Ch 6: Teaching Fantasy Books for Children

About This Chapter

This chapter provides information to improve your ability to teach fantasy books for children. Take a look at questions that can be asked and activities that can assist in that purpose.

Teaching Fantasy Books for Children - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert instructors go over material that applies to the teaching of fantasy books for children in the classrooms of all teachers. Review of this chapter will present you with such things as:

  • Questions for comprehending and discussing The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
  • The Indian in the Cupboard comprehension questions and activities
  • Tuck Everlasting activities, comprehension questions, and discussion questions
  • Lesson plan, summary, quotes, and activities for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Short, focused lessons will help you feel more prepared to analyze and discuss different fantasy books to your students. The chapter also provides activities and lesson plans you may use in your classroom.

How It Helps

  • Increases student ability to apply: You'll discover activities for Tuck Everlasting that can be used in the classroom.
  • Familiarizes you with tools to increase student comprehension: You will see examples of questions you can use to get students more involved with the story they are reading.
  • Provides story summary information: You'll see a summary of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane that can be used in teaching your students this story.

Skills Covered

When you are done with this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Build a lesson plan for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  • Create thought provoking discussions for Tuck Everlasting
  • Improve classroom and individual student understanding of The Indian in the Cupboard with engaging activities

66 Lessons in Chapter 6: Teaching Fantasy Books for Children
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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Lesson Plan

1. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Lesson Plan

Streamline your instruction of C. S. Lewis' 'The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe' with this lesson plan. With it, you will provide your students with two text lessons that give them the chance to revise a written report, an activity based on their favorite line of the book, and a worksheet that assesses comprehension.

Themes in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Lesson Plan

2. Themes in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the themes of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and find textual evidence of those themes. Students will also create their own narrative, focusing on theme.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Comprehension Questions

3. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Comprehension Questions

Many novels are more than just a good story. 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' is an incredible story full of meanings that apply both in the story and in the real world. This lesson offers a number of short answer and essay comprehension questions based on the book.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Discussion Questions

4. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Discussion Questions

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantastic book to discuss with students of all ages. Check out these discussion questions on individual chapters and the book as a whole. They will help elementary students grasp the major themes, characters, and plot points of the tale.

The Indian in the Cupboard Comprehension Questions

5. The Indian in the Cupboard Comprehension Questions

Use this lesson to guide your students as they read The Indian in the Cupboard. Comprehension questions are given for literary elements like plot, characters, and setting, and offer a wide range of options for all readers.

The Indian in the Cupboard Activities

6. The Indian in the Cupboard Activities

This lesson provides you with activity ideas for the book The Indian in the Cupboard that assess important elements your students need to know. Use for post or during-reading for children on all levels.

Tuck Everlasting Activities

7. Tuck Everlasting Activities

The activities in this lesson will help students assign deeper meaning to 'Tuck Everlasting'. Included are both group and individual activities that can be assigned to take home, or incorporated in the classroom.

Tuck Everlasting Comprehension Questions

8. Tuck Everlasting Comprehension Questions

Teachers, help your students understand literary elements such as characters, setting, and plot using these comprehension questions. A broad range of questions are asked for students on all reading levels.

Tuck Everlasting Discussion Questions

9. Tuck Everlasting Discussion Questions

The questions in this lesson can be used online or in a classroom setting to ensure students are keeping up with reading assignments and gaining a deeper understanding of the plot, theme, setting, and characters of Tuck Everlasting.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Lesson Plan

10. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Lesson Plan

The Miraculous Story of Edward Tulane is a dynamic book packed with symbolism. Use this lesson to review key concepts in the novel with your students, then apply concepts with a fun activity.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Activities

11. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Activities

''The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane'' is about a china rabbit doll who endures many life challenges only to find happiness again. This lesson provides activities to help students think about the story and learn a bit of American history.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Lesson Plan

12. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan in conjunction with Chris Van Allsburg's 'The Mysteries of Harris Burdick' to increase engagement and comprehension. You will find a text lesson to preview key plot ideas before students read the text and apply concepts to writing.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

13. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

'The Mysteries of Harris Burdick' by Chris Van Allsburg is a children's picture book. After reading the book, you will be left to wonder about the mystery of Burdick ... who he was, what happened to him, and if he was even real or not!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Lesson Plan

14. The Invention of Hugo Cabret Lesson Plan

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is an engaging work of historical fiction. This lesson plan uses two text lessons to summarize the plot of the book and present key characters and quotes. A worksheet, quiz and activity measure comprehension.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Book Summary & Genre

15. The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Book Summary & Genre

'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick is a captivating story presented in both writing and pictures. Let's explore this touching story of an orphan boy living and working in a French train station.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: Characters & Quotes

16. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: Characters & Quotes

From train stations to machines and movies to magic, Hugo's life is changed when he meets Isabelle in The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the captivating characters and quotes in this magical story.

Bunnicula Lesson Plan

17. Bunnicula Lesson Plan

Use this lesson after reading the book 'Bunnicula' by James Howe to help students summarize its plot. Students will then analyze characters using their thoughts, feelings, and actions as evidence.

Bunnicula: Summary & Characters

18. Bunnicula: Summary & Characters

What has fangs, red eyes, and a black cape? I bet you would never guess it to be a rabbit! In the story ''Bunnicula,'' you'll learn more about a strange little rabbit and the crazy antics of the other pets in his new household.

Bunnicula Activities & Games

19. Bunnicula Activities & Games

Activities are a great way to teach and reinforce concepts and deepen understanding of reading. Use this lesson plan to plan activities for your students as they read the novel Bunnicula.

Bunnicula Comprehension Questions

20. Bunnicula Comprehension Questions

Reading Bunnicula with your students? Need a little help coming up with questions to determine comprehension? This lesson gives you questions you can use immediately to assess student understanding of characters, setting and plot.

The Graveyard Book Lesson Plan

21. The Graveyard Book Lesson Plan

Students will enjoy this lesson plan as it explores life and death in The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. After students have read the book, they will read a lesson, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

The Graveyard Book: Summary & Characters

22. The Graveyard Book: Summary & Characters

If you like to read fantasy or ghost stories, you'll love Neil Gaiman's novel ''The Graveyard Book''. Continue with this lesson for a summary of the story and characters of this award-winning novel.

Science Fiction Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. Science Fiction Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Your students may like science fiction, but can they name the literary elements that are unique to this genre? A text lesson lays out important facts for students in this lesson plan and a worksheet assesses understanding before students create their own piece of science fiction.

Science Fiction Lesson for Kids: Definition & Stories

24. Science Fiction Lesson for Kids: Definition & Stories

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in outer space or travel to another time? What do you think technology will provide us with in the future? In this lesson, learn about science fiction books and where they can take your imagination!

Fantasy Genre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. Fantasy Genre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What types of things take place in the fantasy genre of fiction? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to inform students on the basics of the fantasy genre. A small group activity allows students to bring their understanding of these concepts to the page.

Fantasy Genre Lesson for Kids

26. Fantasy Genre Lesson for Kids

One very popular category of children's books is the fantasy genre. This lesson explores the characteristics of the fantasy genre and discusses examples of children's fantasy books.

Aliens Are Coming! Lesson Plan

27. Aliens Are Coming! Lesson Plan

Imagine what it would be like if all you had for entertainment in your home was a radio! Now imagine that you heard over that radio that the planet was being invaded by aliens! We'll get to imagine both in this lesson as we read ''Aliens Are Coming!'' by Meghan McCarthy.

Aliens Ate My Homework Lesson Plan

28. Aliens Ate My Homework Lesson Plan

Strengthen student comprehension and engagement of the text 'Aliens Ate My Homework' by Bruce Coville. We'll share after-reading summary strategies, a comprehension game and culminating activity.

Aliens for Lunch Lesson Plan

29. Aliens for Lunch Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, retell the story from another point of view, and define unfamiliar words while reading ''Aliens for Lunch'' by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra.

Aliens for Breakfast Lesson Plan

30. Aliens for Breakfast Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, retell the story using props, and define unfamiliar terms while reading ''Aliens for Breakfast'' by Jonathan Etra and Stephanie Spinner.

Half Upon a Time Lesson plan

31. Half Upon a Time Lesson plan

'Half Upon a Time' by James Riley is a fantastically twisted play on the original fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. This lesson plan reinforces key aspects of the book. An activity gives students a chance to re-enact their favorite parts of the story.

Mouse Bird Snake Wolf Lesson Plan

32. Mouse Bird Snake Wolf Lesson Plan

'Mouse Bird Snake Wolf' by David Almond is a story of creation and imagination. This lesson plan introduces students to the story and its message. An activity gives students a chance to become creators.

The Kitchen Knight Lesson Plan

33. The Kitchen Knight Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses 'The Kitchen Knight' by Margaret Hodges to teach about characters, including identifying key characteristics, comparing and contrasting characters, and identifying how story events contribute to character growth.

Summary of The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges: Lesson for Kids

34. Summary of The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges: Lesson for Kids

Knights and castles and adventures, oh my! In this lesson, you'll learn more about Sir Gareth's first big adventure in the book 'The Kitchen Knight' by Margaret Hodges.

A Tale Dark and Grimm Discussion Questions

35. A Tale Dark and Grimm Discussion Questions

'A Tale Dark and Grimm' is a young-adult novel by Adam Gidwitz that reexamines some of the Grimm's fairy tales. These questions can help guide a class discussion on the plot, themes, and characters of this novel.

Paper Bag Princess Discussion Questions

36. Paper Bag Princess Discussion Questions

'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch is a charming fairy tale with a twist. It won't take long to read, and can be used to start some interesting conversations. This list contains discussion questions for both younger and older readers.

Through the Looking Glass Discussion Questions

37. Through the Looking Glass Discussion Questions

'Through the Looking Glass' by Lewis Carroll is the sequel to his popular children's fantasy 'Alice's Adventure in Wonderland.' These questions will support a classroom discussion about this novel.

Tuck Everlasting Unit Plan

38. Tuck Everlasting Unit Plan

''Tuck Everlasting'' is a children's book for upper elementary and middle school students by Natalie Babbitt that explores themes related to coming of age, immortality, and love. This unit plan provides an outline for an instructional unit about this novel.

Alice in Wonderland Project Ideas

39. Alice in Wonderland Project Ideas

''Alice in Wonderland'' is a beloved and time-honored novel and one that is wonderfully ridiculous. These project ideas can help your students engage with the themes and ideas in this novel in creative ways.

Alice in Wonderland Discussion Questions

40. Alice in Wonderland Discussion Questions

Would you like to teach your students about the iconic book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? These helpful discussion questions will encourage them to think deeper about the concepts presented by Lewis Carroll.

The Wizard of Oz Discussion Questions

41. The Wizard of Oz Discussion Questions

''The Wizard of Oz'' is full of interesting information, use of literary devices and character metaphor. This asset offers multiple discussion questions to guide your students in meaningful discussions after reading this classic novel.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Discussion Questions

42. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Discussion Questions

''Where the Mountain Meets the Moon'' is an epic children's novel by Grace Lin. With these discussion questions, your students can work through the story's characters, plot, and themes.

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen Activities

43. Mudshark by Gary Paulsen Activities

Gary Paulsen's ''Mudshark'' is a fun book, so it's a good one to get students engaged on a different level. These activities can help your students delve deeper into the book and work on literacy skills as well.

Jim and the Beanstalk Activities

44. Jim and the Beanstalk Activities

After reading 'Jim and the Beanstalk' by Raymond Briggs, use these activities in your preschool or early elementary school classroom to let students think more about the plot and meaning of the book.

Pearl and Wagner Activities

45. Pearl and Wagner Activities

'Pearl and Wagner' is a series of books by Kate McMullan about two friends and the many adventures they navigate together. Use the activities below to make the stories come alive for your students.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Discussion Questions

46. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Discussion Questions

''The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane'' is an engaging and eventful story. These discussion questions can help your students work through the plot, events, and themes of this novel.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Discussion Questions

47. The Invention of Hugo Cabret Discussion Questions

'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick is an adventure featuring an ingenious homeless orphan. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.

Skellig Activities

48. Skellig Activities

''Skellig'' is a children's novel that mixes the mundane and fantastical. These activity ideas will provide students with ways to interact with the ideas and themes of this story.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu Discussion Questions

49. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu Discussion Questions

'Breadcrumbs' is a fictional novel written by Anne Ursu in 2011. In this novel, young readers will read a ''grown-up'' fairy tale that is a twist on the stories they likely enjoyed when they were younger.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Discussion Questions

50. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Discussion Questions

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' is the sixth novel in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This resource provides discussion questions for teachers using this book as a novel study.

The Girl Who Could Fly Discussion Questions

51. The Girl Who Could Fly Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to help your upper elementary and middle school students chat about 'The Girl Who Could Fly.' These questions will help you guide them through the exciting plot, dynamic characters, major themes, and fantasy elements.

Graceling Discussion Questions

52. Graceling Discussion Questions

If you have a class or reading group that enjoys fantasy, try reading Kristin Cashore's 'Graceling.' Then guide your students through Cashore's magical world using these questions about the story, literary elements, and personal response.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Discussion Questions

53. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Discussion Questions

Allowing time for open discussion can help students process what they have read. The discussion questions offered here will engage your students in all aspects of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Discussion Questions

54. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Discussion Questions

The Harry Potter series is a favorite for middle school students. The questions offered here will guide your students into an engaging discussion on the most salient aspects of the third book in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Old Willis Place Discussion Questions

55. Old Willis Place Discussion Questions

'The Old Willis Place' is a children's horror story that can open up room for class discussion about several topics. These questions can help to guide that discussion.

Skellig Discussion Questions

56. Skellig Discussion Questions

Skellig is a masterful work of magical realism most appropriate for upper elementary and middle school. These discussion questions will help you guide your students through the characters, symbolism, and theme of this haunting and heartwarming story.

The Absent Author Discussion Questions

57. The Absent Author Discussion Questions

Mysteries motivate many students to read. The A to Z Mysteries are a fun series for elementary readers. Start your class off with 'The Absent Author,' then discuss the story, literary elements, and students' personal responses using this set of questions.

The Name of This Book is Secret Discussion Questions

58. The Name of This Book is Secret Discussion Questions

'The Name of this Book is Secret' is a children's mystery novel by Pseudonymous Bosch about two 11-year-old sleuths who are investigating the death of a magician. This resource provides discussion questions about this novel.

Lemons by Melissa Savage Discussion Questions

59. Lemons by Melissa Savage Discussion Questions

Melissa Savage's book 'Lemons' can capture the minds and hearts of your elementary school students with its tales of Bigfoot and friendship. Use these discussion questions to help them delve more deeply into the novel's themes.

Crenshaw Book Discussion Questions

60. Crenshaw Book Discussion Questions

'Crenshaw' is an important book that includes complex themes and colorful characters. Help your upper elementary or middle school-age students explore more about the thematic elements in this novel using these discussion questions.

Bunnicula Discussion Questions

61. Bunnicula Discussion Questions

'Bunnicula' is an amusing tale of a family and their new pet. Narrated by the dog, the book reflects a fun and unique perspective. This question set contains pre-reading questions, personal response questions, and questions about the book's literary elements.

Flora and Ulysses Discussion Questions

62. Flora and Ulysses Discussion Questions

'Flora and Ulysses' is a children's novel by Kate DiCamillo about a young girl named Flora Belle Buckman and a squirrel named Ulysses with superpowers. This asset provides discussion questions about this Newberry Award winning book.

A Wrinkle in Time Book Club Discussion Questions

63. A Wrinkle in Time Book Club Discussion Questions

'A Wrinkle in Time' is an amazing choice for any book club, especially one that includes children. Strong readers will enjoy discussing this novel using these discussion questions designed to guide readers through critical contemplation of the novel.

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy Discussion Questions

64. Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy Discussion Questions

The following discussion questions are designed to help you guide your students through a structured discussion about the first book of the Wings of Fire series, 'The Dragonet Prophecy'.

Peter Pan Discussion Questions

65. Peter Pan Discussion Questions

'Peter Pan' is a beloved, enduring children's novel by J.M. Barrie about a young boy who never grows up and lives an adventurous life with no adult supervision. The asset provides classroom discussion questions about this novel.

Savvy by Ingrid Law Discussion Questions

66. Savvy by Ingrid Law Discussion Questions

The following questions can help to guide your students through a class discussion on the young-adult novel ''Savvy'' as students work through their thoughts and reactions to this story.

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