Lesson plan

Labs: Launch Stage - Imagine

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.2.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2/5
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.2.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.2.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2/3

Labs: Launch Stage - Imagine

Learning target: 

  • I can reenact paleontology stories using my imagination and materials of the Imagine Lab.

  • I can collaborate with others to reenact paleontology stories.


  • The Imagine Lab continues to provide students the time, space, and materials to create a world of imaginative play both independently and in collaboration with their peers. This opportunity is vital to the development of primary learners in multiple ways: negotiating with others in creating a shared set of expectations, fulfilling their own role within that framework, building language in an engaging and authentic way, and expressing their learning through multiple mediums.

  • In this module, the Imagine Lab becomes a more guided experience, as students retell familiar stories (from the module lessons) through dramatization and reenactment. This gives students an additional entry point toward mastery of Reading Literature standards being taught in other parts of the day.

  • It is important to note that guided play, as it is being done in the Imagine Lab, is most successful, especially in terms of student engagement and language development, when students are given greater ownership of the experience. Although the teacher is central in establishing the Lab’s purpose and expectations and then monitoring student progress, students should be given autonomy in designing and regulating the actual experience.

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

  • Consider forming new Lab groups based on students’ progress, strengths, and needs as exhibited in the Module 1 Labs.

  • Prepare workstations, each with a different type of imaginative play material that will be housed in the Imagine Lab (other possible materials might include modeling clay or felt or magnet boards):

    • Workstation 1: building blocks (one set of wood or linking blocks)
    • Workstation 2: white board (one large to share or several small) and dry-erase markers (one per student)
    • Workstation 3: hand or finger puppets (several to share)
    • Workstation 4: dress-up materials (several to share)
  • Consider labeling each workstation with a name or number to assist students in transitioning from one to the next.

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

  • Workstation materials (for students to use to create a world of play for themselves and others)

Reflecting on Learning

  • Labs song (one to display)

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