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Digital Directory of Teaching Guides for Parents and Educators

 

PREK-ELEMENTARY

 

1 ZANY ZOO Teaching Guide

Ages: 3-8 

Teaching guide for 1 ZANY ZOO is designed for students in preschool through second grade.

Lori Degman

 

101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 8-12 

Includes a discussion guide and cross-curriculum activities (Health, Conflict-Resolution, Drama, Math, Language Arts, Science) for grades 3rd-6th.

Lee Wardlaw 

 

12th Candle Teacher’s Guide and Activity Kit

Ages: 8-12 

Teacher’s Guide and Activity Kit. 

Kim Tomsic 

 

A DREADFUL FAIRY BOOK Study Guide and Project List

Ages: 8-12

Chapter-by-chapter study/discussion questions and a variety of final projects free to download. Free guide/projects for ANOTHER DREADFUL FAIRY BOOK coming to the same page soon.

Jon Etter

 

A PIRATE’S MOTHER GOOSE Literature Guide

Ages: 3-7 

Explore traditional nursery rhymes as well as ditties with a pirate theme in this guide. Supports A PIRATE’S MOTHER GOOSE.

Nancy I. Sanders

 

A WISH IS A SEED Activities

Ages: 5-9 

Teacher Resources and Discussion Questions forA WISH IS A SEED.

Jessica Young 

 

AN INCONVENIENT ALPHABET Educator’s Guide

Ages: 6-12 

Educator’s Guide provides a variety of standards-based activities for grades 1-5.

Beth Anderson 

 

Abraham Lincoln Picture Book Activity Guide

Ages: 7-12

Download an 18-pg Educational Guide for use with THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN picture book for discussion, puzzle, timeline and biography activities. Venn Diagram and Poetry Handout are also available.

Eileen Meyer

 

Activity and Discussion Guide for STRETCH TO THE SUN (Nonfiction Picture Book) 

Ages: 5-9 

A Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards-Aligned Discussion & Activity Guide for STRETCH TO THE SUN: FROM A TINY SPROUT TO THE TALLEST TREE ON EARTH, a nonfiction picture book.

Carrie A. Pearson 

 

Activity and Teaching Guide for PIZZA DAY and Others

Ages: 2-8 

This is a teaching guide for teachers and caregivers for kids PreK-Elementary age, written by Marcie Colleen.

Melissa Iwai

 

Activity Guides Available Free for Most of Elizabeth Rusch’s Books

Ages: 3-12 

Activity guides including fun hands-on activities are available for most of Elizabeth’s books for young readers.

Elizabeth Rusch 

 

Activities from a Former Librarian! 

Ages: 5-9 

Sherri Maret is a former English teacher/library media specialist. They have learning materials for their two books and just started a page of elementary activities that might be helpful to teachers/parents for children who are home due to the closing of schools.

Sherri Maret 

 

Adventures in Nature and Science

Grades: 2-5 

Find nature and science-related articles from a former scientist and teacher plus classroom activities for elementary students.

Alison Pearce Stevens

 

ALL THROUGH MY TOWN Curriculum and Activities Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A curriculum and activity guide linked to learning standards and Jean Reidy’s book ALL THROUGH MY TOWN.

Jean Reidy 

 

Another Dreadful Fairy Book

Ages: 8-12 

Chapter-by-chapter study guide and final project options for this middle grade comedy/fantasy book written by the author.

Jon Etter 

 

Appleville Puzzles & Reading Comprehension Activities

Ages: 4-10

As a children’s author and college professor, Veronica Appleton’s responsibility includes providing engaging stories and resources to further learning inside and outside the classroom. Visit ApplevilleBooks.com to download reading comprehension activities, at no cost!

Veronica Appleton

 

ARABELLA AND THE MAGIC PENCIL Teacher Notes & Resources

Ages: 3-8 

Creative learning guide, author/illustrator interviews, and crafts including paper doll activity supplementing picture book, ARABELLA AND THE MAGIC PENCIL.

Stephanie Ward 

 

ARE YOUR STARS LIKE MY STARS? Activity Guide

Ages: 3-10 

ARE YOUR STARS LIKE MY STARS? activities in art, geography, and language with a global twist.

Leslie Helakoski

 

At Home in Nature

Ages: 5-12 

Get kids outside while they are at home with free literature-based outdoor education resources.

Cindy Jenson-Elliott

 

Author Read-Aloud & Science Activities to Do at Home with THE ACADIA FILES

Ages: 7-11

Author Katie Coppens will read chapters from THE ACADIA FILES and show experiments Acadia does that kids can replicate at home.

Katie Coppens

 

Authors Everywhere! Youtube Channel

Ages: 5-12

Authors Everywhere is a Youtube Channel that hopes to bring relief to kids and parents at home through read-alouds, writing workshops, activities, art demos, and a variety of videos that range from the silly to serious. We hope we can offer kids some fun creative and emotional outlets during these long days at home!

Susan Tan

 

BACKHOE JOE Teacher’s Guide with Fun Construction Themed Activities

Ages: 3-7 

Professionally designed guide includes ELA, math, science, and social studies activities. Build a new friendship with a pet construction truck!

Lori Alexander

 

Big and Little: A Story of Opposites Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 4-6

Lessons, activities, songs, printables for PreK-1 for reading, math, science, social studies, and art.

Cheryl Pilgrim  

 

Bones in the White House: Thomas Jefferson’s Mammoth

Ages: 6-10 

Teacher’s guide, Pinterest board, and standalone activities on early American prehistoric discoveries, Jefferson’s interest in science and paleontology.

Candice Ransom

 

BookStorm and BookMap about Lighthouses

Ages: 8-12 

Annotated guide to fiction and nonfiction books about lighthouses that will help with STEM lesson planning.

Aimée M. Bissonette

 

BUBBLEMANIA: THE CHEWY HISTORY OF BUBBLE GUM Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 8-13 

A chapter-by-chapter, cross-curriculum guide. Includes activities and links for math, science, language arts, social studies, business, and more.

Lee Wardlaw

 

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Curriculum and Storytime Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A curriculum and storytime guide linked to learning standards and Jean Reidy’s book BUSY BUILDERS. BUSY WEEK!

Jean Reidy 

 

CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 8-12 

Teaching tips for Educators from the book CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? by Irene Latham and Charles Waters. Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko.

Charles Waters 

 

Cap’n Rex & His Clever Crew

Grades: PreK-5 

Pirate-related study guide, links, and activities.

Henry Herz 

 

Castle Writemore

Ages: 7-12

Creative writing lessons and activities.

Wade Bradford

 

CCSS Curriculum/Parent Guide for Janet Lawler’s Nonfiction OCEAN COUNTING Picture Book

Ages: 3-7 

Free downloadable CCSS guide for Janet Lawler’s National Geographic nonfiction ocean animal counting book includes writing and math activities.

Janet Lawler 

 

CCSS Curriculum/Parent Guide and Activities for Janet Lawler’s Nonfiction RAIN FOREST COLORS

Ages: 4-8 

Free CCSS Curriculum/Parent Guide for National Geographic rain forest animals book includes writing and math activities.

Janet Lawler 

 

CHICKS! Teacher’s Guide

Grades: PreK-4 

A teacher’s guide to activities and curriculum-linked to the book CHICKS!

Sandra Horning 

 

COLOUROOS

Grades: PreK-5 

Teacher resource and activities for Anna McGregor’s book COLOUROOS.

Anna McGregor

 

Coloring Sheets, Resource Guides to Accompany Books Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara

Ages: 4-10 

Coloring sheet and teaching materials to accompany THE FIELD. 

Jacqueline Alcántara

 

COMPOST STEW Teaching Resources

Grades: PreK-5

A heap of resources for teaching kids about composting, including educator guides, lesson plans, learning materials, activities, printables, and more!

Mary McKenna Siddals

 

Creating Monologues

Ages: 8-12 

The students will create monologues based on historical characters.

Cynthia Grady 

 

Cross-Curricular Teachers Guide

Ages: 8-11 

This cross-curricular guide enriches learning for Nancy Oswald’s award-winning trilogy about 11-year-old Ruby, her donkey, and a cat named Trouble.

Nancy Oswald 

 

Curriculum Guide/Activity Kit

Ages: 4+ 

Curriculum guide and Activity Kit for HONEY, THE DOG WHO SAVED ABE LINCOLN.

Shari Swanson 

 

Curriculum Guide for DEWEY FAIRCHILD, PARENT PROBLEM SOLVER

Ages: 8-11 

The author is an English teacher who wrote detailed lesson plans to accompany the first book of the series.

Lorri Horn

 

Curriculum Guides for 3 Picture Books and An Activity Kit for 1 Book 

Ages: 4-10 

There are curriculum guides for INFINITY AND ME, FEEDING THE FLYING FANELLIS AND OTHER POEMS FROM A CIRCUS CHEF, HOW THE QUEEN FOUND THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA, and an activity kit for MAMA’S BELLY.

Kate Hosford

 

Deep in the Desert Teaching Activity Guide

Ages: 5-9 

Nearly 60 pages of desert-themed, cross-curricular writing, science, social studies, and math activities; games; puzzles, and printables.

Rhonda Lucas Donald

 

Dinosaur Pizza: Easy-Reader Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 5-9 

Includes: cross-curriculum guide for math, art, health, nutrition, science, language arts. Themes: friendship, bullying, clubs, food sensitivities, quirky personalities.

Lee Wardlaw 

 

Dino Tracks and Dino Treasures Teaching Activity Guide

Ages: 5-9 

Nearly 60 pages of dinosaur-themed, cross-curricular writing, science, social studies, and math activities; games; puzzles, and printables.

Rhonda Lucas Donald 

 

Discussion, Activity and Classroom Guide for MITZVAH PIZZA

Ages: 3-8 

Social-Emotional Learning Activities and Guide (including coping skills, feelings identification, empathy, friendship, kindness, affirmations, inspiration).

Sarah Scheerger

 

Discussion and Project Guide for THE SUNDOWN KID: A SOUTHWESTERN SHABBAT

Ages: 4-8 

Discussion Guide and Projects for THE SUNDOWN KID: A SOUTHWESTERN SHABBAT. Included activities: Creating timelines, crossword puzzle, sand art project, and more.

Barbara Bietz

 

Discussion Questions for RUBY LEE & ME

Ages: 8+ 

Discussion Questions prepared by Scholastic for the novel RUBY LEE & ME.

Shannon Hitchcock

 

DO PRINCESSES WEAR HIKING BOOTS Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 3-7 

A full spectrum of activities in conjunction with relevant content standards in ELA, math, science, social studies, art, and drama.

Carmela LaVigna Coyle

 

DOES A FIDDLER CRAB FIDDLE? by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig, illustrated by John Sandford, Education Guide

Grades: K-6 

Education guide for DOES A FIDDLER CRAB FIDDLE? by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig, illustrated by John Sandford. Interesting and fun STEM projects ideal for homeschooling.

Corinne Demas

 

Dormancy Fun Facts

Ages: 8-12

Want to know more about animals that go dormant? Dormancy for Kids posts are self-guided inquiry on fun facts about dormancy. Great for doing science research at home!

Marcie Atkins

 

Downloadable Artist Discussion/Activity Guides

Ages: 5-8 

Download a free discussion/activity guide for Mary Cassatt, Charlie Russell, and Maxfield Parrish on each artist’s page on my website.

Lois V. Harris

 

Early St. Augustine History

Ages: 8-12 

This extensive teacher’s guide has stand-alone Social Studies activities as well as those specific to the book, SAVING HOME.

Judy Lindquist 

 

Educational Guide for Middle Grade Novel, A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

Ages: 8-12

An educational guide with discussion questions and fun activities and service-learning/social action projects for readers of A TALE MAGNOLIOUS.

Suzanne Nelson  

 

Educator’s Guide for PEACE, BABY!

Ages: 3-7 

Emotional, reading and visual literacy activities for PEACE, BABY!, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.

Linda Ashman 

 

Educator’s Guide for Picture Book CLAUDIA & MOTH 

Ages: 4-8 

Chock full of activities across all subjects to coordinate with the picture book, CLAUDIA & MOTH. Fabulous guide created by Marcie Colleen.

Jennifer Hansen Rolli 

 

Educator’s Guide for Picture Book JUST ONE MORE

Ages: 3-7 

Chock full of activities across all subjects to coordinate with the picture book, JUST ONE MORE. Fabulous guide created by Marcie Colleen.

Jennifer Hansen Rolli

 

Educator’s Guide for RAIN!

Ages: 3-7 

Activities, lessons, and games related to the book RAIN!, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

Linda Ashman 

 

Educator’s Guide for WILLIAM WAKES UP

Ages: 3-7 

Spring-themed natural science lessons, character discussions, plus fun art and writing activities for WILLIAM WAKES UP, illustrated by Chuck Groenink.

Linda Ashman

 

Educator’s Guide for WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP

Ages: 3-7 

Winter-themed natural science lessons, character discussions, plus fun art and writing activities for parents and teachers.

Linda Ashman

 

Educator’s Guide to Ra the Mighty & Ancient Egypt

Ages: 6-11 

Fun enrichment activities related to Ra the Mighty and Ancient Egypt. Aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Amy Greenfield

 

Educator’s Guide to THE ARABIC QUILT

Ages: 5-10 

An educator’s guide to go along with THE ARABIC QUILT, created by Marcie Colleen.

Aya Khalil 

 

Educator Resources for LOLA SHAPES THE SKY

Ages: 4-8 

One page of interactive questions and suggested story extensions for LOLA SHAPES THE SKY.

Wendy Greenley 

 

ELIJAH’S TEARS: STORIES FOR THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS–A Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 4-12

Please see the Teacher’s Guide to Sydelle Pearl’s collection of original folktales, ELIJAH’S TEARS: STORIES FOR THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS.

Sydelle Pearl

 

Engineering Design Activity Based on WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: EMMA LILIAN TODD INVENTS AN AIRPLANE

Ages: 7+

A hands-on STEM activity for students 7 and up based on the book WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: EMMA LILIAN TODD INVENTS AN AIRPLANE by Kirsten W. Larson, illus. Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek 2020).

Kirsten W. Larson

 

Everything is Connected 

Ages: 4-12 

Book reading, enrichment activities, and coloring pages about connection, sustainability, writing, and art.

Jason Gruhl 

 

Explore with the Wonder World Kids

Grades: K-4

Free downloads of grade-level worksheets, coloring sheets, and illustrator videos to keep your kids reading, drawing, and exploring. Recommended for grades K-4. New content added throughout the month. Keep on reading, drawing, and exploring with us!

Dori Marx

 

Fabricate a Fractured Fairy Tale

Ages: 6-10 

Empower students to create their own fractured fairy tales with this introduction and organizer based on GOLDENLOCKS AND THE THREE PIRATES.

April Jones Prince 

 

FILIGREE’S MIDNIGHT RIDE Curriculum Guide & Activities for Kids

Ages: 6-10 

Curriculum guide and activities for FILIGREE’S MIDNIGHT RIDE, a historical adventure about a Pomeranian who rides with Paul Revere.

Pam Berkman and Dorothy Hearst

 

Finding Inspiration & Using It in Writing 

Ages: 7-12

Short video and writing prompts with a writing challenge – write about the same experience in multiple ways – and a bonus challenge: write positive affirmations for your family members.

Sarah Lynn Scheerger

 

FOR EDUCATORS and HOW TO MAKE A BOOK

Ages: 4-8 

John and Ann Hassett’s website has many links to ideas and resources linked to their books. Enjoy a fun video called “How to Make a Book” here.

John and Ann Hassett

 

Forest Fridays 

Ages: 8-12 

Deleted scenes, “behind the scenes” writing tips, and curriculum-linked lesson plans related to THE BOREAL FOREST. 

L.E. Carmichael 

 

FOSSIL: Common Core Guide

Ages: 4-8 

A Teacher’s guide for the wordless picture book, FOSSIL, by Bill Thomson.

Bill Thomson 

 

Fractured Fairy Tales Writing Exercise and a Short Read-Aloud

Ages: 8-12 

Short read-aloud of my middle grade historical fiction THE HEART CHANGER, along with a guided Fractured Fairy Tale activity. 

Jarm Del Boccio 

 

Free Book Resources

Ages: 2-11

Free, downloadable ideas and resources to ignite children’s imagination and love of books.

Clare Helen Welsh

 

Free Curriculum Guide for THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST

Ages: 4-9 

Explore social studies, science, ecology, language, and art. This adaptable lesson guide is designed for students in K-4th grade.

Sophia Gholz

 

Free Curriculum Guides

Grades: PreK-5 

Free curriculum guides for 12 books, including SPACE BOY, ROCKY CAVE KIDS, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KALEY, and PRINCESS NEVERMORE. 

Dian Curtis Regan

 

Free Curriculum Guides

Grades: K-5 

These teaching guides are for INFINITY AND ME, FEEDING THE FLYING FANELLIS, and HOW THE QUEEN FOUND THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA. 

Kate Hosford 

 

FREE Downloadable Activity Sheets & Teaching Guide 

Ages: 5-10 

Curriculum-based activity sheets and teaching guide for ages 5-10 yrs.

Rosie J. Pova

 

Free Downloadable Resources and Activities

Ages: 4-8 

Fun and educational activities and information, including readers’ guides, Art and STEM projects and writing activities.

Deb Pilutti

 

Free for You and Me: What Our First Amendment Means

Ages: 6-12 

Teaching guide (with read-aloud) about the First Amendment: freedoms of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition.

Christy Mihaly

 

Free K-3 Teaching Guides

Grades: K-3 

Visit Charline Profiri’s website for FREE Teaching Guides for COUNTING LITTLE GECKOS, GUESS WHO’S IN THE DESERT, and HE’S YOUR DADDY. 

Charline Profiri

 

Free Magazines, Teaching Units, and Writing Activities

Grades: 1-4

Debbie Dadey’s website has free Bailey School Kids and Mermaid Tales magazines, as well as complete teaching units and activities. The author is available to connect via Twitter, their Facebook Author Page, or via their website.

Debbie Dadey

 

FREE Teaching and Discussion Guides

Ages: 3-12 

Teaching and Discussion Guides for Nancy Viau’s picture books and middle grade novels are FREE to download from her website here.

Nancy Viau 

 

GITTEL’S JOURNEY: AN ELLIS ISLAND STORY

Ages: 7-9 

A book about young Gittel who travels to America on her own in the early 1900s in search of a better life.

Lesléa Newman

 

Greek and Norse Mythology

Ages: 6-12 

Meet the Greek and Norse gods and goddesses! A great intro to mythology–facts and fun!

Heather Alexander 

 

Grow Your Own Stories with PUMPKIN TIME!

Ages: 3-8 

Grow Your Own Stories with PUMPKIN TIME! — Explore Story Structure, Visual Literacy, and Creative Expression in the Garden and through the Seasons.

Erzsi DEAK

 

Guitar Genius Common-Core Aligned Teacher Guide and Activity Resource

Ages: 6-11 

Guitar Genius (STEM book) Core Aligned Teacher Guide and Activity Resource.

Kim Tomsic

 

History for Preschool Teaching Guide

Grades: PreK-3

This project is a teacher’s guide for children continuing to learn during the pandemic crisis of today.

Kimberly B. Jones

 

HONEY, THE DOG WHO SAVED ABE LINCOLN Curriculum Guide

Ages: 4+ 

Explore the world of young Abe Lincoln on the Kentucky frontier. Guide includes discussion questions, map skills, and animal study to bring HONEY to life for young readers.

Shari Swanson

 

How to Stir Up a Story

Ages: 8-11 

In a simple PDF presentation, the basic components of a story (Main Character, Problem, and Setting) are explained. Story starter examples are provided to encourage students to write their own stories.

Cynthia Reeg 

 

I AM A BALLERINA Teacher Guide

Ages: 8-12 

Valerie Coulman’s teacher guide offers art, writing and discussion ideas to help students plan for their dreams and goals.

Valerie Coulman 

 

I Heart You Teaching Guide

Ages: 3-8 

This includes pre and post-reading activities. Also included, Social-Emotional, Science, Music, Verbal & Kinesthetic connections. Plus… there’s a Snack Pack!

Meg Fleming 

 

I’VE GOT FEET! Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 4-8 

Includes Art, Science, Geography, and Math Connections, with reproducible handouts to tap into your students’ curiosity and inspire their creativity.

Julie Murphy

 

IVY IN THE SHADOWS Teaching Guide 

Ages: 9-12 

Common Core teaching guide as well as other downloads available on author’s website.

Chris Woodworth

 

JUST SO WILLOW Teacher’s Guide/Zoom Visits

Ages: 4-8

Activities about animals/math, book not necessary! Or email author Sara Schacter for a quick Zoom chat about being a writer!

Sara Schacter

 

KARATE KID Teacher’s/Parent’s Guide

Ages: 5-8 

From the author of KARATE KID comes a Teacher’s/Parent’s Guide with reading, writing, social studies, social, emotional, and physical education activities. Engage children in a wide range of fun activities. Kiai!

Rosanne Kurstedt

 

#KidsClub

Ages: 6-12

Free club with fun literacy puzzles, creative writing prompts, exclusive author interviews and book recommendations.

Lexi Rees

 

Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book Series

Grades: K-3 

Teaches children all about manatees, weather, and fish identification. Three guides.

Bob Regan

 

LADONNA’S EASTER IN PARIS Song

Ages: 4-8 

Free downloadable music for LADONNA’S EASTER IN PARIS. Teacher guide and theatre script are coming soon.

Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle

 

LADONNA PLAYS HOOPS Educational Materials

Ages: 4-8 

Free teacher guide, theatre script and downloadable music for LADONNA PLAYS HOOPS. 

Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle

 

LEADERS ARE Readings Online Learning Hub

Grades: 1-3 

Live readings and free educational resources related to Dr. Tyner’s children’s books.

Artika Tyner

 

Learning Guide for THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK

Ages: 4-8 

Read a hilarious picture book and learn some science, language arts, and social-emotional lessons at the same time!

Julie Segal Walters

 

Lesson Plan for Picture Book THE YELLOW SUITCASE

Ages: 6-10 

Lesson plan and guides to talk about loss, grief, hope, memories, immigration, home, family.

Meera Sriram

 

Lesson Plan for SIDNEY THE SILLY WHO ONLY EATS 6

Grades: PreK-5 

This is a lesson plan on number comparison for the award-winning book, SIDNEY THE SILLY WHO ONLY EATS 6.

M. W. Penn

 

Lesson Plans & Activities for Ludwig’s Children’s Books

Ages: 5-13 

Trudy Ludwig is providing ready-made lesson plans on their website for each of their titles. 

Trudy Ludwig 

 

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Curriculum and Activity Guide

Ages: 4-12 

A curriculum and activity guide linked to learning standards and Jean Reidy’s book LIGHT UP THE NIGHT.

Jean Reidy 

 

Little Red Cuttlefish

Grades: PreK-5 

Cuttlefish and shark-related study guide.

Henry Herz 

 

LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT Educators’ Guide

Ages: 7-12 

Guide provides a range of standards-based activities for grades 2-5.

Beth Anderson 

 

LOLA AND GRANDPA Picture Book Teacher Notes

Ages: 5-10 

Teacher Notes for LOLA AND GRANDPA, a story about the special bond between a little girl and her beloved grandfather.

Yvonne Low

 

LOOKING FOR LORD GANESH 

Ages: 3-5 

Resources to accompany LOOKING FOR LORD GANESH written by Mahtab Narsimhan and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer. 

Mahtab Narsimhan

 

Loose Balloon Lesson Plans Free for the Duration of CV-19

Grades: K-5

Lesson Plans from K-5 that accompany children’s book LOOSE BALLOONS. Contact Jill Clark via their blog or email here

Jill Clark

 

LOVE, MAMA Teaching Guide

Grades: PreK-2

Educator Deb Gonzales has created a wonderful guide for Jeanette Bradley’s picture book LOVE, MAMA. It’s aligned to common core standards, and includes language arts and STEM activities and printables.

Jeanette Bradley 

 

MAGIC RAMEN Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 5-10 

Ramen information, reading skill questions, classroom character trait activity, Invention Convention Project, resources about Momofuku Ando, and an author Q&A.

Andrea Yang

 

MAKING SMALL MOMENTS BIG: Teaching Haiku with Sydell Rosenberg

Ages: 5+

April is National Poetry. Have fun learning “how to haiku” using your senses and imagination to capture nature and human nature! Contact Amy Losak with haiku questions at losak@optonline.net. Contact Penny Candy Books at info@pennycandybooks.com.

Sydell Rosenberg

 

Maximillian Villainous Discussion and Activity Guide

Ages: 4-8 

A Common Core State Standards Aligned Discussion & Project Guide for Grades Preschool – 3. 

Margaret Chiu Greanias

 

Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes

Grades: PreK-5 

Monster-related study guide, educational articles, and recipes.

Henry Herz 

 

Multicultural & Historical Cross-Discipline Activities

Grades: PreK-5 

Pegi offers cross-disciplinary activities parents and teachers can use with their children, as well as writing workshops in fiction and poetry.

Pegi Deitz Shea

 

My Australia Teachers’ Notes

Ages: 5-9 

Teaching ideas and lessons WITH LEARNING LINKS for My Australia – about Australian landscapes and poetic text.

Julie Murphy

 

NO FISH FOR CHARLES! Learning is fun!

Ages: 4-8 

Tracy Detz is providing fun activities/teacher’s guide and virtual visits for her book NO FISH FOR CHARLES!

Tracy Detz

 

NO FROGS IN SCHOOL Resource Guide

Ages: 5-7 

NO FROGS IN SCHOOL is a great read-aloud about Bartholomew Botts who loved pets so much he had to bring one to school and then another, and… Here’s a guide to using it with kids.

Alexandria LaFaye

 

Nonfiction Teacher’s Guides, Reader’s Theater, & Read-Alongs

Grades: K-6 

Download teacher’s guides to Peggy Thomas’s award-winning nonfiction titles; listen to a tall tale; act out Reader’s Theater, and link to the Nonfiction Minute, daily posts of a 400 word NF essays about elephants, smelly plants, and more. Visit their website here for virtual visit information.

Peggy Thomas 

 

Persuasive Writing Lessons to Accompany the I WANNA Books

Ages: 5-8 

I WANNA IGUANA author Karen Kaufman Orloff offers lessons for persuasive writing to accompany her three I WANNA books on the website here.

Karen Kaufman Orloff

 

Picture Book Activities for BOO LOVES BOOKS

Ages: 4-7 

Discuss themes of anxiety, friendship, reading, pet therapy and enjoy activities including a maze, memory-game, coloring-in, cover design, and writing.

Kaye Baillie

 

Picture Book Discussion/Activity Guides

Ages: 4-7 

Discussion guides and activities related to Mary Newell DePalma picture books.

Mary Newell DePalma 

 

Poetree Activity Guide

Grades: 1-8 

Poetree Activity Guide is a free download that includes activities for finding inspiration for art and poetry in nature.

Caroline Pignat

 

POETRY BOOST 

Grades: 1-5

Poetry Boost is a website where educators and parents can find lessons and mentor texts to boost literacy through poetry.

Michelle Schaub

 

Poetry Writing & Drawing Activities

Ages: 3-8 

Draw your vision of William Carlos Williams famous 16-word poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow,” & become inspired to write your own 16-word poem!

Lisa Rogers 

 

POOPENDOUS! The Inside Scoop on Every Type and Use of Poop

Ages: 4-10 

A new-and-improved guide to POOPENDOUS!, filled with hilarious pictures. Get out your pooper-scooper and have some fun!

Artie Bennett

 

PREDATOR AND PREY: A CONVERSATION IN VERSE Educator’s Guide and Poetry and Science Activity Ideas

Ages: 8-12 

An educator’s guide and related poetry and science activities for PREDATOR AND PREY: A CONVERSATION IN VERSE.  

Susannah Buhrman-Deever

 

PUG MEETS PIG Activity Kit and Teacher Guide 

Ages: 3-8 

Make friendship bracelets and pencil toppers with Pug and Pig! Simply print this four-color activity kit. Parent/teacher guide also available.

Sue Lowell Gallion

 

PUNIA AND THE KING OF SHARKS Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 5-9 

Cross-curriculum activities for science, reading, math, history, social studies, folklore, geography, geology, sports, music, & art.

Lee Wardlaw 

 

PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY Curriculum and Storytime Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A curriculum and storytime guide linked to learning standards and Jean Reidy’s book PUP 681: A SEA OTTER RESCUE STORY.

Jean Reidy 

 

Quarks Academy

Ages: 8-12 

Try your own science experiments at home and come up with your own inventions like the characters in QUARK’S ACADEMY.

Catherine Pelosi

 

Read and Learn with THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK

Ages: 5-11 

Discover science facts, language arts lessons (including about metafiction!), and social-emotional discussion opportunities based on a hilarious picture book!

Julie Segal Walters

 

Reading Comprehension Tests for Early Reader Chapter Books

Ages: 5-8

Reading Comprehension tests available for Michelle Nelson-Schmidt’s early reader chapter book series in both Spanish and English. There are currently 4 books published in an 18 book series with each additional book releasing on the first of each month for 14 more months.

Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

 

Reading Guide + Activity for THE PAPER KINGDOM

Ages: 5-9 

A Reading Guide and Activity (coloring page) for THE PAPER KINGDOM.

Helena Ku Rhee

 

Readings and Resources with Libraries and Malala

Ages: 8-12

Readings/resources related to HANDS AROUND THE LIBRARY: EGYPT’S TREASURED BOOKS and MALALA YOUSAFZAI: WARRIOR WITH WORDS (nonfiction picture books). 

Karen Leggett Abouraya

 

Red, White, & Boom! (Activity Guide)

Ages: 2-7 

Independence Day activities featuring recipes, puzzles, music, links, discussion guide, rhyming word cards & more.

Lee Wardlaw 

 

Resources for Homeschooling from Author, Christine Evans

Grades: PreK-5

A list of resources to use with Christine’s books including read-alouds and worksheets.

Christine Evans

 

RICE FROM HEAVEN: THE SECRET MISSION TO FEED NORTH KOREANS

Ages: 5-10 

Teacher’s guide to accompany the picture book RICE FROM HEAVEN: THE SECRET MISSION TO FEED NORTH KOREANS. 

Tina Cho 

 

Scholastic Reading Clubs Teaching Guide for ARE PIRATES POLITE? by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig, illustrated by David Catrow

Grades: K-3 

Scholastic Reading Clubs Teaching Guide for ARE PIRATES POLITE? by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig, illustrated by David Catrow.

Corinne Demas 

 

Science and History Worksheets 

Ages: 7-10

Downloadable printables of codes, matching, classifying, and more for science and history units for gifted kids and homeschool.

Robin Phillips

 

Scruffle-Nut

Ages: 3-8 

Teaching notes, drawing and craft activities about a story with an underlying message on bullying and the power of memory.

Corinne King 

 

SHLEMIEL CROOKS

Ages: 6-9 

The SHLEMIEL CROOKS Classroom Guide contains discussion questions, a recipe, and background information about the holiday of Passover.

Anna Olswanger

 

Sink or Swim Teaching Guide – Learning New Skills

Ages: 5-10 

Valerie Coulman offers this teacher guide with discussion, art and writing prompts focused around tacking new skills with a growth mindset.

Valerie Coulman 

 

Snuggle Mountain Teacher Guide

Grades: PreK-3 

Snuggle in to this Teacher Guide and Author Q & A.

Lindsey Lane

 

SPARKLE BOY

Ages: 4-7 

Casey likes to wear sparkly things like his big sister Jessie. At first, this makes Jessie unhappy. Then she learns that everyone deserves to sparkle!

Lesléa Newman

 

STEM + Literacy Activities

Ages: 8-12 

Combining STEM + literacy is an ideal way to engage students. Try this sampling of activities from Patricia’s curriculum guides and conference presentations that highlight the natural connection between STEM and language arts.

Patricia Newman 

 

STEM Activities via STEM Tuesday Blog

Grades: 1-6

Weekly experiments and writing activities with a monthly theme that covers fun topics, provides resources and makes real-life connections to STEM. #STEMRocks! Find more videos on Jennifer Swanson’s website and here.

Jennifer Swanson

 

Stimola Live

Ages: 3+

Authors & illustrators will read their stories and give art demos and activities for kids to do.

Dorothia Rohner

 

Story Prompts from ZUGGY THE PUG

Ages: 6-9

A video starring Zuggy the Pug and author Jean Alfieri reading a story prompt! Jean will start a story and ask her viewers to finish it. Submit your ending to ZuggythePug@gmail.com. Selected story endings will be read on the following program! Posted every MONDAY and FRIDAY at 10 am, starting Friday March 20, 2020.

Jean Alfieri

 

STUBBY THE FEARLESS SQUID (Picture Book) Discussion and Activity Guide

Ages: 5-9 

A Common Core State Standards Aligned Discussion and Activity guide for the picture book STUBBY THE FEARLESS SQUID.

Barbara Davis-Pyles

 

Super Nova Teaching Notes – Art and Science Activities

Ages: 5-8 

Alien themed art activity and rocket themed science activity with curriculum links. 

Krys Saclier

 

T-REX COMPARES AND CONTRASTS Lesson Plan

Grades: PreK-5 

The T-REX COMPARES AND CONTRASTS lesson plan teaches comparing and contrasting using similarities and differences between T-Rex and humans.

Ken Baker 

 

THE BRANCH (Picture Book)

Ages: 6-12 

Fun art and mindfulness activities for students grades 1 to 6 in connection with the picture book THE BRANCH.

Mireille Messier

 

THE CRANE GIRL Discussion & Teaching Guide

Ages: 6-12 

Discussion and teaching guide for this retelling (with haiku) of a Japanese folktale.

Curtis Manley

 

THE CRAYON MAN (CRAYOLA CRAYONS) with Resources

Ages: 6-9 

Educators’ Guide packed with fun activities based on THE CRAYON MAN: THE TRUE STORY OF THE INVENTION OF CRAYOLA CRAYONS. Explores STEM, art, science, math, creative writing, design, inventors, history, creativity, true stories, and nature.

Natascha Biebow

 

Teacher Activities

Ages: 4-9

Picture books are not only great to read, they’re perfect partners when it comes to digging a little deeper and exploring a variety of subjects. Lori Mortensen has provided many fun and educational PDF activity guides for her most popular fiction and nonfiction titles that explore language arts, character education, social studies, history, math, geography, health, art, research, fun facts, associated holidays, and more!

Lori Mortensen

 

Teacher Guides

Ages: 4-8 

Teacher Guides for DARING AMELIA, SPARKY & SPIKE, MY MASTODON and more books with ELA, Math, Science, and SS skills.

Barbara Lowell 

 

Teacher Guides and Projects

Ages: 5-10 

Teacher guides and projects for all of Nancy Churnin’s picture book biographies. 

Nancy Churnin 

 

Teacher/Homeschooler Discussion Guide for WE COULD BE HEROES

Ages: 8-12 

Activities for teachers/homeschoolers to help students engage with the novel WE COULD BE HEROES by Margaret Finnegan.

Margaret Finnegan

 

Teacher Resources 

Ages: 3-9 

Jim Averbeck offers teaching guides and activities for his books.

Jim Averbeck 

 

Teacher’s/Activity Kit for BLUE ON BLUE

Ages: 4-8 

ELA, Math, Science, and Art Activities for BLUE ON BLUE.

Dianne White 

 

Teacher’s/Activity Kit for GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO

Ages: 4-8 

ELA and Art Activities for GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO. 

Dianne White 

 

Teacher’s/Activity Kit for GREEN ON GREEN

Ages: 4-8 

ELA, Math, Science, and Art Activities.

Dianne White

 

Teacher’s/Activity Kit for WHO EATS ORANGE?

Ages: 4-8 

Activity Kit – writing, math, art, and recipe – for WHO EATS ORANGE?

Dianne White

 

Teacher’s Guide and Craft Activities for NO PEACOCKS! A FEATHERED TALE OF THREE MISCHIEVOUS FOODIES

Ages: 4-8 

Discussion points, activities, and writing prompts to help educators use NO PEACOCKS! A FEATHERED TALE OF THREE MISCHIEVOUS FOODIES.

Robin Newman 

 

Teacher’s Guide and Crafts for HILDIE BITTERPICKLES NEEDS HER SLEEP

Ages: 4-8 

Discussion points, activities, and writing prompts to help educators use HILDIE BITTERPICKLES NEEDS HER SLEEP.

Robin Newman 

 

Teacher’s Guide and Matching Sheet

Grades: 1-4 

Teacher’s Guide which includes language arts, social studies/geography, science/STEM, and art, plus an animal matching page.

Marsha Diane Arnold

 

Teacher’s Guide for A FAIRY FRIEND

Ages: 2-7 

Teacher’s Guide for A FAIRY FRIEND.

Sue Fliess 

 

Teacher’s Guide for A GLUTEN-FREE BIRTHDAY FOR ME!

Ages: 2-7 

Teacher’s guide for A GLUTEN-FREE BIRTHDAY FOR ME!

Sue Fliess

 

Teacher’s Guide for PICKLES, PICKLES, I LIKE PICKLES

Grades: PreK-5 

A 21-page teacher’s guide with activities for reading, science, math, social studies, and art for the book PICKLES, PICKLES, I LIKE PICKLES!

Brigitte Brulz

 

Teacher’s Guide for LUCY IN THE CITY: A Story About Developing Spatial Thinking Skills

Ages: 4-9 

The Teacher’s Guide for LUCY IN THE CITY provides K-3, standards-aligned activities in ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science. Easily adapted to home use.

Julie Dillemuth

 

Teacher’s Guide “for Me!” series

Ages: 2-7 

Teacher’s Guide for SHOES FOR ME!, A DRESS FOR ME!, BOOKS FOR ME!

Sue Fliess

 

Teacher’s Guide for THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE

Ages: 5-9 

Discussion points, activities, and writing prompts to help educators use A WILCOX AND GRISWOLD MYSTERY: THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE as a classroom read-aloud or as a selection for independent reading.

Robin Newman 

 

Teacher’s Guide for THE CASE OF THE POACHED EGG

Ages: 5-9 

Discussion points, activities, and writing prompts to help educators use THE CASE OF THE POACHED EGG. 

Robin Newman 

 

Teachers’ Notes + Worksheet Activities for THE FIX-IT MAN

Ages: 4-10 

Comprehensive teachers’ notes and worksheet activities for Dimity Powell’s picture book, THE FIX-IT MAN, with Australian Curriculum links.

Dimity Powell 

 

Teachers’ Notes + Worksheets for PIPPA

Ages: 5-9 

Comprehensive Teachers’ Notes and worksheet activities for Dimity Powell’s picture book, PIPPA with links to Australian Curriculum.

Dimity Powell 

 

Teachers’ Notes for AT THE END OF HOLYROOD LANE

Ages: 4-9 

Comprehensive notes + worksheet activities for Crystal Kite winning picture book, AT THE END OF HOLYROOD LANE. 

Dimity Powell 

 

Teacher/Parent Resources, Printable Activities, and Read-Alongs

Grades: PreK-6

Jessica Young will post lessons, printable activities, and links to read-alongs and video-based activities as well as information for virtual visits on the Teacher Resource page of their site. Jessica is open to connecting with teachers via Skype or Google Meet or look at other ways to connect with kids and teachers online.

Jessica Young

 

Teacher Resources

Ages: 8-14 

A variety of writing resources, activity sheets, and more from members of the Spooky Middle Grade Authors group.

Spooky Middle Grade Authors 

 

Teaching Activity Guides

Ages: 4-7

Cross-curricular teaching guides for pre-school, Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2, to be used alongside my picture books.

Rebecca Colby

 

Teaching Guide and Activity Sheets

Ages: 5-7 

A fun and educational teaching guide with activity sheets and crafts for early elementary grades, plus book trailers.

Rosie J. Pova

 

Teaching Guide for COCK-A-DOODLE OOPS

Ages: 3-8 

This classroom guide for COCK-A-DOODLE OOPS! is designed for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Lori Degman 

 

Teaching Guide for NORBERT’S BIG DREAM

Ages: 3-8 

This guide is intended for use with grades K-3. Literacy and math lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Science activities are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Social studies activities are aligned to the National Council for the Social Studies C-3 Framework. Standards cited are for grade 2, but can be easily adjusted for different grade levels.

Lori Degman 

 

Teaching Guide for PIZZA DAY

Ages: 4-8 

This fun Teaching Guide created by Marcie Colleen can be used with the book, PIZZA DAY, by Melissa Iwai to teach concepts in English, Math, and Social Sciences for the PreK-Elementary set.

Melissa Iwai 

 

Teaching Guide for THE TURTLE SHIP

Ages: 5-9 

A handy Teaching Guide for use with the picture book THE TURTLE SHIP. 

Helena Ku Rhee

 

Teaching Guide to CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN

Grades: 2-3 

Ideas for the book’s themes of problem-solving, friendship, gender, and attitude including art, geography, and creative writing activities.

B. G. Hennessy

 

Teaching Guide to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A THIRD-WORLD KIND

Ages: 8-13 

Access guides to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A THIRD-WORLD KIND, nominated for awards in Arizona, Connecticut, and Maryland.

Jennifer J. Stewart

 

Teaching Guides Created with Fun & STEM in Mind! (STEM/STEAM)

Grades: PreK-3 

Fun, hands-on, standard-aligned, guides for NOT NORMAN; ONE DAY I WENT RAMBLING; VAMPIRE BABY; DANCE, Y’ALL, DANCE & author read-alouds.

Kelly Bennett

 

Teaching Notes on THE BOOK CHOOK and BAD CRAB 

Ages: 4-8 

Teaching notes made by Scholastic about Amelia’s picture books, THE BOOK CHOOK and BAD CRAB. Check out the author’s Instagram or Facebook for some fun photos and videos!

Amelia McInerney

 

THINK SMART, BE FEARLESS: A BIOGRAPHY OF BILL GATES

Ages: 5-9 

Sharon will be posting a PDF of the book online along with an Educator’s Guide parents can use when reading the book to their children. Available through April 30, 2020.

Sharon Mentyka

 

The Backyard Players Present: Abracadabra

Ages: 6-10 

Fun and magical chapter book with teacher guide to encourage writing and discussion with students. Magic word search included.

Bevin Rolfs Spencer

 

THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN Teacher’s Guide

Grades: PreK-4 

A Teacher’s Guide with activities and curriculum links related to THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN.

Sandra Horning 

 

THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF Teacher’s Guide

Grades: 1-3 

Writing prompts, activities, literacy games based on THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF. Includes discussion ideas on determining right from wrong.

B. G. Hennessy

 

THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST: Curriculum Guide

Grades: K-4

Explore social studies, science, ecology and art in this adaptable guide for THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST, designed for students in K-4th grade.

Sophia Gholz 

 

THE GIANT HUG Curriculum Guide

Grades: PreK-4 

A teacher’s guide for THE GIANT HUG with activities and curriculum links to Common Core. 

Sandra Horning

 

THE GREEN UMBRELLA Teaching Guide

Ages: 6-8 

This guide was written with deep respect for teachers and for the craft of teaching. The guide offers potential instructional sequences to support classroom instruction.

Jackie Azúa Kramer

 

THE KING CAKE BABY Study Guide

Ages: 4-8 

Cross-curriculum activities, lessons, and more. Learn about Louisiana culture while comparing the runaway baby to the Gingerbread Man.

Keila Dawson

 

THE NIAN MONSTER Teaching Guide

Ages: 5-8 

This comprehensive teacher’s guide contains additional information about Chinese New Year, discussion questions, and curriculum-related activities.

Andrea Wang

 

THE TYPEWRITER Curriculum Guide

Ages: 4-8 

A teacher’s curriculum guide for the wordless picture book, THE TYPEWRITER.

Bill Thomson 

 

THE WILD WORLD OF BUCK BRAY Teaching Guide

Grades: 3-6 

Contact Judy Young for 61-pages of math, science, art and writing activities related to Buck’s wild outdoor adventures!

Judy Young 

 

THOMAS PAINE AND THE DANGEROUS WORD

Ages: 6-12 

Discussion guide for 80-page American Revolution picture book THOMAS PAINE AND THE DANGEROUS WORD. Questions and writing activities align with Common Core State Standards.

Sarah Jane Marsh 

 

TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! Curriculum and Activity Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A curriculum and activity guide linked to learning standards and Jean Reidy’s book TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS!

Jean Reidy 

 

Tiny Writing Lessons

Grades: K-5 

Working writers provide writing lessons of three minutes or less for kids.

Annette Bay Pimentel 

 

Tips for Young Writers by Bruce Hale

Ages: 8-12

Videos of writing tips from author Bruce Hale. You can also subscribe to the videos through Bruce’s YouTube channel here.

Bruce Hale

 

TOO PICKELY! Curriculum and Activity Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A Curriculum and Activity Guide linked to learning standards and to Jean Reidy’s book TOO PICKLEY!

Jean Reidy 

 

TOO PRINCESSY! Curriculum and Activity Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A Curriculum and Activity Guide linked to learning standards and Jean Reidy’s book TOO PRINCESSY!

Jean Reidy 

 

TOO PURPLEY! Curriculum and Storytime Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A Curriculum and Activity Guide linked to learning standards and Jean Reidy’s book TOO PURPLEY!

Jean Reidy 

 

To the Bridge

Ages: 5-10 

The true story of a boy and his pony who rode 600 miles to the opening of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge.

Corinne King 

 

TRUMAN Curriculum and Storytime Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A curriculum and storytime guide linked to learning standards and to Jean Reidy’s book TRUMAN.

Jean Reidy 

 

Understanding the World: Careers

Ages: 5-8

Activities to get children to learn about different kinds of jobs that adults do.

Kerrine Bryan

 

Using Humor to Communicate Science, Language Arts, and Other Lessons 

Ages: 7-12 

Read a hilarious picture book and learn some science, language arts, and social-emotional lessons at the same time!

Julie Segal Walters

 

Weekly Learning Creative Prompts from the Illustrator of the Katie Woo and Pedro Series

Grades: 1-3 

Weekly creative prompts that involve drawing and writing as well as downloadables from the illustrator of the Katie Woo and Pedro series. Also, a place to share your week’s work with other followers.

Tammie Lyon 

 

Weekly Q&A from MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INSPIRED BY NATURE

Grades: 3-6

Each week, parents may log onto Venessa Bellido Schwarz’s blog at venessaschwarz.com to access a worksheet of questions and answers based on their book, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INSPIRED BY NATURE. Venessa is available to answer questions on their blog.

Venessa Bellido Schwarz

 

Wh-Questions – Free Online Learning Resource

Grades: 1-5

Perfect for online learning. Use the screen share feature of platforms like Zoom. The first 9 images of the PowerPoint may be used to review Wh-Questions for any book but the 5 “Who” questions at the end were written to go with SIX DOTS: A STORY OF YOUNG LOUISE BRAILLE by Jen Bryant, illustrations by Boris Kulikov. You may also subscribe to Carolee’s newsletter on their website for more freebies.

Carolee Dean

 

WHAT MAKES AN OPOSSUM TICK Teacher Guide

Ages: 4-8

Lyn Smith’s children’s book WHAT MAKES AN OPOSSUM TICK? has a downloadable teacher guide with literacy and math activities for families.

Lyn Smith

 

When Pigs Fly Teacher Guide

Ages: 6-10 

Valerie Coulman offers a teacher guide focused on idioms with both discussion, art and writing exercise suggestions.

Valerie Coulman 

 

WHEN THE SNOW IS DEEPER THAN MY BOOTS ARE TALL Curriculum and Storytime Guide

Ages: 4-10 

A curriculum and storytime guide linked to learning standards and the book WHEN THE SNOW IS DEEPER THAN MY BOOTS ARE TALL.

Jean Reidy 

 

Women In STEM Teaching Guides

Grades: K-12 

Laurie has teaching and activity guides for all her #WomenInSTEM picture book biographies.

Laurie Wallmark 

 

WON TON AND CHOPSTICK: A Cat & Dog Tale Told in Haiku (Teacher’s Guide)

Ages: 5-8 

Cross-curriculum activities aligned with Common Core standards. Prepared by Marcie Colleen with additions by Lee Wardlaw.

Lee Wardlaw

 

Writing Prompts for SANTA’S SICK OF COOKIES

Grades: K-5

Help learners make literacy connections with writing activities at home. After reading SANTA’S SICK OF COOKIES: AN EASTERN SHORE CHRISTMAS TALE, these twelve prompts give students opportunities to respond to the text in writing.

Karen Foley 

 

Zach’s Backpack

Grades: K-5

A website of family math games that promote fact fluency. Site includes free math games using household items (dried pasta, cereal pieces, paper clips, etc). Great for families with kids at home.

Bernie Cavender

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR FRIENDS AND ENEMIES Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 10-14 

Includes interview with the author; discussion guide; links; further reading; cross-curriculum activities aligned with Common Core standards.

Lee Wardlaw

 

101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR TEACHER Activities Guide

Grades: 5-8 

Includes cross-curriculum web links, resources, thematic activities, and discussion topics created by the author.

Lee Wardlaw 

 

101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR TEACHER Teacher’s Guide

Grades: 5-8 

Features author interview; discussion guide; cross-curriculum activities, and more.

Lee Wardlaw

 

Activities from Hands-On Nonfiction Books

Ages: 8-14

Hands-on activities linked to specific nonfiction children’s books provided by the authors. As three award-winning authors with more than 50 books published about the world of nature and history’s makers and shakers, we hope to share insights and stories about writing nonfiction for young people. Go with us beyond arts and crafts to explore—in depth—history’s past worlds and the wonder of the natural world. Use our hands-on activities to inspire someone today!

Mary Kay Carson

 

Adventures in Nature and Science

Grades: 6+ 

Find nature and science-related articles for middle school students and discussion questions. Link goes to main topic overview page.

Alison Pearce Stevens

 

ALEX AND THE ALPACAS SAVE THE WORLD

Grades: 6-8 

Teaching notes and activities for the middle grade fantasy adventure book, ALEX AND THE ALPACAS SAVE THE WORLD.

Kathryn Lefroy

 

AMERICA’S WILD HORSES: Science, History & Youth Empowerment

Ages: 10-16 

Bust myths about America’s wild horses with guided research into historical and scientific facts. Use Internet resources or National Science Teacher’s Assn honored WILD AT HEART: Mustangs & the Young People Fighting to Save Them. 

Terri Farley

 

Anti-Bullying Workshop Handout to Accompany the MG book WISHES DARES, AND HOW TO STAND UP TO A BULLY (Creston 2020)

Ages: 8-12 

A workshop sheet to brainstorm ways to stand up to bullies and fight back without using fists.

Darlene Beck Jacobson 

 

BACK FROM THE BRINK: SAVING ANIMALS FROM EXTINCTION Educator Guide

Ages: 10-13 

Explore endangered species recovery stories with this educator guide for students in grades 5-7.

Nancy Castaldo 

 

BEASTLY BRAINS: EXPLORING HOW ANIMALS THINK, TALK, AND FEEL Educator’s Guide

Ages: 10-16 

This guide accompanies the book of the same title and is geared for grades 7-12.

Nancy Castaldo 

 

BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES Educator’s Guide 

Ages: 12+ 

Educator’s guide online, free to download. 

Yvonne Ventresca 

 

Cell Discussion Guide

Ages: 11-14 

Cells are the basic building blocks of life. Every living thing in life is made up of cells. Cell sciences help us understand the development of all living things.

Karen Bush Gibson 

 

Classroom Guide for HECTOR: A BOY, A PROTEST, AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY THAT CHANGED APARTHEID

Ages: 8-12 

Free guide digging deeper into a book about South Africa’s iconic apartheid photograph taken during a peaceful school protest in 1976.

Adrienne Wright

 

Clutch Educators’ Guide

Ages: 10-14 

Story-building, writing tasks, quizzes, activities, and external links for the historic novel set when Jackie Robinson played for Montreal.

Heather Camlot 

 

CONNECTED: AN AMERICAN HOMECOMING Study Guide 

Grades: 6-8 

A virtual study guide for K.F. DeNicolo’s book CONNECTED: AN AMERICAN HOMECOMING. K.F. DeNicolo is an author with over forty years of experience in the field of education.  

K.F. DeNicolo 

 

COREY’S FIRE Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 10-14 

Cross-curriculum activities, discussion guide. Story deals with emotional issues a teen experiences after losing the family home in a wildfire.

Lee Wardlaw 

 

CRUSHING THE RED FLOWERS Educational Guide

Ages: 10-14 

The guide provides an introduction to the holocaust. It includes discussion points, analysis questions, activities, research ideas, and writing prompts.

Jennifer Voigt Kaplan

 

Discussion Guide & Activities

Ages: 8-12

A variety of questions and activities to address a variety of learning styles, levels of interest, and levels of ability.

J. Anderson Coats 

 

Dividing Whole Numbers by Fractions

Grades: 6-8 

This video explores why in computations involving fractions multiplication often results in smaller numbers and division in greater ones.

M. W. Penn

 

EDDIE’S WAR

Ages: 12+  

Award-winning novel. An Illinois farm boy in WWII. PDF discussion questions keyed to Common Core. Historical background. Lexile: 660L.

Carol Fisher Saller

 

Equivalent Fractions

Grades: 6-8 

This lecture from a National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference session adds and subtracts fractions with unlike denominators.

M. W. Penn

 

Famous Phonies

Ages: 8-12 

This Famous Phonies teachers’ guide adheres to Common Core standards and was created by an industry specialist.

Brianna DuMont

 

FIND YOUR FUTURE IN ART Free Downloadable Lesson Plans from “LitPick Lessons”

Ages: 9-12 

From the Find Your Future series published by Cherry Lake, FIND YOUR FUTURE IN ART explores different careers in the field of arts and shares how technology has changed each field while teaching kids to use technology safely to explore their interests. Fun lesson plans based on this book free on LitPick Lessons, great series for reluctant readers, boys and girls, ages 9-12.

Kim Childress

 

Free Downloadable Resource Guide for SAFETY STARS & Other Nonfiction Sports Books

Ages: 10+ 

Includes 25 fun activities designed to align with Language Arts, Math, Physical Education and Health, Social Studies, and History standards. 

Sue Irwin 

 

GOING GREEN Novel and Curriculum Guide

Ages: 13+ 

Free YA sci-fi dystopian novel and full curriculum guide dealing with genetic engineering and viral mutations, includes questions, tests, projects, Common Core scoring guides, journal writing and more!

Heather S. Ransom

 

GREENHORN

Ages: 8-12 

The GREENHORN Discussion Guide for Families contains discussion questions, research questions, and web resources for young readers to explore and understand the Holocaust.

Anna Olswanger

 

Historical Fiction for Reluctant Readers

Ages: 9-12 

Questions to discuss after reading PRISONER 88, by Leah Pileggi.

Leah Pileggi 

 

Homeschooling Activity Guide for AVENGING THE OWL

Ages: 10-14 

This free 28-page reader’s guide is full of quizzes and thought-provoking assignments and fun activities relating to Melissa Hart’s award-winning middle grade novel AVENGING THE OWL.

Melissa Hart 

 

How to Become a Great  Writer

Ages: 10-15

Jack Gantos’s website has storytelling videos and “how-to” writing features.

Jack Gantos

 

KAT GREENE COMES CLEAN Curriculum Guide

Ages: 8-12

Aligned to the Common Core for grades 4-7, this curriculum guide includes discussion points, activities, and writing prompts to help educators use KAT GREENE COMES CLEAN as a classroom read-aloud or as a selection for independent reading. Great for book clubs, too!

Melissa Roske 

 

Lesson Plans: Ancient Egypt and the Maya

Ages: 9-12

Get kids excited about ancient history! Download discussion questions; art & theater projects; Persuasive Letter/Speech projects; journal questions; crossword puzzles.

Chris Eboch

 

MAY DAY MINE Study Activities

Ages: 12-15

Study activities for YA novel, MY DAY MINE (Harmony Ink Press): History & Geography, Language & Writing, Art & Craft.

Verity Croker

 

Middle Grade Entrepreneurship/Economic Edu./Financial Literacy 

Grades: 6-8

Request Free Study Guide and activities for 6th Grade Entrepreneurs here.

Laura S. Perricone

 

Middle Grade Novel Studies

Ages: 12+ 

Teacher and award-winning author Caroline Pignat offers free study guides for her novels.

Caroline Pignat 

 

MISSION MUMBAI: A Novel of Sacred Cows, Snakes, and Stolen Toilets

Ages: 8-12 

Explore India with Dylan and Rohit. Discuss these interesting questions and complete the activities for a fun experience while you learn more about the second most populated country in the world.

Mahtab Narsimhan

 

MORE THAN MARMALADE: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear Teaching Guide 

Ages: 9-12

A free teaching guide is available for MORE THAN MARMALADE on author Rosanne Tolin’s website. The button to download the teaching guide is available on their home page.

Rosanne Tolin

 

Motley Education Teaching and Discussion Guide

Ages: 8-13 

Printable discussions & questions about reading and writing surrounding the world of Motley Education to promote creative thinking and application. Find more on website.

S.A. Larsen 

 

PANDEMIC (YA Fiction) 

Ages: 12+

Free educator’s guide available for download. 

Yvonne Ventresca

 

Poetry Teaching Guide for THE BUBBLE COLLECTOR

Ages: 6-12 

A poetry teaching and discussion guide for THE BUBBLE COLLECTOR, winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Book Award for Children’s Poetry.

Vikram Madan

 

POP FLIES, ROBO-PETS AND OTHER DISASTERS Discussion Guide 

Ages: 9-14

Discussion guide for POP FLIES, ROBO-PETS AND OTHER DISASTERS.

Suzanne Kamata

 

Quilt Block Poems

Ages: 10-13 

The student will create a poem based on traditional quilt block pattern names, from I LAY MY STITCHES DOWN.

Cynthia Grady 

 

R IS FOR REBEL Discussion Guide & Activities

Ages: 9-14 

A variety of questions and activities to address a variety of learning styles, levels of interest, and levels of ability.

J. Anderson Coats 

 

SEVENTH-GRADE WEIRDO Teacher’s Guide

Ages: 11-13 

Story deals with the subject of bullying. Discussion guide, cross-curriculum activities, literary links, conflict resolution suggestions.

Lee Wardlaw 

 

Student Projects Based on LIKE FINDING MY TWIN 

Grades: 6-8

Be inspired by compassionate 8th graders who reunited two Holocaust refugees after 73 years of separation — develop your own project. Based on the book LIKE FINDING MY TWIN ($5 paperback copies), students create their own service-learning projects. Refer to Teacher’s Guide for curriculum ideas.

Fern Schumer Chapman 

 

Teacher Resources

Ages: 8-13 

Jim Averbeck offers teaching guides for A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT and original illustrations from bestseller A LONG WALK TO WATER by Linda Sue Park.

Jim Averbeck 

 

Teacher’s Guide to ODETTE’S SECRETS

Ages: 10-14 

A Teacher’s Guide to ODETTE’S SECRETS, the story of a Jewish child who survived WWII by hiding in plain sight.

Maryann Macdonald

 

Teaching Guide for Middle Grade Chapter Book, CYCLONE CHRISTMAS 

Ages: 8-12 

A teaching guide with lots of ideas for history & geography, language & writing, art & craft, and other ideas.

Verity Croker

 

Teaching Guides to Literature

Grades: 3-8

The link Erin has provided is to downloadable, student-ready literature guides for a number of books.

Erin Fry

 

THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL

Ages: 12-14 

A text set and professionally prepared curriculum guide to support THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL.

Shannon Hitchcock 

 

THE CASTLE IN THE MIST Teacher’s and Reader’s Guide

Ages: 7-14 

Teacher/Kid’s Guide for Amy Ephron’s THE CASTLE IN THE MIST: writing lesson, ethical conversation, exploring fantasy, magic, siblings & kindness.

Amy Ephron

 

The Civil Rights Movement

Ages: 10-15 

This includes standalone social studies activities like a DBQ, plus activities specific to the book, FORCING CHANGE.

Judy Lindquist 

 

THE FOX GIRL AND THE WHITE GAZELLE Resource Pack

Ages: 8-13 

A resource pack with a range of cross-curricular classroom activities to accompany THE FOX GIRL AND THE WHITE GAZELLE. 

Victoria Williamson

 

THE GREAT UPENDING Study and Activities Guide

Ages: 10-15

This guide provides families with important discussion questions and fun at-home activities—art projects, poems, letters, research—all stemming from the critically acclaimed middle-grade novel, THE GREAT UPENDING by Beth Kephart.

Beth Kephart

 

THE GREEN CHILDREN OF WOOLPIT Discussion Questions & Activities

Ages: 9-14 

A variety of questions and activities to address a variety of learning styles, levels of interest, and levels of ability.

J. Anderson Coats

 

THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM 

Ages: 11+ 

Discussion guide for MG historical fiction THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM, now a United Nations Education Resource for teachers and students.

Kathleen Burkinshaw

 

THE MEMORY THIEF: Educator’s Guide

Ages: 8-13 

An Educator’s Guide, including lesson plans and reading activities, for the fantasy novel THE MEMORY THIEF.

Lauren Mansy 

 

The Myth of Mixed Numbers

Grades: 6-8 

A mixed number is part whole number, part fraction. Learn to convert mixed numbers to fractional equivalents in this video.

M.W. Penn

 

THE NEPTUNE PROJECT Teaching Guide

Grades: 4-8 

Curriculum guide with STEM, reading and writing activities based on the award-winning novel THE NEPTUNE PROJECT. 

Polly Holyoke

 

THE SEA ISLAND’S SECRET Discussion Questions

Ages: 8-14 

This set of seven thought-provoking questions is ideal for use by teachers or individual students (literacy, social studies, science).

Susan Diamond Riley

 

THE TIFFIN 

Ages: 9-14 

The dabbawallas of Mumbai deliver box lunches — called tiffins — to whitecollar workers all over the vast city. They are legendary for their near-perfect service: for every six million lunches sent, only one will fail to reach its intended destination. The Tiffin is about that one time in millions when a box goes astray, changing lives forever. 

Mahtab Narsimhan

 

TINY INFINITIES Teaching Guide

Ages: 10+ 

A thoughtful guide prepared by Chronicle Books, with open-ended questions for small-group discussions, and prompts for analytical writing.

J.H. Diehl

 

UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT

Ages: 12-15 

UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT’s lesson plan, appropriate for most 6th-10th graders, includes activities for Language Arts, Social Studies, Family Living and History.

Laura Stewart Schmidt 

 

Windcatcher – Migration of the Short-tailed Shearwater

Ages: 7-10 

Bird Migration Home Study notes compiled by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Australia. 

Diane Jackson Hill

 

Writing Prompts

Grades: 6-12 

Prompts to get middle and high school students writing.

April Henry 

 

ZAP! The Making of a Book

Ages: 8-12 

How does an idea become a book? This presentation describes the process for ZAP!

Martha Freeman

HIGH SCHOOL

A Page Before Midnight 

Ages: 10-18

“A Page Before Midnight”, a series of images & writing prompts, along with other resources for kids and teens are on Terry’s website and Instagram.  

Terry Farish 

 

AP Language/Comp Essay Tutoring

Grades: 11-12 

Laura Moe can help prepare you for the AP EXAM at no charge using Google docs.

Laura Moe

 

BREATHE: The Fact Behind the Fiction, Part 1: The Science

Ages: 13-18

Health/Science curriculum ideas created by a HS Science teacher that tie into BREATHE (YA, 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic). Though it was created for a high school audience, many of the lessons can be modified for younger or mixed-age groups. BREATHE contains medical scenes that came from first-person accounts during the 1918 pandemic and may be too intense for younger readers. Conversely, BREATHE may be the perfect read for teens (especially girls) who want to pursue a career in medicine and are voraciously studying the differences between COVID19 and the Spanish Flu. BREATHE is considered a “sweet romance” and has very little swearing.

Sara Fujimura

 

BREATHE: The Fact Behind the Fiction, Part 2: The History

Ages: 13-18 

U.S. History curriculum ideas created by a HS History teacher that tie into BREATHE (YA, 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic).

Sara Fujimura 

 

BREATHE: The Fact Behind the Fiction, Part 3: Even MORE Resources for STEM-Loving Teens

Ages: 13-18 

Primary and secondary resources including videos, archival photos, & current research plus fiction & nonfiction book lists for teens.

Sara Fujimura 

 

Commaful Writing Advice

Ages: 13-100 

Short 10-minute tutorial videos tackling topics like writer’s block, publishing, writing strategies, storytelling, and more. Over a dozen videos are already live with more coming.

Sydney Liu

 

Historical Fiction at Home

Ages: 12-18 

Website includes history webpages, music of the time period, educators’ guides, Common Core units of study, sample lessons, and articles about teaching historical fiction.

L.M. Elliott 

 

Major Tutoring

Ages: 11-18 

This is a private tutoring blog, which contains educational posts on math, science and English topics.

Ken Major

 

Novel Unit: COURAGE IN PATIENCE

Ages: 14-18

Author Beth Fehlbaum is providing the free ebook, teaching unit, and audiobook. Will also provide companion novels (the entire Patience Trilogy) by request.

Beth Fehlbaum

 

OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD

Ages: 14+ 

A poetic exploration of the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder upon the world, told in a myriad of voices of people and inanimate objects.

Lesléa Newman

 

Resource Guide for VIRGINIA HAMILTON: AMERICA’S STORYTELLER

Ages: 12-15 

Resource Guide for VIRGINIA HAMILTON: AMERICA’S STORYTELLER, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books for Children, 2018 Outstanding Merit

Julie K. Rubini 

 

Shakespeare Teaching Guide

Ages: 12-18 

MATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a modern retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and these discussion questions go along.

Tiana Smith 

 

Study Guide/Writing Exercises

Ages: 12+ 

Eleven writing activities/exercises to accompany THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO or to apply to other novels.

Kristin Bartley Lenz

 

Teaching Guide: Evidence of Things Not Seen 

Ages: 13-18 

A YA focused teacher guide, Q&A, Book Trailer, and Author Interviews!

Lindsey Lane 

 

Teaching Guide for YA Novel JILDA’s ARK 

Ages: 12-16 

Verity Croker’s activities include history & geography, language & writing, art & craft, plus other ideas, to accompany JILDA’S ARK.

Verity Croker 

 

The BE A CHANGEMAKER Workshop Kit

Ages: 12+ 

Help teens become changemakers with this workshop resource guide based on BE A CHANGEMAKER by Laurie Ann Thompson.

Laurie Ann Thompson 

 

The Creative Trail for Young Adults

Ages: 14-20

A series of articles, activities, and exercises for teens interested in creative writing by Marsh Myers. Updates will also be posted on their official Twitter @marshmyers.

Marsh Myers 

 

THE LANGUAGE INSIDE Discussion, Writing, Activity Guide

Ages: 13+ 

The Discussion, Writing, Activity and Service Guide for Holly Thompson’s verse novel THE LANGUAGE INSIDE set in Japan and Massachusetts. Includes 30 poetry writing prompts, plus a link to the first two chapters of the novel.

Holly Thompson 

 

THE LATTE REBELLION Discussion Questions

Ages: 12+ 

A 2-page list of questions about THE LATTE REBELLION to encourage discussion about the book.

Sarah Jamila Stevenson

 

THE RAVEN’S TALE Teaching Guide

Ages: 12-18 

Reading ideas and activities for THE RAVEN’S TALE, a well-researched, historically accurate portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe’s adolescent years.

Cat Winters

 

Women Aviators Discussion Guide

Ages: 13-18 

Name a female pilot other than Amelia Earhart. Can you? Many people have trouble naming female pilots although there have been thousands. Why do we not know about these leaders in aviation?

Karen Bush Gibson

 

COLLEGE

 

7 Deadly Sins of Writing Handout 

Ages: 15-Adult 

A list of 29 words to avoid in your writing from William M. Akers, author of YOUR SCREENPLAY SUCKS! 

William M. Akers 

 

Drowning in the Floating World Online Resources, Writing Prompts and Teaching Guide

Ages: 16+ 

This resource includes writing prompts as well as learning resources on the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima Powerplant disaster. They can be used to study poetic form, as well as Japanese history, culture, and mythology.

Meg Eden 

 

ADULT

 

How to Diversify Your Library with Ismée Williams and Mayra Cuevas

Ages: 13-99 

Are you a teacher or a librarian interested in updating your book collection? Las Musas authors Ismée Williams and Mayra Cuevas will discuss why it’s important to have a diverse library and will share techniques to achieve this! Attendees will leave with book suggestions as well as sources for future reference.

Ismée Williams

 

Teacher Guide

Ages: Adult (PreK-5 Teachers) 

A comprehensive teacher guide for THERE WAS AN OLD GATOR WHO SWALLOWED A MOTH.

B.J. Lee 

 

THE PEDDLER’S BED: A Teacher’s Guide

Ages: Adult (Parents and Teachers) 

A teacher’s guide created by Marcie Colleen based upon the picture book written by Lauri Fortino and illustrated by Bong Redila.

Lauri Fortino

 

Zoom Tips for Teachers, Students, and Introverts

Ages: All 

Zoom tips like “how to make the camera & adjust your (nervous) attitude” ease the pain of our new videoconferencing norm. 

Bitsy Kemper

 

ALL

Author/Illustrator Interviews

Ages: All 

Weekly interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators on their craft, story-behind-the-story, or path-to-publication. This is a great resource for illustrators, especially!

Elizabeth Dulemba 

 

BACK FROM THE BRINK

Ages: All 

Take a look at STEM author Nancy Castaldo’s BACK FROM THE BRINK. Learn how people came together to recover the bald eagle population and what you can do to raise your own voice.

Nancy Castaldo 

 

Crazy for Comprehension

Ages: 7-18 

Across the curriculum common core-correlated language arts activities for use in the classroom and at home. All worksheets and activities come with answer keys at no charge.

Marylou Morano Kjelle

 

Delightful Distractions

Ages: 0-100 

A collection of different activities, from teaching guides to coloring pages, for all ages.

Teresa Robeson 

 

EducateEmpower Blog 

Ages: All 

Regular book reviews with teaching ideas that kids can easily use.

Vanessa Rendall

 

Educator Guides to be Adapted for Lesson Plans

Grades: PreK-7

For every one of my books, there is a detailed educator guide with activities that can easily be adapted into lesson plans for Prek-7th grade.

Carmen Oliver

 

Home & Classroom Teaching: Native American Children’s-Teens’ Books & Resources

Ages: 4-18 

Bibliography of recommended children’s-YA books by and about Native people, plus tie-in activities, lesson plans, interviews, articles, etc. for each.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

 

Japanese Internment Resources

Ages: 5+ 

Online resources about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Cynthia Grady

 

LitLinks: Highlighting the Natural Connection Between STEM and Language Arts

Grades: K-12

LitLinks features STEM + literacy lesson plans connected to children’s books. Guest bloggers are authors, illustrators, educators, and scientists. All posts are categorized by the following grade level classifications: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and High School.

Patricia M. Newman

 

Living Our Best Life Together

Ages: All 

Activities, curriculum, writing exercises, & learn cool facts about African animals. 

Kat Kronenberg

 

Make Your Writing Exciting!

Ages: 12-20

Creative writing guided prompts from Alex Hiam’s teen writing workshops, online or downloaded for free.

Alex Hiam

 

Mini Video-lessons for Informational Writing

Grades: K-8

Melissa Stewart offers video mini-lessons for teaching informational writing, including text features, text structures, rich language, voice, and revision. More resources available here.

Melissa Stewart

 

Pamela Turner’s Discussion and Activity Guides

Ages: All 

Teaching guides to be used with the author’s science, nature, and history books.

Pamela Turner

 

Reader’s Guide to CLOUD OF WITNESSES

Ages: All

Reader’s Guide to CLOUD OF WITNESSES Contents: Q&A with the author; Unit Studies: 1. Appalachia, 2. Iran; Discussion Questions; Bibliography; and More Reading. Jane Hertenstein is available for Skype visits.

Jane Hertenstein

 

Science Stories and Student Activities

Ages: All 

Broad range of science articles for elementary through high school students, each with discussion questions and/or classroom activities.

Alison Pearce Stevens

 

STEAM Powered Poetry Videos for PreK-8

Grades: PreK-8

STEAM Powered Poetry Videos for PreK-8 offers STEM/STEAM mini-lessons which include poetry, videos, free downloadable classroom experiments, and activities, plus list of related reading materials. With an offer of cash prizes, our ongoing STEAM Powered Poetry Video Contest offers high school & college students the opportunity to choose POEMS from our poetry packet & create STEAM/STEM VIDEOS for grade school kids.

Heidi Broemer

 

Teaching Resource Materials for Meg Medina Titles

Ages: All 

Meg Medina has collected all the available teacher’s guides, reading discussion guides, and art activities in one place for all of their titles.

Meg Medina 

 

Voting Rights: History and Current Issues

Grades: PreK-12

Materials to support student understanding and exploration of the topic of voting rights (history and current issues).

Deborah Diesen

 

Wit & Wordplay

Ages: All 

Short educational videos about poetry – with a focus on children’s poetry – created for parents & educators, as well as their kids! (Separate, downloadable activity sheets also available.)

Matt Forrest Esenwine 

 

Writing Road Trip 

Grades: K-12

Short, entertaining lessons for caretakers/educators to use with the goal of helping young people become better writers.

Lisa Bullard