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Lesson Plan: Hibernation  (Gr 1)

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 1

Lesson Objective: To read the poem, “Winter Sleep,” and then answer questions about the poem

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4- Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.




  • What do you know about hibernation?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Hibernation is when animals go into a deep sleep.  Some animals barely breathe and the temperature of their body gets very cold. 
  • Why do you think animals hibernate?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Animals hibernate so that they do not have to be outside in the winter.  Many animals that hibernate find a place to curl up and they hibernate all winter! 
  • Other animals only hibernate for a few months and then wake up.
  • When an animal is done hibernating, they start breathing normally and the temperature of their body goes back to normal.
  • To get ready to hibernate, animals eat a lot of food.  They collect food in the summer and fall and eat much of it. 
  • Some animals wake up from hibernation, eat some of the food that they have stored and then go back to sleep.
  • Do you think that you would like to sleep all winter?  Why or why not?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Some of the animals that hibernate are bats, bears, mice, chipmunks, and snakes.
  • I am going to read you a poem called “Winter’s Sleep.”  While you are listening, think about how you feel when you hear the poem.  (Read the poem to the students.)
  • Does anyone have any questions about the poem?  Is there anything that you do not understand?  (Allow the students to ask questions and answer to the best of your ability)
  • I am going to give you a worksheet that has questions about “Winter’s Sleep.” 
  • After you have finished doing the worksheet, we will talk about your answers.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share.)

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