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Roald Dahl Day

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Who's your favorite Roald Dahl character? What book by Roald Dahl is the most exciting for you? Explore the wacky world of Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, and more with a helpful resource pack for...
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Genres in Literature

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Enthusiastic readers take part in a book club unit that focuses on genre, particularly historical fiction, fantasy, and adventure. Over the course of 10 days, groups read a variety of stories and choose leveled activities from a learning...
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The Orphan of Ellis Island

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Everyone comes from somewhere. An interdisciplinary lesson on Elvira Woodruff's The Orphan of Ellis Island includes discussion starter and writing prompts for the novel, as well as a graphic organizer to help learners begin their own...
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James and the Giant Peach Lesson Plans

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Immerse yourself in the world of giant bugs, rolling peaches, and brave little boys with an interdisciplinary unit on James and the Giant Peach. Young readers focus on the scientific themes of Roald Dahl's classic novel with bug hunts,...
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Twelfth Night

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Scholars experience Shakespeare's, Twelfth Night, with an engaging interactive. After watching the story, six activities extend the learning experience. Topics include characters, vocabulary, a sequence of events, comprehension, and...
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Mouse and the Motorcycle: Vocabulary 1

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle is full of adventure, friendship—and vocabulary! Review the meanings of words in context with a straightforward fill-in-the-blank activity.
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Mouse and the Motorcycle: Chapter 1-3

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Get the facts straight with a reading quiz on the first three chapters of Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle. The questions address details from the plot and provides a writing prompt to predict what will happen next in the book.
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Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Fairy tales seem like quick, fun children's stories, but asking compelling questions about characters, plot elements, and literary themes can transform them into rich and complex tales. Use a series of eight lessons on Hans Christian...
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Women's History Month Activity Kit

For Students K - 4th Standards
Boost reading comprehension and shed light on famous women of history with books and learning activities, which include a board game, word search, crossword puzzle, and a quiz.
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In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Activity Book

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Moving to a new country isn't easy, as Shirley Temple Wong learns in In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord. A series of language arts activities carry readers through the novel, addressing the story's themes,...
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Jack and the Beanstalk

For Students K - 5th Standards
A poor boy's dreams come true with a hand full of beans in Jack and the Beanstalk. After Jack throws out beans, they grow into a giant beanstalk—where an angry giant waits to greet him. Scholars read in an easy-to-use format to find out...
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Unit 14: Waging Peace - Election Monitoring

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
How does a former president play a role in defending democracy? Around the world, many groups protest fair and free elections. By challenging issues such as complicated ballots and voter intimidation, the Carter Center works tirelessly...
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Unit 1: Children’s Letters to President Carter

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
If young historians could ask the president to make one change, what would it be? Budding activists consider this question using letters to Jimmy Carter written during the energy crisis of the 1970s. After they examine handwritten...
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The Lorax

For Students K - 6th Standards
Accompany a reading of Dr. Seuss' tale, The Lorax, with a five-item worksheet. Questions challenge scholars to list characters' names, use text details to answer inquiries, and describe the moral of the story. 
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First Come the Zebra Teacher’s Guide

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Accompany a reading of First Come the Zebra written and illustrated by Lynne Barasch with a teacher's guide equipped with before reading, vocabulary, and after reading activities. Additional social studies, science, music, art, math, and...
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Tiger-Tiger, is it True?

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th Standards
Scholars take part in a philosophical discussion about truth, thoughts, and feelings following a reading of Tiger-Tiger is it True? by Byron Katie and Hans Wilhelm. 
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The Brave Little Tailor

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 16-minute audiobook features the classic Brothers Grimm tale "The Brave Little Tailor." After slaying seven flies with one blow, a clever tailor continues to prove his strength by outsmarting a unicorn, a princess, and a giant.
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The Dragon and His Grandmother

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Three soldiers destined for a future of servitude outsmart a cunning dragon with the help of a kind grandmother. Discover how with the 17-minute audio retelling of "The Dragon and His Grandmother," originally by the Brothers Grimm.
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Old Sultan

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Sultan is an old dog, but his friendship with a wolf saves him from a tragic ending. Find out how with a seven-minute audiobook featuring the Brothers Grimm tale, Old Sultan. 
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The Golden Goose

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 15-minute audiobook features the Brothers Grimm tale "The Golden Goose." A young boy who often finds himself at the center of jokes discovers a golden goose that helps him to gain respect and a happy ending. 
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The Elves and the Shoemaker

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A six-minute audiobook features the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Elves and the Shoemaker." It describes a fateful Christmas when a group of elves decided to help a husband and wife shoemaker team, and received fancy clothes in return.
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The Six Swans

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 13-minute audiobook features "The Six Swans," a Brothers Grimm fairy tale in which a princess rescues her six transformed swan-brothers. All the while, the princess is accused of a crime she did not commit.
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Rapunzel

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Follow along as an engaging narrator reads the story of "Rapunzel." A 12-minute audiobook adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales features a young girl trapped in a tower, where the only means to gain entrance is to climb her long...
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The Frog Prince

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 12-minute audiobook features the Brother Grimms version of the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Frog." Previously transformed into a frog, the prince returns to his human form thanks to a kind, yet reluctant, young princess.