Little Engine That Could Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
- 5 large sheets of cardboard (big enough to paint trains)
- red paint
- yellow paint
- black paint
- gray paint
- blue paint
- paint brushes
- chart paper
Set Up and Prepare
Check at your local appliance store for cardboard. They are usually happy to provide used refrigerator boxes.
Make a list of the trains that were featured in the story. They should include the happy little train, the shiny new passenger engine, the big freight engine, the rusty old engine, and the little blue engine. Have the students work in groups to outline and paint the various trains. Give the trains time to dry.
Students can practice retelling the story, taking on the roles of the trains. They can use the train props by simply holding them against their sides. Students who are not taking a turn acting can practice being a good audience. Remind students that this means attentive listening, good eye contact, and clapping at the end.
Try videotaping the production and sharing it with other classes.