Elementary Literature Teacher Resources
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Children's Literature and the Bill of Rights
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.
Integrating Science and Literature
Maximize time and engage learners by using children's literature in your science lessons.
There's No Place Like Home
Students utilize children's literature and maps to explore reasons for past and present settlement. They give various reasons people in the past or present have chosen to settle and live in different regions of the United States. Complete a map that races a migration route of a pioneer family by using information from historical records.
A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery "Alice"
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.
Lucy's Literacy Legacy
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
Friday and Friends: A Prospectus of the Mexican Family through Children's Literature
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.
Writing Children's Literature
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.
Using Children's Literature and Art to Examine the African-American Resistance to Injustice
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.
Travel the Course of Children's Literature
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.
Celebrate A People!
Students explore African-American students literature as an integral building block in empowering all students to a better awareness when reading and writing. They use as a productive Social Studies tool for overall understanding of the culture.
Hidden Stories: A Three-Part Lesson in African-American History, Research, and Children’s Literature
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.
Rules and Responsibilities: Was It the Pied Piper's Fault?
Examine situations from children's literature to look at responsibility and connections between people. Listeners hear The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning and participate in a mock trial to determine who is responsible for the children's disappearance. They complete three more similar activities with different pieces of literature (The Biggest Bear, Wrinkle in Time, and Fantastic Mr. Fox).
Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Character
Students read a variety of Cinderella tales from different cultures. They discuss the differences in character, plot, and conflict resolution in the stories from different countries.
Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Plot and Setting
Students examine plot and setting of Cinderella, and how it changes as it is translated into different cultures, discuss universal literary elements of the Cinderella story, and write narratives with original settings and plots appropriate to genre.
Students examine basic facts about the anaconda. They discuss the length of an anaconda, estimate the length of 33 feet, compare their estimate to the actual length, and decorate the paper snake with colored scales.
The History and Nature of Science
Use children's literature, coupled with hands on lessons, to teach the history and nature of science.
Celebrating Maurice Sendak's Legacy
Lesson ideas that focus on the author and illustrator's contribution to children's literature.
Trouble With Trolls
Students listen to The Trouble With Trolls and discuss fables. In this story elements lesson, students work on reading skills. Students participate in different reading activities.
A Change is Coming!
Second graders investigate environmental changes. In this environment lesson, 2nd graders observe changes caused by people, weather, animals, or plants. This lesson includes 4 lesson plans and a children's literature book that matches with each.
I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object
Analyze photographs and make inferences about the lives of the people depicted in them. Individuals will exhibit their understanding of first-person narratives when they then use this information as a basis for writing a children's story from the perspective of an inanimate object. Creative and engaging way to practice first-person writing!