Literature: Book Activities
These hands-on activities can be used to supplement almost any book. Includes class activities to increase reading comprehension and vocabulary. Includes a link to eThemes Resource on story elements.
Better Than Book Reports
A list of 140 activities students can do after reading a book. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Projects on Books
Explanations and pictures of creative projects to do with books.
CanTech: Novel and Picture Book Activities
This site has various resources for books activities. They are categorized by various topics such as story board games, characters, story board frames, and more as well as specific novels and picture books. NOTE: This site has a link to discussion forum.
ReadWriteThink: Character Trading Cards
A one-page pdf has suggested idea for creating trading cards to demonstrate understanding of characters in a story. Follow URL at the top of a page to for interactive cards.
This activity can be used with any book. Students scan, predict, read, evaluate, authorize, find details, and summarize a book. NOTE: This site includes banner ads.
Squeeze Summarizing Activity
Students work in collaborative groups to read and then summarize information. NOTE: This site includes banner ads.
For this class activity students are given vocabulary words from a story. They create a story from those words. Read the actual story and see how close they are. NOTE: This site includes banner ads.
SuccessLink: Capture a Character
Students will read a story and then create a "flap book" on the book's plot and character.
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
This site contains a large collection of worksheets. Print out these worksheets and fill in the blanks with the words provided at the bottom. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Better Book Reports: 25 Ideas
Here are creative ways for students to show that they understood a book.
ReadWriteThink: Book Report Alternative: Hooking Readers with a Book Cover
Students will analyze a cover of a book before and after reading the book to determine whether key elements of the book were conveyed in the cover art. Includes guidelines and tools for book cover analysis and creation.
SuccessLink: Book Float and Popcorn Bag Book Report
Students will create a parade float about a book from a shoe box and write a biography report on a bag to eat popcorn from.
Discover Your Would with NOAA: An Activity Book
This site has activities that focus on the Earth exploration and protection. All activities are in pdf format.
eThemes Resource: Teaching Tips: Graphic Organizers
These sites contain printable and interactive graphic organizers to be used in the classroom. Includes KWL charts, webs, clusters, timelines, outlines, fish diagrams, story maps, comparing charts, cause and effect charts, and more. Some sites explain how and why to use graphic organizers in the classroom.
eThemes Resource: Literature: Story Elements
This resource includes information and hands-on activities about story elements such as setting, characters, and plot. Also includes activities about sequencing and cause and effect.
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