Boris Gets a Lizard Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About the Book
Boris has lots of pets including Lion the cat, Ethel and Tina the chickens, Frank the sheep, and Quince the duck, along with a few worms, spiders, and a beetle. But what Boris really wants is a Komodo dragon.
Set a purpose:
- Today, the class will read the chapter book, Boris Gets a Lizard.
- Point to and read the title and author. Explain that Andrew Joyner is both the author and the illustrator. Discuss what role each one fulfills in creating a story. (RL K.6: With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.)
- Have students read pages one through eight. What similarities are there with these pages between Boris on the Move and Boris Gets a Lizard?
- Have students read Chapter 1 to themselves. Once they have finished, discuss Chapter 1 to support and assess comprehension. Then have students read the rest of the chapters independently.
- Give students sticky notes to mark pages that they think are humorous or that they want to discuss later.
- Have students retell the story using the structure, “What happened at the beginning, in the middle, and how did the story end?” (RL 1.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.)
- Ask students, “What was the lesson in this story?”
Word Journal: Learning new vocabulary words is important for any reader. Give each student a small notebook or strips of paper stapled together. As students encounter a word that they do not know, a word that intrigues them, or a word that appeals to the ear as they say it, have them record it in the word journal. Tell students to listen for words about feelings or words that make them use their senses. These words can be used later in discussion or when writing about the story. (RL 1.4: Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.)