Lesson Plan

Grade 3-5: Pre-visit - Poets and Poetry

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Literature, Poetry
One 60 minute lesson or two 30 minute lessons
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
•  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4

Speaking and Listening:
•  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1


Students will explore one of Sandburg's literary genres: poetry, using his poem "Fog". Lesson plan guides the student on ways to physically express poetry and then write their own, based on a "fog" formula.


Learning Targets:

  • I can dicuss Sandburg's use of figurative language in the poem "Fog".
  • I can write a poem using figurative language to compare weather to an animal.

Common Core State Standards
Writing Standards:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
Speaking and Listening Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1
Engage effectively in range of collaborative discussions, building on other's 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?


Materials Provided

  • Copy of "Fog" (can be projected on Smartboard or written on large chart paper)
  • Where To, What Next education film with Glenis Redmond (request a free DVD from park or download here)

Materials Needed

  • Thought bubble on chart paper or whiteboard
  • Post-It notes for students to answer thought bubble
  • Notebook paper and pencils
  • Optional—weather photos or videos



Have the students work in small groups or individually to write a poem using figurative language to compare another type of weather and animal. Share poems with the class.