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Learning to read well is a vital skill for students to master. Help them achieve that goal with our help. Enhance reading skills with our extensive collection of printables, lesson plans, and activities on a variety of skill-building topics.

Included you'll find our most popular resources on reading comprehension, phonics, literature, story analysis, alphabetizing, reading games and puzzles, and more. Plus, use reading in cross-curricular study; we have plenty of lessons that connect reading with science, social studies, history, math, and art.

Literature Guides

Teacher Guides to Primary Literature
Teacher Guides to Intermediate & Middle Literature
Teacher Guides to Secondary Literature

Digital Books

Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies

Content Galleries

Reading Comprehension Stories, Vol. I: Printables Slideshow (Gr. 1)
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
More Reading Content Galleries

Reading Comprehension (K-1)

Questions Before, During, and After Reading
Activating Prior Knowledge
Story Elements
Summarizing
Sequencing
Popular Kindergarten Reading Comprehension Resources
Popular 1st-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension (2-3)

All Day Nightmare (Goosebumps, 42)
Reading Comprehension Sequence Chain
Sequencing Lesson Plan for The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Inferences
Main Idea and Supporting Details Web
Popular 2nd-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources
More Popular 3rd-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension (4-5)

Who Am I? – Character Description
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
Asking Pre-Reading Questions
Visualizing
Story Elements and Story Map
Popular 4th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources
Popular 5th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension (6-8)

"The Monkey's Paw" Short Story & Activities
Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
Have a Heart
Question-Answer Relationships
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Popular 6th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources
Popular 7th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources
Popular 8th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension (9-12)

Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
The Great Gatsby Chapter Questions
Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
Five Elements of a Plot
Discussion Questions for Any Book
More Popular Reading Comprehension Resources (9-12)

Daily Warm-Ups

History of Fireworks Reading Warm-Up
"The Star Spangled Banner" Reading Warm-Up
Nelson Mandela Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
More Daily Warm-Ups (1-6)

Phonics Resources

Syllable Awareness
Naming Words - Grammar Skill (Gr. K)
Seeds Word Search
Phonemic Awareness
Phonics
More Popular Phonics Resources

Graphic Organizers

Story Map Graphic Organizer
Five-Paragraph Essay
Beginning, Middle, and End
Concept Map
Main Idea and Supporting Details Reinforcement: Make Me a Cheese Sandwich
More Reading Graphic Organizers

Lesson Plans

What Am I? Icebreaker
Summarizing: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Journal Writing
Main Idea: The Great Kapok Tree
More Reading Lesson Plans

Reading & Language Arts Rubrics

Rubrics for Writing -- Elementary/Intermediate
Scoring Rubric: Poetry
Rubrics for Writing -- Primary
Presentation Rubrics
Scoring Rubric: Literary Analysis/Interpretation
More Reading & Language Arts Rubrics

Summer Reading Lists

Summer Fun Worksheets
Summer Reading & Language Arts Worksheets
Summer Reading (Grades K-2)
Summer Reading List for Teachers – Fiction
Summer Reading List for Teachers – Nonfiction
Teaching Guides for Summer Reading
Reading Record Chart
More Summer Reading Lists

Holiday Reading Fun

Shape Poems
All About the Statue of Liberty
Patriotic Word Search
"Choose Your Own Adventure" Stories
School Jobs Crossword Puzzle
More Holiday Reading Activities

Poetry Resources

Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
Last Day Blues Student Poem for Teacher
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades K-2)
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
More Poetry Resources

Art Connections

Exploring Comic Strips
Make a Giving Tree
Following the Directions
Travel Brochure
Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
More Popular Art Activities for Reading

History Connections

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
Poptropica Teaching Guide: 24 Carrot Island
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mystery Train Island
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Time Tangled Island
African Folk Tales: Background Information
More Popular History & Reading Resources

Mathematics Connections

Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
TeacherVision.com RSS Feeds
The Lemonade War Teacher's Guide
Fourth Grade Back-to-School Activity Guide Slideshow
Triple Venn Diagram
More Popular Math & Reading Resources

Science Connections

Photosynthesis Worksheet
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Plant Parts
Science Key-Term Crossword Puzzle
More Popular Science & Reading Resources

Geography Connections

The War of 1812
All About Early Explorers
PowerPoint Postcards Presentation
Read the Map
Wonders of the World Questions
More Geography & Reading Resources

Music Connections

"Frere Jacques" Translations
Matilda Common Core Lesson Plans
Tap Your Feet
A Midsummer Night's Dream
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
More Popular Music Activities for Reading

Biographies

Lesson Planning Center
Lowercase and Uppercase Cursive Alphabet
Sample Essay Outlines
Bubble Answer Sheet
Research Paper: How to Write a Bibliography
More Popular Biography Activities

Social Studies Connections

Getting to Know Me
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Discussion Guide
Same Name Word Puzzle
Animal Farm Literature Guide
Suggested Author Interview Questions
More Popular Social Studies & Reading Resources

Physical Education Connections

The Crossover Educator's Guide
Teammates
Name That Sport
Reading Warm-Up 158 for Gr. 3 & 4: Fantasy
Name That Sport: Using Jargon
More Physical Education & Reading Resources

Health & Safety Connections

Resolving Conflicts
Ryan White, My Own Story
Safer 3 Water Safety Story & Coloring Book
History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
More Health & Safety Reading Resources

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Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!