The STEM challenge for this book was to plan and build a tree for Koala Lou.
Students were asked had to estimate how many cups they thought they could add before it fell over.
Then they responded! I love this one!
We also have differentiated center and worksheet activities that go along with the book! Here are a few of the activities.
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