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Lesson Plan

The Big Green Monster Teaches Phonics in Reading and Writing

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Gerard

Maureen Gerard

Phoenix, Arizona


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley (Little, Brown & Co., 1993)
  • Chart paper

  • Colored markers or crayons

  • Index cards and white construction paper

  • Pointer (optional)

  • Sentence strips

  • Computers with Internet access

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1. Write the text from Go Away, Big Green Monster! on chart paper using colored markers or crayons to match the color words found in the story.

2. Gather index cards and markers for students to make a memory card game during a literacy center activity.

3. Copy each line of the story onto sentence strips for students to use in a literacy center activity.

4. Gather a class set of markers or crayons and white construction paper for students to draw their monsters.

5. Create a big green monster pointer from felt or construction paper to use during the shared and paired readings activities (optional).

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