Children's Literature: Lesson Plans and Resources

This site contains links to lesson plans and resources for children's literature (grades K-6). Since there is considerable overlap between authors and titles for children and adolescents, go to my site for adolescent literature if you do not find what you need on this page. All lesson plans and links on this page were checked and updated during the first two weeks of February 2014.

Index: Sources for Many Children's Literature Lesson Plans; Multicultural Children's Literature Lesson Plans; Children's Literature Resources; Folk & Fairy Tales; Specific Children's Books  (Listed Alphabetically by Title: A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - XYZ); Lesson Plans for Drama, Mythology, and Poetry; Rubrics for the Language Arts; Return to Educational Resources and Lesson Plans; Go to the International Reading Association

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Sources for Lesson Plans for Multiple Children's Books:

Literature Activities from A to Z Teacher Stuff
A huge collection of lesson ideas for teaching with children's literature. The site is indexed by book title.

Can Teach: Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities
Another collection of activities for many specific children's books.

Harper Collins Teaching Resources
Teaching and reading guides for many children's books.

Children's Literature
Many lesson plans from Mr. Donn organized alphabetically.

Children's Literature and U.S. History
Good source for lesson plans and children's books integrating literature and history.

Online Elementary Economics Lessons
Many lesson plans integrating children's literature and economics.

The Civil War
An upper-elementary or middle grade unit using trade books to integrate history and literature.

World War II as Seen Through the Eyes of Children's Literature
An elaborate unit.

American Children's Literature
A collection of 12 units (including the one immediately above) from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.

Children's Literature in the Classroom
Ten more units from the
Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.


Multicultural Children's Literature Lesson Plans

Short Thematic Unit Based On Multicultural Children’s Literature
A 3rd-grade unit. See also Thematic Unit Based on Multicultural Children’s Literature (2nd grade).

Reading Across the Cultures
Ten units from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.

Multiculturalism and Diversity
Lesson plans, activities, and resources from Scholastic.

Examining African-American Culture Through the Use of Children’s Literature
A 3rd-grade unit plan.

America The Beautiful! : Lesson Plan Using Multicultural Literature
A 3rd-grade lesson plan.

K-5 Language Arts Multicultural Education Curriculum Matrix
Lesson plans from the School District of Palm Beech County Florida.

Literature and art Through Our Eyes: The African American Children
An elementary unit from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.  

Teaching Responsibility to Children in Different Cultures through Film and Literature Stories
Another elementary unit from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.  

Understanding Hispanic/Latino Culture and History Through Children’s Literature
An elaborate unit plan with three sample lesson plans and a bibliography.

Expanding Fifth Grade Ethnic Awareness Through Literature
A unit on Native American and Latino literature from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Gay-Themed Picture Books for Children

A list of and links to picture books about having a gay parent, family member, or friend. See also Books for GLBT Teens and Youth.

American Girls Through Time and Trial
An elementary unit focusing on women of different cultures, races, and religions. It includes three books featuring diverse American women from specific time periods. For nine similar units, go to American Maid: Growing Up Female in Life and Literature.  

Native-American Bedtime Story Collection
Native-American stories with background information and links to related sites.

Native American Children's Literature in the Classroom: An Annotated Bibliography

Ten Tips for Selecting Multicultural Books for Reading Instruction
An article from K-12 Reader.

Children's Literature Resources
Children's Books from About.com
Though this page is designed primarily for children, it is an excellent resource with featured books and authors as well as information on books of nearly all topics and genres.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
Great site for reviews and ideas for teaching with children's literature. Click on curriculum areas for links to sites connecting children's literature with other subjects.

Children's and YA Book Authors and Illustrators on the Web
This site by Cynthia Leitich Smith provides an alphabetical list of links to the web sites of a great many authors and illustrators.

Aesop's Fables
An online collection!

Literature Circles Resource Center
An excellent site providing information and resources for elementary and middle-school teachers.

Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page
An excellent resource with bibliographies and links to sites on topics related to children's literature, including
censorship.

Author and Illustrator Index
From Scholastic. See also Yahoo Directory: Children's Authors.

Book Children
A Children's book directory.

Children's Literature Web Guide
Links to children's literature sites.



Folk and Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales from Around the World
A K-2 lesson plan from EDSITEment. See also Fables and Trickster Tales Around the World for a lesson plan for grades 3-5.

Fairy Tales - Lesson Plans and Links
From the K-3 Learning Pages.

Fairy Tales Unit Ideas
Ideas for an interdisciplinary unit.

Fairy Tales from Life
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think. See also
A Recipe for Writing: Fairy Tale Feasts, Once Upon a Time Rethought: Writing Fractured Fairy Tales, Explore Point of View in Fairy Tales, and Enchanting Readers with Revisionist Fairy Tales for other lessons from this source.

Exploring American Folk Tales
An excellent middle-grade lesson plan from ArtsEdge. See also Writing Folktales for another lesson plan from ArtsEdge.

Tales to Live By
A 1st-grade unit in pdf format from Core Knowledge that uses fairy tales as a tool to introduce basic values. See also All About Aesop and Life's Lessons: Aesop's Fables for additional 1st-grade units from Core Knowledge.

Where in the World is My Slipper

One more 1st-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

Folktales
A collection of 12 units.z`z`

Sequencing: A Strategy to Succeed at Reading Comprehension
A lesson plan using the classic tall tale Paul Bunyan.

Puerto Rican Folktales
A unit for grades 7-12.

A Moroccan Fairy Tale vs. European Folk/Fairy Tale
A 2nd-grade lesson plan examining similarities and differences between The Girl Who Lived with the Gazelles , an African folk tale from Morocco, and Snow White. See African Folktales for seven similar lesson plans.


Lesson Plans for Specific Children's Books (Listed Alphabetically by Title):

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - XYZ   If the book or author for which you are looking is not listed here, please try The Doucette Library, Literature Activities from A to Z Teacher Stuff, Can Teach: Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities, The Gateway, Web English Teacher - Children's Literature, or Harper Collins Teachers & Librarians.

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Alexander and the
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
A lesson titled "Help Alexander!" for this book by Judith Viorst. See also Exploring the Subtext Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Text for a grades 3-5 lesson plan using this book.


Alice in Wonderland

This lesson plan titled "Childhood through the Looking Glass" for grades 6-12 from The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment pages explores the vision of childhood created by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland . See also Childhood through the Looking Glass: Activity 2 and
A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice' for more from EDSITEment, Alice in Wonderland, a lesson plan using The Discovery Channel's video; Senses, Spaces And Structure, an elaborate 7th-grade unit using Alice in Wonderland and two other works to explore space and architecture; and Lewis Carroll's Alice with Commentaries by Marc Edmund Jones, a page containing the 1928 commentary on Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass .

Amazing Grace
A lesson plan for grades K-3 using this book by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch.  See also Yes, You Can! for another K-2 lesson plan for this book from Learning to Give.

Amelia Bedilia (Persuasive Writing)
An elementary lesson plan using Peggy Parish's book. See also What Are Idioms? for a 4th to 6th-grade lesson plan utilizing this same book.

Animalia
Teacher's notes from Penguin for this book by Graeme Base. See also Vocabulary Building: Animal Alliteration.

Annie and the Old One
Six lesson plans from a 2nd-grade unit on Navajo culture using this book by Miska Miles.   

Learn to Read with Arthur
Many activity sheets and online activities from pbskids.org. See also Arthur at PBS Kids.

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Be Good to Eddie Lee
This lesson plan for 1st or 2nd grade titled "Dealing with Differences" uses Virginia Fleming's Be Good to Eddie Lee   to help teach tolerance of students with disabilities. It is part of a unit titled " Differences: Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature. "

Ben and Me
A 5th-grade unit for this book about Ben Franklin by Robert Lawson.

The Best School Year Ever
A "Literature Guide" with questions and activities for this book by Barbara Robinson.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever    
An elaborate "enrichment guide" this book by Barbara Robinson.

The Birchbark House
A 3rd-grade lesson plan from Learn NC. See also Louise Erdrich@Web English Teacher.

Boxcar Children Dictionary
An elementary-grade activity. See also
Learning Activities for The Boxcar Children Book #1 and Boxcar Children for several vocabulary worksheets and comprehension pages.

The Bracelet
A 5th-grade lesson plan integrating language arts and the social studies using this book by Yoshiko Uchida. Scroll past the end of this lesson for other lesson plans related to Japanese-American internment during WW II. Click here for another 5th-grade lesson plan using this book to connect children's literature and the visual arts.

The Breadwinner
A unit titled
Afghanistan and The Breadwinner using this book by Deborah Ellis

Bridge to Terabithia
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 using this book by Katherine Paterson.  See also Bridge to Terabithia Unit,
Literature Circle Guide: Bridge to Terabithia, and Bridge to Terabithia: Student Study Guide.

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Caddie Woodlawn
An elaborate teacher's guide for this book by Carol Ryrie Brink. See also Three Literary Views of the American Frontier
as well as Caddie Woodlawn Discussion Guide and Extension Activities.

The Call of the Wild
A summary, "theme openers," activities, and assignments for Jack London's famous novel. See also Jack London's Call of the Wild: "Nature Faker?" for middle-grade lesson plan from EDSITEment.

Caps for Sale
Five days of activities for this book by Esphyr Slobodkina. See also Caps for Sale for a lesson plan from Teachers Net and
Caps for Sale/Color Words for a kindergarten lesson plan.

Catherine Called Birdie
A lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Karen Cushman. See also Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site to find a review and additional ideas for teaching about this book.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A chocolate-making activity to accompany a read-aloud of this book by Roald Dahl. See also Chocolate: How Sweet It Is for a literature circle unit for this book.

Charlottes Web
A unit plan from Schlastic for this famous book by E.B. White. See also Predicting with Charlotte's Web  and Charlotte's Web Unit.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Resources for lesson plans and a unit for this book by
John Archambault. See also Chicka Challenge and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Learning letters and sounds at a zoom!

Cinderella Stories
Internet resources and teaching ideas from the Children's Literature Web Guide. For the text of 15 Cinderella variants, click here.  

Searching for Cinderella
A lesson for grades 5-8 form Arts Edge involving the study of various versions of Cinderella. See also
Cinderella Trilogy and One Story Many Tales for other lesson plans from Arts Edge.

Cinderella Lesson Plan
Another lesson plan comparing three versions of Cinderella.

Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Character
A high-quality lesson plan from EDSITEment. See also Cinderella Folf Tales: Variations in Plot and Setting.

Cap o' Rushes
An intermediate or junior high lesson on this English variant, Cap o' Rushes.

Cinderella in Southeast Asia vs. Cinderella in Europe
A lesson plan contrasting the Vietnamese version of Cinderella and the European version of Cinderella.

Comparing Cinderella and the Rough-Faced Girl
A K-5 lesson plan on yet another Cinderella variant titled The Rough-Faced Girl written by Rafe Martin, is based on an Algonquin Indian story. See also Native American Legend for another lesson plan using this book.

Tattercoats Lesson Plan
An elementary or junior high lesson plan on Cinderella variants. Also, see The Cinderella Project for a text and image archive containing a dozen English versions of the fairy tale.

The Princess and the Golden Shoes
A lesson plan for the middle grades or junior high school for this Scottish Cinderella variant.

Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type
A readers theater for this book by Doreen Cronin. See also
Click, Clack, Moo: Reading Word Family Words.

Clouds, Clouds, Clouds!
A lesson plan using The Cloud Book by Tommie dePaola.

Counting Wildflowers
A primary-grade lesson plan integrating literature and math, using this book by Bruce McMillan.

Curious George in the Snow
A kindergarten lesson plan. For other lessons, see  Curious George Goes to the Beach and Pizza Party People.  

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Dateline: Troy
A review as well as discussion topics and teaching ideas for this book by Paul Fleischman.  

The Day of the Dinosaur
An elaborate lesson plan on dinosaurs using this book by S. & J. Berenstain. Go to my Science Page for other lesson plans on dinosaurs. Also, scroll down the page to Dinotopia and Dinosaurs of Long Ago.

Dear Mr. Henshaw
A "teaching plan" from Scholastic for this book by Beverly Cleary.  See also PDI Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.

The Desert Is Theirs: Adapting to Our Environment
A lesson plan for grades 4-5. See also Lesson plan #5 and Birthday Bios: Byrd Baylor.  

Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945: Teacher Workbook)
Lesson plans for grades 3-12 for teaching about Anne Frank and Holocaust-related subjects. See also Anne Frank Intro, a middle school lesson plan; Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands, a lesson plan for grades 6-8; Ann Frank: Writer, another middle-grade lesson plan; Anne Frank WebQuest, an excellent Internet activity for grades 7-9;  The Truth About Anne Frank, A 12-lesson unit; Anne Frank Center U.S.A., photographs and information about Anne's journal and how it survived World War II; and Remeber.org, a comprehensive site with images and recollections of survivors, a teacher's guide, and links.

Dinotopia
This link takes you to the official Jim Gurney Dinotopia site. Use the pull-down menu on the right to access the Teacher's Resource Page.


Lesson Plans on Dr. Seuss Books
Dr. Seuss
K-2 cross-curricular activities for 15 Dr. Seuss books.
Seussville: Classroom Resources

Many lesson plans and classroom activities
Green Eggs and Ham
A K-2 lesson plan for this book titled "Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss."
The Cat in the Hat is 50!
Excellent lesson ideas from Education World. See also The Cat in the Hat - A Mini Unit.
Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
An interesting  high school lesson plan,

My Many Coloured Days
A synopsis and a primary-level activity.
Dr. Seuss’s Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling
A k-2 lesson plan using Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?
Oh, the Places You'll Go
A lesson plan from the Teach Peace Foundation. See also
Oh, the places I will go! and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! for other lesson plans.
Literature-Based Lesson Plans and Resources Using Dr. Seuss's Books

Links to many more Seuss lesson plans!

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The Endless Steppe
A 6th-grade technology-based lesson plan in which students create a multimedia project related to this book by Esther Hautzig. Also, take a look at World War II As Seen Through Children’s Literature, an extensive unit, and read a synopsis, and reviews.

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Families are Different
Kindergarten-level activities for this book by Nina Pellegrini. For other lesson plans and units on families, go to my social studies page.

Come Fly With Me
An elementary lesson using the book A Fly Went By.

Frindle
A lesson plan for grades 4-8 from Scholastic. See also Frindle Discussion Guide
. For information about the Author, go to Andrew Clements.com.

Frog and Toad Are Friends
A discussion guide from Scholastic. See also Comparing and Contrasting with Frog and Toad and 
Frogs and Toads Are Different (But Still Friends). For information about the author, go to Featured Author and Illustrator: Arnold Lobel.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E, Frankweiler 
A lesson plan from Money Management International on E. L. Konigsburg's Newbery Medal-winning book. See also
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for another lesson plan.

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A Gift for Mama
A lesson plan integrating literature and economics based on this book by Esther Hautzig. For many other similar lesson plans, go to Money Management International.

The Giving Tree
A lesson plan on apple trees using this book by Shel Silverstein. See also The Giving Tree and Character Education - Giving for other lesson plans for this book.

The Goat in the Rug: An Economics and Literature Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 1-3 using this children's book.

Good Night Moon
A kdg unit for this book by Margaret Wise Brown.  

Goosebumps in the Classroom
Lesson ideas from Education World for using R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. 

Grandfather's Journey
A lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Allen Say. See also Grandfather's Journey and
Grandfather's Journey Lesson Plan on Cross Cultural Differences for additional lesson plans.

Grandfather Tang's Story
An upper-elementary, literature based math activity involving manipulation of geometric figures for teaching with this book by Ann Tompert.

The Great Gilly Hopkins
A 6th-grade lesson plan on characterization and prediction. For information on Katherine Patterson, go to her official site.

The Great Pancake Escape
An elementary-grade lesson plan using this book by Paul Many.

The Grouchy Lady Bug
A "literature packet" for this book by Eric Carle.  See also
Grouchy Ladybug Lesson Plan, Telling Time with The Grouchy Ladybug, and The Grouchy Ladybug for additional lesson plans.

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Harold and the Purple Crayon
A lesson plan from Scholastic. See also Crayon Creation. For information on the author, go to the Crocket Johnson Home Page.

Harriet and the Garden
A 1st-grade lesson plan using Nancy Carlson's book.

Harriet the Spy
An elementary-grade lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Louise Fitzhugh.

Scholastic's Harry Potter Page
See also A Day in the Life of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling @ Web English Teacher, Harry Potter Wizards Collection, Teaching Harry Potter, Teaching 'Harry Potter' with the NY Times, and What's All the Fuss About Harry Potter?

Hatchet
A lesson plan from Scholastic. See also Fiction Elements in Hatchet and Study Guide for Hatchet. For Information Gary Paulson, go to his Home Page.

The Hobbit
An extensive unit from Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.  See also
Acronyms - Characters in The Hobbit for another lesson plan and The Tolkien Society for information about Tolkien.

Holes
A Teacher's Guide from Scholastic for this book by Louis Sachar. See also Holes, Holes Lesson Plans from Disney, and Holes by Louis Sachar - Teacher Pages for other lesson pans and resources.

The House on Mango Street
Teacher's Guide from Vintage Books for this wonderful book by Sandra Cisneros. Also, see  House on Mango Street and Understanding Hispanic/Latino Culture and History Through Children’s Literature.

The House of Dies Drear
A lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Virginia Hamilton. See also Virginia Hamilton: The House of
Dies Drear and Read The House of Dies Drear for other lessons.

The Hundred Dresses
A lesson plan from Scholastic.com for this book by Eleanor Estes. See also
The Hundred Dresses Unit Plan.

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
A 5th-grade lesson plan using this book about an immigrant Chinese girl by Bette Bao Lord. See also Crossing the Border, A Study of Immigration Through Literature. a unit for grades 6-8 which also uses this book.

The Indian in the Cupboard
A discussion guide from Scolastic. See also The Indian in the Cupboard Writing Prompt. For information on the author, go to the
Lynne Reid Banks Official Site.

Inkheart
A teacher's guide for am three-lesson unit from Scholastic for this book by Cornelia Funke.


Examining Island of the Blue Dolphins through a Literary Lens
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think. See also
Island of the Blue Dolphins Extension Activities and May 23: Author Scott O'Dell was born on this day.

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Jack and the Bean Stalk
Suggested activities for this version of the classic tale.

James and the Giant Peach
A Teacher Guide for grades 3-4. For information about Roald Dahl, go to his Official Web Site.   

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
A brief summary and an activity in which students make potato pancakes after reading this book by Tommy DePaola.

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Reviews, booktalks, and teaching activities for this book by Bruce Coville.  

Johnny Appleseed
A multidisciplinary K-1 lesson plan using the book, Johnny Appleseed by
Steven Kellogg and The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki.

Julie of the Wolves
A detailed study guide for this book by Jean Craighead George, Also, see also Trial: American Girls through Time and Trial for a unit using this book and others.

Junie B Jones Introduces Literacy Mystery Boxes
A lesson plan for grades K-2 from Read-Write-Think. See also Junie B. Jones Lesson Plan,
Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl Lesson Plan, and Junie B. Jones Activities.

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Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
A "Parent Guide" (which also works as a teacher's guide) for this book about the daughter of a lighthouse keeper. See also Legendary Lighthouses and  Lighthouse Project.

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Letters From Rifka
An intermediate-grade lesson plan using this book by Karen Hesse. For lesson plans and resources on immigration, go to my social studies page.  

Libby Bloom
This teaching guide offers a synopsis as well as thematic and interdisciplinary teaching ideas for using this book by Susan Rowan Masters in grades 3 to 6.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
A Literature Guide complete with a summary, mini-lessons, focusing questions, and estensions. See also
Planning Story Characters Using Interactive Trading Cards. For information on the author, go to Kevin Henkes.com.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
A brief summary, vocabulary words, and discussion questions for this book by C. S. Lewis. See also
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Discussion Guide and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Study Guides.

Little House in the Big Woods Reading Activity
A lesson plan for grades 5 and 6 for this work by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  See also
Vocabulary Lessons - Little House in the Big Woods.

Famous Person: Laura Ingalls Wilder
A lesson plan for grades 4/5. See also Little House - Big Adventure for additional teaching ideas on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books.

A Long Way from Chicago
A lesson plan that can be used as an introduction to this book by Richard Peck
. See also Long Way from Chicago Discussion Guide
.

“The Lotus Seed”: Understanding Heritage and Immigration
 An elementary lesson plan for this book by Sherry Garland. See also
The Lotus Seed (Teachers Net) for another lesson plan.

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Make Way for the Ducklings
An activity guide for this classic book by Robert McCloskey.

Maniac Magee
A unit for Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. See also Sample Unit: The Legend of Maniac Magee.

Matilda
A reading unit for this book by Roald Dahl. See also
Sorting out Homophones in Roald Dahl's "Matilda" (Visual Thesaurus).

The Midwife's Apprentice
Ideas for creating a unit for this book by Karen Cushman.

Miss Nelson Is Missing
A "database lesson plan" for Harry Allard's famous children's book. See also The Teacher Is Missing and
Compare and Contrast Using Venn DIagram, Miss Nelson is Miss.

Miss Rumphius
A K-2 lesson plan titled "Making the World a More Beautiful Place" that uses this book by Barbara Cooney.  

Mississippi Bridge
This 5th-grade unit from Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature uses the book Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor.  

The Mitten
A differentiated K-2 lesson plan for this book by Jan Brett. See also Making Mittens with The Mitten Book and The Mitten by Jan Brett for preschool and kindergarten activities using this book.

Molly's Pilgrim
An activity for grade 4 using this book by Barbara Cohen.  See also Exploring/Comparing Pilgrim Children: Molly's Pilgrim.

Morning Girl
A literature unit for this book by Michael Dorris. See also Morning Girl

Mr. Popper's Penguins
A elemntary lesson plan dealing with the issue of credit using this book by Richard and Florence Atwater. For another book about Penguins, see Tacky the Penguin. if you are doing a thematic unit on penguins.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
An elaboratwe teaching guide for this book by
Robert C. O'Brien.

My Father's Dragon
Ten days worth of brief activities for this book by
Ruth Stiles Gannett. See also My Father's Dragon Learning Unit.

My Side of the Mountain
A 4th-grade lesson plan for this book by Jean Craighead George. See also My Side of the Mountain Discussion Guide. For information on the Catskill Mountains, see Catskill Guide.  

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No, David!
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 using this book to teach writing. See also No, David! Paint Lesson Plan and Author David Shannon.

Nothing But the Truth
A literature guide including a summary, suggested activities, and assignments for grades 7-8 . Also, see Avi's Homepage.

Number the Stars
A lesson plan for grades 4-5 using this book by Lois Lowry.  

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On the Far Side of the Mountain
A review, discussion guide, and suggested activities from Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site for this book by Jean Craighead George.  

Owls in the Family
Internet-based activities for this book by Farley Mowat.

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Pancakes, Pancakes!
A primary-grade lesson plan from Scholastic using this book by Eric Carle. See also
Pancakes, Pancakes for another lesson plan using this book.

The Phantom Tollbooth
A lesson plan for grades 5-6. See also
Finding Figurative Language in The Phantom Tollbooth. For a biography of Norman Justor, go to Scholastic.

Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore
A lesson plan titled "Simon Says: Follow Directions" for this book by David McPhail.

The Polar Express
A lesson plan from Scholastic for this Christmas book by Chris Van Allsburg.  See also A Teacher's Guide: The Polar Express and  Polar Express Activities and Lesson Plans.

Purple Hair? I Don't Care!
A brief synopsis followed by suggestions for using this book in a primary classroom.

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Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game
A lesson plan for "struggling readers" using this book.

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The Rag Coat
A primary-grade unit titled "School and Community" which uses this book by Lauren Mills.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8
A 3rd-grade unit for this book by Beverly Cleary. For other Ramona activities and lesson plans see
Ramona Quimby Age 8 Activities For The Classroom, ABCs of Ramona, Ramona the Pest and Ramona's World Discussion Guide.

Famous Person: Rosa Louis Parks
A unit for grades 3 or 4 using The Story of Ruby Bridges. For other activities and lesson plans, see Meet Rosa Parks, Rosa Parks, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Riding with Rosa Parks.

Rosie's Walk
Two "activity cards" for this book by Pat Hutchins.

Roxaboxen
An elementary-grade lesson for this book written by Alice McLerran.

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Sadako and the Thousand Cranes
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 for this book by Eleanor Coerr. Click on the underlined text to go other lesson plans using this book for the 1st grade and 3rd-5th grade.

Sarah, Plain and Tall
An elementary lesson plan for Charlotte Zolotow's famous work. See also
Summarizing Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

The Secret Garden
A unit for this book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. See also The Secret Garden, The Secret Garden: A Mini Unit, and What's in Your Secret Garden?

Seed Folks
A lesson plan titled "Planting the Seeds" for this book by Paul Fleischman. See also Seed Folks: Stories that Make a Difference and
Seedfolks Lesson Plan.

Shades of Gray
Teacher's notes from Carolyn Reeder's Official Home Page.   For a literature-based, 4th or 5th-grade unit on the Civil War, go to Literature of the U.S. Civil War.  

Sheep in a Jeep
A primary-grade lesson plan for this book by Nancy Shaw.

Shiloh
A summary and interactive lesson plan for this book by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.  

Three Sideways Stories from Wayside School
A readers' theater activity. See also Sideways Stories from Wayside School for a teacher's guide.  For information about Louis Sachar, go to his Home Page.

Sign of the Beaver
A 4th-grade lesson plan for this book by Elizabeth George Speare.

The Slave Dancer
A literature unit for this Newbery Medal-winning book by Paula Fox.

Smoky Night
A three-day lesson on courage using this book as well as Terrible Things, both by Eve Bunting.

Snow White
The ultimate Snow White web site with teaching ideas, criticisms, illustrations, alternate versions, and links. See also A Moroccan Fairy Tale vs. European Folk/Fairy Tale,  a 2nd-grade lesson plan examining similarities and differences between The Girl Who Lived with the Gazelles , an African folk tale from Morocco, and Snow White as well as Additional Assignments for Snow White,   which includes lesson ideas for grades 4-5.

Stellaluna
Lesson plans and teaching resources for this book by Janell Cannon.

A Step from Heaven
A thorough set of "Teachers Notes" for this book by An Writing.

Stone Fox
A lesson plan using this book by John Reynolds Gardiner designed to teach students about
income, capital, saving, taxes, and credit. See also Stone Fox Lesson Plan and Stone Fox.

The Summer of My German Soldier
A unit titled " World War II as Seen Through the Eyes of Children's Literature" using Betty Greene's novel as well as other books about the war. See also A Guide to Summer of My German Soldier.

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Tacky the Penguin
This primary-grade lesson plan titled "What Makes Us Different?" uses Helen Lester's Tacky the Penguin to explore individual differences.

There is a Nightmare in My Closet!
An art lesson plan for first grade using this book by Mercer Mayer.  

Stereotyping and Bias: The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
A lesson plan for grades 5-7 designed to help students recognize and understand stereotyping and bias in literature and film. See also Focus Story: The Three Little Pigs Draw the Three Little Pig's Houses and
Folktale Unit: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

The Tiger Rising
A discussion guide from Scholastic. See also  Candlewick Press Discussion Guide and About the Author: Kate Di Camillo.

Too Many Tamales
An elementary lesson for this book by Gary Soto. See also Global Diversity through Literature

Town Mouse and Country Mouse
Teaching ideas for Town Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett. See also Town Muse/Country Mouse and
Do It Write

Johnny Tremain
A discussion guide for this book from Scholastic. See also
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes.

Tuck Everlasting
A "novel study" for this book by Natalie Babbitt.  See also Persuasive Strategies and Tuck Everlasting.

Two Tickets To Freedom
An 8th-grade lesson plan using this book by Florence B. Freedman. See also
Riding the Rails: Personal Journeys to Freedom.

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Under the Blood-Red Sun
A 4th or 5th-grade unit integrating literature and history using this book by Graham Salisbury about a Japanese-American boy living in Hawaii during World War II. For further information on World War II children's literature, go to World War II as Seen Through the Eyes of Children's Literature.  

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Velveteen Rabbit
A mini-unit for this work by Margery Williams. See also Velveteen Rabbit, Velveteen Rabbit Discussion Guide, and Much-Loved Velveteen Rabbit. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A "Teaching Plan" from Scholastic for this book by Eric Carle.  See also
Sequencing The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Plan.

The View from Saturday
Fourteen lesson plans for this book by E. L. Konigsburg from Small Planet.

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Walk Two Moons
A lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Sharon Creech. See also Character Traits for a 4th or 5th-grade lesson plan using this book and Walk Two Moons - Integrated Unit for an 8th-grade unit.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

A lesson plan for grades 3-5 titled Graphing Plot and Character in a Novel. See also
An Author Study: Christopher Paul Curtis and his Novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. For information on Christopher Paul Curtis, go to Random House.

The Wednesday Wars
A unit plan for this Newberry-Honor book by Gary D. Schmidt. See also the Discussion Guide for this book.

Where the Red Fern Grows
This Internet-based lesson plan uses  Wilson Rawls famous book.

Where the Wild Things Are
A lesson plan for grades K-2 for this book by Maurice Sendak. See also Wild Things: Texture and Pattern and Where the Wild Things Are Sorting. 

Whipping Boy
Vocabulary, questions, and activities for this Newbery Medal-winning book written by Sid Fleischman.   See also Vocabulary and Writing Ideas.  

Winnie the Pooh
An ESL lesson plan titled "Breaking News English" for this classic book by Christopher Robin Milne. See also Winnie the Pooh for Teachers and Educators.

Wizard of Oz
Lots of lesson suggestions. See also
A Parable on Populism and Learning Guide to The Wizard of Oz, a guide for using the movie in the classroom.

Wringer
A synopsis and discussion questions for this book by Jerry Spinellli. See also
Teaching Cause and Effect With Wringer

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The Z Was Zapped
A teacher's guide for this book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Z for Zacharia
A middle-grade lesson plan titled "Writing Alternative Plots" for Robert C. O’Brien’s Z for Zachariah."

Zia
A "book talk" for this sequel to Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins.  

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