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
David Shannon's Too Many Toys

Tap into students' obsession with playthings (especially around the holidays) with a peek inside David Shannon's story about a boy's love of toys.

MORE IDEAS FOR SHARING BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

  • David Shannon talks about Too Many Toys
  • Write Like David Shannon
  • David Shannon Author Interview

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    Booktalks
    On Christmas Eve
    On Christmas Eve
    by Ann M. Martin
    Grades 3–5

    Eight-year-old Tess is convinced this is the year she will finally meet Santa, and experience Christmas magic.


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    Discussion Guides
    The Christmas Blizzard
    The Christmas Blizzard
    by Helen Ketterman
    Grades PreK–2

    This story is a wonderful choice for a holiday read-aloud, or as inspiration for older children who are learning to write their own tall tales.
    Additional Discussion Guides
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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    The Mitten
    The Mitten
    by Jan Brett
    Grades PreK–2

    This classic book can be used to teach sequencing, predicting, and how to retell a story.
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    Activities for Students
    Story Starters
    Story Starters

    Students generate a creative writing prompt and pick one of four formats to print their finished story.
    Biography Writing
    Biography Writing

    Authors Patricia and Fredrick McKissack help young writers bring historical figures to life.
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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.
    Bear Has A Story to Tell
    Bear Has A Story to Tell
    by Philip C. Stead
    Grades PreK–1

    In this endearing tale of friendship, animals are helped by Bear to get ready for winter.
    Bink & Gollie: Two for One
    Bink & Gollie: Two for One
    by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
    Grades PreK–2

    Two very different girls-but best friends extradordinaire-use teamwork to navigate the town fair.
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