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Lesson Plan: Harvest - Reading

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To read an excerpt from Little House in the Big Woods and use it as a starting point for a discussion about harvesting food.

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1- Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.




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



  • Today we are going to be talking about harvesting food.  First, we are going to read part of the book, Little House in the Big Woods.
  • This book is by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  She lived in the late 1800’s and wrote books about what her life was like as part of a pioneer family. 
  • While I read part of chapter 11 to you, I would like you to be thinking about the setting of the story and the actions that the characters are taking.  (Read the excerpt)
  • After hearing the excerpt, would you want to have lived the way that the characters in the story live?  Why or why not?  (Allow the students to answer)
  • I am going to give you a worksheet that has questions about the excerpt that I read to you.  I will also be giving you a copy of the excerpt so that you can read it to yourself.
  • After you have finished reading the excerpt again and 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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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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