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1st Grade Lesson Plans

Utah State Arts Core for 1st Grade


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
I Love to Rhyme Lesson Plan

I Love to Rhyme Visuals page 1

I Love to Rhyme Visuals page 2

Language Arts/Dance In two 30 minute lessons, students will learn to rhyme words as they perform dance to poetry.
Plant Survival

Plant Survival Visuals

Mystery Plant Visuals 1

Mystery Plant Visuals 2

Science/Dance in two 30 minute lessons, students will learn the requirements for plant growth as they explore movement.
My Many Colored Days Health/Language Arts/Dance In a 45-­‐minute class students will develop a deeper understanding of their emotions by exploring and creating a dance based on the book My Many Colored Days.
Flashlight Language Arts/Dance In two 30 minute sessions, the students will understand the author’s overall message as they dance “night, nature, and art” (Boyd) with the use of a flashlight.


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
Seasons and Weather - K-1 Science/Drama Students will learn about the need for different types of weather and associate they types of weather that occur in each season.
Jungle Drums Language Arts/Social Studies/Drama

This is a process drama based on the book Jungle Drums, by Graeme Base. The students will learn that everyone has a place in the family, neighborhood and community. Everyone is different in some way and we need to accept and celebrate the differences.

Literature in Tableau Language Arts/Drama

 This lesson plan is a guide to recreating stories using a theatrical convention known as tableau. In this lesson, students will analyze the events, characters and setting of a story as they recreate the story in frozen images. 

Finding Characters in Poetry Language Arts/Drama

Students will learn to find characters and emotions in poetry and will learn ways of demonstrating these.

Creating a Process Drama Language Arts/ Social Studies/ Drama

This is a “how to” instruction guide for teachers who would like to create their own process drama.

The Art of Storytelling Language Arts/ Drama

 Students will be tasked with finding a story, creating a story map, learning the events of the story, practicing the story and retelling the story, using engagement techniques. This lesson plan will take several sessions to complete. 

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Language Arts/ Social Studies/ Drama

Through process drama, students will learn about the beginning, middle and end of the story and about their own responsibility as a member of a community.

Word Problems Math/Drama

 Students will act out word problems. They will pull out the numbers and create an equation to solve the problem. 

Short Vowel Sounds Language Arts/Drama

Students will recognize short vowel sounds by acting out CVC words.


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
Turkey Turkey on My Table Social Studies/Music

In a Thanksgiving twist on a classic folk song, Bluebird, Bluebird, students will sing and create new variations on the song. They will respectfully compare and contrast how they celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.

Apple Tree Apple Tree Science/Music

Students will be able to describe an apple tree’s life cycle and perform songs about different stages of the life cycle.

Literature and Beat Working Together Language Arts/Music

Students will learn to pat the beat to an alphabet book, "A My Name is Alice." They will then create their own verse after the pattern set in the book.



Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
Winter Wildlife Art

Teacher example

 Science/Visual Art

By creating a wildlife snow scene, students will explore similarities of animals living in a cold location.

Color Wheel Portrait Mural Social Studies/Visual Art Students will learn about the color wheel, how to draw a simple or detailed face (depending on the grade), and then will create a piece of a mural using one or two colors.