Lesson Plan

Carl Sandburg's Connemara (Grades 3-5)

Color Photo of Carl Sandburg's Historic Home
Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
60 Minutes
Thinking Skills:
Applying: Apply an abstract idea in a concrete situation to solve a problem or relate it to a prior experience. Evaluating: Make informed judgements about the value of ideas or materials. Use standards and criteria to support opinions and views.

Essential Question

What inferences can you make about Carl Sandburg based on the objects he had in his home?


• Student will interpret information presented visually and explain how that information contributes to an understanding of an idea. 
• Student will write descriptively about an object and explain its connection to a historical figure.


Activating Strategy (Remote Learning)
Share the Carl Sandburg’s Connemara PowerPoint with your students so that they each have their own editable copy (can be uploaded as a Google Slide.) Students will watch a video and take a virtual tour of Carl Sandburg Home NHS. Students will make inferences about Carl Sandburg based on the objects they see in his house.

Activating Strategy (In-Person Learning)
Show students the Carl Sandburg’s Connemara Slide Show. Prompt students’ interest by encouraging students to make a connection with the essential question by asking a question (slide 2). “If you were to pick just one object to describe you what would it be?”  Allow time for students to share responses. (Teacher may need to model this first for younger students.)


This Power Point can be uploaded in Google Drive/Classroom as a Google Slide for use in digital learning.

Download Carl Sandburg's Connemara (Grades 3-5)


Teaching Strategy

  • Carl Sandburg’s home was named Connemara. 
  • Explain to students that they will be watching a video about Carl Sandburg’s Connemara which is narrated by his granddaughter, Paula. 
  • As they watch the video, they need to make notes about the objects they see in the house. Click the video link on slide 3 to watch Carl Sandburg’s Connemara.
  • Allow students to share what they noticed, and the teacher will type them onto the PowerPoint on slide 3.
  • Show students the Virtual Home Tour by clicking the link on slide 4. How is the house similar or different from their home?

Summarizing Strategy
Students will write to explain what they infer about Carl Sandburg based on an important object in his home. 

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Last updated: August 4, 2020