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5 Reading Lesson Ideas for Otis the Tractor Books in Kindergarten

5 Reading Lesson Ideas for Otis the Tractor Books 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 Tractor Books Lesson Ideas for Comprehension

I’m not sure when I first fell in love with the Otis Tractor Books series but it quickly became a favorite in my kindergarten classroom. This picture book is a great story of friendship.

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Throughout these 5-day lesson plans, students answer various reading comprehension questions skills. We start the week by making predictions about what will happen after the little calf is found stuck in the mud pond. Here are a few examples of how students answered these writing prompts.

Here is a quick synopsis of the story.

Otis is a friendly tractor. His best friends are the other farm animals. He particularly loves the new baby calf in the next stall. The new calf is calmed by the gentle purr of Otis. The two become great friends, romping in the fields, leaping bales of hay, and playing ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.

The arrival of the big new yellow tractor at the farm replaces Otis. The noise of the new tractor is frightening to the calf and he has a hard time without Otis. Then, one day, Otis rescues the little calf who gets stuck in the muddy pond. This is such a delightful book and it is a great way to explore character traits, connections, and more.

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! 

5 Otis Tractor Books Comprehension Activities

# 1 Otis Tractor Books Lessons and Ideas Predictions

Throughout these 5-day lesson plans, students answer various reading comprehension questions skills. We start the week by making predictions about what will happen after the little calf is found stuck in the mud pond.   Here are a few examples of how students answered these writing prompts.

We love how students can make their meaning known through the pictures they draw.

# 2 Otis Tractor Books Lessons and Ideas Retelling the Story.

Students move the retelling cards in order to tell the story. You can use the PowerPoint version of the retelling cards or the printed version. After students work on retelling the story together, they complete their own retelling. This heartwarming tale provides a great opportunity for students to practice their oral language.  Once students have place the events in order, they will turn to their partner and talk.  They will retell the key details from Otis.  This practice is so valuable!

# 3 Otis Tractor Books Lessons and Ideas Character Traits

Students help co-create this chart about Otis’s character traits.   We talk about how the character is feeling and how we know.  Sometimes the author tells us with the words and at other times the illustrator helps us understand.  In the case of Otis, both the illustrator and the author are the same.

#4 Otis the Tractor Books Lessons and Ideas Connections

Otis books are also perfect for making connections. Young readers usually have no problem making connections to the idea of wandering off or getting lost.

#5 Otis the Tractor Books Lessons and Ideas Opinion Writing

Students also loved writing about their favorite part of the story.

Otis the Tractor Craft and Sentence Study

Here is a peek at the sentence study and Otis the Tractor craft.

Throughout these 5-day lesson plans, students answer various reading comprehension questions skills. We start the week by making predictions about what will happen after the little calf is found stuck in the mud pond. Here are a few examples of how students answered these writing prompts.

You can find all of the reading comprehension activities for Otis the Tractor in our Engaging Readers Units:

Otis the Tractor Center Activities

We even made a few center activities to go along with Otis!

You can find these book themed center activities by clicking:

Otis the tractor video

Here is a great video version of Otis!

Otis the Tractor Books

Here are a few other Otis stories by Loren Long that  you might love.

Otis and the Tornado

Otis and the Tornado is a wonderful book! Otis and his farm friends are out playing on a hot day, but the bull does not want to play and stays in his pen. Then a tornado comes. Otis takes all the animals to safety, but the bull is still locked in his pen! Otis bravely goes back to save the bull.

Otis and the Puppy

Otis and the Puppy is about the new puppy at the farm. But while playing hide and seek, the puppy gets lost.  

Otis and The Kittens

One hot afternoon, Otis and his friends are sitting under the shade of the apple tree when they notice an orange tabby cat headed towards the old barn. Soon they see a swirl of smoke! Otis rushes into the burning barn to save the little kittens! This would be a great book to talk about fire safety.

 

Otis and the Scarecrow

There is a scarecrow on the farm where Otis lives, but the scarecrow’s expression never changes. Then one chilly fall day, Otis and his friends decided to play the quiet game. Otis can not seem to forget the scarecrow, so they move the animal friends to be by the scarecrow. Even though the scarecrow’s expression remains the same, Otis thought he looked less lonely.

An Otis Christmas 

Otis saves the day when he needs to get the vet to the farm during a snowstorm.  The new foal is precious in this Christmas story.

Otis Tractor Books Lesson

If you would like to download this free editable lesson plan template, all you need to do is click on the image below.

5 Reading Lesson Ideas for Otis the Tractor Books 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.

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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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