Teaching Otis by Loren Long

Otis by Loren Long

Use the picture book Otis by Loren Long to support young students' literacy. The story can be a springboard for talking about friendship and teaching students about farm animals. After reading the book aloud with your class, extend learning with engaging activities for art, music, science, and language arts.

Millions of adults and children read Otis on October 3, 2013. Learn more about Read for the Record at http://www.wegivebooks.org/readfortherecord. You can read Otis aloud to your class for free at We Give Books.

Otis Literature Guides

A printable reading guide for Otis will help you develop children's early literacy skills and vocabulary in English or Spanish.

Jumpstart's Read for the Record Activities

Teaching Farms & Farm Animals

Otis Early Learning Printables

Friendship Theme

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October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Fire Prevention Week (10/4-10), Metric Week (10/4-10), World Space Week (10/4-10), Earth Science Week (10/11-17), Chemistry Week (10/18-24), Teen Read Week (10/18-24), Make a Difference Day (10/24), and Halloween (10/31). Plus, celebrate Bullying Prevention Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Month, and School Safety Month all October long!

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