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
Clementine

Help students settle in to a new school year with this comic tale of an imaginative third grader.

MORE IDEAS FOR SHARING BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

  • About Clementine
  • Sara Pennypacker Author Interview
  • Watch the Clementine Book Trailer
  • Back-to-School Book List

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    Booktalks
    The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
    The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
    by Chris Wooding
    Grades 7–9

    Seventeen-year-old wych-hunter Thaniel Fox is determined to figure out what evil is possessing the mysterious and lovely Alaizabel Cray.


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    Discussion Guides
    The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
    The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
    by Mike Thaler
    Grades K–2

    A young boy has a nightmare about his new teacher, Mrs. Green.
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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Clifford Goes to Dog School
    Clifford Goes to Dog School
    by Norman Bridwell
    Grades PreK–2

    This story starring Clifford demonstrates to children that everyone has both strengths and weaknesses - even the Big Red Dog!
    Additional Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Activities for Students
    Story Starters
    Story Starters

    This interactive tool creates quick writing prompts to help young students delve into creative writing.
    Writing with Writers
    Writing with Writers

    Students learn about writing from professional authors, editors, and illustrators.
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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.
    Hi! Fly Guy
    Hi! Fly Guy
    by Tedd Arnold
    Grades PreK–3

    Join Buzz as he searches for a smart animal to take to The Amazing Pet Show. His father says flies can't be pets, but Fly Guy is not your ordinary fly!
    Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
    Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
    by Mélanie Watt
    Grades PreK–3

    Scaredy Squirrel is scared to make a friend. After all, they can bite. When he decides the perfect friend would be a goldfish (no teeth), his plan takes a surprising turn.
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