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Lesson Plan: Migration (Reading - Grade K)

migration of birds

Subject:  Reading

Grade: K

Lesson Objective: To read the book, Home at Last: A Song of Migration, and then answer questions about the book

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.




  • Have you ever seen birds flying together in groups?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Birds fly in groups to go from one place to another place.  You might see them flying in the air. 
  • Many other animals also move from place to place, usually as the season changes.  This is called migration.
  • Animals usually migrate to find food or water, to be in a warmer place or to have their babies.
  • In the United States, we usually see birds migrating or flying from place to place.  But, in other parts of the world, there are many different types of animals that migrate.
  • Fish and whales migrate in streams and oceans.  Birds and butterflies migrate in the air.  Many different types of land animals walk across the land.
  • Do you know of any animals that migrate?  (Allow the students to answer)
  • The animals that you know about and even some you do not know about migrate thousands of miles, which is really far!
  • Today, we are going to read the book, Home at Last.  This book is about different animals that migrate.
  • While you are listening to the book, think about why each animal is migrating or moving from place to place.
  • After you listen to the story, we are going to do a worksheet together.
  • 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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