Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Tortoise and the Hare 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 peer influence, this The Tortoise and the Hare picture book by Janet Stevens 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!
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THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE SUMMARY
Janet Steven’s rendition of the classic fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, makes a great mentor text for students. Hare is constantly teasing Tortoise for being slow at everything he does: eating breakfast, gardening, and going to the store. When Hare challenges Tortoise to a race, Tortoise agrees that he could never win. However, thanks to some support and encouragement from his friends, Tortoise agrees to the race.
Tortoise’s friends Rooster, Racoon and Frog help Tortoise to prepare for the race. When it is finally the day of the race, Hare is off and running before Tortoise can even get started. Shortly into the race, Hare is feeling confident and decides to take a break at Bear’s house for a drink. They are both surprised when they see Tortoise pass by the house. Hare is able to quickly pass Tortoise again and takes another break, this time for snacks at Mouse’s house. When Tortoise passes again, Hare brags that he isn’t worried. He is able to pass Tortoise again in no time.
Feeling tired from all the snacks, Hare decides to take a nap by the pond. However, he wakes up the the sounds of cheering! Tortoise is almost at the finish line. Before Hare can get there, Tortoise crosses the finish line and wins the race!
Tortoise learns that it’s not always about being the fastest. Sometimes, hard work and perseverance pay off.
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE 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 Tortoise and the Hare reading comprehension questions focus on:
- analyzing illustrations
- identifying theme message & moral
- making connections
- making predictions
- cause and effect
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
- peer influence
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- compound words
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE 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 Tortoise and the Hare?
- Lexile® Measure: 540L
- Guided Reading Level: N
- DRA Level: 28
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.9
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Janet Stevens. It was illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
What genre is The Tortoise and the Hare?
How many pages are in the book?
The story is 32 pages long.