Objective: Children will be able to compare and contrast books by Leo Lionni and Aesop’s fables. They will learn to look for motifs, lessons learned, characters, art choice, and plots.
Grade level: 1-3
Standards addressed: NJCCCS 3.1, 3.2,
Required Materials: As many Leo Lionni books as possible, compare/contrast story map, a story book of Aesop’s fables.
This lesson plan is intended to be a joint effort on the part of the LMS and the classroom teacher.
Anticipatory Set: I begin this author study unit by reading as many Leo Lionni books and Aesop’s fables as time allows, over a two week period. The classroom teacher and I will have decided which books I will read in the library. Each time we discuss the characters, setting, main characters, problem, solution, moral, art, etc. We will record all on a chart.
1. Choose a Leo Lionni book and an fable from Aesop that you can compare/contrast as a class activity. Record similarities between the two as a class.
2. After the class activity, give children plenty of chances to look through the books, discuss their favorites, discuss characters with partners, and enjoy the stories again in the listening center.
1. Day one: With a partner, have them choose two stories to compare/contrast. Have them sit knee to knee and ask questions to help them get started comparing the two stories that they chose.
Ask questions about the setting of each story, the characters, the moral, etc.
Day two: have the groups fill in the story map/ Venn Diagram to show comparisons.
Day three: draw pictures of their favorite parts of each story. If time allows let the children complete the pictures using watercolors. It lets them experience some of what Leo Lionni has done in his process to create children books. (This can be done with the help of the Art teacher also).
Day four: share with the group their comparison maps and pictures.
Leo Lionni is the author that has been chosen for the first grade author study in Mahwah. This lesson can be applied to different grade levels.