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Reading Teacher Resources

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. Learning to read well is a vital skill for students to master. Help them achieve that goal with our help.

Literature Guides

Teacher Guides to Primary Literature
Most Popular Literature Guides for Primary Students
Teacher Guides to Intermediate & Middle Literature
Most Popular Literature Guides for Intermediate and Middle Students
Teacher Guides to Secondary Literature
Most Popular Literature Guides for Secondary Students

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

Reading Comprehension, Kindergarten

Questions Before, During, and After Reading
Activating Prior Knowledge
Main Idea and Supporting Details Web
Story Elements
More Popular Kindergarten Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, First Grade

Daily Reading Warm-Ups for Grades 1 & 2 (RSS Feed)
Sequencing Lesson Plan for The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Reading Comprehension Stories, Vol. I: Printables Slideshow (Gr. 1)
More Popular 1st-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, Second Grade

Reading Comprehension Sequence Chain
Summarizing: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Story Elements and Story Map
More Popular 2nd-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, Third Grade

Daily Reading Warm-Ups for Grades 3 & 4 (RSS Feed)
The Legend of St. Patrick's Day
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Question-Answer Relationships
Three Paragraph Main Idea and Details Chart
More Popular 3rd-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, Fourth Grade

Who Am I? – Character Description
Cause and Effect
Story Setting
More Popular 4th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, Fifth Grade

Daily Reading Warm-Ups for Grades 5 & 6 (RSS Feed)
Establishing the Main Idea
The Dr. Seuss Connection
Number the Stars
The War of 1812
More Popular 5th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, Sixth Grade

"The Monkey's Paw" Short Story & Activities
Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
More Popular 6th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, Seventh Grade

Five Elements of a Plot
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Solving Analogies
Scoring Rubric: Literary Analysis/Interpretation
More Popular 7th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, Eighth Grade

The Life of Abraham Lincoln -- Reading Comprehension
Story Pyramid
Sarah, Plain and Tall — Comprehension Test A
Folk Tale Problem-Solving
More Popular 8th-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension, Grades 9-12

The Great Gatsby Chapter Questions
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
Defining Jazz Music
Conflict Dissection
More Popular Reading Comprehension Resources, Grades 9-12

Phonics Resources

Syllable Awareness
Seeds Word Search
3-Letter Blends
Phonemic Awareness
Words with oi and oy
Contraction Shamrocks
More Popular Phonics Resources

Graphic Organizers

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

Lesson Plans

Main Idea: The Great Kapok Tree
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Asking Pre-Reading Questions
Main Idea: Chrysanthemum
Story Elements: Danny and the Dinosaur
Sequencing: The Hare and the Tortoise
Making Inferences, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
More Popular Reading Lesson Plans

Reading & Language Arts Rubrics

Rubrics for Writing -- Elementary/Intermediate
Presentation Rubrics
Short Story Rubric
Scoring Rubric: Poetry
Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
Scoring Rubric: Summary
Rubrics for Writing -- Primary
More Popular Reading & Language Arts Rubrics

Summer Reading Lists

Reading Record Chart
Summer Fun Worksheets
Summer Reading (Grades K-2)
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
Summer Reading for Teachers
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
More Summer Reading Lists

Celebrate Books, Illustrations, and Reading!

Children's Book Week, the longest-running literacy initiative in the country, is dedicated to celebrating our favorite authors and illustrators. Their posters, apparel, and other novelties make perfect gifts this holiday season, and the purchases benefit the literacy organization, Every Child A Reader! Plus, use our teaching resources to bring these books into your lessons.

Holiday Reading Activities

Shape Poems
Easter "Eggs"
O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi"
The Season of Lent - Word Scramble
School Jobs Crossword Puzzle
New Year's Resolutions
More Popular Holiday Reading Activities

Art & Reading Connected

Make a Giving Tree
Exploring Comic Strips
Travel Brochure
It's Your Turn to Sequence
Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Following the Directions
Following Directions: Spatial Relationships
More Popular Art Activities for Reading

History & Reading Connected

The Crucible
Animal Farm Literature Guide
The Middle Ages: The Feudal System Activity Packet
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
African Folk Tales: Background Information
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl Discussion Guide
Helen Keller Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
More Popular History & Reading Resources

Mathematics & Reading Connected

Triple Venn Diagram
TeacherVision.com RSS Feeds
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
The Lemonade War Teacher's Guide
Chart, Two-Column
The Easter Bunny Helper
Double Venn Diagram, Version 2
More Popular Math & Reading Resources

Science & Reading Connected

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Photosynthesis Worksheet
Plant Parts
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Reading Comprehension: The Moon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
More Popular Science & Reading Resources

Technology & Reading Connected

Story Starters
Letter Writing
Galactic Hot Dogs Teaching Guide: Episodes 1-4
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
Poptropica Teaching Guide: 24 Carrot Island
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mystery Train Island
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Time Tangled Island
More Popular Technology Activities for Reading

Geography & Reading Connected

All About Early Explorers
PowerPoint Postcards Presentation
Read the Map
Wonders of the World Questions
Continents of the World
Slaughterhouse-Five Questions
More Geography & Reading Resources

Music & Reading Connected

"Frere Jacques" Translations
Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Tap Your Feet
Matilda Common Core Lesson Plans
Classical Music: Improving Children's Development
Romeo and Juliet Focusing Activities - Prologue and Act I
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
More Popular Music Activities for Reading

Biographies & Reading Connected

Popular Biography Printables for Grades K-5
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
Popular Biography Printables for Grades 6-12
The Miracle Worker: Ideas and Activities
Nelson Mandela Biography – Reading Warm-Up for Gr. 5 & 6
Getting to Know Me
An Autobiographical Poem
More Popular Biography Activities for Reading

Social Studies & Reading Connected

Suggested Author Interview Questions
All About the Boston Tea Party
Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
Same Name Word Puzzle
Easter - Sentence Builders Activity
"Choose Your Own Adventure" Stories
Double Entry Journal Template
More Popular Social Studies & Reading Resources

Physical Education & Reading Connected

Call Me By My Name Curriculum Guide
Reading Warm-Up 158 for Gr. 3 & 4: Fantasy
Reading Warm-Up 120 for Gr. 3 & 4: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Official Playbook to the Books of Mike Lupica
Michelle Kwan Reading Warm-Up
Double Dutch Teacher's Guide
More Physical Education & Reading Resources

Health, Safety, & Reading Connected

Ryan White, My Own Story
What Is AIDS?
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
Resolving Conflicts
We Beat the Street Discussion Guide
Thirteen Reasons Why Discussion Guide
Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
More Health & Safety Reading Resources

Back-to-School Activities

Bubble Answer Sheet
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Language Arts & Reading
Report Card Comments & Phrases—General and Handwriting
Paragraph Writing: Similarities and Differences
Family Nights
What Am I? Icebreaker
More Popular Back-to-School Reading Activities

Creative Writing Resources

Sample Essay Outlines
Research Paper: How to Write a Bibliography
Character Traits
The Parts of a Letter
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
Write Your Own Mad Libs®
Top 10 Poetry Activities & Prompts: Printables Gallery
More Popular Creative Writing Resources for Reading


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

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, 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.

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.

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