Teaching with Books

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

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Book-Based Lessons for Your Class
Discussion Guide for the Novels of Blue Balliett

In Pieces and Players, the main characters from each of Blue Balliett's books come together to solve the ultimate art heist. Use these discussion questions and extension activities to teach with Blue Balliett's award-winning novels.


  • Blue Balliett's Author Interview Video
  • Blue Balliett's Flashlight Readers Student Activity
  • Blue Balliett's Author Visit Kit

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    by J. K. Rowling
    Grades 3–8

    The first installment in the Harry Potter series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

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    The Ultimate Epic Guide to Using Dav Pilkey's Books in the Classroom.
    The Ultimate Epic Guide to Using Dav Pilkey’s Books in the Classroom
    by Dav Pilkey
    Grades 3–5

    Even the most reluctant readers just can't seem to get enough of Dav Pilkey's wedgie wielding superhero, Captain Underpants!

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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Ten Little Fish
    Ten Little Fish
    by Audrey Wood

    Use Ten Little Fish to teach young students about the ocean and reinforce counting up to ten and back to one.
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    Activities for Students
    Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
    Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

    Encourage students to read all summer long with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
    Story Starters
    Story Starters

    Students use the activity to generate a creative writing prompt and pick one of four formats to write their story.
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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.
    Inch by Inch
    Inch by Inch
    by Leo Lionni
    Grades PreK–1

    The Caldecott Honor author follows a worm who inches his way out of being eaten.
    Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator
    by Kevin Henkes
    Grades PreK–2

    A little mouse thinks her name is absolutely perfect until she starts school and all the kids make fun of her.
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