Parent/Teacher Resources

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

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli  – Literature Unit Teachers’ Guide and Student Pages

 The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney – Activities

Additional Resources for featured PICTURE BOOKS

See also my 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

An Inconvenient Alphabet by Beth Anderson – Educator Guide,  Activity Packet

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee – Activity Page

Lizzie Demands a Seat by Beth Anderson – Educator Guide, Class Activity 

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

Activities for Picture Book Biographies


NONFICTION QUICK NOTES: A quick one page organizer to guide student thinking through informational text. (grades 2-6)


Writing Personal Narratives PDF from Carole Lee Dean

Blog post: 3 Reading Response Categories to Genuinely Engage Students with Texts


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)


Reading With Your Kids


From Ava, sent by her teacher: School Bus Safety – Including Tips for COVID-19

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