Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans

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! 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

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. 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

Making Predictions

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. 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

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. 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

Story Retell

Retelling a story is such an important part of reading comprehension. Students practice this skill in whole group… 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

and individually!

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

Character Traits

Students identify character traits and learn that characters can change the way they act and the things they say throughout  a story. 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

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? 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

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:

Center Ideas

Students will enjoy these math and literacy centers to go along with the story. Students practice ending sounds, vowels, and addition.

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

STEM Activities

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. 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

These kindergarten students are ADORABLE! Look at how much fun they had!

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!
Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans! Here are some great digital and printable book activities for kindergarten and first grade. Reading, responding to literature, retelling, centers, and STEM activities. Perfect for Spring!

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. 

Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans

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    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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    1. Typo in author’s name: should be Stevens, not Stephens.

      Top and Bottoms Lesson Plans for Janet Stephens book are here! This is one of those CLASSIC reads.

      Where are the free lesson plans? All I found was a math worksheet…

    2. Hey love your blog, as a fellow mom I am very intrigued on ways to help my son improve in reading. What do you think about kids learning to read at very young age.
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