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First Grade Lesson Plan

Updated on June 2, 2014
My little First Grader!
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I believe that teaching children to be kind is as important as academics! Please enjoy this lesson plan, thanks.

Identifying Sight words and kindness concepts


In this unit students will cover high frequency sight words for first grade level. It is part of a larger unit being taught on social skills, this unit, caring behavior. This is a district wide unit that is being used to teach and encourage appropriate behavior in social and academic settings.


I expect the students to learn the importance of positive behavior and positive reinforcement. By the end of the lesson unit students should be able to recognize, spell, and understand the meaning of each word. On Friday, 4/9/2011 students will be asked to write, spell and explain the meaning of each word. Students will write down a one sentence description of how they can use this concept for each word. My plan for this unit is for students to understand the concept of being thankful and considerate.


This section will be taught from 10:05 am to 11:30 ambreak for lunch and 5 minutes after lunch. Each day student will be taught a different word and collaborative concept. Monday word; give concept creating good feelings Tuesday word; ask concept respecting others feelings Wednesday word; thank concept letting others know that we appreciate them Thursday word; think concept problem solving critical thinking

Instructional strategies

Students will gather on the carpet I will have a story board with the word and concept on it. Short story, including pictures will be read to students then a discussion about the outcome of the story. Students will return to their desks and write sentence off the board that pertains to story. Students will write a card or note reflecting an occurrence of concept. Letter cut outs will be given to small groups and words will be applied to front page of card or note. Before being released for lunch students will be asked to apply and look for concept during their break. When students return I will call on students and discuss their findings. I will share an experience I have had pertaining to concept.

Instructional aids/resources

Story board, collaborative book for concept, construction paper, glue, writing paper, various craft supply for decorating note cards and notes, scissors, crayons, small gift (pencil, eraser, or post it pad) or thank you card to give to each student.


Friday's lesson will consist of a test on words for the week, a sentence will be written on bottom of the test and students will match sentence with each concept. Student will be randomly chosen to recount an occurrence of a random concept they experienced on campus during the week.


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian by Jessica Spanyol, Clifford’s Manners by Norman Bridwell, Dr. Dooriddles book A1 by John H. Doolittle

Video of 1st grade lesson plan


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    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @Sandra Thank you for the comment and the Follow. I am not actually a credentialed teacher but have been a classroom aide off and on for about twenty years. I also have lots of college courses in education and child development. I am not sure I will continue through to my credential although I am close. I love teaching and I love being around children they are such interesting and beautiful people.

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      I see we are also teachers in common. Lots of shared interests. Beautiful image at the top of the page. Thanks. Sandra Busby

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      6 years ago from Cebu

      I like the concept I would surely take note on your lesson plan when my son is ready to be a First Graded next year :)

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Nice plan and on some very important aspects of life that children need to understand and use.

      Voted up, useful and SOCIALLY SHARING.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment and the vote up. You have some interesting hubs on your page. I will try to stop by for a visit as often as I can. Take care.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting and useful Hub KL, voted up.

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      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Kimberly, teaching kids kindness is a very important thing. Especially when they are young, like in first grade, it is not too early. Great ideas, and that they get a little gift is a great reinforcement. I used to teach preschool, at the Pre-K level. We did lesson plans as well, and those little children can soak things up. Very important information for them here! Thanks, voted up and useful and interesting.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you! I appreciate Silverstein's work too. I love to use pics of my children when I can, I am very proud of them :)

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      7 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Kimberly, nice outlined plan. "The Giving Tree" is one of my favorite children books, but I love Shel Silverstein's work. Thanks for sharing your ideas here. Your son is adorable!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Wonderful ideas to teaach vocabulary. Voted up

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you for your comment, I appreciate your feedback. :)

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      Kathryn L Hill 

      7 years ago from LA

      Thank you for sharing these great activities.


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