Knots on a Counting Rope

This is a touching story about a blind boy and his special relationship with his grandfather. The counting rope is a metaphor and is used to illustrate the passage of time in the boy’s life.  It is also a story about bravery, love, and courage.

Knots_on_Counting_Rope_Classroom_InspirationsThis book is by Bill Martin, Jr and John Archambault, illustrated by Ted Rand. You can watch the online video of actors Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels reading this story at

This is one of those lessons that I have had in my toolbox of teacher lessons for a long time. Each time, I just added a little bit more and then I decided to type it all up to share. There are at least five days worth of lessons that include sequencing the story, making a personal timeline foldable booklet, and then writing an autobiography. I hope you like the lesson and enjoy the book.

Included in this Lesson Plan:
• Five lessons
• Sequence of Events Graphic Organizer that corresponds to this book
• Sequence of Events Graphic Organizer to use with any text
• Timeline Booklet illustrated directions
• Timeline Cover Page
• Braille activity sheets


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      Thank you so much for the kinds words! I’ve got at least six new lesson plans coming out in the next few weeks, so please check back.