Otis lesson plans for your kindergarten or first-grade classroom are here! Otis by Loren Long is one of my favorite books! Students respond to literature with these print and teach, reading comprehension lesson plans.
Otis Lesson Plans
Otis by Loren Long is one of my favorite stories. The tractor, Otis is such a sweet character. I sincerely cry when I read this book because he is so precious. It feels like the message of kindness and selflessness in our world has never been more important. So spending a week on this book is worth every second!
Throughout these 5-day lesson plans, students practice various reading comprehension skills. Start the week with making predictions about what will happen after the little calf is found stuck in the mud pond.
On day 2, you move along to the story retell. We are super excited about the NEW digital retelling cards! Simply, upload the slides to PowerPoint or Google Drive and you are ready for this lesson!
You can also still use the printable retell cards and student independent practice.
Later in the week, students make connections with the story and form an opinion.
Oh my! Look at that sweet little cow!
Finally, end your week of practicing reading comprehension skills with this adorable craft!
I love this book for Fall, but this story can be used at any time throughout the year! Click below for all of the print and teach Otis lesson plans and resources.
Deanna and I absolutely love to hear feedback about our Engaging Readers units. This is an email I received from a sweet teacher in California! She writes:
“Hi Deedee! I’m a kindergarten teacher in Sherman Oaks, CA and I have purchased all of the Guiding Readers units you and Deanna have created. I’d like to start by saying thank you to you both, and to tell you I absolutely LOVE them!I had never read the book Otis before, so when I ordered it last year I ordered 4 of the Otis books (puppy, scarecrow, and tornado too). Last week I read all 4 books, and then led my students through an activity where we described Otis using a Bubble Map. To add to the lesson I asked my students if their descriptive word was a fact or an opinion, and when they said fact I had them prove it with an example from one of the four stories. The lesson went better than I had expected and my kids had fun!I wanted to share this with you as a small token of my thanks for all of the dedication and hard work that you and Deanna contribute to our profession, and to show you how your time and efforts are impacting children all across the country. ️ Thank you! “
In the story, the calf gets stuck in the mud. So we created a little experiential learning lesson to discuss the power of suction. This activity, as well as math and center activities, is included in this unit:
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