Fall Books for Children

Books About Autumn:

Fall is perhaps the best season in the school year. During fall, we get to enjoy the outdoors, learn, have plenty of activities in and out of school. It’s an ideal time to learn about season and incorporate cross curriculum across subjects. Spring would be more exciting in the school year if it wasn’t for the yearly standardized test craze. Nothing beats fall. There is simply too many unbeatable things fall offers. Here are some my classroom favorite fall reads that are engaging and cross curricular.

"Awesome Autumn" by Goldstone - Lesson Plan

“Awesome Autumn” by Goldstone – Lesson Plan

“Awesome Autumn” by Goldstone –  is a comprehensive non-fiction for K-3. The text is visually engaging, and the book presents changing seasons, equinox, winter solstice, vanishing chlorophyll, harvest, and animal adaptations perfectly. This book is a great resource for many additional questions and further study of autumn and other seasons.

Fall Mixed Up Lesson Plan - by Bob Raczka

Fall Mixed Up Lesson Plan – by Bob Raczka

“Fall Mixed Up” by Bob Raczka – is a beloved humorous picture book. If your students are like every other students I ever met in primary grades, they love to correct other people. They will love catching all the backwards things in the text.

“Apples turn orange.

Pumpkins turn red.

Leaves float up into

blue skies overhead.”

(Note: Don’t expect the same type of enthusiasm when you asked them to correct their own writing :).)

Bob Racka’s “Fall Mixed Up” offers super humorous engaging text and illustrations that are a discussion of their own. This is a definite re-read year after year.

Fall Mixed Up Lesson Plan - by Bob Raczka

Fall Mixed Up Lesson Plan – by Bob Raczka

 

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin Lesson - K - 2

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin Lesson – K – 2

“How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara is another must have in your fall reading selection. “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” story incorporates language arts, math, and science in the story. It’s idea for practice skip counting by 2s and 5s, retelling the story, sequencing, comparing numbers, estimation, relation of number of seeds in a pumpkin and its size/ length of growth, etc. 

 

 

 

 

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Great Thanksgiving Books for Children

Best Thanksgiving Picture Books

Best Thanksgiving Picture Books

1. Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving – by Dav  Pilkey

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plan by Dav Pilkey

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

Grades: K-2

Subject: Language Arts, Thanksgiving,

Character development

Skills: Word Study, Reading Comprehension

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.7

DRA: 24

“Twas the night before Thanksgiving” by Dav Pilkey definitely makesthe cut with the other funny and engaging holiday reads, such as,”Twas the Night Before the Night Before Christmas” by Natasha Wing.

“Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” tells a story of a group of school kids who go on a field trip to a farm where they make friends with turkeys and have a grand time until Farmer Nugget tells them “a grim tale of dread”…

The story turns out for the best and the kids will love the ending.

The illustrations tell as much of the story as the story itself, while the rhymes

are perfect for the word study in grades K-2.

Great story that you’ll read over and over :).

For a full lesson plan, grades K-2, go to 

http://tinyurl.com/3lyw6lr

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin Lesson Plan

2. “How Many Seeds In a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara – another Thanksgiving MUST read! This wonderful story incorporates math, science, and language arts. Perfect for students in grades K-3. Kids practice estimating and skip counting while wondering if all the best guesses are already taken.

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara

original-2864987-13. “A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting Lesson Plan – This is a yearly Thanksgiving read, which teaches inferencing, prediction, the role of humor in the story and most of all kindness and consideration.

This lesson plan includes a “Shape Turkey” activity. Students make their own turkey out of shapes, a much needed daily hands on in primary grades that is a keepsake and a math activity.

Learn about the First Thanksgiving with “Thanksgiving on Thursday” by Mary Pople Osborne and “The First Thanksgiving” by Rhonda Gowler Green. 

Thanksgiving on Thursday & The First Thanksgiving Unit

Thanksgiving on Thursday & The First Thanksgiving Unit

In “Thanksgiving on Thursday” by Mary Pople Osborne – masterfully immerses the reader into the celebration of the first Thanksgiving with Jack, Annie, Pilgrimgs and Wampanoag Indians in the New Plymouth colony.

5 Stars! 

 

 

Thanksgiving Bundle - Picture Books

Thanksgiving Bundle – Picture Books

Best Halloween Picture Books

The Halloween Tree Lesson Plan

The Halloween Tree Lesson Plan

“The Halloween Tree” by Susan Montanari is a fresh 2019 Halloween picture book addition to our classroom library. The Little Tree doesn’t like decorations and is quite grumpy about becoming a beautiful tree. Determined to stay leafless, it finds a new purpose in life and is saved by the children by the end of the story. This is a super engaging Halloween story. There are some wonderful Halloween Trees to be made. This lesson plan includes both, space for students’ Halloween Trees and a coloring + decorating activity, as well as, reading comprehension questions, proofreading activity, past tense activity, word search, and cause & effect activity.

The Halloween Tree by Susan Montanari - Lesson Plan

The Halloween Tree by Susan Montanari – Lesson Plan

The Night Before Halloween Lesson Plan

The Night Before Halloween Lesson Plan

There is a pattern when it comes to Natasha Wing books, they are all loved by kids. “The Night Before Halloween” is a must read during Halloween season. This book is perfect for students in grades K-2, and like other Wing’s books, delivers catchy rhyme, a funny twist to a plot, and realistic moments. Every Halloween story has that one house that was too scary to go to. Unlike other holidays, Halloween doesn’t have many children’s story classics. “The Night Before Halloween” is a definite re-read year after year. 5 out of 5 stars!

 

 

 

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Happy Halloween!
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

Best Halloween Picture Books

Best Halloween Picture Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Dance of the Violin” by Stinson and Petricic – Lesson Plan

The Dance of the Violin by Stinson and Petricic - Lesson Plan

The Dance of the Violin by Stinson and Petricic – Lesson Plan

“The Dance of the Violin” by Stinson and Petricic is a must have growth mindset book for elementary age kids. What makes this book special is that it is so relatable to all my students who play an instrument, to all student athletes, and all those who spend countless hours practicing a skill, be it drawing, dancing, reading,etc.

Joshua’s love of music jumps off the page. Excited about his first competition, he chooses the most special and perhaps the most difficult piece to perform. The nauseating feeling is so familiar. After timeless practice, there is always a chance of failure.

music notes illustration

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In the age, when many schools hire a coder to orchestrate STEM competitions and school placing, keeping students grounded to daily skill practice of their choosing is more important than ever. After all, we can always hire a coder or a robot, but the true mastery can only be gained by ourselves.

The Dance of the Violin by Stinson- Lesson Plan

The Dance of the Violin by Stinson- Lesson Plan

Again, told and illustrated masterfully by Kathy Stinson and Dusan Petricic.

For another wonderful book by Stinson and Petricic look up: “The Man with the Violin”

Joshua Bell performs at the D.C. Metro during rush hour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnOPu0_YWhw

 

Growth Mindset Library:

Rosie Revere Engineer Lesson Plan

Rosie Revere Engineer Lesson Plan

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Lesson Plan

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Lesson Plan

Ruby's Wish Lesson Plan

Ruby’s Wish Lesson Plan

A Long Walk to Water- by Linda Sue Park

Reading Level: 5.9″

Grade level: 6 – 12

Subject: Language Arts, Historical Fiction,

World History

Plot Summary:

“A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue novel alternates between two narratives, following a Southern Sudanese girl, Nya, from 2008 – 2009 and a Southern Sudanese boy, Salva Dut, from 1985 – 2009. The boy, Salva Dut, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan as a result of the civil war. In his search for safety, Salva Dut walks to Ethiopia and back to Sudan and Kenya. In his journey, Salva grows from a boy to a young man leading more than 1500 “lost boys” across Sudan to the safety of Kenyaʼs refugee camp. Salvaʼs story of survival, hope, and perseverance is unlike any other. On the other hand, Nyaʼs story parallels and complements the story of Salva Dut. Nyaʼs life revolves around getting water on daily basis for months on end, until things change for the better with the building of a water well and new school.

This is such an amazing story that you won’t put down until you’re finished,

and I greatly recommend it.  To learn more about Salva Dut’s project go to:

PBS video “Lost Boy of Sudan”  http://video.pbs.org/video/1726685656

Water For Sudan http://www.waterforsudan.org/

For “A Long Walk to Water” Lesson plan go to http://tinyurl.com/7a5ozjd

A Long Walk to Water - by Linda Sue- Novel Guide

A Long Walk to Water – by Linda Sue- Novel Guide

 

The Empty Pot – by Demi… A timeless tale…

The Empty Pot - by Demi - Lesson Plan

The Empty Pot – by Demi – Lesson Plan

Grade Level: 2 & 3

Subject : Language Arts, Reading Comprehension

Interest Level: Kindergarten – Grade 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Lexile® measure: 630L

DRA: 28

Guided Reading: M

Genre/Theme: Folktales

Topic: Honesty

“The Empty Pot’ – by Demi is a timeless Chinese folk tale about honesty. The Emperor gives out the flower seeds to the children and says that whoever grows the most beautiful flower will get to be his successor. A little boy Ping, receives his seed and he works hard to have it grow but to no avail. Ping feels ashamed and is worried that other children, who have grown beautiful flowers, will make fun of him. In spite of his empty pot, Ping decides to bring it to the Emperor. The Emperor does not appear happy to see all the beautiful flowers that children had brought because he knew that they did not grow the seeds that he gave them, since the seeds that he gave out were cooked and couldn’t grow. Ping was the only one who brought “the empty truth” and as a result gets to become the next Emperor. The “Empty Pot” makes it for an ideal character building story for primary grade students.

The Empty Pot Lesson Plan

The Empty Pot - by Demi - Lesson Plan

The Empty Pot – by Demi – Lesson Plan

 

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed. 

Before We Were Free – Julia Alvarez – Summary & Lesson Plan

Interest Level – Grades 6 and up

Grade Level Equivalent – 6.5

Lexile Measure : 890L

Genre – Historical Fiction

Topics : Civics & Government, World History, Language Arts

Summary: “Before We Were Free” is an amazing historical fiction story about a tween girl, Anita, who lives in Dominican Republic in the time of major political turmoil. Anita’s family becomes involved in the elimination of the country’s dictator and as a result their lives change forever. This novel is appropriate for middle, as well as, high school students. This is not only a story about adolecent changes. Anita’s life becomes more complicated as the novel proceedes and much of what happens to her and her family is a study of civics and governemnt. Complex, educational, great read.

For “Before We Were Free” lesson plan

Before We Were Free Novel Guide

Before We Were Free Novel Guide