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Here students make a setting mural from theVery Quiet Cricketby Eric Carle


Language Arts  


PreK, K, 1, 2  

Title – Making A Mural
By – Karma Johnson
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – PK – 2

Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to have the children visualize a character or event from a story or book and then personalize it and expand the story through their own drawings and writings.

Illinois Standards:

      State Goal 1: Read with understanding and fluency

        Learning Standards C: Comprehend a broad range of reading materials.


          1.C.ECa Retell information from a story

          1.C.ECb Respond to simple questions about reading material

          1.C.ECc Demonstrate understanding of literal meaning of stories by making comments.

      State Goal 3: Write to communicate for a variety of purposes

        Learning Standard C: Communicate ideas in writing to accomplish a variety of purpose


        3.C.EC Use drawing and writing skills to convey meaning and information

Integrated Area:

  • Math (Counting)/Science
  • Physical: Large motor, small motor, hand-eye coordination.
  • Emotional: Self control, patience, acceptance of different ideas.
  • Social: Working side by side or with a teacher.
  • Cognitive: Imagination, critical thinking, levels of complexity, visual language, divergent thinking, special concepts, relationships of objects, observations, creative thinking
  • Target Area: Language Arts

Objectives of Lesson:

      1. Children will respond to simple questions about reading material

      2. Children will use drawing and writing skills to convey meaning and information

      3. Children will cooperate with other members of the group to create their own story.


  • Book: Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
  • Chalk (all colors)
  • Markers (all colors)
  • Butcher Paper
  • Crayons (all colors)
  • Paint (all colors)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Smocks
  • Newspaper

Description of Lesson:

      1. Before reading this story, I will ask the children some questions to peak their interest: Have you ever seen any insects in your houses? What kinds? What about outside? What kinds of noises do the different insects make? Why do you think they make these noises?
      2. Then, I will instruct the students to listen closely to the story as I read it to them. After the story is over, I will ask the students some more questions: Did the book mention any insects that we already said? Were there any that were different? What kinds of sounds did they make? Why did the insects make these sounds?
      3. Next, I will point out a large strip of butcher paper that I have already put up in the room. I will explain that we will be making our very own mural of the setting of our story.
      4. I will be sure to ask students for ideas about what we need to put on our mural. Then, I will tell the children that I will read the story one more time, only this time, students need to pick one insect that they will draw on the mural. Students will be reminded to pay close attention to where the insect lives and what it looks like.
    5. Finally, after rereading the story, I will put out newspaper on the floor next to the mural and put out a variety of markers, crayons, and colored chalk. I will emphasize that this is a mural, not individual pictures- the students must work together in order to make the mural. I will monitor the students carefully to be sure that they understand what they are doing.


    When the Children have finished, I will write the name of the story at the top of the mural. Then we will discuss their mural.


      Bugs: Do a unit on bugs
      1. Insect models-Fine Motor-Provide clay or playdough, pipe cleaners, and beads (for eyes). Invite the children to create insects.

      2. Insect Habitats-Science

      3. Insect Movements-Gross Motor

    4. Fly, Slither, Crawl-Math- Provide pictures of bugs for the children to classify (charting) according to how they move


      Eric Carle website

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