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Educator's Guides

27 MAGIC WORDS
An Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards

8 CLASS PETS + 1 SQUIRREL ÷ 1 DOG = CHAOS
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

A FROG’S LIFE Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

AFTER THE ASHES
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

AMAZING PLANT POWERS: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt, and Change the World
Educator’s guide featuring plant projects and a vocabulary activity sheet.

ANIMALS WORK & Ted Lewin Informational Books
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities for Ted Lewin’s I Like to Read® books: LOOK!, WHAT AM I? WHERE AM I?, CAN YOU SEE ME?, and ANIMALS WORK. Includes Common Core State Standards.

ANNE FRANK CASE: Simon Wiesenthal’s Search for the Truth
Educators’ Guide

ANTS RULE: THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Lesson plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS!
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

AUNT ANT LEAVES THROUGH THE LEAVES
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

BECAUSE THEY MARCHED: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion aligned with CCSS, connections to the movie Selma and suggestions for further exploration.

BECOMING BEN FRANKLIN: How a Candle-Maker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
Questions for Classroom Discussion, Curriculum Connections, and Common Core State Standards

BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET
Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards.

Behind Closed Doors
Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards.

BENNY GOODMAN AND TEDDY WILSON: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

BIG CAT: An I Like to Read® Book, Level A
Lesson Plan

BIG RIVER’S DAUGHTER
Educator’s guide with classroom activities and questions for discussion.

BIRDS MAKE NESTS
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

BODY ACTIONS
Educator’s Guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

BOSTON TEA PARTY, THE
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

BROWN V. BOARD: A FIGHT FOR SIMPLE JUSTICE
Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards.

BULLET CATCH, THE: Murder by Misadventure
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

BURIED LIVES
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Instructional Standards.

CANARY IN THE COAL MINE
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

CARMEN LEARNS ENGLISH
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

CAROLINE’S COMETS: A TRUE STORY
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

CAT WITH THE YELLOW STAR, THE
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

A CHILD’S CALENDAR
Classroom activities connecting to the Common Core State Standards.

CINCO DE MOUSE-O!
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration, as well as how to plan your own Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Clayton Stone Series
Discussion guide featuring questions for discussion and classroom extensions plus connections to the Instructional Standards for CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE and CLAYTON STONE, FACING OFF.

DAY OF THE DEAD / EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further reading, plus how to plan your own Día de Los Muertos party!

DIFFICULT BOY, A
Pre-Reading Activity, Discussion of Themes, Curriculum Connections, and About the Author

Dreamers Educator’s Guide

DREW THE SCREW: An I Like to Read® Book, Level E
Lesson plan showcasing using the long u vowel teams.

EDGAR ALLAN’S OFFICIAL CRIME INVESTIGATION NOTEBOOK Interdisciplinary Exploration Unit
A full unit with language arts and science activities, including discussion questions and poetry writing, with links to author videos about the writing process.

Educators’ Guide to The David A. Adler Picture Book Biographies
An American History Bookshelf from 1492 Through the Twentieth Century

ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

END OF THE LINE, THE
In-depth curriculum guide

EVEN AN OCTOPUS NEEDS A HOME
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

EVEN AN OSTRICH NEEDS A NEST
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

FAMILIES
Educator’s Guide and activity sheet that features questions for classroom discussion aligned with CCSS and an activity sheet for young readers.

Finding Langston
Educator's Guide

FIREBOY TO THE RESCUE! A Fire Safety Book
Educator’s guide featuring classroom resources and activities for Fire Safety, Prevention, and much more!

FIRST STAR Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

FISH FOR JIMMY: Inspired by One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp
Educator’s guide featuring activities connecting the Common Core State Standards to Literature/Language Arts, Art, Research. Extensive online resources included.

FOREST, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE?
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

FOX TAILS
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

FREAKY FAST FRANKIE JOE
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

FREEDOM SUMMER
Featuring questions for classroom discussion. Written by Pat Scales.

FREEDOM WALKERS: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Time Line

FREEDOM WALKERS: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Educator’s Guide

FROM SEED TO PLANT
Educator’s guide with Common Core State Standards connections!

FUN WITH ROMAN NUMERALS
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

GENEVIEVE’S WAR
An educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

Gibbons: A Year with Gail Gibbons
Activity Planning Guide Interior Pages

Gibbons: A Year with Gail Gibbons – Introduction
Activity Planning Guide Cover

Gibbons: Explore the World of Science with Gail Gibbons
A BRAND NEW guide showcasing Gail’s newest science books! Features reproducible activities to use pre, during, and post-reading, and a culminating activity that can be applied to all of her books. Also included are a comprehensive booklist, and a certificate of membership for the “Gail Gibbons Science Team.”

GIRLS OF GETTYSBURG, THE
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

GRAND MOSQUE OF PARIS: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust
Educators’ Guide

GROW! RAISE! CATCH! How We Get Our Food
Lesson Plan with Instructional Standards

GUNNER, FOOTBALL HERO
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

HAPPY ENDINGS: A Story About Suffixes
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

HAUNTED HOUSE, HAUNTED MOUSE
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

HELLO SPRING!
Lesson plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

HERE IN HARLEM
Guide featuring Discussion Questions, Classroom Activities, and Suggestions for Further Reading.

HERE IS BIG BUNNY
Lesson plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

HEY, HEY, HAY! Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

HIDDEN
Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards.

HUNTER MORAN Series Educator’s Guide
Educator’s Guide for the three book series featuring Common Core State Standards and questions for classroom discussion.

IMMORTAL MAX
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

IRENA SENDLER AND THE CHILDREN OF THE WARSAW GHETTO
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

ISLAND WAR
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Instructional Standards.

JUMP Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO: The Story of Louis Armstrong
Discussion and Activity Guide explores this joyful tribute to the virtuoso musician and buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz.

KIKI AND JACQUES
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

LAFAYETTE AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION and WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE Combo Guide
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions and links for further reading. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

Language Arts Educators’ Guide
Teach Language Arts: Picture Books for the Classroom

LET’S ESTIMATE: A BOOK ABOUT ESTIMATING AND ROUNDING NUMBERS
Lesson plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

LIGHT WAVES Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

LION AND THE MICE, THE: An I Like to Read® Book
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

LITTLE PUPPY AND THE BIG GREEN MONSTER
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

LOOK! An I Like to Read® Book, Level D
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

LOOK AND BE GRATEFUL
Downloadable poster and activity sheet with Common Core State Standards.

MAGNETS PUSH, MAGNETS PULL
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

Mary Amato Author 360
Get the 360 on Mary Amato with this Bio, Discussion Guides for her books, and an author Q&A!

MAYFLOWER, THE
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

ME FIRST! Prefixes Lead the Way
This Discussion and Activity Guide will “REview,” “ENlighten,” and “UNleash” the knowledge of “PREfixes”!

MENDING HORSES
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

MENDING HORSES and A DIFFICULT BOY Combo Guide
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

MIN MAKES A MACHINE Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

MONEY MADNESS
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

MONSTER HEALTH BOOK: A Guide To Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great For Monsters & Kids
Educator’s Activity Guide

MS. SPELL
Lesson plan aligned with Common Core State Standards.

MUDDY AS A DUCK PUDDLE AND OTHER AMERICAN SIMILES
Educator’s guide featuring Language Arts classroom activities—and art and geography, too.

MY AWESOME SUMMER BY P. MANTIS
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

NANNY X Series
Discussion guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and connections to the Common Core State Standards for NANNY X and NANNY X RETURNS.

NEW SHOES
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

NO FAIR SCIENCE FAIR
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

NO KIMCHI FOR ME! Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

Noodlehead Nightmares Educator’s Guide
Educator’s guide with classroom discussion questions and classroom activities.

OLLIE’S CLASS TRIP
Lesson plan aligned with Common Core State Standards

ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA
Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards.

ONE IS A FEAST FOR MOUSE
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities, online resources, and suggestions for further reading.

ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities for art, mathematics, language arts, science, and literature.

ORPHAN AND THE MOUSE, THE
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

OUR TEACHER IS A VAMPIRE AND OTHER (NOT) TRUE STORIES
An Educator’s Guide filled with classroom activities and online resources.

OUT IN LEFT FIELD
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

PAINTING THE RAINBOW
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

PEEPER AND ZEEP: An I Like to Read® Book, Level E
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.

PERIMETER, AREA, AND VOLUME
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

PICTURE BOOK OF DANIEL BOONE, A
Discussion questions and interdisciplinary connections with Common Core State Standards.

PICTURE BOOK OF DOLLEY AND JAMES MADISON, A
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

PICTURE BOOK OF HARRY HOUDINI, A
Educators’ guide featuring classroom activities and tips for doing your own magic tricks.

A PICTURE BOOK OF SAM HOUSTON
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

PIG AND CAT ARE PALS Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

PIP SITS: An I Like to Read® Book, Level D
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.

PLOT CHICKENS, THE
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

POLKA DOTS FOR POPPY Guide & Poster
Poster and discussion guide aligned to Instructional Standards.

RADIO GIRL
Discussion questions and interdisciplinary connections with Common Core State Standards.

REACH FOR THE MOON, LITTLE LION
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

REVENGE OF THE STAR SURVIVORS
Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards.

ROLLER DERBY RIVALS
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! Predators and Prey in the African Savanna
Lesson plan featuring new vocabulary words and discussion questions centered around the African savanna and predator & prey relationships.

SAFEST LIE, THE
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

SEE ME DIG Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

SEE ME RUN Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

SEEKING CASSANDRA
Educator’s Guide filled with classroom activities, questions for discussion and more.

Sesame Seade Series Educator’s Guide/Activity Sheet
Includes an educator’s guide with Common Core State Standards and, for kids, “Sesame Seade’s Stellar Guide to Becoming a Supersleuth!”

SHADES OF PEOPLE
Educator’s Guide featuring classroom activities for language arts and art, as well as suggestions for further exploration.

SHADOW COLLECTOR’S APPRENTICE, THE
Educators’ Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT ENERGY
Educator’s Guide featuring classroom activities, suggestions for further reading, and more!

SNOW DAY FOR MOUSE
Educator’s Guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

STAY-AT-HOME SAMMY AND THE RUNAWAY SPOT
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

STRUDEL’S FOREVER HOME
Educator’s guide that is aligned with instructional standards featuring classroom activities and questions for discussion.

SUSAN MARCUS BENDS THE RULES
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.

SWING SISTERS: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.

The Adventures Of A Girl Called Bicycle

THE FRUITS WE EAT / THE VEGETABLES WE EAT
Features questions for classroom discussion aligned with CCSS and activity sheets for both books.

THE SLEEPING GYPSY Poster and Educator’s Guide
Downloadable poster and educator’s guide

THERE’S A FROG IN MY THROAT
Language Arts Curriculum Connections and Questions for the Classroom

TRANSPORTATION! How People Get Around
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.

TRUDY’S BIG SWIM: HOW GERTRUDE EDERLE SWAM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL AND TOOK THE WORLD BY STORM
Lesson Plan featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

¡VÁMONOS! LET’S GO!: An adaptation of “The Wheels on the Bus” in English and Spanish
Lesson plan featuring questions for classroom discussion, connections to the Common Core State Standards and sheet music for “The Wheels on the Bus.”

VERY RICH
Educator’s Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Instructional Standards.

VIETNAM: A HISTORY OF THE WAR
Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards.

WHAT A TREASURE!
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.

WHAT AM I? WHERE AM I? & Ted Lewin Informational Books
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities for Ted Lewin’s I Like to Read® books: LOOK!, WHAT AM I? WHERE AM I?, CAN YOU SEE ME?, and ANIMALS WORK. Includes Instructional Standards.

WHEN THE COUSINS CAME Lesson Plan
Featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards

WHEN THE SERGEANT CAME MARCHING HOME
Educator’s Guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.

WHISTLE IN THE DARK
Discussion questions and interdisciplinary connections with Common Core State Standards.

WHOSE EYE AM I?
Lesson plan featuring discussion questions centered around how different animals use their sense of sight and classroom activities.

WING WING BROTHERS CARNIVAL DE MATH, The
Educator’s Guide featuring interdisciplinary classroom activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

WRITING WITH ROSE: YOU CAN WRITE A STORY TOO
Educator’s Guide aligned with Instructional Standards.

YOU’RE PULLING MY LEG! 400 Human-Body Sayings from Head to Toe
Educator’s Guide. Hip, hip hooray! Street and Brace have put their heads together and come up with a book about idioms that hits the topic right on the nose for elementary school students and English language learners.

YUMMY!
Educator’s guide featuring classroom activities with connections to the Common Core State Standards.