Pre-K and Kindergarten Lesson Plan for:

Soup for One

by Ethan Long 


Lesson plan created by Bitsy Galaska, Librarian

Robeson Elementary Center

Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).

When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.

Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.



Students participate and listen to story from author.



Our visiting author, Ethan Long, has written a great book about insects and numbers.  We are going to practice our numbers and listen carefully to help us know when to jump in.



·      How many of you like insects?  How about spiders?  Well our book today has both! 

·      Explain to children that we are going to read a book by Ethan Long that has numbers and we have to listen carefully to figure out how many insects are on each page.

·      I need you to look for the spider as we turn through the pages…sometimes he appears and is watchful of the page.

·      I need you to listen carefully to the words so you know what number comes next…as I get to the number, I’ll point to you and as a class call out and tell me the number.

·      Read book and watch students as they look for the spider and next number.


Guided Lesson

Practice numbers by writing on the board and have students repeat the numbers.  After practicing, have students complete the Help Ethan Long Count the Insects Worksheet.


Individual Learning

Using the “Help Ethan Long Count the Insects” page, explain to students that they must count the bugs and write the correct number in the box next to it.