These biography lesson plans can take your unit from blah to outstanding! First, kids read biographies. Then they respond with graphic organizers, templates, and crafts. For the grand finale, students participate in a living history museum.
Ms. Sneed Finds Some Biography Lesson Plans
Our favorite fourth grade teacher opened the file for her biography unit. Her thoughts turned back to last year’s genre study. Sure, the activities engaged her students. However, she reflected, something was missing in the ELA unit. As she tapped her pencil absentmindedly, it came to her: continuity. Great parts. But they just didn’t fit together all that well.
“What I need is some great biography lesson plans,” she said aloud. She clicked over to TPT and did a quick search. Aha! Her favorite teacher-author had posted a free set of plans.
Biography Lesson Plans Introduce the Genre
As Ms. Sneed scanned the plans for the first day, she nodded her head. The class would read a biography picture book and explore elements of the genre.
Next, each child would choose an activity from a choice board. So far, so good! She liked the idea of reading and discussing together – then giving the kids options.
Students Read and Respond
Quickly, Ms. Sneed’s eyes moved to biography lesson plans listed for the next two days. Kids would read one long or more short biographies. Her eyes lit up. For each of those days, kids responded with an organizer or craft!
On the fourth day, students picked a specific person to research. Using differentiated templates, they spent the next four days recording information about that person.
Present a Wax Museum
During the last week or so, the biography lesson plans laid out a wax museum project. They created a timeline for their person. Then they turned it into a monologue and practiced. For the grand finale, each member of the class dressed as their famous person, stood in an open area, and greeted guests with their monologues.
Now Ms. Sneed was really grinning. “I can’t wait to show these biography lesson plans to my co-teacher!” she said. “They will make our unit cohesive – and compelling.”