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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28
    Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.
    Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 30
    Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.
    Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Celebrating the Earth
    Every day is Earth Day! Emily shares her story of children inspired by The Lorax and how they might take action with 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth. Emily also explores science and nature activities with guest Sharon Betty and The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Charting Characters for a More Complete Understanding of the Story
    Character Perspective Charting allows students to compare multiple characters and their points of view to better understand a story.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 29
    David Wiesner's book June 29, 1999 showcases this day.
    Students explore the delightful illustrations in Wiesner's book and identify elements that make the emotions in the story obvious to someone reading the book.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   1 – 3  |  Strategy Guide
    Depend on the Text! How to Create Text-Dependent Questions
    Teachers need to create text-dependent questions to elicit close reading. When answering these questions, students learn to reread and think deeply about the text.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Inferential Comprehension Through DL-TA and Discussion Webs
    Students will love unwrapping this lesson about before, during, and after reading activities based on Margaree King Mitchell's book, Grandaddy's Gift.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4
    Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.
    Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Friendship With Bridge to Terabithia
    Students make predictions about Bridge to Terabithia and its characters, complete character studies, and relate the characters' experiences to their own as they identify ways to make and keep friends.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Subtext Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Text
    What is it like to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Students find out in this lesson in which they "become" the characters in Judith Viorst's book.

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