The Little Yellow Leaf Imagery Minilesson FREEBIE

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17 Ratings
Grade Levels
3rd - 6th, Homeschool, Staff
Formats Included
  • PDF
10 pages


This 10-page FALL-inspired FREEBIE includes:
• directions for immediate implementation
• 12 Imagery Cards to help students identify imagery in text
• Imagery Notes
• Imagery Interactive Notebook Organizer
• Answer Key

I am always in search of picture books that can serve a multitude of purposes in my ELA classroom. I seek out texts that will enhance student understanding of standards, books that my upper elementary students can connect with, and stories that my students want to read over and over. I love the book The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger for all of these reasons. Use this book and imagery minilesson to enhance student understanding of imagery, but be sure to come back and grab this text to discuss theme and discuss what the author wants the reader to take away from this story and how that little yellow leaf just needs to travel off in her own time and by the side of a friend. It is the perfect story for share with anyone that is hesitant about the unknown.

Directions & Possible Uses:
1. Discuss the definition of imagery.
2. Give students a copy of the Imagery Is…interactive notebook page and have students glue the center of the pentagon to notebook paper.
3. Students will fill in each of the flaps with the five senses.
4. Read the text The Little Yellow Leaf. Tell students to listen for words that helped them envision what the author was sharing.
5. Student/teacher will read the imagery cards.
6. Students will write a line from the story under each flap which corresponds to the imagery the author shares that is listed on the imagery card. (No Taste imagery is used.)
7. Have them discuss as few or as many as time allows.
8. Allow students time to listen, share, and discuss their thoughts and responses.
9. Students can decorate their Imagery Organizer with color.

Imagery will be a breeze to teach and review with students using this minilesson and text.


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Happy Reading!
Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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