Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning

Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning
Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning
Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning
Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning
Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning
Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning
Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning
Owen & Mzee Lesson Plan and Book Companion - Distance Learning

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Students will fall in love with the heartwarming story of Owen and Mzee! Two unlikely friends teach students a life lesson, not to be forgotten! This story is a perfect addition to your Earth Day activities!

This lesson is designed to be used with intermediate students as an interactive read aloud during one to two class periods. Extensions can be taken over several days.

** Be sure to check out the preview to get a more in-depth look at what is included with this 41-page download! **

The lesson objective is: Students will be able to determine the theme of Owen and Mzee by analyzing how the hippo and tortoise change over time, through a discussion.

At the end of the lesson, after students participate in discussion about the how Owen and Mzee change over time, two assessment options are provided to answer: What theme can readers infer from the way Owen and Mzee change over time?

In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question. The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.

Included in this lesson plan download:

  • Lesson Plan page with text’s big idea, essential question, objective, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language related to the objective
  • Teacher's questioning guide with stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
  • Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference.
  • Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted for students during read aloud
  • Theme anchor chart to post for student reference anytime
  • Assessment (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities

Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:

  • 16 colorful vocabulary cards and 5 blank cards (choose those that best meet your students’ needs)
  • Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues
  • Vocabulary 4-square activity options (3 included)
  • Students practice the strategy of visualizing. On the movie reel, students sketch the five most important events from the story that helped them understand the story. Then, label their sketches with key words from the text.
  • Students complete a story map to track elements of plot.
  • Students compare and contrast the actions of Owen and Mzee using a Venn diagram. Then, students write to describe how their actions are different from the beginning to the end.
  • Students consider their vocabulary words to describe how the special bond between Owen and Mzee was developed.
  • Students participate in discussion with classmates using various discussion cards.


Distance Learning: With TpT’s Digital Activity Tool, this resource can be transformed into a digital learning activity, adapted to meet your students’ needs for distance learning. You will receive the original download as usual (the PDF). In addition, you will have access to TpT’s Digital Activity Tool. Here, you can customize pages for your students: assign specific pages, add answer boxes, type directions, etc. You will be able to assign digital activities through Google Classroom so that students can complete the activities on a device.


Thank you for your interest! Please let me know if you have any questions.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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