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Trapped in a Video Game: Return to Doom Island

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Science, Programming

As students experience experience cover-to-cover adventure with Trapped in a Video Game: Return to Doom Island, these guided activities will make language arts, science, and computer programming just as fun and accessible as a video game.

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Trapped in a Video Game: Robots Revolt

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Science, Programming

As students experience experience cover-to-cover adventure with Trapped in a Video Game: Robots Revolt, these guided activities will make language arts, science, and computer programming just as fun and accessible as a video game.

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Trapped in a Video Game: The Invisible Invasion

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Science, Programming

As students experience experience cover-to-cover adventure with Trapped in a Video Game: The Invisible Invasion, these guided activities will make language arts, science, and computer programming just as fun and accessible as a video game.

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Trapped in a Video Game

Trapped in a Video Game

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Science, Programming

As students experience experience cover-to-cover adventure with Trapped in a Video Game, these guided activities will make language arts, science, and computer programming just as fun and accessible as a video game.

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Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Science

Students will read Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue and discuss the food web and habitat of Cecil’s pond. Then, they will do research on the pond’s inhabitants and create posters to show what they have learned about the ecosystem.

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Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror

Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Science

Students will read Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror and cite text evidence of the structural adaptations of the character Nesbit the chameleon. Students will then use this evidence to make predictions about the chameleon’s natural environment. Finally, each student will research the structural adaptations of an animal of his or her choosing and create a visual product (advertisement, infographic, comic, video, etc.) based on his or her research.

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Skip School, Fly to Space

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

Students read Skip School, Fly to Space and make notes about the characters in the text. Students vote for their favorite character, create a class graph showing the results, and analyze the graph. Students then use a prewriting graphic organizer to list reasons that a particular character is their favorite and examples from the text. Finally, students write opinion pieces explaining why that character is their favorite, stating clear reasons and examples to support their opinions.

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The Croc Ate My Homework

Grade Levels: 3-7
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

The Crocs have more bite than brains and eat more takeout food than living prey, but it doesn’t stop them from cooking up hilariously harebrained schemes to eat their helpless Zebra neighbor. Other characters from the Pearls Before Swine comic add to the story’s fun, including know-it-all Rat, slow-witted but kind Pig, and intellectual Goat.

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Beginning Pearls

Beginning Pearls

Grade Levels: 2-6
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Art

With age-appropriate dark humor, a cast of animal characters explore fun, fear, friendship and life. Heading the cast is Rat, a mean-spirited rodent who lives with the trusting and simple-minded Pig. Their supporting cast includes the highly intellectual Goat; the meek and defenseless Zebra; and the hungry and incompetent Crocs.

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The Mutts Winter Diaries

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Science, English Language Arts

Students will read The Mutts Winter Diaries and discuss how the characters deal with winter weather. Then, students will discuss and research the ways that animals survive during winter, including hibernation, migration, and adaptation. Finally, students will use creative expression to report on what they learned about animals in winter.

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