Coyote and Mouse Make Snow Lesson Plan
|Lesson Plan Author: Patricia Helquist
The students will write a story to activate their prior knowledge. They will then read a story and identify the characters, problems, and solutions within that story. After reading the story, the students will retell it in comic strip form. Possible extensions tie in with the Science Core.
- Time frame: 1 class period of 45 minutes
- Group Size: Large Groups
- Authors: Patricia Helquist
- Materials: "Coyote and Mouse Make Snow" for each student (file attached)
Background for Teachers
This story should only be told or read during the winter months.
The booklet was formatted to be printed and assembled. This means that it does not read well when used electronically because the pages will appear out of order. If a teacher did want to use the booklet in an electronic format, they would be best off screenshotting the pages and arranging them in a slide presentation.
Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes
The students will identify the characters in a story. Students will also identify the problems that those characters face and how they attempt to solve those problems.
Step 3 - Instruction
See detailed lesson plan (attached file).
Use the attached worksheets during the lesson.
Strategies for Diverse Learners: The students can work in groups to read the sections of the text, or the teacher can read it aloud to the students.
This lesson could be used in conjunction with a unit on gravity. Students could discuss why the mouse did not sink into the snow when he stepped on it. This lesson could also be used with a lesson on precipitation. The story talks about Coyote singing a song to bring the snow; teachers could use this to spur a discussion on the scientific explanation of how it snows.
Step 4 - Assessments
The students will create a comic strip retelling the story. They should include the characters, their problems, and how they attempted to solve the problems.
"Coyote and Mouse Make Snow" Cultural Consultants: Genevieve Fields and Chrissandra Murphy