Teacher Guides to Primary Literature
Select one of the titles below to view easy-to-use supplemental material that will assist students in enjoying and understanding fine literature. Help your young students (grades K-4) learn to appreciate literature in the classroom, a skill that will help them throughout school and their personal lives. From cheeky instructional works such as The Truth About Poop, to undeniable classics, like Make Way for Ducklings, these book guides will be a great help to you and your students. The lesson plans, printables, and extension activities included in these literature guides will help you structure your classroom discussion.
Fiction by Title A-H | I-M | N-S | T-Z
Nonfiction | Poetry
Guides to Fiction A-H
- Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! Discussion Guide
Address the issue of bullying with your students and encourage class discussion with the resources in this guide to Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back!. This printable packet includes an interview with the author, a post-reading activity, and discussion points to use before and while reading the book. This literature guide is an excellent resource for School Safety Month (October).
- Arlene On the Scene Teacher's Guide
The Arlene On the Scene Teacher's Guide offers over 50 pages of ideas for using the book as part of your language arts curriculum. The book is divided into smaller reading units, each offering a range of classroom activities, from direct comprehension questions and suggested vocabulary, to prompts for longer writing assignments, and finally ideas for multi-modal activities and extension projects. This guide has additional applications in disability awareness efforts, anti-bullying programs, and character-building curricula.
- The World of Amelia Bedelia Teaching Guide
Have fun exploring the world of Amelia Bedelia with the resources in this printable teaching guide. In addition to learning about the authors, you'll find themes for discussion, character study ideas, book study ideas, language arts activities, and curriculum connections.
- Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
Develop students' critical thinking skills with the discussion topics in this teacher's guide for Among the Hidden. Use the activities and research projects to compare the laws, government, and society in this work of fiction to real-world situations.
- Bad Day at Riverbend Teacher's Guide
Your students will be delighted by the unique illustrations and storytelling in Chris Van Allsburg's Western, Bad Day at Riverbend. The printable teacher's guide to the book includes a plot summary, teaching ideas for language arts, reading and writing lessons, and discussion questions for a read-aloud with your class.
- The Bake Shop Ghost Teacher's Guide
Extend students' enjoyment of The Bake Shop Ghost with fun cross-curricular activities for drama, art, music, and more! Use the questions provided in this teacher's guide to encourage class discussion about the book.
- Because of Winn-Dixie Teacher's Guide
Refer to the discussion questions in this printable literature guide before, during, and after reading Because of Winn-Dixie with your class. Explore the themes of the novel and extend students' understanding of the story through various cross-curricular activities.
- Ben's Dream Teacher's Guide
Bring geography to life with this printable teacher's guide to Ben's Dream, a children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. The reading and writing activities and lessons in this guide will help students develop literature and language arts skills, as they learn about landmarks around the world.
- Teacher's Guide to Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation
Use this teacher's guide to Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation as you study civil rights during 1950s America. This literature guide includes discussion questions about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, segregation, Rosa Parks, the Jim Crow laws, and nonviolent resistance. It also describes creative-writing activities, music activities, and community activism ideas for your class.
- Candy Shop Discussion & Activity Guide
After reading Candy Shop, use these questions and cross-curricular activities to encourage classroom discussion on racism, discrimination, and stereotyping.
- A Chair for My Mother & A Chair for Always Classroom Guide
This teacher's guide to A Chair for My Mother & A Chair for Always by Vera B. Williams will help you facilitate classroom discussion and extend students' enjoyment of these children's books through classroom activities. Themes for discussion include family, community, change, and birth.
- The Composer Is Dead Teacher's Guide
Introduce children to classical music through the engaging and entertaining murder mystery The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket. This teacher's guide includes comprehension questions, a vocabulary list, lesson-planning resources, and extension activities to encourage an interest in musical instruments and composers.
- Cowboy Slim Activity Guide
Numerous language arts activities on vocabulary, letter writing, poetry, and reading comprehension extend and enhance students' enjoyment of the book Cowboy Slim. This guide also includes biographies on the author and the illustrator.
- Curious George Books & Activities
Students will love these independent and cooperative learning activities, which feature Curious George, the man with the yellow hat, and other characters, places, events, and vocabulary from his adventures.
- Curious George's First Day of School Teacher's Guide
Extend and enhance children's enjoyment of Curious George's First Day of School with the lesson planning resources in this printable teacher's guide. Activities include journaling, show-and-tell, interviews, and mapmaking.
- Desmond and the Naughtybugs Teacher's Guide
Enhance students' enjoyment of the book Desmond and the Naughtybugs with the writing, reading, and art activities in this printable teacher's guide. Activities include a word search, a writing assignment, and much more!
- Feathers Reading Guide
After reading Feathers with your class, use the questions in this reading guide to start a discussion about race, segregation, and the 1970s.
- Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey
Enrichment activities and Internet resources to enhance the teaching of the true story Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman, a retired boat that was called into service again on September 11, 2001.
- Follow the Moon Teaching Ideas
Celebrate nature with these lesson-planning resources and activities for Follow the Moon book and CD. This printable includes activities about space science, life cycles, wild animals, music composition, geography, and letter writing.
- Fun with Fairy Tales: A Teacher's Guide
Use this fun teacher's guide to explore fairy tales, including works by Hans Christian Andersen, modern versions of Brothers Grimm classics, and more! This packet includes reading comprehension questions and activities for Dear Tooth Fairy, Thumbelina, Bad Boys, Goldie and the Three Bears, Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter, Cinderella, and There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Boot.
- The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Teacher's Guide
Discover the magic of Chris Van Allsburg's first children's book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. This printable teacher's guide includes a summary of the book, teaching ideas for language arts, discussion questions, and lesson planning resources for reading the book aloud with your class.
- Teacher's Guide to Jan Brett's Gingerbread Friends
In Gingerbread Friends, Jan Brett's companion book to Gingerbread Baby, you'll find more irresistible images and fun adventures of the Gingerbread Baby. Confident and cocky, he happens upon a bakery, where he tries to make friends with a sugar cookie girl. She just stares and doesn't say a word, like all the other sweet treats he tries to meet. Discouraged, the Gingerbread Baby runs home – chased by a long line of hungry creatures – where he is surprised by enough gingerbread friends to fill a giant fold-out page! This printable guide allows you to teach this cute children's story in your classroom, utilizing skills from across the curriculum.
- God's Dream Story-Hour Kit
Open classroom discussion and help children recognize the broader meaning of God's Dream, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
Douglas Carlton Abrams, and LeUyen Pham, with this story-hour kit for the book. This printable includes discussion questions and an art activity to supplement the story.
- Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook Teacher's Guide
Delight young children with the resources in this printable teacher's guide to Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook. This literature guide includes a maze, a matching game, coloring pages, and plenty of activity ideas to extend students' enjoyment of the books.
- Henry & Mudge Series Teaching Guide
Utilize the resources in this teacher's guide to extend students' enjoyment of books in the Henry and Mudge series. This printable packet includes discussion questions, activities, projects, and research ideas for several books in the series.
Guides to Fiction I-M
- If You Take a Mouse to School Teacher's Guide
Easily adapt If You Take a Mouse to School to classroom lesson plans with this teacher's guide to the book by Laura Numeroff. This literature guide includes pre-reading activities, classroom management suggestions, and curriculum connections for math, art, science, and language arts. This is a perfect resource for back to school.
- Judy Blume's Fudge Series Teacher's Guide
This printable teacher's guide will help you discover how the books in Judy Blume's Fudge series connect to your core curriculum. Resources include discussion questions, projects, and activities such as map reading, letter writing, and painting.
- A Teacher's Guide to the Judy Moody Series
Bring the adventures of Judy Moody into your classroom through the cross-curricular activities in this printable packet. Writing assignments, poster projects, research topics, and a character web are some of the great resources included in this teacher's guide to the series.
- Judy Moody Goes to College Teachers' Guide
Get students excited about math and reading with the fun lesson plans in this teacher's guide to Judy Moody Goes to College. Games, projects, and graphing activities related to the story will help your students develop a positive attitude about math.
- Jumanji Teacher's Guide
Children of all ages will be delighted by the illustrations and dialogue in Chris Van Allsburg's Jumanji. This teacher's guide includes fun writing activities, reading and writing lessons, and guided questions for reading the book aloud with your class.
- Just a Dream Teacher's Guide
Encourage students to respect the environment with the lesson planning resources in this teacher's guide for Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg. This printable guide includes a summary of the book, teaching ideas, an upper-grade reading lesson, and a lower-grade writing lesson, to help develop students' literature and language arts skills.
- Katie Kazoo Classroom Crew Guide
Extend children's enjoyment of the Katie Kazoo Switcheroo series into all areas of your curriculum with the discussion questions, classroom activities, and lesson plans in this printable literature guide. This packet includes icebreakers, a reading log, an author interview, bookmarks, service project ideas, and more!
- Lon Po Po Enrichment Activities
This is the Chinese version of the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. Three sisters, Shang, Tao, and Paotze, must defend themselves against a frightening wolf while their mother is away visiting their grandmother for her birthday.
- The Magician's Elephant Teachers' Guide
Use the discussion questions in this guide to engage students in a conversation about Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant, a magical story about the impossible quests facing a little boy, an old musician, and a lost elephant. This literature guide also includes extension activities that will enliven children's imaginations and spark creativity.
- Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel Discussion Guide
The questions and activities in this literature guide will help your class discuss friendship, homelessness, and what it means to be rich or poor as they read Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel and Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book, written by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
- Study Guide to Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories
Use this study guide to teach Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories by Aliki. This literature guide includes instruction and activities for before, during, and after students read the two-part picture book about a young immigrant girl becoming accustomed to life in America.
- Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride & Mercy Watson Fights Crime Teacher's Guide
Help young children learn about safety issues by reading Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride and Mercy Watson Fights Crime. After reading these books with your students, use the discussion questions, art activities, and writing assignments in this literature guide to further their understanding of the stories.
- Mercy Watson to the Rescue Teacher's Guide
Examine spelling, phonics, and figurative language with your students by using these lessons and activities for Mercy Watson to the Rescue. This printable teacher's guide includes arts & crafts projects, writing assignments, and many more extension ideas.
- The Mercy Watson Books Teachers' Guide
Children love Katie DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series. Enrich their reading experience with the language arts lessons and safety awareness activities in this printable teacher's guide to the books. Use these resources to develop vocabulary, creative writing, debating skills, and more!
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Teacher's Guide
This teacher's guide to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is chock-full of discussion questions, lesson planning resources, projects, and research ideas that will help students examine the book's characters, events, and meaning.
- Multiplying Menace Activity Guide
Refer to this printable guide before, during, and after reading Multiplying Menace with your class. It includes discussion ideas, drawing activities, a journalism exercise, and more!
- The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Teacher's Guide
Spark students' imagination with the illustrations and mysterious captions in Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Use the ideas and resources in this printable teacher's guide to develop your students' reading and writing skills. The guide includes a book summary, lesson plans for lower and upper grades, and questions to direct discussion as your class reads the book aloud.
Guides to Fiction N-S
- No English Teacher's Guide
Introduce your students to Diane and Blanca, two second-grade girls who find a creative way to overcome a language barrier in the picture book, No English. Activities in the 22-page teacher's guide include reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, poems, puzzles, Spanish games, and social studies and science extensions. The printable guide also has lessons on friendship, tattling versus telling, and making newcomers feel welcome, which are useful for both classroom teachers and counselors.
- Classroom Activities for The North Star
Supplement students' reading of The North Star, by Peter H. Reynolds, with fun classroom activities designed to encourage their creativity and critical thinking. This printable packet includes icebreakers for back to school, practice reading aloud, and discussion questions about the book.
- The Polar Express Teacher's Guide
Extend and enhance students' enjoyment of Chris Van Allsburg's magical holiday classic The Polar Express with the reading activities and guided discussion questions in this teacher's guide. This printable also includes a summary of the book, ideas for a reading celebration, an upper-grade lesson on similes and metaphors, and a lower-grade lesson on timelines.
- Poodle and Hound Activity Guide
Examine the nature of friendship with the activities in this guide to Poodle and Hound, written by Kathryn Lasky and illustrated by Mitch Vane. This packet includes pre- and post-reading questions, a printable coloring page, a word search, a writing prompt, and a biography about the author. These are perfect classroom resources for International Friendship Month (February).
- Read All About It Teacher's Guide
Promote literature and reading with these pre-reading exercises, classroom activities, and event ideas for Read All About It by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush. This literature guide also includes tips to motivate reluctant readers.
- Remembering Mrs. Rossi Teacher's Guide
Deepen students' understanding of life, love, loss, and grief through the resources and activities in this printable teacher's guide to Remembering Mrs. Rossi. This literature guide includes a dictionary activity, open-response questions, writing assignments, teacher appreciation activities, and curriculum connections for art, math, and social studies.
- The Report Card Teacher's Guide
Encourage elementary and intermediate students to think about educational issues with the discussion topics, activities, and projects in this teacher's guide for The Report Card. These resources will get students thinking about the meaning of intelligence, the emphasis on grades, and the significance of test scores.
- Rickshaw Girl Discussion & Activity Guide
Extend and enhance students' enjoyment of Rickshaw Girl with this discussion and activity guide. Students interview classmates, create alpanas, write short stories, and more!
- Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Explore Colonial Times through literature and corresponding activities and lessons. Discover resources related to three books by Kate Waters that detail the lives of Pilgrim children during the 1620's in Massachusetts, when America was first being settled. These books provide a great background for teaching the history of Thanksgiving.
- Sarah, Plain and Tall Saga Teacher's Guide
Teach students about life on the Great Plains in the early 1900s through literature. This teacher's guide to Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark, and Caleb's Story by Patricia MacLachlan includes a pre-reading activity, cross-curricular activities, thematic connections, and information about the author.
- Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens Teacher's Guide
Connect math and literature through supplementary activities for Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens, a fun book that will help children understand place value. This printable teacher's guide also includes a biography of the author, Cindy Neuschwander.
- Sketches from a Spy Tree Teacher's Guide
Extend students' enjoyment of the book Sketches from a Spy Tree with the many language arts activities in this printable teacher's guide. Resources include questions to help you guide discussion and evaluate students' reading comprehension. You'll also find a character chart, poetry lessons, and projects to enhance students' reading experience.
- Something for Nothing Teacher's Guide
Refer to this teacher's guide before and after reading Something for Nothing with your class -- you'll find resources that will extend students' enjoyment of the book. The guide includes pre-reading questions, a comprehension guide, and several cross-curricular projects to enhance students' learning experience.
- Subway Ride Activity Guide
Encourage critical thinking by asking students questions before, during, and after reading Subway Ride, a book that takes children on a journey around the world. This teacher's guide includes discussion topics, a vocabulary list, and an activity that will help you teach students about diversity and community.
- The Sweetest Fig Teacher's Guide
Explore fantasy, reality, and the power of dreams with The Sweetest Fig, a children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. This teacher's guide includes a summary of the book, teaching ideas, an upper-grade writing lesson, and a lower-grade reading lesson, to help develop students' literature and language arts skills.
Guides to Fiction T-Z
- The Tale of Despereaux Teacher's Guide
Deepen students' reading comprehension through the pre-reading questions, reading instruction, and connection activities in this literature guide for The Tale of Despereaux. This printable packet includes worksheets, a graphic organizer, and lesson planning resources for each section of the book.
- The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
A full list of activities, lessons, and resources for teaching Katherine Paterson's The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, a Japanese folktale.
- Jan Brett's Winter Books
Four books by Jan Brett Trouble with Trolls, The Night Before Christmas, Annie and the Wild Animals, and The Mitten are featured with winter activities and resources.
- A Teacher's Guide to Books Written by Nancy Carlson
Extend students' enjoyment of children's books by Nancy Carlson and enhance their understanding of the topics covered in each book with the activities and suggestions in this teacher's guide. Resources include ideas for the 100th day of school, grandparents' day, winter, and classroom management.
- A Teacher's Guide to the World of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
Study important childhood themes of communication, self-awareness, self-control, self-esteem, imagination, feelings, family, and personal identity through this teacher's guide to books by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. Enhance classroom use of these books while teaching children about each theme through group discussion of ideas and hands-on activities.
- Teacher's Guide for Sid Fleischman
Teach Sid Fleischman's The Whipping Boy, Jim Ugly, and Disappearing Act with this guide to his novels. This literature guide for teachers includes a pre-reading activity, interdisciplinary connections, thematic connections, and an interview with the author.
- The Weird World of Dan Gutman: A Teaching Guide
Engage your students with reading by using this literature guide to incorporate Dan Gutman's My Weird School and My Weird School Daze series chapter books into your curriculum. Discussion questions for My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy! and My Weird School Daze #1: Mrs. Dole Is Out of Control will help you introduce each series. Use activities for math, science, language arts, and social studies to explore cross-curricular application of the books.
- The World of Kevin Henkes: A Picture Book Guide
Develop children's interest in reading with picture books by Kevin Henkes. This guide includes lesson-planning resources, including discussion questions and activities for Kitten's First Full Moon, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, Owen, Wemberly Worried, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and Lilly's Big Day. You'll also find background information about the author and his love of picture books.
- Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
Teach students about the elements of a mystery and learn about the genre's history with this printable guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries by David A. Adler. You'll find plenty of discussion questions, fun teaching ideas, and handouts for books in the series, including a crossword, a word search, a creative writing exercise, and poetry activities.
- A Teaching Guide to the World of Ezra Jack Keats
Explore the many multicultural children's books by Ezra Jack Keats with this printable teaching guide and activity suggestions. This packet includes an author biography, teaching strategies to guide reading, cross-curricular activities, games, and worksheets that complement the books by this Caldecott Medal-winner.
- A Teacher's Guide to the World of Keiko Kasza
Take advantage of the many children's books by Keiko Kasza to develop elementary-school students' interest in reading. The annotated bibliography included in this printable teacher's guide will help you determine which books best suit your students. Connect the literature with math, science, social studies, and more by using the suggested cross-curricular activities in your classroom.
- Educator's Guide to the World of Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco is a beloved, highly acclaimed author and illustrator of numerous books for children. Use this guide to launch an author study unit or focus on her books individually. The guide includes curriculum connections, discussion questions, and classroom activities.
- Teacher's Guide to the World of Jack Prelutsky
Study the world of children's poet laureate Jack Prelutsky with this teacher's guide to 12 of his poetry collections. Each section offers engaging suggestions for before, during, and after reading, as well as a writing activity and other curricular activities. The guide also presents educator's tips for incorporating poetry into classroom life.
- Tess's Tree Literature Guide
Read the sweet story of Tess's Tree, written by Jess M. Brallier and illustrated by award-winning artist Peter H. Reynolds. Then, complete the supplementary activities written specifically for the study of this book.
- Tsunami! Discussion Guide
Introduce children to Japanese art and traditional storytelling as they read Tsunami!, written by Kimiko Kajikawa and illustrated by Ed Young. Enrich children's understanding of the story through the lesson plans, discussion questions, and Japanese vocabulary review in this teacher's guide for the book.
- Tupelo Rides the Rails Teacher's Guide
Engage students in the adventures of Tupelo, an abandoned dog who is searching for a new home. In addition to fun extension activities, this teacher's guide for Tupelo Rides the Rails includes questions and themes for classroom discussion.
- Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
Extend and enhance students' enjoyment of Two Bad Ants, Chris Van Allsburg's exciting insect adventure, with the teaching ideas and resources in this printable guide. Use the comprehension questions to direct classroom discussion, and use the writing and reading lessons to further students' understanding of the book.
- Vote! Discussion Guide
The lesson planning resources in this discussion guide for Vote! will involve students of all ages in the electoral process. These activities are a great way for students to learn about their local, state, and Federal government while researching campaign issues, political parties, candidates, and voting methods. This is an excellent resource for learning about the presidential election.
- A Teacher's Guide for Vote!
Extend and enhance students' enjoyment of the book Vote! with the activities in this printable teacher's guide. This packet includes discussion questions about the electoral process in the United States (including the presidential election), a word search with election vocabulary, and Internet resources for additional information on this topic.
- The Wall: Literature Guide for Teachers
The Wall is the story, told from a young child's point of view, of a father and son who visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to find the name of the grandfather the boy never knew. This is an excellent book to discuss around Veterans Day or Memorial Day.
- The Widow's Broom Teacher's Guide
Capture your students' imagination with these reading and writing activities for Chris Van Allsburg's The Widow's Broom. This guide includes teaching ideas for language arts, discussion questions for reading the book aloud with your class, and lesson planning resources that are perfect for Halloween!
- The Wreck of the Zephyr Teacher's Guide
Consider the use of voice and the idea of ambiguity with your class as students read Chris Van Allsburg's The Wreck of the Zephyr. This printable teacher's guide includes a summary of the book, reading and writing ideas, discussion questions, and lesson planning resources for language arts.
- The Wretched Stone Teacher's Guide
Share a story of adventure with your students. This printable teacher's guide for Chris Van Allsburg's The Wretched Stone includes a summary of the book and teaching ideas for history, social studies, and language arts. Use the lesson planning resources and guided discussion questions to develop students' literary skills and deepen their understanding of the story.
- The Z Was Zapped Teacher's Guide
Review the alphabet and improve students' language arts skills with the lesson planning ideas in this printable teacher's guide for The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg. Resources include a synopsis of the book, discussion questions, teaching ideas, and reading and writing lessons.
- Zathura Teacher's Guide
Take a journey into outer space with your class by reading Zathura, an adventure story by Chris Van Allsburg that blends fiction with science. This printable teacher's guide includes a synopsis of the book, discussion questions, and two lesson planning ideas.
- Ziggy & the Black Dinosaurs: Backyard Animal Show Teacher's Guide
Extend students' enjoyment of Ziggy & the Black Dinosaurs: Backyard Animal Show with the teaching resources and cross-curricular activities in this guide. This printable includes several discussion topics for each chapter, so you can monitor students' comprehension as they progress through the book.
- Ziggy & the Black Dinosaurs: The Buried Bones Mystery Teacher's Guide
Develop students' language arts skills while extending their enjoyment of Ziggy & the Black Dinosaurs: The Buried Bones Mystery. The discussion topics, research activities, and writing prompts in this teacher's guide will help you engage your students in the reading experience, while exploring the characters and elements of the story.
Guides to Nonfiction
- After Gandhi Teacher's Guide
Discuss the Indian Independence Movement and the challenging work of 15 activists with this literature guide for After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance. Research projects, cross-curricular activities, discussion questions, Internet resources, and reading comprehension checks are included in this printable guide for teachers.
- Amelia to Zora Teacher Guide
Deepen students' understanding of the stories in Amelia to Zora, about 26 women who changed the world, from Amelia Earhart to Zora Neale Hurston, with this printable teacher's guide. Activities include vocabulary building, comprehension questions, and discussion questions on women's history.
- Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Study the life of Barack Obama with the resources in this literature guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, a biography of the 44th President of the United States. This printable includes pre-reading questions, discussion topics, and cross-curricular projects to further young children's knowledge of this important political figure.
- The Day-Glo Brothers Literature Guide
Children will enjoy reading The Day-Glo Brothers, a true story about Bob and Joe Switzer two brothers who invented daylight-fluorescent colors. Use the pre-reading questions, post-reading questions, and extension activities in this literature guide to supplement the book. This guide also includes a biography of the author, Chris Barton.
- Don't Say Ain't Discussion Guide
Promote thoughtful discussion on race, language, civil rights, and diversity with this printable discussion guide for Don't Say Ain't. It includes information on integration in the 1950s and questions to ask your students.
- Encyclopedia Prehistorica Teacher's Guide
Full of exciting arts & crafts projects, games, writing prompts, and research ideas, this teacher's guide to the Encyclopedia Prehistorica books will extend students' enjoyment of Dinosaurs, Sharks and Other Sea Monsters, and Mega-Beasts.
- Reading Guide for Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
Enrich your language arts or social studies unit with this reading guide for the biography Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight. The discussion questions and activities in this printable will introduce young children to the dreams and career goals of Hillary Clinton. Students will research the job of a U.S. senator, the life of a First Lady, women in politics, and much more.
- I'm Still Scared Teacher's Guide
Help your students understand war and terrorism by using the activities and questions in this printable teacher's guide for I'm Still Scared, a biographical account of World War II. In addition to promoting discussion and critical thinking, the guide provides an author interview with Tomie dePaola, cross-curricular projects, and additional resources.
- Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President Mock Election Guide
Engage students in government by holding a mock election in your classroom! After reading Margaret Chase Smith, use the research ideas, discussion questions, and activities in this guide to teach your class about U.S. political parties, presidential debates, political campaigns, and voting.
- Discussion Guide for The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World
Author Nathaniel Philbrick evokes the drama of the voyage of the Mayflower, the emptiness of coastal Massachusetts that greeted the Pilgrims, and the friendship of the settlers with many powerful Native American leaders. But the promise of the First Thanksgiving was broken with the next generation of leaders when a horrifying conflict (King Philip's war) nearly wiped out the colonists and Natives alike. This discussion guide is a fantastic introduction to the beginning of American History, the tumultuous relationship between the settlers and the Native Americans, and to the meaning behind Thanksgiving.
- Reading Guide for My Dad, John McCain
Discuss John McCain's time in the U.S. Navy and as a POW with the questions in this reading guide for the biography My Dad, John McCain. This printable also includes activities and suggests websites of interest to further students' knowledge of the U.S. senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate.
Guides to Poetry
- Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up Story Time Guide
Plan a story time with the reading instruction and extension activities in this guide for Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up by Lisa Westberg Peters. This lesson-planning resource incorporates poetry and geology with related activities for art, writing, and social studies.
- National Poetry Month Kit (Grades K-5)
National Poetry Month is celebrated each year in April. Use this poetry kit – a collection of printable activities, lessons, even stickers! – to supplement your poetry month curriculum, perfect for elementary students.
- I Must Go Down to the Beach Again Discussion Guide
Have fun teaching your students about poetry with questions, writing assignments, and drama activities that extend and enhance their enjoyment of the parodied poems in I Must Go Down to the Beach Again.
- Join Hands Discussion & Activity Guide
Join Hands: The Ways We Celebrate Life incorporates language, photography, and poetry in a book about building communities. Bring your students together with the reader's theater, writing assignments, games, reading practice, and vocabulary exercises in this printable discussion and activity guide for the book.
- Love That Dog & Hate That Cat Teacher's Guide
Integrate Sharon Creech's Love That Dog and Hate That Cat into your poetry unit with this teacher's guide. This packet includes tips for making poetry fun, ways to include poetry in your daily curriculum, poetry terms and concepts, book discussion questions, writing activities, and information about the author.
- Messing Around on the Monkey Bars Teacher's Guide
Author Betsy Franco suggests ways to use Messing Around on the Monkey Bars and Other School Poems for Two Voices in your classroom. This teacher's guide includes tips about poetry writing, teaching children about personification, sound words, making lists, rhyming words, and acrostic poems. This is a great teaching resource for Poetry Month or anytime of year.
- Poetry Tips from Paul Janeczko
This advice from Paul Janeczko will help you and your students read and write poetry. Use these tips about concrete poetry, poetic form, and reading poetry aloud to supplement A Foot in the Mouth, A Kick in the Head, and A Poke in the Eye.
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