Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail

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Learn about the animals of Australia with a language arts lesson about an Australian folktale called, Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail. After reading the story as a class, kids discuss events and characters from the book, retell the story to each other, sequence the events on a timeline, and work on math and graphing skills, among others.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Split the activities into different stations for kids to rotate through after reading the story
  • Incorporate into a weekly unit on the letter k
  • Have kids take some of the activities for homework, including the phonics worksheets and extension activities
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson addresses character traits of laziness and selfishness; consider rewording the traits in your lesson to reduce negative talk in your classroom
Pros

  • Provides a variety of activities to engage readers of all levels
  • Encourages active reading and synthesis after reading
  • Comes with a lesson plan for second grade
  • Extension activities are ideal as homework assignments or for augmenting the lesson for advanced learners
Cons

  • None