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One Plastic Bag Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for One Plastic Bag will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With a theme of making good choices, this One Plastic Bag picture book by Miranda Paul is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with One Plastic Bag Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of One Plastic Bag. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with One Plastic Bag reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

ONE PLASTIC BAG SUMMARY

The book, One Plastic Bag, teaches readers about Isatou Ceesay and the women of Gambia. For awhile in Gambia, people were littering. They would throw plastic bags on the ground and the pile of trash was getting bigger and bigger. Time passed and Isatou grew up. One day, she learned that the goats were eating the plastic bags and dying. She realized she needed to do something. Isatou picked up the bags and she and a group of other women washed them. As Isatou watched her sister crochet, she had an idea. They decided to make the plastic bags into string and crochet bags out of the trash. At first, everyone laughed at the women. But over time, people started to buy their creations. The trash pile started to get smaller and eventually Gambia was beautiful and trash free once more. 

ONE PLASTIC BAG LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for One Plastic Bag, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based One Plastic Bag reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • summarize / retell
  • plot | problem – solution
  • identifying genre
  • author’s purpose
  • identifying theme | message | moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • making good choices

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • action verbs
  • suffixes
  • prefixes
  • prepositions

ONE PLASTIC BAG ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for One Plastic Bag?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD570L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3 – 3.2

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Miranda Paul. It was illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.

What genre is One Plastic Bag?

It is a nonfiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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