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This is a reading comprehension lesson for Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”


Language Arts  


2, 3  

Title – The Giving Tree
By – Sandy
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 2-3

Learning Objective(s):

  • Students will write about a time when they needed help
  • Students will describe how they should help one another when in need
  • Students will recognize ways to be a better person

List of Materials Needed:

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Worksheet with the prompt of your choice that goes along with the story.
  • Elmo projector

Pre-Activity Preparation:

    Make a Writing Prompt Worksheet by placing one of the learning objectives above on the top of a blank piece of paper and making copies for every student.

    • Write about a time when you needed help.
    • Describe how you should help one another when in need.
    • What are some ways that you can be a better person?


  • After you have your students’ attention, ask them to very quickly, but very carefully move down to the Reading Center. You will be reading The Giving Tree and asking questions to help students comprehend the story better
  • After the story, ask the students to go back to their seats and pick up a worksheet with the prompt you chose (see above).
  • Also, put the prompt on the Elmo projector, giving the students time to clear off their desks and get their pencil out.
  • This is not a group work.

Establishing Set/Motivation/introduction:

    Reading a story to the students captures their attention, since reading time does not occur that often.

Learning Experiences/Presentation/procedure:

  1. Introduce the next assignments that are to come: reading the story and the worksheet that follows
  2. Call all students to very quickly, but also very carefully, move to the Reading Center.
  3. Sit in position with The Giving Tree to make sure that all students can see the book.
  4. Start reading the book, but also stop to ask some little questions and to point of some small details.
  5. When finished reading, ask students to pick up a writing prompt worksheet on their way back to their desks with the prompt that you chose to go along with story.
  6. You should also put a Writing Prompt Worksheet on the Elmo projector.
  7. Explain to the students the prompt, that this is NOT group work, so there should be no talking, and to just be creative.
  8. Remind students that if they have any questions, just raise their hands and you will be with them in a minute.
  9. Quickly check all students to make sure they are staying on task.
  10. After all students are done, collect all prompt worksheets and let students go to centers.


    Ask if there is any student who would like to share what they wrote? First three volunteers get a piece of candy as a surprise.

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