Elementary Literature Teacher Resources

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Maximize time and engage learners by using children's literature in your science lessons.
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
Designed for native speakers of Spanish, and written almost entirely in Spanish, this resource begins with explanation of native speakers and strategies that you can use to teach them. After the introductory section, is a collection of worksheets and activities designed to help learners with Spanish reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. The worksheets cover several topics, such as la muralla de Ávila, poetry, and descriptive writing. The resource closes with a list of relevant children's literature written in Spanish, categorized by theme, and a final writing assignment with a related gallery walk.
Students examine the common themes and characteristics of children's literature. They develop a list of characteristics, read and discuss examples of children's literature, and create an original children's book.
Students participate in the creation of and exploration of a "path" or "course" based on one or more selections of children's literature. As they create the course, children acquire and use vocabulary linked to the literary selection(s) by naming items in common categories.
A great alphabet classroom poster featuring characters of well-loved books such as Paddington bear and Amelia Bedelia
  • Hang this poster in your classroom reading area or library. Be sure to have a copy of each book and read one book a day for the first 26 days of school
Students read a variety of well-known studenT books and discuss concepts presented in the books as they relate to the Bill of Rights. They discuss the books and compare them to the Bill of Rights Amendments.
Students explore children's literature by reading biographies in class. In this history analysis lesson, students read books written by Jean Fritz about the Revolutionary War and discuss the events that led up to the critical moment. Students participate in a jeopardy style activity based upon Fritz's work.
Fourth graders participate in a pioneer school day as part of local history study. They read children's literature about the 19th century, experience lessons from the past, and turn their classroom into a one-room schoolhouse for a day. Activities associated with this lesson occur throughout the school year.
Students practice the strategy of visualization to aid in their reading comprehension of text. They paint mental pictures from readings from their history books, "The World and Its People: the US and It's Neighbors," and short stories from, "Riverside: Anthology of Children's Literature."
This very interesting presentation points out how the skills involved in science and reading overlap quite a bit. In both disciplines, learners must observe, predict, collect data, investigate, form conclusions, and communicate results. Each of the slides gives teachers good ideas as to how to weave these skills together. The presentation is meant for teacher use, not for students. Very good!
Sixth graders examine the changes occuring during adolescents using children's literature. As a class, they brainstorm a list of the various roles they play in their family. In groups, they use excerpts of plays from Shakespeare to identify the images of youth and compare them to their own images. To end the instructional activity, they discuss the changes occuring not only physically but mentally.
Primary learners explore elements of wonder in The Nursery "Alice" by Lewis Carroll. They analyze the plot point after listening to the text. Next, they describe the imagery in various works of children's literature using the given links and worksheets. To finish, pupils use the work of published illustrators and authors as inspiration for their own fantastic creatures.
students examine three local public arts portraits of Lucy Stone. They study her role in the women's rights movement through comparative readings, Internet research, and children's literature. In addition, they gather and organize information for their own written portraits of this passionate reformer
Pupils are introduced to the importance of maps. While being read a book, they create a color coded map that they explain the importance of having a map while delivering the mail. They use the fairy tale of their choice to create another map to how deliver mail in the story.
Learners read several studenT fairy tales, nursery rhymes, or folk tales. They compare themes and narratives in each version. They rewrite a story that they have read, placing the characters in a contemporary setting and include illustrations.
Learners use literature to examine how the structure of families in Mexico has changed over time. In groups, they examine how their life now relates to their ancestors and the Spanish conquest of the area. As a class, they are read various books told my a puppet and answer comprehension questions.
Students study the basic techniques Jacob Lawrence used in creating a series of paintings. They realize the importance of individual accomplishment within their own family, things as ordinary as preparing for a picnic or going to work each day. The gather information on some area of accomplishment within their family and write a narrative based on the information their research yields.
Students identify geographical information about landscapes found in student literature, demonstrate an organizing tool, developed around geographical themes, for the recording of information, and share uses of this approach.
Students examine the difference between fables and morals. They read different children's stories and identify the moral in each. They compare and contrast the storyline in different stories to situations in real life.