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Ch 2: Teaching Elementary Chapter Books

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Develop and strengthen your elementary school students' reading comprehension skills by utilizing our lesson plan outlines. Get class discussion and project ideas designed to encourage your elementary readers to think about what they have read.

Teaching Elementary Chapter Books - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter focus on questions you can use in your classroom to support your reading syllabus. Using these lesson plans, you can lead discussions about specific elementary chapter books, such as Judy Moody Saves the World, Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, The War with Grandpa and Fourth Grade Rats.

Once your students have fully understood this material, you can develop questions for other types of elementary chapter books.

How It Helps

  • Provides class discussion topics : Helps students learn about elementary chapter books by facilitating class discussions.
  • Uses activities/games: Makes learning the material fun and engaging by providing ideas for activities and projects that stimulates and challenges your students.
  • Increases participation: Discussions and hands-on projects encourage student participation and enhances their learning experience.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning strategies for teaching elementary chapter books easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific elementary chapter book topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your children's books class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related elementary chapter books lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of elementary chapter books from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant elementary chapter book activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

47 Lessons in Chapter 2: Teaching Elementary Chapter Books
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Reading Fair Project Ideas

1. Reading Fair Project Ideas

A reading fair is a great way to get readers of all ages involved in sharing their reading. These projects for elementary readers provide multiple options for engaging ways to share favorite books.

Reading Fair Project Ideas for 3rd Grade

2. Reading Fair Project Ideas for 3rd Grade

Reading fairs provide a unique opportunity for students to share their favorite book with others. These projects provide an opportunity for third grade students to read, analyze, and participate in in-depth discussions about books.

Judy Moody Saves the World Comprehension Questions

3. Judy Moody Saves the World Comprehension Questions

Teachers, use this lesson to confirm students comprehended the book. Enhance their critical thinking skills by assigning It's All About What You Think questions. This lesson may be used independently, or in a group or classroom setting.

Fourth Grade Rats Comprehension Questions

4. Fourth Grade Rats Comprehension Questions

Fourth Grade Rats is a well-loved novel in many elementary schools. These comprehension questions will help you teach this book to your students while assessing and enhancing their understanding.

Shoeshine Girl Comprehension Questions

5. Shoeshine Girl Comprehension Questions

This is the perfect lesson for you to use before, during and after your students read Shoeshine Girl. Multi-level questions are asked about important literary elements such as plot, character and setting.

The Best School Year Ever Comprehension Questions

6. The Best School Year Ever Comprehension Questions

Hilarious, exciting, entertaining yet touching, 'The Best School Year Ever' by Barbara Robinson is a favorite of students and teachers alike. This lesson provides comprehension questions pertaining to characters, plot, and setting.

The Hundred Dresses Comprehension Questions

7. The Hundred Dresses Comprehension Questions

Teachers, students will confirm their understanding of the book by answering the discussion questions. Challenge their critical thinking skills by assigning It's All About What You Think questions.

The War with Grandpa Comprehension Questions

8. The War with Grandpa Comprehension Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to ensure your students' understanding of the book. Assign What Do You Think questions to increase their critical thinking and analysis skills. This lesson may be used in a traditional classroom or online environment.

Voices in the Park Lesson Plan

9. Voices in the Park Lesson Plan

'Voices in the Park' by Anthony Browne is an excellent means of teaching students about point of view. This lesson plan builds upon the book with the help of a video lesson and activity.

Story Elements Activities

10. Story Elements Activities

Can your students identify the parts of a story? If you're looking for fun and easy ways to teach the parts of a story to your class, look no further. These activities were designed with you in mind!

Graphic Novels for Children

11. Graphic Novels for Children

Graphic novels are great ways to get kids involved with reading and keep them interested. This lesson provides a list of graphic novels for different ages.

The King's Equal Lesson Plan

12. The King's Equal Lesson Plan

'The King's Equal,' a tale by Katherine Paterson, is the focus of this lesson plan. Activities will involve the students in summarizing the story, analyzing characters and providing evidence from the text to support their conclusions.

The Lucky Baseball Bat Lesson Plan

13. The Lucky Baseball Bat Lesson Plan

This lesson plan presents the class with a text lesson on ''The Lucky Baseball Bat'' by Matt Christopher. Students will also engage in a group activity that involves summarizing chapters from the book and presenting to the class.

The Lucky Baseball Bat: Lesson for Kids

14. The Lucky Baseball Bat: Lesson for Kids

Matt Christopher's classic chapter book 'The Lucky Baseball Bat', though written in 1954, has many exciting moments for elementary students fascinated by the game of baseball.

Operation Yes Lesson Plan

15. Operation Yes Lesson Plan

After reading ''Operation Yes,'' by Sara L. Holmes, this lesson plan will help you comprehensively review the book with your students. Students will summarize the book, discuss characters and plot, and will examine the use of drama in the book.

Operation Yes: Book Summary & Characters

16. Operation Yes: Book Summary & Characters

This lesson will help middle school teachers introduce the novel ''Operation Yes'' to students. Its themes of war, family, community, and activism will resonate across diverse populations. We will learn about the plot, characters, and setting of Sara Lewis Holmes' 2011 novel.

Journey to the River Sea Lesson Plan

17. Journey to the River Sea Lesson Plan

As a result of this lesson, students will gain a deeper understanding of plot of the book, 'Journey to the River Sea,' by Eva Ibbotson, as they summarize the text and use story tableau to present important scenes.

Journey to the River Sea Book: Summary & Quotes

18. Journey to the River Sea Book: Summary & Quotes

This lesson tells the story of ''Journey to the River Sea'' (Ibbotson 2001). We will learn about Maia's journey across Brazil, the friends she makes there, and the conflicts that tear her world apart.

Memoir Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. Memoir Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Do you need a fun way to teach your students about memoirs? This lesson plan does just that with the help of a text lesson to summarize key points. An activity gives students the chance to author their own mini memoir.

Memoir Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

20. Memoir Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Although many people read books to be entertained or escape to a far off place, reading books about other people's lives can also be both informative and exciting. In this lesson, you will learn about a type of writing called a memoir.

The Butterfly Lion Lesson Plan

21. The Butterfly Lion Lesson Plan

This lesson plan increases comprehension of the book, 'The Butterfly Lion'. Instruction and activities are used for before, during, and after reading the book. Choose from a great list of activities to deepen reader understanding.

The Butterfly Lion Synopsis

22. The Butterfly Lion Synopsis

This lesson tells the summary of the book ''The Butterfly Lion'' by Michael Morpurgo. You'll learn about a young boy who runs away from his boarding school and meets an old woman named Millie, who tells him an amazing story.

Thiele's Storm Boy Lesson Plan

23. Thiele's Storm Boy Lesson Plan

Colin Thiele's ''Storm Boy'' is a classic tale of conservation. With this lesson plan, your students will discuss the themes of ''Storm Boy'' and examine how those themes appear throughout the story. They will design a book cover reflecting these themes.

Thiel's Storm Boy Activities

24. Thiel's Storm Boy Activities

Colin Thiele's novel, ~'Storm Boy~', provides an opportunity to talk about themes like loneliness, loss, and connections to the natural world. This lesson offers some activities that will help your students get as much as possible out of the book.

A Week in the Woods Discussion Questions

25. A Week in the Woods Discussion Questions

''A Week in the Woods'' is a popular children's book that deals with the ways that both children and adults can grow. These discussion questions can help your students work through the characters, plot, and themes of the book.

The Hit Away Kid Lesson Plan

26. The Hit Away Kid Lesson Plan

Teachers may use this lesson plan to teach students about Matt Christopher's 'The Hit-Away Kid.' Students will analyze characters and the events that prompt the characters to evolve.

The Hit Away Kid: Summary & Characters

27. The Hit Away Kid: Summary & Characters

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do anything to get it? You might beg your parents and make promises to get what you want, but would you cheat? In this lesson, we'll learn about a character that would do anything to win.

Alone in his Teacher's House Lesson Plan

28. Alone in his Teacher's House Lesson Plan

Can your students imagine being alone in YOUR house? This lesson plan supports the book 'Alone in His Teacher's House' by Louis Sachar and provides activities to support comprehension and engagement after reading .

Fluffy Meets the Groundhog Lesson Plan

29. Fluffy Meets the Groundhog Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe Groundhog Day, and write a poem inspired by the story while reading ''Fluffy Meets the Groundhog'' by Kate McMullan.

Beauty by Bill Wallace Lesson Plan

30. Beauty by Bill Wallace Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores the book Beauty by Bill Wallace. After students have read the book, assign the vocabulary, discussion questions, and activity to increase their comprehension of the characters and scenes.

The Family Under the Bridge Comprehension Questions

31. The Family Under the Bridge Comprehension Questions

Teachers, challenge students to explore their compassion for the homeless and utilize this lesson to ensure they read the book. Further enhance their critical thinking skills by assigning It's All About What You Think questions.

Rosie the Riveter Project Ideas

32. Rosie the Riveter Project Ideas

Rosie the Riveter is a powerful figure; an icon in both the 1940s and today. These project ideas will help your students examine the significance of Rosie the Riveter and develop a deeper understanding of US wartime culture.

Room On The Broom Activities for Kids

33. Room On The Broom Activities for Kids

'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson is a clever little story about a witch sharing her broom with animals she finds as she flies through the sky. The activities in this asset, aimed at lower elementary students, help students grasp the themes of the book.

Snowmen At Night Activities for Kids

34. Snowmen At Night Activities for Kids

Looking for a fun book to spice up some lessons about basic skills? Read 'Snowmen at Night,' and then check out these activities designed for lower elementary students.

First Day Jitters Activities for Kids

35. First Day Jitters Activities for Kids

'First Day Jitters' is a fun story about being nervous the first day of school. Written by Julie Danneburg, this clever book provides a fun little surprise at the end and opens up several opportunities for fun activities to extend learning.

Amigo Brothers Activities

36. Amigo Brothers Activities

''Amigos Brothers'' is a popular story filled with friendship and Puerto Rican slang, making it a fun read for many students. These activities can help you incorporate this book into your classroom.

The Search for the Missing Bones Activities

37. The Search for the Missing Bones Activities

'The Search for the Missing Bones' by Eva Moore is a children's book from 'The Magic School Bus' series about the skeletal system. This asset contains activities that accompany the book.

Class Clown by Johanna Hurwitz Activities

38. Class Clown by Johanna Hurwitz Activities

'Class Clown' is a book by Johanna Hurwitz about a mischievous boy who unwittingly becomes the class clown. Use the activities below to make this story truly come to life for young readers.

Skinnybones by Barbara Park Activities

39. Skinnybones by Barbara Park Activities

'Skinnybones'' is a great book written by Barbara Park about an entertaining rivalry between two classmates. The activities in this asset will bring the story alive for young readers.

A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold Activities

40. A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold Activities

'A Pet for Fly Guy' is a book by Tedd Arnold about a pet fly who wishes to have a pet of his own. Use the activities in this asset to help students appreciate the humor and the meaning behind the story.

Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It Activities

41. Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It Activities

'Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It' is a book written by Carey Armstrong-Ellis about a little girl who likes to collect things. Use the activities below to help students learn important lessons from the story.

Pocahontas and the Strangers Activities

42. Pocahontas and the Strangers Activities

''Pocahontas and the Strangers'' is a children's book about the life of Pocahontas. These activities can help students explore this book and American history in unique and creative ways.

The Jacket by Andrew Clements Activities

43. The Jacket by Andrew Clements Activities

Andrew Clement's novel 'The Jacket' addresses the hot-button issue of prejudice at an upper elementary level. These activities use discussion, role play, writing, and outreach to interact with the themes of this important novel.

Fearless by Eric Blehm Activities

44. Fearless by Eric Blehm Activities

'Fearless' is a nonfiction book about Navy SEAL Adam Brown, who overcame addiction and ultimately gave his life in combat. These activities can help your students delve deeper into this story.

Pippi Longstocking Book Discussion Questions

45. Pippi Longstocking Book Discussion Questions

'Pippi Longstocking' by Astrid Ericsson Lindgren is a children's book about a strong and unique 9-year-old Swedish girl. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this beloved novel.

The Family Under the Bridge Discussion Questions

46. The Family Under the Bridge Discussion Questions

''The Family Under the Bridge' is a seasonal children's book by Natalie Savage Carlson about a friendship between a homeless man and a homeless family. This asset provides classroom discussion questions about this novel.

My Father's Dragon Discussion Questions

47. My Father's Dragon Discussion Questions

Elementary students will love Elmer's cleverness as he adventures to Wild Island to save a baby dragon in 'My Father's Dragon.' Once your students finish reading about Elmer, deepen their understanding of the novel with these story, literary element, and personal response questions.

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