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100th Day of School 50-50 Book
Lesson Plan
Write a book listing groups of 50 opposites. I did this with my students, and they called it "The 100 Book" because each page spread has 100 items.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/56.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K

Polar Bears
Lesson Plan
Students will explain what keeps Polar Bears warm in the Arctic by experiencing a layer of blubber to protect them.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/383.shtml
Grade Level(s): 1-2

ABC Yummy Treat Book
Lesson Plan
Reinforce phonics/alphabet sounds by making a class book to follow up Yummy ABC.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/103.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K

Abuela by Arthur Dorros CyberGuide open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students work in pairs to complete activities using the computer for the book, Abuela.
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/abuela/abuelatg.html
Grade Level(s): 1-2

All About Pigs
Lesson Plan
Students will learn to spell and sound out the word pigs.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/258.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K

Animal Alphabet: Kindergarten Zoo
Lesson Plan
Review the alphabet with A, My Name is Alice & an animal alphabet hall display or class book.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/100.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2

Bears: Position Words
Lesson Plan
Teaches students the positions of on, in, under, behind, and beside using Goldilocks & the Three Bears
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/209.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool

Beowulf
Lesson Plan
British Literature
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/269.shtml
Grade Level(s): 12

Book Ideas for The Gingerbread Man open in new window
Lesson Plan
This book would work best with a baking, December, or senses theme.
http://cfschools.net/schools/ch/heazak/ginger/ginger.html
Grade Level(s): K

Bunny Rabbit
Lesson Plan
Students design their own bunny mask to follow-up reading the book, Runaway Bunny.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/202.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool

Call of the Wild Lesson Plan open in new window
Lesson Plan
PDF format - Adobe Acrobat requried to view. Students will develop behavior over time graphs to identify developing patterns of behavior in the life of author Jack London and in the character, Buck.
http://www.clexchange.org/ftp/documents/english/EN1999-09TheCallOfTheW...
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

Call of the Wild Student Study Guide open in new window
Lesson Plan
Lists study questions for each chapter.
http://www.nt.net/~torino/call.html
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

Call of the Wild Study Guide & Worksheets open in new window
Lesson Plan
PDF format - Adobe Acrobat required to view. This study guide contains over 20 pages with background information, activities for chapters, vocabulary, and worksheets for discussion/reading.
http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/pdf/call_of_the_wild....
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

Call of the Wild Teaching Tips open in new window
Lesson Plan
Call of the Wild by Jack London, activities and assignment ideas
http://www.mcdougallittell.com/disciplines/_lang_arts/litcons/callwild...
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

Call of the Wild Vocabulary List open in new window
Lesson Plan
100 vocabulary words
http://www.vocabulary.com/VUctcallofwild.html
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

Caps for Sale open in new window
Lesson Plan
A variety of teacher submitted activity ideas for Caps for Sale
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/527.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

Clifford the Big Red Dog Site open in new window
Lesson Plan
Fun & games, coloring sheets, finger puppets, birthday activities, book ordering information, and more
http://www.scholastic.com/clifford/index.htm
Grade Level(s):

Cooking with the Letter B
Lesson Plan
Learn about the letter B: read Blueberries for Sal, then make a blueberry smoothie. Alternative: For letter S, read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, then make a strawberry smoothie.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/272.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Curious George in the Snow
Lesson Plan
We read the book and talk about the children's sledding experiences. What kinds of inventions would they make for better sledding? Then we make a sled ornament.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/289.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

CyberGuides Grades 6-8 open in new window
Lesson Plan
A collection of CyberGuides for several books - includes CA Content Standards
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cy68.html
Grade Level(s): 6-8

CyberGuides Grades 9-12 open in new window
Lesson Plan
A collection of CyberGuides for several books - includes CA Content Standards
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cy912.html
Grade Level(s): 9-12

CyberGuides Grades K-3 open in new window
Lesson Plan
A nice collection of CyberGuides for books - includes CA Content Standards
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyk3.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Dandelion by Don Freeman
Lesson Plan
Students will be able to understand why being themselves is most important by listening to and discussing the book.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/291.shtml
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

Dinofours My Seeds Won't Grow
Lesson Plan
Students will be able to identify what plants need to grow.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/210.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2

Elf Entrance
Lesson Plan
This is a great holiday decoration and also teaches about helping others in need. The kids love it.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/211.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2

Friendship
Lesson Plan
Uses Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend? to teach about friendship.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/320.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Go Away, Big Green Monster! Activities
Lesson Plan
Through fun hands on art, cooking, math, writing, and science activities, your students will have no fear of monsters!
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/219.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K

Grouchy Ladybug - Linking Technology open in new window
Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students use the computer to create a literature response for The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.
http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/tnl/langarts/techlit/ladybug.htm
Grade Level(s): 1-2

Hands
Lesson Plan
Activities using the book Hands!
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/484.shtml
Grade Level(s): 1-2

Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will be able to 1) enjoy listening to good literature read aloud, 2) create a sorting game based on the book, and 3) play the sorting game that they (or their peers) have created.
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/771.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

How Does the Wind Blow?
Lesson Plan
Children will discover how air makes things move and how different forces make things move more.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/460.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Lesson Plan
Reinforces map skills, counting, and following directions. Students will love this book and activity.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/134.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2

I See a Rainbow
Lesson Plan
The children will learn color recognition and it also good for experiments with temperature change and what it does to water. Weather talks also.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/407.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Jacket I Wear In the Snow - My Dream Jacket
Lesson Plan
Students write about their dream jacket, then create it!
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/346.shtml
Grade Level(s): 1-2

Let's Go to the Beach
Lesson Plan
Children will learn about the beach and its inhabitants - go on an imaginary field trip in the winter to cure the winter blahs.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/266.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Libby Bloom
Lesson Plan
Libby Bloom is a humorous beginning chapter book that keeps the reader smiling, even through the serious parts. Among the thought provoking themes students will explore are family, friendship, activism and self-confidence. This guide offers a variety of interdisciplinary tie-ins.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/357.shtml
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Literature Activities open in new window
Lesson Plan
book report/follow-up ideas
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/actbank/tliterat.htm
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5, 6-8

Literature Board Games
Lesson Plan
Students create board games based on materials they have read. This works best for mythology or adventure text, but could work well with other types of literature as well.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/487.shtml
Grade Level(s): 9-12

Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor open in new window
Lesson Plan
This supplemental unit for The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole provides activities and web resources for students.
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score//Magic/magictg.htm
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Oh No Dentist Day
Lesson Plan
The students will explore their feelings about their first visit to the dentist. The students will then write and illustrate their experience.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/302.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Peanut Butter and Jelly Rhyming
Lesson Plan
Read Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Rhyming Text, then make a peanut butter and jelly cake/sandwich!
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/378.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Pioneer Unit - Laura Ingalls Wilder Author Study open in new window
Lesson Plan
Describes activities to use with students to learn about pioneer life using the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
http://web.archive.org/web/20080519063211/http://home.att.net/~cattonn...
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

Quest for Respect with the Grouchy Ladybug open in new window
Lesson Plan
Would you like to help the grouchy ladybug learn about herself and respecting others?
http://www.yorkville.k12.il.us/webquests/webqfrey/webqsfrey.html
Grade Level(s): 1-2

Rabbit's Good News Activity
Lesson Plan
Introduce students to the signs of spring with this book by Ruth Bornstein.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/390.shtml
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

Rainbow Book
Lesson Plan
To learn about different types of weather.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/392.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K

Repetition and Prediction
Lesson Plan
Use If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and other books by Laura Numeroff to make a class book, cook, predict, and sequence!
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/396.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Schooling Together - 100 Days of School With Swimmy
Lesson Plan
Students will learn the importance of working together, counting to 100 and visualizing seeing how many 100 is.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/435.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Sheep in a Jeep Lesson
Lesson Plan
A lesson using Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, focusing on rhyming words.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/4787.shtml
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

Silly Kindergarten
Lesson Plan
After reading Silly Sally by Audrey Wood, students will create a silly book of "s" words that rhyme with their names.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/415.shtml
Grade Level(s): K

Snazzy Snowpeople
Lesson Plan
As a literature extension activity for Lois Ehlert's book Snowballs, have students create their own snowpeople for a striking classroom display!
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/418.shtml
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2

Spider Tea Cakes - Miss Spiders Tea Party
Lesson Plan
Students will assemble a spider tea cake by counting out their objects and following directions.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/426.shtml
Grade Level(s): Preschool

Summer Song Teaching Guide
Lesson Plan
Summer Song appeals to a wide audience of young readers, many who may be facing difficult issues themselves. Because the plot deals realistically about a fractured family and a teen's struggle for control, students can better grasp what Etta May herself finally comes to understand: while we cannot control life, we can affect parts of it. Bits of humor lighten what could be a heavy tone as it asks readers to think about family, separation, and loss.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/432.shtml
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Gingerbread Cupcakes open in new window
Resource Site
Fun activity involving gingerbread cupcakes. Includes materials needed, suggested reading, modifications and extensions.
http://www.gryphonhouse.com/activity/activity.cfm?bookid=15327&page=10...
Grade Level(s): Preschool

In Search of Stellaluna's Family open in new window
Online Activity
Students will have the opportunity to explore Stellaluna's world and become bat experts.
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/chavez/batquest/batquest.html
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

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