Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens is a CLASSIC read-aloud for the primary classroom. I absolutely love the illustrations in this book!
Bear is wealthy but lazy. So, Hare comes up with a clever plan to take a share of that wealth for his family. Check out a video of the story on YouTube!
Reading Response Activities
Our Engaging Readers unit that includes reading comprehension lesson plans and activities for Tops and Bottoms gives students the opportunity to practice various reading strategies using quality childrens’ literature. Throughout the week, students develop reading comprehension skills such as predicting, story retell, identifying character traits, making inferences, and forming an opinion.
We teach students to take clues from the story in order to make a smart guess about what they think will happen next. In the story, Bear decides he wants both the tops and the bottoms because he is tired of Hare getting the best part of the crops! Students make a prediction on what they think will happen next.
There are also digital student response activities! In the digital version of our Engaging Readers, you will find the activities preloaded to Seesaw and also PowerPoints that can be used in Google or on other digital platforms.
Retelling a story is such an important part of reading comprehension. Students practice this skill in whole group…
Students identify character traits and learn that characters can change the way they act and the things they say throughout a story.
Digital and printable Tops and Bottoms lesson plans and activities are available in my blog store. You can find them here:
Grammar and Vocabulary
Did you know we also have word work activities, sentence study, and vocabulary for our Engaging Readers units?
The grammar and vocabulary activities are part of the original Engaging Readers. These activities are only available in a printable format. The printable unit is located in Deanna Jump’s store. Check out the resource here:
Students will enjoy these math and literacy centers to go along with the story. Students practice ending sounds, vowels, and addition.
Here is another fun way to tie in the story throughout your daily schedule! For this STEM activity, students make a plan, create a design, and build a vegetable stand.
These kindergarten students are ADORABLE! Look at how much fun they had!
The math and literacy centers, as well as, the STEM activity are available in the Science, Math, & More resource for Tops and Bottoms. It is located in Deanna’s store and can be found here:
Tops and Bottoms SNack Idea
A fun snack? I think so! Check out this snack idea from Safeway that would be the perfect way to end your week of reading Tops and Bottoms.
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I found these adorable carrots at Target, so I made a quick math activity for you. You can snag it by adding your email to the box below!
I hope you and your students enjoy these Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans!