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The Wall Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Wall 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 being respectful, this The Wall picture book by Eve Bunting 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 Wall Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of The Wall. 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 The Wall reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE WALL SUMMARY

A young boy and his father have taken a long trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They are looking for the name of the boy’s grandfather. While they walk along the wall, the young boy notices all of the things that have been left at the wall to honor the names: Flags, stuffed bears, letters and roses. He also notices all the different people visiting the wall, including a veteran in a wheelchair.

When the boy and his father finally find the name of his grandfather, they both take turns rubbing the name on the wall. The boy’s father even uses paper and a pencil to rub the name onto the paper. They leave the boy’s school picture in front of the wall. The boy learns that while it might be sad at the wall, it is a place of honor. He and his father are proud that his grandfather’s name is on such an important wall.

THE WALL 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 The Wall, 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 The Wall reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize / retell
  • visualizing
  • analyzing character
  • point of view
  • ask and answer questions
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • being respectful

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • possessive nouns
  • plural nouns
  • irregular verbs
  • contractions

THE WALL 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
The Wall book companion
students listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Wall?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD520L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 24 – 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7 – 2.9

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Eve Bunting. It was illustrated by Ronald Himler.

What genre is The Wall?

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.

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