Lesson Plan

Grade 3-5: On-site - Sandburg's Writing "Spring Grass"

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Literature, Poetry
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
in the park
National/State Standards:
Reading Standards for Literature
Speaking and Listening Standard


This lesson is intended for on-site at the park, but can be used in any outdoor location near the classroom.


Learning Targets

  • I can identify Fog, Try Being a Goat, and Bug Spots as poems written by Carl Sandburg.
  • I can determine the theme of one of Carl Sandburg's poems using the details in the text.

Common Core State Standards
Reading Standards for Literature
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a poem from details in the text.
Speaking and Listening Standard
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Check out the other lessons in this plan:

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?




When the students return to class they can write their own poem about something they observed during the hike.

Last updated: April 14, 2015