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Celebrate Books:
A (Book) Week of Fun

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The calendar might identify mid-May as Children's Book Week, but for most teachers -- always on the lookout for new ideas to promote literacy -- every week is Book Week. For those teachers and their students, Education World offers the following additions to its extensive library of lessons emphasizing reading skills and enjoyment across the grades. Included: Five new lesson plans for reading fun.

The Web is full of great resources for making reading fun. If you aren't sure where to start, one terrific resource is the Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature. Whether you're teaching about a culture, a country, or an historic period, or simply are looking for great books for students of a certain age, you can search this database of children's books by one of those categories. You also can search the database by key word; try typing in the curriculum themes you currently are teaching. See what reading tie-ins you can make!

Before you do any further searching for reading resources, however, be sure to check out Ed World's archives of reading treasures:

Children's Book Week
Find lesson plans, great projects, and additional Book Week resources.

Special Reading Fun Archive
Dozens of Education World articles offer unique lessons and ideas for teachers of reading at all levels.
And finally, in honor of Book Week, Education World presents...

FIVE NEW LESSONS FOR READING FUN!

New! Book Report Templates

As you begin your Book Week activities -- or your any-week book activities -- be sure to check out our new book report and book review templates. These printable, editable templates -- which can be customized as necessary to meet your needs -- can be printed and completed by hand or students can complete them on a computer using any word processing program.

Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)

Book Week Celebration
Turn Children's Book Week into a school wide celebration. (Grades PreK-12)

Book Report BINGO
Chose five book report ideas in a row -- BINGO! (Grades 3-12)

Chain Together a Book Report
Break a book report down into sections in this "chain book report" activity. (Grades K-12)

"Carousel Brainstorm" Book Report
A "carousel brainstorm" is a fun way to review a book the whole class has read. (Grades 3-12)

"Write-a-Letter-to-the-Teacher" Book Report
Combine writing a book report with writing a friendly letter. (Grades K-5)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you're looking for more great reading resources, check out the following sites:

  • K-12 Literature and Lesson Activities
  • Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
  • The Children's Literature Web Guide
  • TeachingBooks
  • Resources for School Librarians
  • SCORE CyberGuides
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