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Note: Lexile Level marked in green



Abels Island (920) by William Steig
        Book Overview by Carol Hurst    
Abraham's Battle (750)by Sara Harrell Banks
      Chart Activity from Kent State
Alexander and the Terrible,
Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
        Book Unit 
Aliens Ate My Homework (730) by Bruce Coville
        Book Unit
        Book Unit (great ideas from gifted 4th and 5th graders!- ZIP file)
All I See (790 L) by Cynthia Rylant
        Review and Activites (Eduplace)
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
        Literature Guide from Nancy Polette
America A Patriotic Primer (IG840L)  by Lynne Cheney
 b     Information from Kids Read
Among the Hidden (800 L) by Margaret Haddix
        Chapter Questions and Vocabulary (.doc format)
        Lesson ideas
        Book Discussion Guide
Among the Imposters (620 L) by Margaret Haddix
        Activities, Quizzes and Journal Entries
Animorphs The Message (560 L) by K.A. Applegate
        Games and Activities from Scholastic
        Unit Ideas (PDF File)
Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett
        Literature Guide by Nancy Polette
Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds (NC 1120L) by Cynthia Rylant
        Excerpts read aloud
Artemis Fowl (600 L) by Eoin Colfer
            Book Unit
Attack on Pearl Harbor (820 L) by Shelly Tanaka
            Internet Links  


Beany Goes to Camp (750 L) by Susan Wojciechowski

            Book Unit

Bear Day (470 L) by Cynthia Rylant
Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
           Literature Guide by Nancy Polette

Because of Winn Dixie (610 L) by Kate DiCamillo

           Book Unit

Ben and Me (1010 L) by Robert Lawson
          Teacher Guide from SCORE 

          Ben and Me Unit

Bessie Coleman (600 L) by Bruce Brager

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The (930 L) by Barbara Robinson

        Book Unit

Best Halloween Ever, The (890 L) by Barbara Robinson

Best School  Year Ever, The (1020 L) by Barbara Robinson
        Literature Activities
        Mini Quiz

Best Wishes (680 L) by Cynthia Rylant
Biggest Best Snowman (480 L) by Margery Cuyler
        Author Biography
Birchbark House, The (970L)by Carolyn Ridgway
        Review from Carol Hurst
        Unit and questions from LearnNC
        Classroom Activities from the Trumpet Club
        Summary and Discussion Questions
        Birchbark House Webquest
Birthday Presents (AD 420 L)by Cynthia Rylant
        Review and Activities (eduplace)
Black Heroes of the Wild West (570L)by Ruth Pelz
Blizzard (1080L) by  Jim Murphy
        Book Unit
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
        Activities from Harper Collins
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
        Literature Guide by Nancy Polette
Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House) (380L)by Mary Pope Osborne
        Book Unit
Brians Return (1030 L) by Gary Paulsen
        Teacher's Guide from Random House
Broccoli Tapes, The (630 L) by Jan Slepian
Bunnicula A Rabbit Tale of Mystery (700L) by Deborah Howe

         Teacher Review/Activities from Eduplace

         Lesson Plan from Teacher Vision

         Study Guide (pdf)


Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink
        Literature Lesson by Nancy Pollette

Call It Courage (830 L) by Armstrong Sperry
        Reading Unit (Complete)

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones (490L) by David Adler
        Book Unit (great lessons by gifted 4th and 5th graders- ZIP file)
Castle in the Attic, The (750 L) by Elizabeth Winthrop
        Teacher's Guide from Random House

Catwings (700L) by Ursula K. Le Guin
        Lesson Activities

Celery Stalks at Night (670) by James Howe
Charley Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty
        Review and Activities
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
     Lessons and Activities from eMints
Activity ideas from Pocantico Hills School
         Cyberguide from SCORE
Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech
        Activities from Harper Collins
Chicago Fire, The by Howard Gutner
City of Ember, The by Jeanne Duprau
        Teacher's Guide from Random House
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
        Literature Guide from SCORE
        Weather Unit
Colin Powell Straight to the Top by Rose Blue
Contest Everest by Gordon Korman
        Discussion Guide
Cybil War by Betsy Byars


Dear Austin Letters from the Underground by Elvir Woodruff
          Questions Chapters 1-3 (.doc format)
          Literature Circle Activities (by role)
          Teacher's Guide from Random House
          Teacher Review and Activities from Eduplace
          Tips for Teachers
Dear Levi Letters From the Overland Trail by Elvir Woodruff
          Teacher's Guide from Random House  
          Tips for Teachers
Do You Want To Be My Friend by Eric Carle
          Unit from Hubbard's Cubbard


Earthquake! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine
         Unit of Study
         Literature Guide from Harper Collins
         Reader's Guide
Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary
       Book Unit (great lessons by 4th and 5th grade gifted students- ZIP File)
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
       Book Club Reading Guide
       Teacher's Guide from Random House
Eureka! It's Television by Jeanne and Robert Bendick
Explorers by Michael Johnstone
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
        Discussion Guide  
        Curriculum Guide



Flying with the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear

Fosters War by Carolyn Reeder
        Classroom Discussion Question (different levels)
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
        Book Unit (great lessons by 4th adn 5th grade gifted students- ZIP File)
Frindle by Andrew Clements
        Official Site
        Discussion Questions
Fur, Feather and Flippers


Geronimo Stilton books by Geronimo Stilton
Lesson plans and activities from Scholastic
       The Rodent's Gazette
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
       Reader's Guide by Sharon Creech (pdf)

Great Brain, The

Green Book by Jill Walsh


Harry Potter by JK Rowling
      Currency Converter
      Economics Lesson (PDF File)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  by J.K. Rowling
Study Activities by chapter
      Need to know guide (great for trying to figure out how to pronouce all of those names)
      Harry Potter Math Stories
      Creature a creature, crossword puzzle and planning a HP Party

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
       Reader's Guide by Sharon Creech (pdf)

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

    Lesson Plan (reading lady)

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by Linda Joseph and Linda Resch
        Discussion Guide from ALA

Holes by Louis Sachar
        Discussion Guide  
        Unit Plan  
        Teacher Guide (random House)
        Book Information and Resources (PDF FILE)
        Student Information from Spark Notes
        Reading Group Guide  
        More Class Discussion   
        Literary Discussion Guide  
        More Discussion Questions  
        Complete Unit  
        Even More Discussion Questions (Scroll Down to See)

How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightening by Rosal Schanzer


If You Grew Up With George Washington by Ruth Belov Gross

In the Line of Fire by George Sullivan

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Lord

Indian in the Cupboard

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

        Teacher's Guide from SCORE 
         Chapter by Chapter Study guide (pdf)


Journey Outside by Mary Steele
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Parks (general resources)
          Activities from Random House
Literacy Mystery Boxes from Read, Write, Think
Author Study- Barbara Parks
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business
Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth
Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peaking Spying
Junie B. Jones and the Yucky, Blucky Fruitcake
Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim's Birthday
Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren
Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy
Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine:
Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket
Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day
Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl:
Junie B., First Grader (at last!):
Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch
Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder
Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants


Justin Morgan Had a Horse



Landry News by Andre Clements
Literature Circle Activities (by role)
More Literature Circle Activities (by role)
Teacher Review and Activities from Eduplace
Discussion Guide  
Internet Resources
Leaves in October by Karen Ackerman
Little House by Boston Bay by Melissa Wiley
       Reader's Guide (pdf)
Little Riders by Margaret Shemin
Lon Po Po by Ed Young
        Lesson Plans and Activities  
        Book Activities  
        More Book Activities  
        Teacher Guide (UNCC)
Losing Joe's Place
Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart by Patricia Lauber
Lesson by Scholastic


Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
        Teacher Guide 1  
        Review and Activities (Carol Hurst)  
        Novel Guide  
        Review Lessons  
        Activities (PDF FILE)

Martin Luther King Day

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

        Discussion Questions and Summary
        Literature Guide
        Activities (eduplace)
        Study Guide (pdf file)

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
        Lesson Ideas (eduplace)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
        Literature Unit
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
        Book Unit (great lessons by 4th adn 5th grade gifted students- ZIP File)

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

My Antonia by Willa Cather
         Unit from SCORE

My Brother Sam is Dead
Teacher' Guide from SCORE  
          Student Guide from SparkNote  
          Enrichment Activities  
          Novel Guide (PDF FILE)

My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
          Literature Guide for film and book from
Mysteries of Harris Burdock, The by Chris Van Allsburg
          Arts and Literacy Activities
          Teacher's Guide


Navajo Long Walk


Old Yeller By Fred Gibson
        Reading Unit with Quizes  
        Discussion Questions  

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
        A unit to support the book
        Web Resources from Jan Yolen's Website


Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin

Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David Adler

Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David Adler
        Teacher Review and Activities from Eduplace
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Giff
        Teacher's Guide from Random House
        Discussion Guide  

Pirates Don't Wear Pink Sunglasses



Real Thief Story and Pictures by William Steig
        Literature Circle Activities (broken down in roles)
        Literature Unit (several different books on page, this book is toward the bottom right, zipped file)
Red Dancing Shoes by Denise Patrick
        Literature Activity from Reading Rainbow (pdf file)
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
Lesson from Score
Rough Faced Girl, The by Rafe Martin
        Teacher Guide (TN) 
Russell and Elisa by Johanna Herwitz
        Book Unit (Great lessons by 4th and 5th grade gifted students- ZIP File)


Salsa Stories by Lulu Delacre
Samuel's Choice by Richard Berleth
        Lesson Ideas  
Sarah Plain and Tall
Satchel Paige By           Cline-Ransome
Secret of the Seal, The
        Book Unit (great lessons by 4th and 5th grade gifted students- ZIP File)
Secret Soldier, The
        Study guide from Glencoe
        Website with Questions and Activities
         Cross Curricular Activities
Shiloh Season
Shipwreck by Gordon Korman
        Discussion Guide
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Sign of the Beaver
Snowman, The by Raymond Briggs
        Lesson Ideas for Wordless Books
        Lesson from NREL
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
 Ideas for teaching the book
Sojourner Truth Aint I A Woman by Pat McKissack
        Activitiies from Engaging Students in American History  
Solid Liquid or Gas by Sally Hewitt 
        Science Lesson from EPA
SOS Titanic by Eve Bunting
The Titanic from Education World, instructional ideas
Steal Away by Jennifer Armstrong
Activities from Maine Association of School Libraries
Stone Fox by John Gardiner
        Literature Guide  
        Teacher's Guide
        Review and Activities
        Reading Unit  
Star Fisher, The by Laurence Yep
       Lesson Ideas from Ferrum College
       Ideas from Ferrum College
       Lesson Activities
Stories that Julian Tells, The
       Book Unit (great lessons by 4th and 5th grade gifted students- ZIP File)
Story of the White House, The by Kate Waters
Stuart Little
Summer of the Swans, The by Betsy Byars
        Review and Activities (eduplace)  
        Study Guide (PDF FILE)  Great!
        Activities (Teacher Vision)
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan
        Discussion Guide
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
        Teacher Guide from SCORE  
        Economics Lesson  
        In the Classroom  
        Smartbook Lessons  
        Signs in Stitches and Songs  
        Integrated Units


There's A Hamster in My Lunch Box

They Came From Center Field

Tuck Everlasting by Natalee Babbitt
        Activities from Eduplace  
        Teacher Guide  




Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
        Lesson from SCORE
        Study Guide from Glencoe (pdf)
        Vocabulary and Activities from Scholastic
        Discussion Questions from ALA
        Activities from Harper Collins
        Reader's Guide from Sharon Creech

Wanderer, The by Sharon Creech
        Book Discussion Guide

War with Grandpa by Robert Smith
        Spelling Words
        Theme Questions
        Unit (doc file)
        Printable Worksheets (doc file)
Watsons Go to Birmingham, The by Christopher Paul Curtis
        Teacher's Guide from Random House
Weather Watch How Weather Works by Rebecca Rupp
Westing  Game, The by Ellen Raskin
        Reading Responses
Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver
        Lesson Plan/Study Guide
        Lesson Ideas and Activities
        Lots of activities from WebEnglish Teacher
Where the Red Fern Grows
  Lesson from Score  
        Lesson from Eduplace  
        Activities from UNCC  
        Teacher's Guide from Random House
The Whingdingdilly by Bill Peet
Cyber Guide
          Author Interview
          Make your own Whingdingdilly
          Crossword Puzzle
          Example of Whingdingdilly poems
White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer
        Questions Chapters 1-3 (.doc)
        Story summary, voc, etc.  
        Summary Questions
        Chapter Oulines, before reading, after reading questions, cross curricular
        Science connections for book
Whipping Boy, The
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
        Lesson Plans  
        On Line Quiz   
        Activities (PDF FILE)




Zlata's Diary

Literature Circle Resources
Literary Lessons from Laura Candler
Lots of information about literature circles, links for downloading student pages, role sheets, etc.
Literature Circle Role Sheets from All America Reads
Literature Circle Resource Center  a wealth of information and resources for teachers and students in elementary and middle school.


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