Friendly Dragon-Flies

Friendly Dragon-Flies lesson plan

Imagine if dragons could fly! Children spread their creative wings as they design friendly paper dragons and write about their adventures.

  • 1.

    Read a story about flying dragons to the class. Don't show the children any pictures of the illustrations. Ask students if they can imagine what such a dragon would look like?

  • 2.

    Dragons are often portrayed in Western folklore as frightening, fire-breathing creatures. Chinese dragons typically are less fearsome. Ask students if their dragons would be large or small? Friendly or Mean? Growling or Smiling?

  • 3.

    Using Crayola® Crayons, students draw a picture of a friendly, flying dragon on construction paper. Include details to show the land and sky around the dragon.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola Washable Markers to add large areas of bold color and fine lines to the flying dragon drawing.

  • 5.

    Students write a story about their dragon’s adventures. Where does it fly? What does it do there? Who does it meet? Display the drawing and story together in the classroom.


  • LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting or plot.
  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding word s.
  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Working in small groups, students discuss animals that fly. Students make a list of these animals. If the teacher has a dragon story, share it with the groups and have them share what they know about dragons. Post this information for all students to view.
  • Have students explain what a fantasy is. Working in teams of two, students create an imaginary creature, identifying the unique qualities of their creation. Students compose an original story using their imaginary creature as a main character. Students illustrate important scenes from their story. Bind their stories into book-like formats and display in the classroom for student reading.
  • Working in small groups, students create flying dragon mobiles to display in the classroom.