Lesson Plan

Grade 3-5: On-site - From Prairie Town Boy to Famous Writer

Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Literature, Museum Studies, Social Studies
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
in the park
National/State Standards:
North Carolina Essential Standards
Social Studies - 3.H.1, 4.H.2, 5.H.2


This lesson is intended to be used following a tour of the Sandburg Home and can be completed on-site or in the classroom after a visit.


Learning Targets

  • I can work collaboratively with a partner.
  • I can write descriptively about an object and explain its purpose.

Common Core State Standards
Reading Standard for Informational Text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text or idea. 
Writing Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences, take notes and categorize information. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose and audience. 
Speaking and Listening Standard
S.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners. 

North Carolina Essential Standards Social Studies
3.H.1 Understand how events, individuals and ideas have influenced the history of local and regional communities. 
4.H.2 Understand how notable structures, symbols and place names are significant to North Carolina.
5.H.2 Understand the role of prominent figures in shaping the United States.


Pre-Visit Lesson: Connemara Farm
Pre-VIsit Lesson: Poets and Poetry
Pre-Visit Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - Growing Up

On-Site Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - From Prairie Town Boy to Famous Writer
On-Site Lesson: Sandburg's Writing "Spring Grass"

Post-Visit Lesson: Sandburg Through Time - Autobiographical Poem
Post-Visit Lesson: Sandburg and Lincoln
Post-Visit Lesson: Why Goat's Milk?



Activating Strategy
Entrance Ticket - This strategy prompts students' interest by encouraging students to make a connection with the lesson focus by asking a question. Question for today's lesson… "If you were to pick just one object to describe you what would it be?" Allow time for students to share responses. 

Teaching Strategy
1. Ranger will distribute house "clue cards" to student partners prior to entering the house.

2. Ranger will inform students that they will be detectives and must locate the item that matches the clue card in the house and determine the importance of the object to Carl Sandburg.

3. Take a tour of the Sandburg Home with a tour guide.

Summarizing Strategy
Turn and Talk - Students will turn and talk to a different partner about an object in the Sandburg home and its importance to Carl Sandburg.


Extension A
1. Pair students together and have them complete the Prairie Town Boy to Famous Writer activity sheet after they have returned to the classroom. 

Extension B
1. Pair students together and have them draw their "clue card" object from the tour on one index card, then on a second index card write several sentences describing the object and explaining why it was important to Carl Sandburg.

2. The teacher will collect the cards and mix them up. Give each student pair a card with an image and have them try to find the matching written description.

3. Have each pair of students read the description/explanation and show the matching object.

4. I can write descriptively about an object and explain its purpose.