Teaching with Books

Lesson plans, booktalks, and discussion guides for teaching with the best children's books

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Teacher Book Wizard
Teacher Book Wizard Beta: Kevin O'Hare, Woodbrige, NJ, reading a book

Designed by teachers! Match the right children's books to your students.

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Book-Based Lessons for Your Class
Write Like David Shannon

Students research the author David Shannon, then create books that mimic his writing style.

MORE IDEAS FOR SHARING BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

  • About David Goes to School
  • David Shannon Author Interview
  • David Goes to School Teaching Guide

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    Booktalks
    Paint the Wind
    Paint the Wind
    by Pam Muņoz Ryan
    Grades 3–7

    In the rugged Wyoming wilderness, a paint horse called Artemisia runs free. She embodies the spirit of the wild - and she holds the key to Maya's memories.


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    Clifford's Good Deeds
    Clifford's Good Deeds
    by Norman Bridwell
    Grades PreK–3

    Clifford sets out with Emily Elizabeth and their friend Tim to offer a helping paw to people in need.
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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves
    There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves
    by Lucille Colandro
    Grades PreK–2

    Activities based on the book will engage students in creative language play and cumulative story writing.
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    Activities for Students
    Story Starters
    Story Starters

    Jumpstart writing ideas with an interactive machine that generates creative writing prompts.
    Writing with Writers
    Writing with Writers

    Students learn about writing from well-known authors, editors, and illustrators through exclusive workshops.
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    Books Come Alive Give your students an inspiring, enriching, and fun reading experience by using audiovisual adaptations of picture books in your classroom. These unique videos motivate beginning, struggling, reluctant, and limited English language proficient readers to want to read.
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    by Mo Willems
    Grades PreK–1

    When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place - a pigeon!
    How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
    How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
    by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
    Grades PreK–2

    These mischievous dinosaurs show in a big way that burping, spilling, playing with one's food, and outright refusing to eat are not the best ways to enjoy a meal.
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