Lesson Focus: Parts of a Story - Setting
What you'll need for this lesson:
- If You Take a Mouse to School
- A shoe or tissue box (I asked each kid to bring a shoe/tissue box to preschool that day)
- Paint/Paint brushes/Paint shirts or aprons
- Clip art pictures of all sorts of things you'd find in different settings (e.g. - forest: trees, bears, pine cones, dessert: cacti, snakes, sand, space: stars, planets, aliens)
- Glue/Glue sticks
Using the book If You Take a Mouse to School I taught the kids about the setting of a story. First, we read the story. After we finished reading I asked the kids, "Do you know what the setting of a story is?"
I explained that the setting of the story is where the story takes place. I asked them what the setting of If You Take a Mouse to School took place.
I then told the kids to pretend they had a mouse in their hand. We talked about what our mouse would see if we took it to different places (e.g.: a restaurant, a farm, a castle).
We went over to the kitchen table where the boxes were set out. I told the kids that we were going to make a setting box for our pretend mouse. The kids decided what their setting would be. Then, they painted and decorated the boxes.
They threw on their paint shirts/aprons and got to work. Some of the kids really liked painting...
Others preferred using stickers.
Painting, gluing, and putting on stickers are great fine motor activities for toddlers/preschoolers.
Princess worked very hard on her setting box and was very proud of it.
The kids really loved this activity and it really cemented the idea of the setting of a story.
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