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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Bookfairs
Book Fairs
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Book-Based Lessons for Your Class
Eric Carle

Lead students through some of Eric Carle's beloved stories with creative extension activities.

MORE IDEAS FOR SHARING BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

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  • Book List: Eric Carle Favorites
  • 50 Top Children's Books Ever
  • Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

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    Booktalks
    Fly Guy Presents: Sharks
    Fly Guy Presents: Sharks
    by Tedd Arnold
    Grades K–2

    Fly Guy and Buzz go on a field trip to the aquarium.


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    Swimmy
    Swimmy
    by Leo Lionni
    Grades PreK–2

    A little black fish in a school of red fish discovers a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.
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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Clifford Saves the Whales
    Clifford Saves the Whales
    by Josephine Page
    Grades PreK–2

    This beginning chapter book featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog will expand children's knowledge of whales and the concept of endangered species.
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    Activities for Students
    Share What You're Reading
    Share What You're Reading

    Students write reviews about books they've read and can read recommendations submitted by other kids.
    Summer Reading Challenge
    Summer Reading Challenge

    Kids can help set a new world record for summer reading.
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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.
    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
    by Verna Aardema
    Grades K–3

    A tall tale sets off a comic chain of mishaps in this folktale narrated by James Earl Jones.
    Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator
    Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator
    by Mo Willems
    Grades PreK–2

    Sometimes Amanda surprises Alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator eats them.
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