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  • Enhance reading and understanding of any book with this great "story boxes" (or story sacks, or story bags...) project. Adaptable to any age.
  • 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.
  • Vocabulary, short answer, and essay questions to review Neil Gaiman's popular story of a girl who finds herself in an alternate reality and must choose between her familiar world and the new one.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • Reading comprehension, activities (design your own brat), and an approach to writing elements such as dialogue, structure, and timing, that will help your students go beyond the plot as readers and develop their own writing skills. This 20 page super unit is a perfect enhancement to Roald Dahl's modern fairy tale.
  • This mini-unit uses Shel Silverstein's popular poem as a jump-off point to creative and letter writing, and to assessing the elements of poetry. The food pyramid, biodegradable products, journal prompts... a towering pile of great ideas.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Kevin Henkes's popular story of a girl with an unusual name, 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 Syd Hoff's popular 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 Maurice Sendak's 1964 Caldecott winner, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Write a description and explain why this was your favorite character.
  • A fantastic supplemental unit for W.W. Jacob's tale of the horrible side of getting what you wish for. Creative interpretation, inference development, suspense analysis, and more.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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)
  • This activity page allows students to explore the main idea of a non-fiction book. Students will provide 3 pieces of evidence to support the main idea.

  • 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.
  • This activity page allows young students to show (draw) and tell (write) the main idea of a non-fiction book. Includes a place for 2 supporting details.

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.