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Lesson Plan: Life Cycle (Reading - Grade 1)

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 1

Lesson Objective: To read the poem, “Dog’s Day,” 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 dogs?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Dogs are animals that are pets.  There are big dogs, small dogs, dogs that are one color and dogs that are spotted or striped.
  • Raise your hand if you have a dog. 
  • Did you know that when dogs are born, they come out of their mother?  Dogs are not animals that hatch from an egg. 
  • A dog is very small when it is born.  It drinks milk from its mother and gets bigger and bigger.
  • As puppies grow, they get baby teeth.  After a few months, their baby teeth fall out and they get adult teeth.
  • This happens with people too.  Some of you might be losing your baby teeth and your adult teeth will grow in.
  • Raise your hand if you celebrate your birthday. 
  • Your birthday is the day that you were born.  People celebrate their birthdays, which is the beginning of your life cycle. 
  • The day that a dog is born is the beginning of its life cycle.  A life cycle are the changes that happen to someone or an animal during its life.
  • I am going to read you a poem called “Dog’s Day.”  While you are listening, this 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 “Dog’s Day.” 
  • 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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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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