Sample Lesson Plans

We aim for high participation and engagement at LITGROUPS.


Our time together is meant to have us connect with each other, explore various themes, play with ideas and words, and discover new information and ideas through reading every time we meet.


We discover history and gain awareness about our world, AND we stretch the reaches of our own ideas and imaginations with student-created original materials – whether poems, stories, plays, or recipes.


Check out some sample lesson plans below. You will notice three parts to our time – each one intentional, with a specific role. We always have snack together, with some creative and playful ways to interact with each other. We spend time on a theme together. And, we have independent, self-selected reading time. Okay, the truth is, we throw in a generous amount of parties, cooking and games to keep things fresh! There are so many things to celebrate!…or we can make up new reasons!


The lesson plans we have shared here are meant to give you a sample window in to our time together at LITGROUPS. If you are looking for further resourcing on literacy themes and ideas or to enrich an after-school program, consider subscribing to our lesson plan catalogue, which contains enough ideas for more than a year of our programming. For a small yearly fee, you can gain access to the catalogue – which continues to grow and change as we develop new ideas.



Many of the plans that we have included in the catalogue are uniquely developed by LITGROUPS staff. As with anyone who works a lot with kids, we also include reference to the best of what we have discovered over the years from great websites and books. In the case of using others’ ideas or developing something around a published or copyrighted work, we have described what we’ve done to interact with the book, website or material, and sufficient information for you access the materials for yourself.

Life in Northern Canada

Theme: Canada
Literacy Focus: listening, predicting

Around the World

Theme: Around the World
Literacy Focus: Reading, speaking

Lemonade - Poetry

Theme: Poetry
Literacy Focus: word recognition, writing

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