Lessons Plans for “When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree” by Jamie L. B. Deenihan are here! You will love this sweet story with these engaging, reading comprehension lesson plans.
When Grandma Gives you a Lemon Tree
This sweet story can be read any time throughout the year! A little girl receives a lemon tree from her Grandma for her birthday. It wasn’t really what she wanted, but it turned out to be a great gift. Check out the story on YouTube!
Deanna Jump and I created a week of reading comprehension lesson plans for your kindergarten or first-grade students. These activities would even work for second grade, too! Plus, we added vocabulary, sentence study, and a craft to add even more engagement to your lessons!
Start your week with introducing the story. We always recommend having a copy the book to share with your students. However, if you are teaching virtually or can’t locate a copy, a video of the story will also work.
Throughout the week, students practice various reading comprehension strategies. Students will have fun making predictions, retelling the story using picture cards, inferring, analyzing characters, and forming an opinion. Each day, your lesson focuses on a specific strategy. Our detailed lesson plans guide you each step of the way! Plus, we include anchor chart resources to support your instruction.
The girl uses the Lemon Tree tree to grow lemons and sell lemonade. She then takes the money she earns to the store and gets ready to buy something she wanted for her birthday. Students make predictions by using clues from the story to write and draw about what they think the girl will buy.
As you see above, the responding to literature activities are available in a printable and digital format. We’ve preloaded the activities to Seesaw. There are also PowerPoints included in the resource that work great in Google Classroom!
Retelling the story is one of my favorite parts of reading comprehension! Within this resource, you will find colored picture cards that are easily printed to be used for a whole-group retell. Plus, you will find a printable version of the retell cards for students to use in notebooks or on a strip of paper.
And of course, a digital version!
Making Inferences about the Story
Throughout this lesson, students are taught to infer to help them understand what is happening in the story. They write to tell how they think the girl felt at the beginning of the story when she received a lemon tree for her birthday.
Writing about the characters
The lesson plan for day 4 follows up from day 3. After a discussion about how the girl wasn’t happy with her birthday gift, you can talk about how her feelings changed.
On the final day, your students form an opinion about the story. You will love reading their thoughts on whether the lemon tree was a good gift or not. You can also create an anchor chart on this day!
Add a craft to your week and use it for a hallway display! (All of the patterns are included.) You can incorporate some student writing from the week, as well.
Enjoy these lesson plans for the fun story, When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree! You can find the resource in my blog store here: