As an educator, my main focus was the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). But what works for them will also benefit other students. I’ll continue to add general reading activities and resources to this page, as well as those related to specific books. I’ve been helped along the way by many wonderful teachers and writers, and hope to give back a little by growing this page into a valuable resource. Please join the email list to find out when new resources are added.
Resources for featured MIDDLE GRADE books
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney – Activities
Additional Resources for featured PICTURE BOOKS
See also Perfect Picture Book Friday book recommendations. Each post includes several activities.
A Splash of Red, The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant – Literature Unit
Dare the Wind: The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey Fern – Activity Page
The Great Pasta Escape by Miranda Paul – Activity Page
It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee – Activity Page
Outstanding in the Rain: A Whole Story with Holes by Frank Viva – Activity Page
“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses by Beth Anderson – Educator Guide
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say – Activity Page
Whose Hands Are These? by Miranda Paul – Activity Page
NONFICTION QUICK NOTES: A quick one page organizer to guide student thinking through informational text. (grades 2-6)
VOCABULARY THAT STICKS – Tried-and-True Short Activities for Daily Practice of New Vocabulary
SYNONYM-INOES: Activities to get past tired overused adjectives. (grades 2-6)