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Lesson Plan: Stars

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To read a fable about stars and then answer questions about it

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2- Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.




  • When you look up at the stars, what do you notice?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Today we are going to be talking about stars.  Raise your hand if you have ever gone outside at night and looked up at the stars.
  • When some people look up at the stars, they are able to see shapes or animals made from the stars.  These are called constellations.  The Big Dipper is the most well-known constellation and one of the easiest to find.
  • For thousands of years, people have been telling stories about the stars.  Many of these stories are folktales. 
  • A folktale is a story that was told to try to explain something that had no explanation.  These stories were told and passed down from generation to generation. 
  • Why do you think that people have been telling stories about the stars for thousands of years?  (Allow the students to answer)
  • It is hard to understand what stars are and how they got in the sky. 
  • Today, we are going to be reading a Native American folktale about how the stars got into the sky.
  • I am going to read it to you.  While I am reading, think about what the explanation for the how the stars got into the sky is.   (Read the folktale).
  • Now that I have read the folktale to you, I am going to give you a worksheet.  It has the folktale and questions for you to answer.  Read the folktale to yourself and then answer the questions.  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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