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Ch 4: Books for Elementary School

About This Chapter

This chapter is a quality resource for children's elementary school books. Lessons offer book summaries, information about characters, quotes and more and serve as great classroom, homework or test preparation aids for children.

Books for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

If you are looking for a quick guide to help elementary school children better understand their books, this chapter can help. Lessons take a close look at specific books and authors, while providing children with quality summaries, vocabulary words, character descriptions and quotes. With each lesson is a short quiz designed to gauge students' comprehension of the book concepts covered. A practice exam is also available to test their overall understanding of the lessons in this chapter.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with their elementary school books will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about their elementary school books.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding specific concepts in their elementary school books
  • Students with learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about their specific elementary school book concepts
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English language arts (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about their specific elementary school books
  • Students who struggle to understand their English language arts teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English language arts resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover the elementary school books your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about your student's elementary school books.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands his or her elementary school books by completing the Books for Elementary School chapter exam.

39 Lessons in Chapter 4: Books for Elementary School
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Books by Roald Dahl: Lesson for Kids

1. Books by Roald Dahl: Lesson for Kids

Read this lesson to find out who Roald Dahl was and all the different books he wrote. Learn about 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' 'Matilda,' 'James and the Giant Peach,' and more!

Esperanza Rising: Summary, Characters & Vocabulary

2. Esperanza Rising: Summary, Characters & Vocabulary

Esperanza is a word that means 'hope' in Spanish. It's also the name of main character Esperanza Ortega in the book 'Esperanza Rising', a young adult book written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and published in 2000. Learn a little bit about this book in the following lesson.

Frindle: Summary, Characters & Vocabulary

3. Frindle: Summary, Characters & Vocabulary

Have you ever thought about where things get their names from, and who gets to come up with the names for objects? Well, in the book 'Frindle', Nick Allen challenges words in an interesting and creative way.

Becoming Naomi Leon: Summary & Quotes

4. Becoming Naomi Leon: Summary & Quotes

In Pam Munoz Ryan's book, 'Becoming Naomi Leon', the main character, Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw, whose name 'Leon' means 'lion' in Spanish, has the heart of a lioness that's hiding inside a shy, quiet girl.

James & the Giant Peach: Author & Summary

5. James & the Giant Peach: Author & Summary

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a giant piece of fruit as your home? Did you ever feel lonely and need a friend? Do you love good books? Let's learn about James and the Giant peach by Roald Dahl in our lesson!

James & the Giant Peach: Theme & Characters

6. James & the Giant Peach: Theme & Characters

In this lesson, you will learn about the theme and characters in the book, ~'James & the Giant Peach~', written by Roald Dahl. A major theme in the book is friendship. James meets many new friends on his journey. Are you ready to read all about them?

The Butter Battle Book: Summary & Analysis

7. The Butter Battle Book: Summary & Analysis

Sometimes people think they are right and that everyone else is WRONG! That is what the Yooks and the Zooks think in the ''The Butter Battle Book'' by Dr. Seuss. In this lesson, learn about their disagreement and what can happen when ideas collide.

The Whipping Boy: Summary & Characters

8. The Whipping Boy: Summary & Characters

Join Jemmy and Prince Brat as they embark on a journey and together face villainous crooks, dancing bears, and sewer rats. Two seemingly opposite boys will have to work together and overcome their dislike for one another to get home.

Where the Wild Things Are: Summary & Characters

9. Where the Wild Things Are: Summary & Characters

Travel far from home with a boy named Max as he discovers a land filled with wild creatures and learns that being in charge isn't as easy as he may think. This lesson is the summary for 'Where the Wild Things Are.'

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles: Summary & Quotes

10. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles: Summary & Quotes

Are you ready to enter the world of Whangoodles? If so, you may enjoy the book, 'The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles'. In this lesson you will meet the main characters, learn about the main events and ending, and then get to read some quotes from the book.

Crash by Jerry Spinelli: Summary & Characters

11. Crash by Jerry Spinelli: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, you'll learn about the book 'Crash' by Jerry Spinelli. You will learn about the main characters, then read a brief summary of the book.

Superfudge by Judy Blume Lesson for Kids

12. Superfudge by Judy Blume Lesson for Kids

''Superfudge'' by Judy Blume focuses on the Hatcher family of four - soon to be five! Learn about the characters, where the story takes place, what the main character's problems are, and how he solves them in this lesson.

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary: Summary & Series

13. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary: Summary & Series

This lesson will summarize one of Beverly Cleary's most popular books,''Henry Huggins.'' It will also discuss the other five books Cleary wrote about the main character, Henry, and his many adventures.

The Sign of the Beaver: Summary & Author

14. The Sign of the Beaver: Summary & Author

'The Sign of the Beaver' is a historical fiction novel written in 1983 by Elizabeth George Speare. This lesson will give a brief summary of the book, then discuss the author, her other works, and her accomplishments.

The Sign of the Beaver: Setting & Characters

15. The Sign of the Beaver: Setting & Characters

This lesson will give you details about the novel 'The Sign of the Beaver' by Elizabeth George Speare. After this lesson, you will have learned about the main characters and the setting of the novel.

Jumanji: Book Summary & Characters

16. Jumanji: Book Summary & Characters

Can you imagine taking out your favorite board game to play only to find that with every move you make something from the board comes to life? While reading this story, the unimaginable becomes real.

The Polar Express: Book Characters & Summary

17. The Polar Express: Book Characters & Summary

''The Polar Express,'' by Chris Van Allsburg, is a classic Christmas picture book for all ages. Read the following lesson to learn more about the story and its cast of characters.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: Summary & Characters

18. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: Summary & Characters

Sadako Sasaki was a real girl who lived in Japan nearly a decade after an atomic bomb was dropped in an attempt to end World War II. Read her true story and learn how she inspires hope and peace to this day.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: Author & Genre

19. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: Author & Genre

'Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes' is a story that inspires hope and peace. Read about this true story, and learn some interesting facts about the author Eleanor Coerr.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling Summary

20. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling Summary

When have you ever felt brave? ''Rikki-Tikki-Tavi'' is a short story about unlikely friendships, fierce battles, and the courage of a special mongoose. Read the following lesson for all the highlights of this unforgettable story!

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi: Characters & Theme

21. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi: Characters & Theme

Sometimes students like to read up on a story's elements, like characters and theme, before sitting down to read the story. Read this lesson on 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi' and learn about the cast of characters and theme in this classic story!

Johnny Tremain: Summary & Characters

22. Johnny Tremain: Summary & Characters

Johnny Tremain is a Revolutionary War historical fiction novel that follows a poor apprentice through his journey from childhood to adulthood and shows his involvement in the rebel movement. Read the following lesson for a quick summary and the annotated list of characters.

Biography Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

23. Biography Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Have you ever wanted to learn about the first man on the moon? How about the person who invented the telephone? Reading biographies helps to give us information about important people. This lesson takes a look at characteristics and examples of biographies.

Stone Fox: Summary & Characters

24. Stone Fox: Summary & Characters

Grandfather is sick in bed, and it's up to Willy to try to save their farm. But to do it, Willy and Searchlight will have to be faster than Stone Fox, who has never ever lost a race. Complete this lesson to find out what happens!

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: Summary & Characters

25. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: Summary & Characters

Judy Blume's 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' tells the story of Peter Hatcher and his rambunctious, spoiled younger brother, Fudge. Everyone else thinks Fudge is so cute, but not Peter. He has had enough.

Sarah, Plain and Tall: Summary & Characters

26. Sarah, Plain and Tall: Summary & Characters

Patricia MacLachlan's 'Sarah, Plain and Tall' tells the story of a widow who is looking for a new wife and mother for his two children. In her journey to find a family, Sarah learns that home truly is where the heart is.

Island of the Blue Dolphins Summary

27. Island of the Blue Dolphins Summary

This lesson provides a brief summary of 'Island of the Blue Dolphins,' a young-adult novel written by Scott O'Dell. After a brief overview, we will discuss the novel's beginning, major conflicts, and thrilling conclusion.

Tuck Everlasting: Symbolism & Themes

28. Tuck Everlasting: Symbolism & Themes

In Tuck Everlasting, eleven-year-old Winnie Foster meets an unusual family in the woods and confronts the opportunity to live forever. In this lesson, we will explore some of the symbols and themes that make this a deep and thought-provoking story.

Tuck Everlasting: Setting & Quotes

29. Tuck Everlasting: Setting & Quotes

Natalie Babbitt's ''Tuck Everlasting'' tells the story of immortality, and whether or not living forever would be a good thing. The story's setting plays a key part in the decisions of main character, Winnie Foster.

Freckle Juice Summary

30. Freckle Juice Summary

Andrew Marcus wants freckles so badly. His friend Nicky has so many, but Andrew has none! Will Sharon's secret family recipe give Andrew the freckles he dreams of having? In this lesson, we will summarize Judy Blume's ''Freckle Juice''.

Al Capone Does My Shirts Summary

31. Al Capone Does My Shirts Summary

''Al Capone Does My Shirts'' by Gennifer Choldenko is a humorous book that takes us to Alcatraz in the 1930's, through the perspective of a prison guard's son. We watch as Moose and his sister, Natalie, struggle to adjust to life on Alcatraz.

The Chocolate Touch Summary

32. The Chocolate Touch Summary

'The Chocolate Touch' is a book by Patrick Skene Catlin. It follows the tale of a boy named John who's cursed so that everything he puts into his mouth turns into chocolate. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the story chapter by chapter.

Little House in the Big Woods: Series & Genre

33. Little House in the Big Woods: Series & Genre

This lesson talks about Laura Ingalls Wilder's book 'Little House in the Big Woods.' The book is the first in a series by the author about life for a family of pioneers living in America in the late 1800s.

Little House in the Big Woods Vocabulary

34. Little House in the Big Woods Vocabulary

~'Little House in the Big Woods~' is the first of a 9-book series that follows a little girl named Laura written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This lesson will go over the words from the book that are not used as much anymore but were a part of Laura's life.

The House on Mango Street Vocabulary

35. The House on Mango Street Vocabulary

'The House on Mango Street' by Sandra Cisneros is a coming-of-age story about Esperanza, a Latina girl who must choose to stay in her underprivileged neighborhood or seek a better life at the risk of leaving her family behind.

The Westing Game Vocabulary

36. The Westing Game Vocabulary

In Ellen Raskin's 'The Westing Game,' Samuel Westing has left the residents of Sunset Towers clues to solve the mystery of his death. Let's learn vocabulary that can help you follow along as the residents of Sunset Towers compete in Westing's game.

The Westing Game: Summary & Characters

37. The Westing Game: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, we will look at the intriguing puzzle mystery ''The Westing Game'' by Ellen Raskin, and discuss some of the fascinating characters in this award-winning adolescent novel.

My Brother Sam is Dead: Summary & Characters

38. My Brother Sam is Dead: Summary & Characters

'My Brother Sam is Dead' is the story of the Meeker family, and their life during the Revolutionary War. This lesson provides a summary on the story and gives insight on the characters.

My Brother Sam is Dead Discussion Questions

39. My Brother Sam is Dead Discussion Questions

'My Brother Sam is Dead' by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier is a novel about a family divided during the Revolutionary War. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this novel.

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