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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A reading of Eleanor Coerr's Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes provides upper elementary students an opportunity to contribute to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan. After reading the story, class members learn about...
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Flat Stanley–Flat ME!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
After reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, scholars test their comprehension by answering questions about the story's beginning, middle, and end. Participants craft a flat replica of themselves then compose a story where they are mailed...
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Little Red Riding Hood

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The Little Red Riding Hood is the focus of a lesson that challenges scholars to compare and contrast two different versions. After writing a summary, readers listen carefully to both versions of the tale then complete a Venn diagram—a...
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The Impact of First Impressions and Friendship

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Are first impressions as important as they seem? A lesson on the literary themes of Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick prompts readers to compare their friendship experiences with those from the book, and to determine whether or not to...
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A Charlie Brown Christmas

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Charlie Brown may not feel the Christmas spirit this year, but your elementary students can use the season to practice important cross-curricular skills! A set of worksheets and activities based on A Charlie Brown Christmas guide apply...
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The Symbolism of Sunflower Seeds in Ghost

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Ghost by Jason Reynolds is a coming-of-age book that resonates with teenagers who have experienced childhood trauma. Explore the novel with an interactive resource that focuses on the author's use of symbolism, particularly with...
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Narrative Text Structure

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Thirteen activities work alongside a narrative text of your choice. With reading comprehension at its focus, readers complete worksheets covering character descriptions, similarities, and differences between characters, the sequence of...
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Genres in Literature

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Enthusiastic readers take part in a book club unit that focuses on genre, particularly historical fiction, fantasy, and adventure. Over the course of 10 days, groups read a variety of stories and choose leveled activities from a learning...
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Roald Dahl-Inspired Ideas Book

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Inspire young authors to dream big and connect with their inner writer with a 13-page packet that showcases the work of the famous author, Roald Dahl. A focus on the story, The BHG, scholars begin their Idea Book, reflect on their...
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Well-Known Tale: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
"The Pied Piper of Hamelin" is the focus of a lesson designed to shed light on the importance of keeping promises. As a class, scholars take part in a discussion on the topic of honesty and consequences. Independent readers then take to...
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Reading Comprehension

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th Standards
Celebrate National Reading Month in March—or any month of the year—with a selection of versatile graphic organizers. The worksheets prompt readers to easily compare characters, predict what will happen next in a story, track their...
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Lessons From the Lorax

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Is progress progressing too fast? So believes the Lorax, the eponymous character from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. Young environmental science students read the book and debate the arguments of the Lorax and the Once-ler regarding the value of...
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Wolf Hollow: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Annabelle, a young character in Wolf Hollow, discovers one bully can ruin everything when Betty walkes into her classroom. Betty bullies others and targets a war veteran. Individuals read how one person changed Annabelle's life. They...
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Is it true that people are guilty by association? Kit, in The Witch of Blackbird Pond, finds that might be true. When exposed for her friendship with a lady accused of witchcraft, she too is accused of being a witch. Scholars use the...
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Where The Mountain Meets The Moon: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Does good fortune lie within the man in the moon? Minli, a young girl in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, sure hopes it does, so she sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon for answers. Along the way, Minli meets several magical...
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What Katy Did: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
What doesn't break you makes you stronger. Katy, in What Katy Did, learns this lesson the hard way. After a terrible accident and a long recovery, Katy becomes what she always wanted to be—good and kind. Scholars learn about Katy's...
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The Westing Game: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A legacy lives on. Even though Samuel Will Westing, a character in the The Westing Game, has passed away, his love for games lives on through the unusual selection in his will. Scholars read of the mystery, learn 10 new vocabulary words,...
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The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A painting is worth a thousand words—in a different world! Lucy and Edmund sail away into Narnia using a picture of a ship at sea. The story tells of their adventures and the islands they visit. Scholars work through activities about the...
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The Trumpet of The Swan: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
What lengths will one go to for love? Louis, a swan in The Trumpet of The Swan, struggles to gain the attentions of a girl because he cannot trumpet. Thankfully, his father creates a plan that may work. Scholars discover Louis's attempts...
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Addressing Text Complexity - Making Independent Reading Meaningful

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Many English teachers dream of a classroom full of readers silently enjoying their books. A useful guide helps make that dream become a reality by providing book recommendations for a range of readers. Each suggestion includes the...
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In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Activity Book

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Moving to a new country isn't easy, as Shirley Temple Wong learns in In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord. A series of language arts activities carry readers through the novel, addressing the story's themes,...
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The Year of Billy Miller: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Can you really knock the sense into someone? It seems that the bump on Billy's head changed his perspective on things in The Year of Billy Miller. Readers discover that after his injury, Billy appreciates his parents more and is nicer to...
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The Yearling: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Ever known the feeling of being stuck between a rock and a hard place? Jody, a character in The Yearling, knows this feeling all too well. Nature forces Jody to choose between his beloved pet and his family's food supply. Readers...
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A Wrinkle In Time: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Fathers and daughters often create a bond of great strength. Is Meg's bond strong enough to save her father? A Wrinkle In Time follows Meg and her friends as they find themselves in a supernatural world; Meg just hopes she finds her...