About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Language Arts

GRADE
2-3

DURATION
60 Mins

I Wish I Were a Butterfly Lesson Plan

My grade level partners and I use I Wish I Were a Butterfly during the first week of school.  We use it to teach students acceptance and to appreciate each other’s uniqueness.

OBJECTIVE
Students will develop a better understanding of the differences among peers in the classroom, identify ways each student is unique, and design/decorate a classroom banner that exhibits the uniqueness of each individual student.

MATERIALS

  • I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe
  • One large banner (I usually make this using bulletin board paper.)
  • Sentence strips for each student
  • Copies of the circle pattern reproducible

SET UP AND PREPARE
Before reading the book, I tell my students that I am going to read them a story about a little cricket.  I ask them to pay attention to how the cricket feels in the story.

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Circle Pattern
    (PDF)

DIRECTIONS
After reading the book, we have a discussion about how the cricket feels. Usually the students can relate to the cricket feeling different and wanting to be something he is not. I then ask the students if they have ever felt like the cricket. Some students might be shy to share their stories, so I usually tell them about a time when I was young and felt like I wanted to be someone else. This usually sparks conversation.

Next, I discuss with the students the word “uniqueness” and ask the students to tell me how each animal in the story was unique.
cricket- plays music
spider- spins webs
glow worm- changes into a lightning bug
ladybug- flies and is the color of laughter
dragonfly- covered in jewels

After that, I ask each student to think of ways that they are unique. What can they do that other students may not be able to do? (Some students will feel like the cricket and say their is nothing unique about them. Talk to that student about things they like to do, usually you can find a way they are unique.)

Students are then given a sentence strip to write down the way they are unique. I then have them draw a picture of their face to hang up next to their uniqueness.

While the students are working on their sentence strips and pictures I write, "Mrs. Higgins's class is Unique" in the middle of the banner. After sharing their uniqueness with each other, I have the students glue their picture and sentence strips on the banner. I hang the banner up on the wall for the rest of the year as a reminder that we are all unique in our own special way.

SUPPORTING ALL LEARNERS
After teaching this lesson several times, I find that there will always be students in your class that will think they are like the cricket and feel they are not unique. It is important that these children are treated delicately. I have found just by talking to them about the things they like to do will usually spark an idea.

LESSON EXTENSION
Students can also create an acrostic poem of their names and describe themselves in the poem. This is a great way for students to get to know one another in the beginning of the year.

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: The Amazing Human Body

    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: The Amazing Human Body

    Children learn how the body's systems work together, and discover how important it is to take care of our bodies by eating healthy foods, getting enough rest, and staying active.

    Help children succeed in school and in life by reading aloud for 20 minutes a day using these content-rich collections.

    Read the books in sequence to build vocabulary and knowledge around a topic. Each daily read-aloud provides one piece of the puzzle to help children on their knowledge quest to see the big picture!

    Choose recommended activities from the guidebook to suit your schedule and needs. Every guidebook provides:

    • Summary of prior knowledge
    • Content objectives
    • Vocabulary lists
    • Read-aloud guides
    • Activities that target Common Core
    • Supplemental book list
    • Reward certificate
    • List of collections for upcoming grades

    Knowledge Quest! helps you make learning fun, accelerate a child's vocabulary growth, and build skills that meet national standards. For complete information about this program, visit: scholastic.com/knowledgequest

    $50.00
    Book Collection | Grades 1-2
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: The Amazing Human Body
    Grades 1-2 $50.00
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: Staying Healthy

    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: Staying Healthy

    These books teach children that caring for one's body, respecting it, and knowing how it works are fundamental to living a healthy life.

    Help children succeed in school and in life by reading aloud for 20 minutes a day using these content-rich collections.

    Read the books in sequence to build vocabulary and knowledge around a topic. Each daily read-aloud provides one piece of the puzzle to help children on their knowledge quest to see the big picture!

    Choose recommended activities from the guidebook to suit your schedule and needs. Every guidebook provides:

    • Summary of prior knowledge
    • Content objectives
    • Vocabulary lists
    • Read-aloud guides
    • Activities that target Common Core
    • Supplemental book list
    • Reward certificate
    • List of collections for upcoming grades

    Knowledge Quest! helps you make learning fun, accelerate a child's vocabulary growth, and build skills that meet national standards. For complete information about this program, visit: scholastic.com/knowledgequest

    $50.00
    Book Collection | Grades 1-2
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collection: Staying Healthy
    Grades 1-2 $50.00
    Add To Cart
Help | Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR NAME

* YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

* RECIPIENT'S EMAIL ADDRESS(ES)

(Separate multiple email addresses with commas)

Check this box to send yourself a copy of the email.

INCLUDE A PERSONAL MESSAGE (Optional)


Scholastic respects your privacy. We do not retain or distribute lists of email addresses.