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Reading Comprehensions
     Jubilee Celebration (Grades 6-7)
     The Celebration Continues (Grades 6-8)
     Unbirthday Parties and Other Celebrations from Children's Books (Grades 9-12)


Finish the Story
     Groundhog Day Celebration (Grade 6-8)


Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
     A Veteran's Day Celebration (Grades 1-3)


Read and Color Books
            Matt's Red, White, and Blue Ribbon
            Cinco de Mayo
            A History of Mother's Day
            Symbols of Easter
            A Well-Dressed Guest (January 15)
            Introduction to December
            Introduction to February


Reading Comprehension Lesson Ideas
    
Biographies
(Grades 6-8)
     Diego Velázquez
     Dr. Seuss
     Edvard Grieg
     John Biggers
     Tom Brady
     Vasco da Gama
     William Bradford

Daily Themes
(Grades 3-5)
     A Thankful Start
     An Unusual Tradition
     By the Dawn's Early Light
     Flowers and Memories
     Is It Really a Bargain?
     Keiro no Hi
     Mardi Gras
     Reflect and Remember
     What in the World?
     Yummy Punch
(Grades 6-8)
     All Saints' Day
     Bastille Day
     Botswana Independence day
     Cambodia Water Festival
     Don't Dessert Me!
     Falkland Islands Battle Day
     Flooding of the Nile Day
     Hot Dog Trivia
     In the Swim!
     Independence Day in Brazil
     Independence Day in Jamaica
     National Unity Day in Germany
     Navajo Code Talkers
     Shavu'ot in Israel
     St. Jean-Baptiste Day
     Stephanie Tolan: Making Magic
     Surviving April Fools' Day
     The King's Birthday in Thailand
     Wassup, Doc?
     Winter Solstice
(Grades 9-12)
     How to Panic!
     Independence Day in Lebanon
     Thanksgiving History
     The Ascension of Mohammed

Miscellaneous
(no assigned grade level)
     Chinese New Year
     Statue of Liberty
(Grades 3-5)
     A Bonfire for Jim
     An Ancient New Year
     Changing Communities
     Doug and Darcy Learn About Stepfamilies
     Easter Hunt
     Fourth of Julie
     Gran's New Year
     Handmade African Instruments
     Hanukkah Symbols (nonfiction)
     Happy Birthday To You!
     How Noble Fir Became a Christmas Tree
     Jake and Jackie Prepare for the Holidays
     Jingle Bells in Space
     Kwanzaa Symbols (nonfiction)
     Leprechauns at the Amusement Park
     Making Music, Bringing Joy
     Mother's Day
     Ode to Autumn
     Olympic Food: Feeding the Athletes
     Potato Latkes
     Saida Goes to School in Afghanistan
     Samoset's Thanksgiving
     Tales of the Chinese New Year
     Taylor Finds Her Smile
     Thanksgiving Dinner
     The First Fourth
     The New Year's Eve Party
     The Pilgrims’ First Feast
     Wendy's World- Constitution Week
     Wendy's World- Labor Day
     What is Kwanzaa?
(Grades 6-8)
     A Brief History of the Pledge of Allegiance
     A Christmas Truce
     A Colonial Christmas
     A Formal Beginning
     A National Holiday for Giving Thanks
     America's New Year Celebration: The Tournament of Roses
     Anacaona's Quinceañera
     Anna Marie Jarvis: The Mother of Mother's Day
     Annie Oakley
     Aztec 101
     Becoming a Knight
     Beowulf
     Birthday Traditions Around The World
     Boomtowns
     Candle Making
     Carnaval
     Celebrating Independence
     Children's Day
     Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
     Coffin Ship to America, Part 1
     Crispus Attucks
     Day of the Dead
     Diwali and the Epic Tale of Rama
     Easter - Historical and Religious Perspective
     Father's Day
     Giant Squids
     Groundhog Day Across the Country
     Halloween Across the U.S.A.
     Halloween in Other Countries
     Hispanic Heritage Month
     Holidays
     How Does the Outgoing President Leave on Inauguration Day?
     Inaugural Balls
     Karen Cushman
     King James VI and I
     Las Posadas
     Leonardo da Vinci's Robots
     Mischief Night (Historical Fiction)
     Mother's Day Around the World
     Mystery of the Misunderstood Message
     Native American Drums and Flutes
     Native Americans: The Plains Area
     New Year's Day Traditions
     Obituary - a Brief Biography
     Phil's Big Day
     Pilgrims Seek Religious Freedom in Plymouth
     Pride for Mexico
     Renaissance Music
     Row, Row, Row Your Boat
     Sir Wilfrid Laurier: Unifying Canada
     Sir Wilfrid Laurier: Unifying Canada
     Six Thanksgiving Myths
     Square Root Day
     Sweets for the Sweet
     Take Me Out to the Ballgame - The World Series
     The Berlin Wall Falls
     The Bone Fires, Part 1
     The First Thanksgiving
     The First Thanksgiving, What Was It Really Like?
     The Fourth of July
     The Fox Learns a Lesson: Start With Yourself
     The Irish Fight for Independence
     The Navajo People
     The Presidential Inauguration
     The Pumpkinfest at Thompson's Farm
     The Quebec Bridge Disaster
     The Science of Fireworks
     The Stories Behind the Candles
     The Story Behind Christmas (religious)
     The Valentine Scavenger Hunt
     Three Kings Day
     Troubadours and Minstrels
     Two Earth Days?
     Tying the Knot in Mexico
     Using a Calendar
     Valentine's Day Around the World
     Vinotok: The Burning of the Grump
     What Happens on Inauguration Day?
     What Is a Quaker?
     What Is Buddhism?
     What is Christianity?
     What is Islam?
     What Is Islam?
     What Is Judaism?
     What Is Religion?
     What Is Wicca?
     ¡Es El Cinco de Mayo! - It's Cinco de Mayo!
(Grades 9-12)
     As You Watch the Olympics......
     Attila the Hun
     Autumn Across America
     Julius Caesar
     Matty McNair: Polar Explorer
     Puerto Rico and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade
     Rails across America - "Done!" The Last Spike
     Religious Wars and the Holy Land
     Silent Night: The Christmas Truce of World War I
     The Declaration of Independence
     The Earth's View (A Speech To Humans)
     The First Washington Apple
     The Old Man of the Mountain
     The Rose Bowl Game: "The Granddaddy of Them All"
     The Sound of Their Music: Biography of Rodgers and Hammerstein
     V-J Day, Part 2 - "It's Over!"
     What is Religion?

Stories
(Grades 1-2)
     Snoogles, Froogles, and Goodle Bars
(Grades 3-5)
     Courage and Victory
     Mr. Frazoli's Deli

Geography
(no assigned grade level)
     Harvest Festival in Plimouth
     Japanese Holidays
     Mexican Culture
     Modern Egypt - Traditions and Daily Life
(Grades 3-5)
     Chicago is Unique Because of its People
     Christmas in Italy
     India - Traditions
     Sarah Winnemucca - Paiute Princess
     Tournament of Roses Parade
(Grades 6-8)
     Brazil - Traditions and Daily Life
     France - Traditions and Daily life
     Mexican Independence Day
     Russia - Holidays
     The Bahamas - Culture
     The Rodeo
     Vietnam - Culture


Finish the Story
     100 Days and Counting (Grade 3)
     Good Luck or Bad? (Grade 3-4)
     Runaway to Freedom (Grade 3-4)
     Fourth of July Surprise (Grade 3-6)
     A Piñata for Cinco de Mayo (Grade 3-6)
     The Salmon Run (Grade 4-5)
     Where Are the Fireworks? (Grade 4-6)
     Groundhog Day? (Grade 4-6)
     I Saw the Inaugural Parade (Grade 5-6)
     The Digits of Pi (Grade 5-7)
     Seize the Day (Grade 6-8)
     Columbus Day Debate (Grade 6-8)
     Chinese New Year (Grade 6-8)


What Would You Do?
     Inauguration Day: What Would You Do if You Were President? (Grade 6-9)


Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
     The Magic Bowl (Grades 3-4)


Reluctant Reader Books
     Chang's Chinese New Year (Grade 3-4)
     Groundhog Day: The History and the Holiday (Grade 3-5)
     H Is for Halloween (Grade 3-6)
     Showtime for Punxsutawney Phil (Grade 4-5)
     The Titanic: The "Unsinkable Ship" that Sank (Grade 4-5)
     The Myth of the Man-eating Monster (Grade 4-5)
     C Is For Christmas (Grade 4-6)
     E Is for Easter (Grade 4-6)
     LA is for Louisiana (Grade 4-6)
     May Day (Grade 4-6)
     Mysterious Cities (Grade 4-6)
     T Is for Thanksgiving (Grade 4-6)
     The Story of Cupid and Psyche (Grade 4-6)
     TX is for Texas (Grade 4-6)
     VA is for Virginia (Grade 4-6)
     WI is for Wisconsin (Grade 4-6)
     Amazing Mazes (Grade 5-8)
     Inside The National Baseball Hall of Fame (Grade 5-9)


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