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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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The Mutts Diaries

The Mutts Diaries

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

As students read The Mutts Diaries, they will select both linguistic and visual evidence from the text showing the appearance, words, and actions of the characters. Students will then analyze character traits of two chosen characters, citing evidence from the text to support their findings. Finally, students will use their character analyses to infer how each of their two chosen characters might respond to a new challenge.

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Kid Beowulf: The Rise of El Cid (#3)

Kid Beowulf: The Rise of El Cid

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

As students read Kid Beowulf: The Rise of El Cid, they will record text evidence of a chosen character’s beliefs and decisions. Students will then analyze and write about how their chosen character’s moral code affects the character’s decisions in the story. Then they will compare and contrast different characters’ beliefs and decisions.

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Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland (#2)

Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland

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

Students read Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland and complete character studies. Each student then creates a timeline of his or her character’s actions and writes about the character’s motivations and choices and how they affect the story. After students share their character studies with the class, each student chooses two more characters and analyzes their interactions and motivations.

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Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath (#1)

Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath

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

Students will read Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath; record the characters, settings, and main events in each section; and then discuss how the text sections fit together and how each successive part builds on earlier sections. Students will then analyze several main events in the story, including the characters’ motivations and the consequences that follow.

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Lio: Making Friends

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

Young scientist and inventor Lio spends his days cooking up schemes, practical jokes, and surprises with the help of his friends: robots and pet snakes, spiders, crabs, a squid, and other assorted creatures. Students can enjoy the fantasy element and explore exaggerated humor with group and individual creative exercises.

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