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Who Wants a Dragon Lesson Plan

written by: Melissa Elizondo • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 9/11/2012

Dragons are mythical creatures that can be scary for preschoolers. This dragon lesson plan for preschool uses a book geared for preschoolers to make them cute and fun. Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew is one that your class is sure to enjoy. Students will love decorating their own dragons.

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    Use this dragon lesson plan for preschool to teach your preschool class all about dragons. You can also incorporate teaching color names into this lesson.

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    Materials

    • Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew
    • Blue construction paper—one per student
    • Dragon outline (big and small)—two per student
    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes (optional)
    • Scissors
    • Glue sticks
    • Crayons/markers
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    Prior Knowledge

    Show students a picture of a dragon and ask to see if they can identify it. If not, ask them what kind of animal it looks like.

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    Teach

    Show students the cover of the book. Have them make a prediction based on the cover. Read the story to your students stopping to discuss what is going on in the story. Be sure to discuss how the dragon is feeling because it seems no one wants him. This is also an excellent opportunity to point out rhyming words in the story. After you have finished reading, talk about who did not want the dragon and who did.

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    Procedure

    Decide beforehand what art materials you want to let your students use to decorate their dragons. Paint is a wonderful option. You can also use crayons or markers. You can even allow students to use tissue paper squares to cover their dragons.

    Students will be creating a picture of the baby dragon and his mommy. If you cannot find two dragon outlines, you can also just create the baby dragon. Pass out the dragons to your students. Allow them to paint the dragons using paintbrushes or their fingers. Make sure students’ names are on them. Then, allow them to dry. Once they are dry, allow students to cut them out.

    Pass out a sheet of blue construction paper and glue to each student. This will be the night sky that students will glue their dragons too. Allow them to decorate the night sky using the crayons and markers. Once they are finished, have them glue the dragons onto the sky.

    These pictures make a wonderful bulletin board display or hallway decoration. Some great bulletin board titles would be, “Den of Dragons” or “Dragons, Dragons Everywhere.”

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    Assess

    While students are working on their dragons, go around and ask them to name one character who did not want the dragon and the one who did?

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    Extend

    Use this book to teach about rhyming words. Reread the story and make a list of the rhyming words. Then, have students come up with other rhyming word pairs.