Story Illustrations


Story Illustrations is a fun lesson for 1st grade students. They will learn how to use pictures to learn about a story and make predictions about what might happen. The “Classroom Procedure” outline provides great detail on what to do for the two sessions.

The “Options for Lesson” section likewise provides many suggestions on how to use the discussion cards especially. You can have students familiarize themselves with the cards’ prompts, for instance, and then partner up with someone to share their opinions and thoughts. It also suggests using the homework assignment as an extension activity for students who finish early or need more of a challenge.

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What our Story Illustrations lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Story Illustrations is a unique lesson with a lot of hands-on work. The lesson engages students in learning a different way to glean information: through pictures! They will learn how to guess what a story is about and predict information before ever reading the book. After reading the story, they will be able to compare their guesses to what really happened.

This lesson presents its content in a unique way. Instead of paragraphs of details, you will print off and cut up discussion cards. There are 14 total cards, and you may choose to print them on card stock and laminate them. That way you can reuse them in the future. The cards include many prompts to encourage students to think about the story in different ways. Examples include questions about students’ favorite part or writing a new ending. However, you won’t initially use these cards until later in the lesson.

Before reading the actual story, you will do a “picture walk.” Students will learn to predict what might happen in the story based on the pictures in the book. You will distribute the activity, that students will work on alone, and the homework. During the second class session, then you will read the book aloud. Then you can compare students’ predictions with what happens in the book. You can pass out the cards or choose a few to focus on.


Students will work alone during the activity. Using the information from the picture walk, students will draw the main character of the story, as well as the setting. Afterward, they will write what they predict the story to be about.


You will hand out the practice worksheet during the second class session. After reading the story, students will draw several pictures depicting different parts of the story. They will also write out a summary sentence that describe the picture they drew.


The homework will mimic the first lesson. Students will choose a story to read by themselves. They will do their own picture walk and come up with a questions to ask their students as if they are the teacher. They will identify the main character and setting for the story and write it down. Last, they will write a couple hints about each for students to guess what the story might be.

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1st Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.