Grade 1: A Chilly Feeling


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Reading Literature

RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

RL.1.10 With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.


W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

Speaking & Listening

SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

SL.1.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.


This Grade 1 lesson titled “A Chilly Feeling” from CPALMS Lesson Plan Development Initiative has an ELA/Literacy instructional time of 4 hours. In this close reading lesson, students analyze the poem “It Fell in the City” by Eve Merriam. They read the poem, identify words or phrases that show feelings or appeal to the senses, describe the place in the poem and add drawings to express their feelings. As a culminating activity, students write an opinion paragraph about how the poem made them feel after they read it.


Connecticut teachers should be aware that the lesson plan lists its standards with Florida labels; while the standards listed above use the Common Core labeling, the wording remains the same. Although assessment guidelines and rubrics are included, the use of a common core-aligned rubric that elicits direct, observable evidence of the degrees to which students can independently demonstrate all of the target standards is suggested.


This lesson is a good example of how to cultivate student interest and engagement in reading, writing, speaking and listening about a text in order to draw evidence to produce clear and coherent writing. It provides all students with multiple opportunities to engage with a text of appropriate complexity and scaffolding. The lesson addresses instructional expectations and is easy to understand and use.