Stellaluna Lesson Plan Ideas for Kindergarten and First Grade!
These fun lesson include read aloud lesson ideas, center ideas, videos, and more. You will also find a fun bat craftivity in this blog post!
We love the book Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon! See how we incorporate Stellaluna into our week-long reading comprehension instruction.
Stellaluna Lesson Plan Ideas – Reading and Writing
These photos came from a sweet teacher. We love seeing our units being used in other classrooms. These are from the Stellaluna lesson in our October Engaging Readers!
Stellaluna Lesson Plan Ideas – Making Predictions
We start our read aloud lessons by making predictions! The power of an interactive read aloud is in the dicussions that take place prior to writing! We love asking students to also respond in writing (and in kindergarten, it often writing = drawing.) We are 100% okay with this. We know that before they can write words, they really need to do the thinking work first.
Stellaluna Lesson Plan Ideas – Retelling with Text Details
Retelling text details was so PAINFUL before I started providing students with picture cards to use when they retell. We start by retelling the text details of Stellaluna as a collaborative activity.
Once the graphic organizer (like the one shown below) is complete, then students turn to their partner and orally practice retelling the events in the story. Talk about a great oral language learning moments. Since we do this every week, students quickly catch on and then there is NO STOPPING them!
Students then create a personal retelling that they can use to practice retelling during center time or when they take it home to their families.
There is also a digital version of these activities in the DIGITAL set. They have been preloaded to Seesaw. This was helpful during distance learning, but it also makes a great independent learning task. If you use Seesaw, you could ask students to record themselves retelling the stories! Assessment… complete!
Stellaluna Lesson Plan Ideas – Comparing
As a class, we create this Venn diagram chart that we use to compare bats and birds. This will answer the question: Are bats birds?
Then students can complete their own verson. This is from the digital set, but a paper version is also available.
Stellaluna Lesson Plan Ideas – Opinion Writing
Each week we ask students to respond to an opinion question. Sometimes it is as simple as asking students to write about thier favorite part.
Here are a few of the written responses from a few years ago. I love reading kindergarten writing!
We always teach an interactive read aloud with an acutal book. But, it is nice to have different models of fluency. We love StoryTime as Awnie’s House!
Students can watch and rewatch Stellaluna as often as they wish.
Stellaluna Bat Craftivity
We always try to bring in a fun book related craft to our lessons. This is the Stellaluna inspirated bat craft!
Stellaluna Lesson Plan Ideas
You can find all of these lessons in our Engaging Readers units:
Stellaluna: Free Lesson Plan Template
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I love this book, Stellaluna. Thanks for sharing your bat ideas to go with this book.
I love this!! Where did you get the story element pocket chart cards from?
The retelling pieces are included in our Engaging Readers units.