TeachingBooks offers Ready-to-Use Teaching Ideas designed to make your life easier! Whether you’re brainstorming thematic lessons, feeling pressed for time, or looking for something fun between testing sessions, TeachingBooks has quick ideas ready to go. Read on for some of our favorites and tips for using them.
- Quickly detect genres with our Genre Sleuth matching game (appropriate for grades K-12).
- Grab a quick activity from Timely Topics, which are curated to feature thematic ideas and resources each month.
- Engage with Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, for example, by pairing a complete book reading of ‘Ohana Means Family with an activity kit, among other ideas.
- Find quick ideas that are scaffolded for grades PreK-8 in our full list of Monthly Lesson Ideas.
- May’s lesson ideas include, for example, prompts for Minh Lê and Dan Santat’s Drawn Together that take students from pre-reading activities through the complete book reading and on to post-reading reflection.
- Practice persuasion with letter writing like the crayons do in The Day The Crayons Quit. (1-5)
- Try personal and creative writing with Toys Go Out and The Skunk. (4-8)
- Muse on the power of the arts to change the world with this activity featuring M.T. Anderson’s Symphony for the City of the Dead. (7-12)
- Consider culture and identity after listening to the authors share background stories for If I Ever Get Out of Here and When Dimple Met Rishi. (7-12)
Think through a different poetry concept each day of the week with our One-a-Day Poetry Reflections.
- Grades 1-5 (Students explore sound, rhyme, visualization, alliteration, and creative writing.)
- Grades 4-8 (Students explore sound, comparison, emotion, reading style, and simile.)
- Grades 7-12 (Students explore onomatopoeia, parody, structure, repetition, and emotion.)
What’s working for you?
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