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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)
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
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)

Reading Comprehension Sequence Chain
Sequencing Lesson Plan for The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Inferences
Question-Answer Relationships
Visualizing
Popular 2nd-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources
More Popular 3rd-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources

Reading Comprehension (4-5)

Who Am I? – Character Description
Main Idea and Supporting Details Web
Asking Pre-Reading Questions
Story Elements and Story Map
Five Elements of a Plot
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
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
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
Independent Reading Guide: Short Story
Discussion Questions for Any Book
More Popular Reading Comprehension Resources (9-12)

Daily Warm-Ups

Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Nelson Mandela Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
Separate Schools Reading Warm-Up
More Daily Warm-Ups (1-6)

Phonics Resources

Phonics
Syllable Awareness
Naming Words - Grammar Skill (Gr. K)
Phonemic Awareness
3-Letter Blends
More Popular Phonics Resources

Graphic Organizers

Story Map Graphic Organizer
Five-Paragraph Essay
Double Entry Journal Template
Beginning, Middle, and End
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
Main Idea: Chrysanthemum
Journal Writing
Story Elements: Danny and the Dinosaur
More Reading Lesson Plans

Reading & Language Arts Rubrics

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

Summer Reading Lists

Summer Fun Worksheets
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Summer Reading & Language Arts Worksheets
2015 Summer Reading Brochure
Reading Record Chart
Summer Reading (Grades K-2)
Teaching Guides for Summer Reading
More Summer Reading Lists

Holiday Reading Fun

"Choose Your Own Adventure" Stories
All About Early Explorers
Shape Poems
O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi"
School Jobs Crossword Puzzle
More Holiday Reading Activities

Poetry Resources

"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
Patriotic Poems and Songs
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades K-2)
More Poetry Resources

Art Connections

Make a Giving Tree
Following the Directions
Exploring Comic Strips
Travel Brochure
Complete the Picture
More Popular Art Activities for Reading

History Connections

African Folk Tales: Background Information
The Crucible
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Indian Symbols and Meanings
More Popular History & Reading Resources

Mathematics Connections

Four Column Chart
TeacherVision.com RSS Feeds
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
Triple Venn Diagram
More Popular Math & Reading Resources

Science Connections

Photosynthesis Worksheet
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Plant Parts
The Five Senses
Science Key-Term Crossword Puzzle
More Popular Science & Reading Resources

Geography Connections

The War of 1812
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Read the Map
PowerPoint Postcards Presentation
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
Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Music Activities for Reading

Biographies

Lesson Planning Center
Sample Essay Outlines
Lowercase and Uppercase Cursive Alphabet
Bubble Answer Sheet
Character Traits
More Popular Biography Activities

Social Studies Connections

Suggested Author Interview Questions
Getting to Know Me
Same Name Word Puzzle
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
Celebrating Diversity Through Young People's Literature
More Popular Social Studies & Reading Resources

Physical Education Connections

Name That Sport
Official Playbook to the Books of Mike Lupica
Olympic Leaders
Teammates
Running Loose Questions
More Physical Education & Reading Resources

Health & Safety Connections

Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
Resolving Conflicts
What Is AIDS?
Ryan White, My Own Story
We Are All the Same: The Life and Death of Nkosi Johnson
More Health & Safety Reading Resources

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Highlights

Back to School Headquarters
August is Back to School Month and many of you will be returning to the classroom very soon. Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Icebreakers, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

Special Offers for Teachers Newsletter
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August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

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.