Lesson plan

Labs: Launch Stage - Create

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/6
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/5

Labs: Launch Stage - Create

Learning target: 

  • I can create a marionette-style puppet of a pollinator for my fable.


  • Students are introduced to the purpose, materials, and model of the style of puppet they will be creating during the Launch, Practice, and Choice and Challenge stages.

  • Students create a marionette-style puppet for the main character of their pollinator fable they are writing in the Imagine Lab.

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 model of a marionette-style puppet of a butterfly using one of the two options in the supporting materials.

  • Copy the templates of pollinator body parts onto cardstock (see supporting materials).

  • Pre-cut enough 8-inch-long pieces of string that every student has four pieces. This could be string, twine, or clear fishing line, depending on availability. Fishing line is advantageous since it is clear and gives the puppet a greater illusion of “flying.”

  • Based on classroom setup and available technology, determine the best way to display the materials students will use, the process for cutting body parts from templates, and the process for attaching the strings to the body and the controls of the puppet.

  • Prepare four workstations by placing templates, coloring materials, scissors, tape, and string at each. Consider making a separate workstation for each flying pollinator: the bat, the bee, the bird, and the butterfly. This will help students access the templates they need.

  • Consider:

    • Gathering additional materials for adding details to the puppets (e.g., feathers, eyes, tissue paper, etc.).

    • Forming new Lab groups based on students’ progress, strengths, and needs as exhibited in the Module 3 Labs.

    • Forming new Lab groups based on students’ interest expressed by the flying pollinator they choose.

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)

Create Lab

  • Model butterfly puppet (new; teacher-created; see supporting materials)

  • Steps for Creating a Pollinator Puppet anchor chart (new; teacher-created; see supporting materials)

  • Steps for Creating a Pollinator Puppet anchor chart (example, for teacher reference)

  • Pollinator Parts templates (one set per student)

  • Colored pencils (variety of colors; a cup to share per workstation)

  • Scissors (one pair per student)

  • Tape (clear; one roll per workstation)

  • Glue (one bottle per workstation)

  • Craft sticks (two per student)

  • String (8 inches long; four pieces per student; see Teaching Notes)

Reflecting on Learning

  • Labs song (one to display)

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