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Lesson Plan: Life Cycle

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To read an excerpt from Trumpet of the Swans and discuss how it relates to the life cycle of swans.

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.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 the life cycle of swans?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Today we are going to be talking about swans and their life cycle.  First, we are going to read part of the book, The Trumpet of the Swan.
  • This book is by E.B. White, who was also the author of Charlotte’s Web. 
  • While I read part of chapter 1 to you, I would like you to be thinking about the setting of the story and what experiences the character has in those settings.  (Read the excerpt)
  • What was your feeling while you were listening to the part of the story?  (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.)

Related lessons:

Emergency Sub Plan: Life Cycle - Writing - Lesson Objective: To write the rest of the story based on the chapter read from The Trumpet of the Swan

Emergency Sub Plan: Life Cycle - Science - Lesson Objective: To learn about the life cycle of trumpeter swans and then answer questions about the life cycle

Emergency Sub Plan: Life Cycle - Math - Lesson Objective: To use multiplication and division to solve word problems

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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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