Best Friends for Frances Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
Best Friends for Frances is a classic that is great for generating conversations around friendship. Students love filling their baskets with the foods, as well as trying to identify the initial sounds. In this lesson, students will "identify the initial ... sounds of a word." --Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework
Students will "identify the initial ... sounds of a word." --Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework
- Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban
- writing pencils
- construction paper in the following colors:
- small boxes, one per student (to serve as picnic baskets)
Model for students how to use the correct color paper and a pencil to draw the following foods: tomatoes, sandwiches, carrots, celery sticks, potato chips, root beer, watermelon, strawberries, cream, pretzels, olives, cookies, salami, and popsicles. Once they are done drawing the foods, they should use the scissors to cut them out and write their names on the back.
When students have finished cutting, work on identifying the initial sounds of the foods, writing the letters on the foods as they are identified. For example, once cookie is identified as starting with the letter c, students should write 'c' on their paper cookies. As the foods are labeled, they should store them in their "picnic baskets" to avoid mixing them up.
Supporting All Learners
Tissue boxes can be used as the "picnic baskets."
Talk about symmetry and try cutting the foods in half to find out more about symmetry.