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Lesson Plan: Migration (Reading - Grade 2)

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To read the book, Hurry and the Monarch and answer questions about the story

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.




  • What does it mean when an animal migrates?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Today we are going to be talking about migration.  Migration is when animals move from one place to another based on the seasons.
  • Many different types of animals migrate.  Wildebeest, reindeer, gazelle, caribou, whales and seals all migrate.  Many species of birds migrate.  Some insects even migrate!
  • Animals migrate for different reasons.  Some animals migrate to find food.  Animals such as whales and caribou need to move to different locations so that they have enough food to eat.
  • Other animals migrate because it gets too cold where they are and they move to find warmer weather.
  • Other animals migrate because they breed or have babies in areas that are not where they live.
  • You are now going to be listening to a story about migration.
  • As you listen to the story, I want you to be thinking about who Hurry interacts with, what Hurry knows and what Hurry learns.
  • I am going to give you a worksheet that has questions about the story you just heard. 
  • 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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