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5,106 Children's Literature Teacher Resources

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.
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 explore children's literature by reading biographies in class. In this history analysis instructional activity, 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.
Pupils 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.
Examine the contributions of African-Americans in the worlds of art and literature. Over the course of a few days, young scholars will read and analyze a poem, a short story, and a piece of art. They complete a range of comprehension-building activities, including writing poetry based on their reflections, comparing different people groups through a graph, and creating a class mural.
Honor Hans Christian Andersen while encouraging young readers with enjoyable projects and activities.
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
Practice grade-level reading comprehension with this instructional activity, in which middle schoolers read different examples of Native American literature. They discover different cultures while examining their own, and answer questions related to the readings. Use this instructional activity in your American Literature unit, or as a way to assess reading comprehension.
Young scholars discuss the factors that make a good children's book. After reading an article, they explore the prevalence of science in children's literature. In groups, they research a topic and translate it into easy language for a child to understand. They create one chapter of a children's science book.
Students 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.
Young scholars explore different types of student literature; they then write their own fiction pieces, in either fantasy/adventure or memoir/realism style.
Learners 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 engage in the process of problem solving with the help of children's literature story of how the whale was trapped and then freed. The story illustrates the power of teamwork and commitment. The students practice the skill of prediction throughout the story.
Students explore performing arts by reading a story in class. For this children's literature lesson, students read the story Three Little Kittens and identify the story elements by utilizing sentence strips. Students create cat masks and complete a bubble map which helps identify characters in the story.
Learners explore African-American students literature as an integral building block in empowering all learners to a better awareness when reading and writing. They use as a productive Social Studies tool for overall understanding of the culture.
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson or curriculum, will provide you with all the information you need to develop an excellent literature unit for this award winning book. Starting with background information about Scott O'Dell and his writing of the story, this guide moves on to provide a plot summary, character and setting descriptions, key vocabulary, important themes, and chapter related guiding questions. Also included are potential writing topics and extension activities, making this a complete resource for teaching this story. Consider reading this historical fiction novel as the class is learning about Native American cultures to allow for interdisciplinary connections.
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.
Fourth graders create found poetry. In this literature lesson, 4th graders use sources available from the Library of Congress to create poetry.  Analysis of best practices and technology integration articles are included to further support the teacher of this lesson
Young scholars use their personal experiences to create students's books for younger young scholars on topics to which they can relate. Students observe a guest speaker who talks about different formats of young scholars's books that are available, then students write, illustrate and share their own books with the younger audience.