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Short Readers
     Blue Whales (Short Reader; Grade 3-5 Readability)
     Does Kentucky Really Have Blue Grass? (Short Reader; Grade 3-5 Readability)
     Planet Earth, the Big Blue Marble (Short Reader; Grade 3-5 Readability)
     Red (and Blue!) Kangaroos (Short Reader; Grade 3-6 Readability)


Reading Comprehensions
     A Good Game
     A Day with Dad
     Into the Wild Blue Yonder (Grades 1-3)
     Keith Interviews Chad, the Blue Whale (Grades 1-3)
     One Stitch, Two Stitch, Red, White, and Blue Stitch (Grades 2-3)
     Budget Blues (Grades 2-4)
     Color Me Blue (Grades 3-4)
     Little Blue Penguins (Grades 4-6)
     Up, Up, and Away with the Blue Angels! (Grades 4-6)
     Blue Balliett (Grades 6-10)


What Would You Do?
     School Shopping Blues (Grade 3-5)
     Last Day of School Blues (Grade 3-6)
     New Neighbor Blues (Grade 3-6)


Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
     He Sailed the Ocean Blue (Grade 4)
     The Blue Rose (Grades 4-6)


Literature Book Units
     Boxcar Children #6 - Blue Bay Mystery (Grades 2-4)
     Amber Brown Is Feeling Blue (Grades 3-5)
     Koya DeLaney and the Good Girl Blues (Grades 3-5)
     Blue Willow (Grades 3-6)
     Island of the Blue Dolphins (Grades 4-6)
     The Bluest Eye (Grades 9-12)
     Magic Tree House Blizzard of the Blue Moon #36 (Grades 2-5)
     Once Upon a Blue Moose (Grades 3-6)
     Gathering Blue (Grades 5-8)


Read and Color Books
            What is true
            Matt's Red, White, and Blue Ribbon
            The Roadrunner: Designed for the Desert
            Our Flag
            One Hundred Days of School
            The Night Sky
            Carla Cow
            Robin and Rodney Red Breast
            Stacy's Surprise Goes Pop! (March 23)
            Sam Takes a Silly Walk (March 7)
            Sandy the Sunflower Reaches the Sky
            Our Friends, the Birds (January 5)
            A Rainforest Mystery (October 18)
            Snowflakes and Wedding Cakes
            Minks on Ice (PDF file)
            Baking Bread
            Bears, Bubbles, and Boats
            Easter around the World
            Nigel and the Nest
            Easter Eggs
            It's Time for Spring!
            Lizzy visits the National Zoo


Reading Comprehension Lesson Ideas
    
Biographies
(Grades 6-8)
     Mata Hari, Exotic Spy?

Miscellaneous
(Grades 1-2)
     Fawn Finds Fall
     Spring Surprise
     The Shape of Things
     Zoe's Colors
(Grades 3-5)
     A Bicycle for Jake
     A Fairy Treat (National Cotton Candy Day)
     A Friendly Wave
     A Funny Map
     A Hairy Invader
     A Model of Earth
     A New Bedroom
     Bears
     Blood
     Blue-Footed Boobies
     Buying a Jacket
     Cassowaries
     Cheetahs
     Crater Lake National Park
     Finding Rainbows
     Frogs
     Glaciers: Moving Rivers of Ice
     Great Smoky Mountains National Park
     Jacanas
     Jake and Jackie Organize a Closet
     Jason's Big Hike
     Jenny-Too-Many
     Junior Rangers to the Rescue, Part 1
     Looking at Earth from Space
     Lumpy Rug Day
     Lynetta's Loon
     Magic!
     Making a Big Splash with Water Polo!
     Mantellas
     Michael Helps Ben at the Food Bank
     Milton the Leprechaun Goes Back to Work
     Mrs. Badger's Honey Cake
     My New Sister
     Never Again
     Not Again!
     Old Glory's Story
     One Very Good Day
     Painting a Rainbow
     Paratrooper, Part 1 - First Jump
     Playground Gossip Hurts
     Rainy or Fair?
     Saida Goes to School in Afghanistan
     Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
     Shenandoah National Park
     Simile Poetry
     Songbirds
     Stop!
     The Autograph Hound
     The Baseball Game
     The Boasting Traveler
     The Christmas Ornament
     The Fruit with a Jacket
     The Great Chocolate Cake Compromise
     The Heritage Farm
     The Heron Count
     The Legend of the White Deer
     The Lone Star Flag
     The Mood Meter
     The Mood Meter
     The Mystery of the Big Balloon
     The Mystery of the Floating Boy
     The Mystery of the Wild Thing in the Kitchen
     The Power of Music
     The Sense of Sight: Oh Say Can You See?
     The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
     The Strange Plate of Cheese
     The Three Little Frogs
     Using a Map
     Valentine's Day
     Voyageurs National Park
     Water Moves in a Circular Motion
     Water
     What Do You Know About the Moon?
     What Is a Rainbow?
     What Is a Weather Map?
     What's a Map?
     What's in The White House?
     What's the Coolest Color?
     You Like Him Best!, Part 2
(Grades 6-8)
     A Sport with an Unusual Name! Curling
     A Star is Born
     A World in Black, White, and Gray
     An Afghan Girl Goes to School
     An Afghan Girl Goes to School
     Animals in the Ocean: the Biggest and the Smallest
     Betsy Ross
     Butter vs. Margarine
     Can You Eat a Rainbow?
     Captain William Bligh
     Cecropia Moths
     Christmas at the White House
     Confederate Flag Controversy
     Could There Be Water on the Moon?
     Doris Gates
     Europe Switches to the Euro
     Extreme Fashions
     Florence Griffith Joyner: World's Fastest Woman
     Fungi - Friends or Foes?
     Galileo Tours Io
     Gary Paulsen
     Gila Monsters
     How Does a Trombone Work?
     How Does a TV Work?
     How Does Paint Work?
     How Is Paper Money Made?
     How Water Changes Earth's Surface
     Inaugural Balls
     Ingenuity: A Windmill for a Village
     Jubilee Celebration
     Life in a Refugee Camp
     Mapping the Earth's Surface
     Marine Mammals
     Marking the Text
     Markus Zusak
     Mystery of the Diary Entry
     Mystery of the Missing Gold, Part Four
     Mystery of the Missing Gold, Part One
     Mystery of the Missing Gold, Part Three
     Mystery of the Missing Gold, Part Two
     Mystery of the Misunderstood Message
     Nature's Fireworks, the Northern Lights
     Neptune Is Neat (and a bit Mysterious!)
     One Symbolic Seal
     Our Summer Visitor
     Patriotism - Wear Your Colors Proudly
     Poison Dart Frogs
     Preserving the Shining Sea from Ocean Pollution
     Presidential Travel
     Red-Eyed Tree Frogs
     Rococo Style
     Sand Mandalas
     Scarlet Macaws
     Sea Fireflies
     Sharon Draper
     Sherman Alexie, Jr.
     Six Flags Over Texas
     Six Flags Over Texas
     Skimming and Scanning
     Song of the Cicada
     Stardust Mission
     Taekwondo
     The Gas Giant Planets
     The Laughing Kookaburra
     The Mysterious Double Life of Miss Fluffy
     The Mysterious Renoir Thief
     The Mystery of the Fifth Window, Part Four
     The Mystery of the Fifth Window, Part Three
     The Mystery of the Hidden Photograph, Part One
     The Mystery of the Hidden Photograph, Part Two
     The Mystery of the Missing Ticket
     The Mystery of the Strand of Pearls, Part 1
     The Mystery of the Strand of Pearls, Part 2
     The Northern Lights
     The Peacock and the Crane
     The Rocky Planets
     The Science of Fireworks
     The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918
     The White House Staff
     The Wild World of Water Polo
     The Winner of the Best Dressed Award
     The World's Most Endangered Animals
     Turkeys
     Understanding Pictures and Graphics
     Wearin' of the Green
     Whaling Controversy
     What Is Tie-Dye?
     What Is Wicca?
     What's Under the Ocean Waves?
(Grades 9-12)
     George and Ira Gershwin: Musical Teamwork
     On The Road With Alice Ramsey
     Ron Jones
     Sharon Creech
     Stephen Crane
     The American Appaloosa: State Horse of Idaho

Stories
(Grades 3-5)
     Amish Barn-raising

Geography
(no assigned grade level)
     Ancient Egypt - Arts
     Ancient Egypt - Daily Life
     Harvest Festival in Plimouth
     Modern Egypt - Traditions and Daily Life
     Trip Down the Canyon
(Grades 3-5)
     Bulgaria - Geography
     Fiji - Geography
     The World of Jazz
     Turkey - Geography
     Wings of Oshkosh
(Grades 6-8)
     Canada - Geography
     Nigeria - Culture
     The Music of Detroit—Motown of the 60s


Finish the Story
     The Easter Hat (Grade 1-3)
     A Strange Egg! (Grade 1-3)
     Where's Mr. Shivers? (Grade 2-4)
     A Hat of Many Colors (Grade 2-4)
     An "EGG-straordinary" Easter (Grade 2-4)
     Something New for Dinner (Grade 2-4)
     Daddy Has Lots of Ties! (Grade 2-4)
     Tricia's Tropical Vacation (Grade 2-4)
     One Hundred Items in a Pocket (Grade 2-4)
     Stuck in a Snow Globe! (Grade 2-4)
     Hats Off to You (Grade 3-4)
     The Costume Contest (Grade 3-4)
     Not in My Mouth! (Grade 3-4)
     Prisca and Jimitty (Grade 3-4)
     A Voyage to Remember (Grade 3-5)
     Trouble on Valentine's Day (Grade 3-5)
     An Unusual Gift (Grade 3-5)
     The Wet Flag (Grade 3-5)
     Appearances Can Be Deceptive (Grade 3-5)
     A Tale of Two Raindrops (Grade 3-5)
     Under the Sea (Grade 3-5)
     Hello from Mike (Grade 3-5)
     Eye See You! (Grade 3-5)
     A Big Foot (Grade 3-5)
     So Many Kinds of Scientists! (Grade 3-5)
     A Magic Ride (Grade 3-5)
     Jacqueline and the Cornstalk (Grade 3-5)
     The Frogs and the Fish (Grade 3-5)
     Smoke! (Grade 3-6)
     East or West? Which Home is Best? (Grade 3-6)
     Terence the Turkey Has a Plan (Grade 3-6)
     Juan the Artist (Grade 3-6)
     The School Bus Safety Poster Contest (Grade 3-6)
     To Cruise or Not to Cruise (Grade 3-6)
     Niki's Totem Animal (Grade 3-6)
     Robbie's Invention (Grade 3-6)
     Fourth of July Surprise (Grade 3-6)
     Where Would I Move? (Grade 3-6)
     Stella Gets an Odd Makeover (Grade 3-6)
     Persuasion Is Better Than Force (Grade 3-6)
     Sailing, Sailing (Grade 3-6)
     The Bottle on the Beach (Grade 3-6)
     Just One Puff (Grade 3-6)
     The Bus Stop Dilemma (Grade 3-6)
     To Skate or Not to Skate (Grade 3-6)
     A Spring Cleaning Surprise (Grade 3-6)
     F is for Flag (Grade 3-6)
     Snowflake Magic (Grade 4-5)
     Aunt Lou Meets Lily (Grade 4-5)
     Pajamas for a Dragon (Grade 4-5)
     Floating on the Ocean (Grade 4-6)
     And the Winner Is... (Grade 4-6)
     Save the Animals (Grade 4-6)
     A New Nation, a New Flag (Grade 4-6)
     The Kite Competition (Grade 5-6)
     I Won a Week at Skateboarding Camp! (Grade 5-6)
     A Holo Summer (Grade 6-7)
     Flag Day (Grade 6-8)
     Rainbow Buttons in the Elevator! (Grade 6-8)


What Would You Do?
     Press on or Pass? (Grade 2-4)
     You Owe Me (Grade 3-6)
     The Sleepover (Grade 3-6)
     What Happened to Hanna's Hat? (Grade 3-6)
     Chasing Butterflies (Grade 3-6)
     The Christmas Present (Grade 3-6)
     Too Much Change (Grade 4-6)
     What Do You Say? (Grade 6-8)
     BB Gun (Grade 6-8)


Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
     All the Colors of the Rainbow (Grades 1-2)
     Birds of a Feather (Grades 1-3)
     Feet and Hooves and Wheels and Wings (Grades 1-3)
     Painting the House (Grades 1-3)
     An Apple a Day - A Readers' Theater (Grade 2)
     I Want To Be a Real Boy! (Grade 2)
     Don't Forget Your Vitamins and Minerals! (Grades 2-3)
     Mending the Sky: A Story from China (Grades 2-3)
     The Quarrel (Grades 2-3)
     The Wonderful World of Whales (Grades 2-3)
     Why Tortoise's Shell Is Not Smooth (Grades 2-3)
     Antarctica: Life in a Frozen Land (Grades 2-4)
     How Mr. Snail Lost His Eyes (Grades 2-4)
     How Raven Got the Sun: A Native American Legend (Grades 2-4)
     America's Best Explorer (Grades 2-5)
     A New Home for Sloth (Grade 3)
     Living in the Sahara Desert (Grades 3-4)
     Round Magic: A Japanese Tale (Grades 3-4)
     Wedding Style (Grades 3-4)
     Life in the Amazing and Unique Everglades (Grades 3-5)
     The Great Rain: A Native American Legend (Grades 3-5)
     The Origin of Disease and Medicine: A Cherokee Myth (Grades 3-5)
     K.C.'s Dream (Grades 3-6)
     Warm, Wet, and Lush: Life in the Rain Forest (Grades 3-6)
     Victor and Violet (Grade 4)
     Organization (Grades 6-7)


Reluctant Reader Books
     A Message from Rover (Grade 2-3)
     Meet Dr. Seuss (Grade 2-3)
     Strange but True: Wild and Wacky Laws (Grade 2-3)
     Emma's Valentine's Day Mystery (Grade 3-4)
     Oops! More Wild and Wacky Sports Injuries (Grade 3-4)
     Wild and Wacky Athlete Injuries (Grade 3-4)
     NH is for New Hampshire (Grade 3-5)
     Ocean Habitat (Grade 3-5)
     Ogres (Grade 3-5)
     S Is For St. Patrick (Grade 3-5)
     Marculus Entertains a Pink Blobulus (Grade 3-6)
     Marculus Gets Another Pet (Grade 3-6)
     Marculus Goes to a Potluck (Grade 3-6)
     Marculus Has Pet Problems (Grade 3-6)
     Marculus Visits Earth (Grade 3-6)
     ME is for Maine (Grade 3-6)
     RI is for Rhode Island (Grade 3-6)
     Where, Oh Where is Monty the Bear? (Grade 3-6)
     Aliens: Fact or Fiction? (Grade 4-5)
     Amazing Sharks (Grade 4-5)
     Glaciers (Grade 4-5)
     The Day the Seagulls Attacked (Grade 4-5)
     Wild and Wacky Color Facts (Grade 4-5)
     You and Your Favorite Color (Grade 4-5)
     A New Game Show on Planet Pearth! (Grade 4-6)
     AK is for Alaska (Grade 4-6)
     AZ is for Arizona (Grade 4-6)
     CO is for Colorado (Grade 4-6)
     CT is for Connecticut (Grade 4-6)
     Electricians (Grade 4-6)
     GA is for Georgia (Grade 4-6)
     H Is for Healthy Habits (Grade 4-6)
     History of Country Music (Grade 4-6)
     IL is for Illinois (Grade 4-6)
     IN is for Indiana (Grade 4-6)
     KS is for Kansas (Grade 4-6)
     KY is for Kentucky (Grade 4-6)
     Many Faces of Rock Music (Grade 4-6)
     Marculus Gets a Job (Grade 4-6)
     Marculus Goes to Summer Camp (Grade 4-6)
     Marculus Visits a Carnival (Grade 4-6)
     May Day (Grade 4-6)
     MD is for Maryland (Grade 4-6)
     MS is for Mississippi (Grade 4-6)
     NC is for North Carolina (Grade 4-6)
     NV is for Nevada (Grade 4-6)
     NY is for New York (Grade 4-6)
     Rent-a-Genie, Book One (Grade 4-6)
     Rent-a-Genie, Book Two (Grade 4-6)
     Scarlet Tiara Loves Red (Grade 4-6)
     SD is for South Dakota (Grade 4-6)
     So You Want to Paint Your Room! (Grade 4-6)
     The Magic Shower Stall, Book Two (Grade 4-6)
     TN is for Tennessee (Grade 4-6)
     Underwater Adventure, Book One (Grade 4-6)
     Underwater Adventure, Book Three (Grade 4-6)
     Underwater Adventure, Book Two (Grade 4-6)
     Unicorns (Grade 4-6)
     VA is for Virginia (Grade 4-6)
     WV is for West Virginia (Grade 4-6)
     WY is for Wyoming (Grade 4-6)
     A Mythic Order Adventure (Grade 5)
     Zephyr's Choice, Book 1 (Grade 5)
     Zephyr's Choice, Book 2: The Escape (Grade 5)
     Rainbows (Grade 5-6)
     Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King! (Grade 5-6)
     Venomous Snakes (Grade 5-6)
     Watch Out! I'm Dangerous! (Grade 5-6)
     CSI: DNA Evidence (Grade 5-7)
     Endangered Animals (Grade 5-8)
     Let's Eat: Unusual Foods! (Grade 5-8)
     The Northern Lights (Grade 5-8)
     Glaciers in Alaska (Grade 6-8)
     The National Toy Hall of Fame (Grade 6-8)


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