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Lesson plan

Labs: Launch Stage - Create

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.K.1.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/K/1/a
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.K.1.b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/K/1/b
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.K.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/K/3
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.K.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/K/6

Labs: Launch Stage - Create

Learning target: 

  • I can create collages of leaves.


  • Students closely examine the art of collage and practice collaging a leaf of their choice.

  • Students explore how to create the various shapes and textures by tearing, cutting, and layering construction paper onto a template.

In advance:


  • Review the Labs song.
  • Post: Focus question (optional).

Setting Goals 

  • Post: Guiding question and learning target(s) for the Lab students will be launching that day (see detailed plans for each Lab on the pages that follow).

In the Lab

  • Create a leaf collage of your own to use as the model of paper collage.

  • Based on classroom setup and available technology, determine the best way to display the collage model and how to model cutting, tearing, gluing, and layering so all students can observe the process.

  • Prepare four workstations by placing leaf templates, construction paper, scissors, and glue sticks at each workstation.

  • Consider:

    • Showing illustrations created by collage from various children’s books as alternative models.
    • Having a folder for each student’s work in progress and leftover materials.
    • Forming new Lab groups based on students’ progress, strengths, and needs as exhibited in the Module 2 Labs.

Reflect on Learning

  • Post: Sentence frames or picture clues for any reflection questions you will use regularly (optional).



  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Text for Storytime (chosen by teacher)

Setting Goals

  • Labs notebook (new; one per student and one for teacher modeling)

  • Pencils (one per student)

  • Learning target(s) (one to display for each Lab; see Launch Stage: At-a-Glance for the specific targets for each Lab)

In this Lab

  • Paper collage: teacher model #1 (new; teacher-created; see Teaching Notes)

  • Leaf templates (one set for teacher modeling and one set per workstation)

  • Leaf images (one set for teacher modeling and one set per workstation)

  • Construction paper (shades of green; for teacher modeling and one small pile per workstation)

  • Scissors (one pair for teacher modeling and one pair per student)

  • Glue sticks (one for teacher modeling and one per student)

Reflecting on Learning

  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Labs notebook (one for teacher modeling and one per student)