Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Art Lesson 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 themes of problem-solving, making good choices and goal setting, this The Art Lesson picture book by Tomie dePaola 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 The Art Lesson Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:
- Read a summary of The Art Lesson. You can find it in the section below.
- 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.
- Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with The Art Lesson reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.
THE ART LESSON SUMMARY
Tommy is very excited to go to first grade because he can finally be in an art class! Tommy loves to draw and draw. However, when it is time for art class, the teacher only allows the students to use one piece of paper and the school’s box of crayons. Tommy feels sad about this because he was so excited to use his 64 pack of crayons!
His classroom teacher and art teacher come up with a compromise so that he can work well in the art room, but also be able to use his own crayons.
THE ART LESSON LESSON PLAN IDEAS
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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
The text-based The Art Lesson reading comprehension questions focus on:
- analyzing character
- making connections
- ask and answer questions
- author’s purpose
- cause and effect
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
- making good choices
- goal setting
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- plural nouns
THE ART LESSON 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 The Art Lesson?
- Lexile® Measure: AD590L
- Guided Reading Level: N-O
- DRA Level: 28-30
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.2-3.3
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Tomie dePaola. It was illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
What genre is The Art Lesson ?
It is a fiction 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.