Title – An Elephants Best Friend
Grade Level: Pre-K
Subject Areas: Technology Integration, Children’s Literature
Approximate Time for lesson 30 -35 minutes (This lesson can be
presented in 2 sessions)
PRIMARY LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLO)
learning outcomes to be achieved with this lesson include:
A. Student will be able to use the mouse while operating the computer
B. Student will be able to respond to prediction questions from
looking at an illustration from the story
C. Student will listen to a children’s story about an animal s/he
has learned about in a previous lesson and will be able to understand
how this animal is represented in the story.
D. Student will work cooperatively in small group to retell
events of the story by ordering 3 pictures from the story.
Pre-K Standards Language
Children will develop skills in listening for the purpose of
LD 5. Children will begin to
develop age-appropriate strategies that will assist in reading
A. Grade: Pre-K
Technology Integration Standard: Operates basic technology tools and
SE 3c. Uses
classroom materials purposefully and respectfully.
1. Computer with
2. Topic Literature Web Page titled Do elephants have special
friends? Go to http://www.valdosta.edu/~lrsparks/topiclit.html
3. Book: Emma Kate by
Patricia Polacco Illustrated by author
2. 8 ½ by 11
sheets of paper.
3. Photo copies of 2 illustrations from the book (sized to
fit on each of the 8 ½ by 11 sheets) for the sequence of
events activity. Make one set for each student.
4. Glue stick for each child
5 Markers or crayons
6. Copy of lesson rubric for
each group member.
Technologies that will be used in
this lesson include: computer with Internet connection, a picture
developed using a computer drawing program, and a designed website that
includes a computer painted picture.
Part I Step One: Introduction
1. Work with a small group of students
(2-5). Tell students that today you are going to read them a
special book about an animal that they have been learning about.
Can anyone guess what animal this might be?
2. Ask students an
List of Introductory
a. What are some
things we learned about (the animal) Elephant?
b. Do you think Elephants live in a house?
(Estimated time 2 minutes)
Step Two: Teaching the Primary
1. Go to the computer and
your Topic Literature website at
http://www.valdosta.edu/~lrsparks/topiclit.html Students should be
grouped around the computer with you so they can see the screen, and
have access to using the mouse
2. Let children take
turns pointing to things in your picture.
3. Read each question under the Paint
drawing. Ask them to predict the answers of what they think. They
can also try to point to certain words on the screen.
do you think Emma Kate and her friend are going?
do you think is Emma Kate?
time of year do you think it is in the picture?
4. Read the short
overview about the story to them. (include here) Emma Kate and her elephant best friend sit
next to one another in school, share lunches, play at recess, finish
their homework, and go to soccer practice. They even have their tonsils
out at the same time, sharing a hospital bed and gallons of pink ice
cream. All the things that best friends do.
Estimated Time 5 -7
Show the book to the
children. Tell them the title, author, illustrator
Do a VERY brief
picture walk and highlight 2-3 aspects of the book
story to the children. (if the story is very long, read or tell
key parts of the story or read story in 2 sittings)
Estimated time 10-15 minutes
After you read the story,
Ask students to tell you
some things they liked about the story.
Ask a question about the
animal (that they have been studying) as it relates to the story.
-Give the students 2 sheets
8½ by 11of paper/ Label the pages 1, and 2
-Give the students 2
photocopied pictures from the storybook you read them, and ask them to
paste the pictures on the papers with the event that happened first on
the sheet labeled 1 and the next event on the sheet labeled 2.
Have them paste the papers together from left to right according to the
order of events in the story.
-If they want to dictate something
to write under each picture, use markers and write the information as
they dictate it to you. They can also write their own information
or draw on the page.
-Ask them to tell you what the pictures are about and what happened in
time 10 minutes)
Since this is a small group
activity, the teacher will work individually work with each student to
help him or her complete the activity.
Students who complete the work
before the other students can add pictures to enhance their finished
one for each student in the group (see below)
Plan outline developed by Dr. Inez Heath, Fall 2007)