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  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of the 1979 Caldecott winner, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Learn about the "My Pyramid" food guide! This mini-unit features a reading comprehension, Venn diagram, and several short answer and essay writing prompts, designed to promote understanding and creative thinking.
  • "When the two main characters initially meet, what is the source of conflict?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any romance book (from Jane Austen to Meg Cabot). An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of the Woods's popular sleepy story, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Aliki's popular story of friendship, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Allen Say's 1994 Caldecott-winning story of family history, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Paul Zelinsky's 1997 Caldecott-winning version of the classic Grimm story, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Writing and drawing prompts to review Barbara Cooney's popular story of a woman who wanted to make the world a more beautiful place. This ties in nicely with Earth Day or with a citizenship unit.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Dr. Seuss's popular story, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • "In what ways does the setting of the movie differ from how it was presented in the book?" Many popular children's books are being made into films-- this list of questions helps students develop critical thinking skills while comparing the two media.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Robert McCloskey's 1949 Caldecott honor book, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Dr. Seuss's popular story, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • "What tasks must the hero accomplish?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any fantasy/adventure book. An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • Write a description and explain why this was your favorite character.
  • The pages for this book unit include: a pre-reading writing about caring, loving and giving; five comprehension questions that require brief written response; two supported examples of personification; identification of themes with supporting evidence; a post-reading activity; a word search of vocabulary terms; and answer keys (8 pages)
  • Combining critical thinking and comprehension skills with a strong student-driven approach to the different types of intelligence, this double unit is a fantastic enhancement for Daniel Keyes' modern classic tale of intelligence gained and lost. This is one of many book lessons on our member site.

Notes

  • Our "Beyond the Covers" full units each offer a guided in-depth look at a featured book. These lessons include vocabulary and reading comprehension, and then go beyond- encouraging students to put themselves in the plot - and to see how the stories apply to their own lives. These units are great for guided or independent reading.