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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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

KINDERGARTEN LESSON PLANS: WEEK 27 Koala Lou

March 3 Deedee 4 min read

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! 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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

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, Koala Lou decides to enter the Bush Olympics!

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

Spoiler Alert:  The Olympics do not go as planned for her.   (Don’t worry, it has a great ending.)

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

 

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 and practice various reading comprehension skills.

Visualization

We love to have students practice visualization at the beginning of the story.  Koala Lou is perfect for this!

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Retelling

Students work together to retell the story with the large retelling cards.   This teacher had the students place the cards in order under her document camera!

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

Once the cards are in order, the students turn to their partner and take turns retelling the story.  This is such a great opportunity to strengthen not only the students’ reading comprehension, but it also offers tremendous oral language practice. 

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

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.

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

Comparing informational text to narrative text

Students also practice sorting sentences.  This would make a great student center to practice once you have finished sorting the sentences in your whole group center.

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks
I love the informational sentence: Koalas and kangaroos are marsupials.

 

Inferring

On another day, students practice their inferring skills!

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

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 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 turned out!

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You can find all of these activities by clicking:

Koala Lou Lesson Ideas: STEM, Centers, and More!

The STEM challenge for this book was to plan and build a tree for Koala Lou.

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

Students were asked had to estimate how many cups they thought they could add before it fell over.

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

Then they responded!  I love this one!

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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

Centers

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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You can find all of the STEM challenge activity details, center activities, and Koala Lou worksheets by clicking below:

LESSON PLANS

You may download these lesson plans for kindergarten PDF or an editable template.  I have used Hello Literacy Fonts (which are free for non-commercial use).  You may want to download her fonts and install them on your computer first.  This way the formatting will not be off.  Naturally, you can change the fonts if you prefer.

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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! #memfox #koalalou #kindergartenbooks #firstgradebooks

 

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2 Comments

  • Tnaya March 3 at 3:53 pm

    Having trouble down loading your Koala Lou Lesson idea plans
    Thanks

    • Deedee March 3 at 5:15 pm

      Oh No! They are housed on Google Drive. Does your school email have a firewall that prohibits access to Google Drive? You can email me. [email protected]

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