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Short Readers
     The Legend of St. Valentine (Short Reader; Grade 4-6 Readability)


Reading Comprehensions
     Baseball Legend
     Why the Possum's Tail Is Bare (A Cherokee Legend) (Grade 1)
     Why the Owl Has a Spotted Coat (A Cherokee Legend) (Grade 1)
     Minegoo of the Singing Waters (A Micmac Legend) (Grades 2-3)
     Tawa and the Spider Woman (A Hopi Legend) (Grades 2-3)
     The Animals' Purpose (A Creek Legend) (Grades 2-3)
     The Legend of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes (Grades 3-4)
     A Horse in the Bed Room - The Legend of Tempe Wick (Grades 3-4)
     The Legend of the White Deer (Grades 3-5)
     How a Mountain Got its Name - The Legends of Jenny Jump (Grades 4-6)
     Cherokee Legend of Blowing Rock (Grades 5-6)
     The Legend of Casey Jones (Grades 5-7)
     The Legend of Stingy Jack (Grades 5-7)
     Pictures in the Stars, Legends in the Sky (Grades 5-8)
     The Apache Kid: Outlaw Legend of the Southwest, Part 1 (Grades 6-8)
     The Apache Kid: Outlaw Legend of the Southwest, Part 2 (Grades 6-8)


Reluctant Reader Books
     Mike and the Legend of St. Valentine (Grade 4-5)
     The Legend Behind the Poem (Grade 4-7)


Finish the Story
     The Legend (Grade 5-6)


Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
     How Bear Lost His Tail: An Iroquois Legend (Grades 2-4)
     How Raven Got the Sun: A Native American Legend (Grades 2-4)
     How the Kangaroo Got Her Pouch: An Australian Aboriginal Legend (Grades 2-4)
     Maui Tames the Sun: A Hawaiian Legend (Grades 3-4)
     The Great Rain: A Native American Legend (Grades 3-5)
     Discover the Truth: The Legend of El Dorado (Grade 4)
     The Lake of Miracles: An Incan Legend (Grades 4-6)


Literature Book Units
     The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush (Grades 2-4)
     The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Grades 6-8)


Read and Color Books
            Everyone Loves Spaghetti! (October 19)


Reading Comprehension Lesson Ideas
    
Biographies
(Grades 3-5)
     Written Story-Telling
(Grades 6-8)
     "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash"
     A Real Superman
     Dick Van Dyke
     Henry W. Longfellow
     Iron Man of the NFL - Brett Favre
     J.R.R. Tolkien
     John Biggers
     Mata Hari, Exotic Spy?
     Peyton Manning
     Shah Jahan
     Slim Pickens
     Taming the Wilderness The Life of Daniel Boone
     The Brothers Grimm
     Where's Butch?
(Grades 9-12)
     Hypatia of Alexandria - Bright Mind, Wrong Time
     Pancho Villa
     Sacagawea
     Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons
     Titian, Venetian Master of Color
     Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Daily Themes
(Grades 3-5)
     "Larry Bird Ball"
     A Hot Time in the Old Town
     Colcannon
     Habitant Bonfire
     Happy New Year Japan!
     Queen of Light
     What Were Dragons?
(Grades 6-8)
     Horseradish
     No Need for Greed
     The Buzzards of Hinckley, Ohio

Miscellaneous
(no assigned grade level)
     Before Columbus
(Grades 3-5)
     Crater Lake National Park
     Figure Skating
     Gerald McDermott: Tale Spinner
     Greenland Sharks
     Lewis and Clark - Little Known Facts
     Little Green Men
     Matt's Holi Day
     Romulus and Remus
     Seminoles
     Shake, Rattle, and Roll
     Tales of the Chinese New Year
     The Center for Endangered Mythological Creatures
     Using a Map
     What Is a Weather Map?
(Grades 6-8)
     A Short History on Marathon
     A Sport with an Unusual Name! Curling
     Alexander the Great
     An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
     Archimedes
     Atlantis - Fact or Fantasy?
     Atlantis
     Aztec 101
     Bagpipes
     Belle Starr
     Bill Pickett, "The Bull-Dogger"
     Boccaccio
     Bonnie and Clyde
     Books Tell the Story
     Breakers Break Into Dance
     Caste System in Ancient India
     Catch a Dream with a Dream Catcher
     Cattle Drives
     Chinese History 101
     Chinese Kung Fu
     Christopher Marlowe, Man of Mystery
     Constellations
     Crusades and More Crusades
     Dandelions
     Davy Crockett - Born in the Frontier
     Effigy Mounds National Monument
     Egyptian History 101
     Eureka! Density!
     Golden Nemesis, Part 1
     Greeting Cards and More
     Gunfight at the OK Corral
     Halloween Across the U.S.A.
     Hannibal Barca
     Inca 101
     Ireland
     Karate
     King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
     Ladybugs
     Life with a Cat
     Life with a Snake
     Life with Frogs and Toads
     Making the Mark with Archery
     Mapping the Earth's Surface
     Martha Jane Cannary a.k.a. Calamity Jane
     Michael Scott
     Mosques and Palaces of Islamic Architecture
     Mulan
     Native American Baskets
     Native American Dolls
     Native American Drums and Flutes
     Native American Masks
     Native American Peace Pipes
     Native American Rugs and Blankets
     Native American Totem Poles
     Newfoundland's Vikings
     Obituary - a Brief Biography
     Old Steamboat: Famous Bucking Horse of the Old West
     Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy
     Pharaoh Tutankhamun
     Phil's Big Day
     Richard the Lionheart
     Roger Lancelyn Green
     Shadow Plays
     Shaun White
     Smokeless Tobacco
     Terek's Revenge
     Texas Law Men, Part 2
     Thangkas
     The 2010 Winter Olympics
     The Ancient Olympics
     The Bermuda Triangle
     The Black Hills, Where Two Worlds Met
     The Dream Catcher
     The First Americans
     The Grand Ole Opry of Nashville, Tennessee
     The Great Exhibition
     The Green, Prickly Things of Christmas
     The Loch Ness Monster
     The Navajo People
     The Periodic Table
     The Roman Republic
     The Secret of Silk
     The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
     The Stories Behind the Candles
     The Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
     The Twelve Olympians
     The Yosemite Indians of the Ahwahnee Valley
     TODALSIGS - Maps
     Troy - Did It Really Exist?
     Understanding Pictures and Graphics
     Unicorns
     Unsolved Mystery - Bigfoot
     Vikings on the Move
     What Is Buddhism?
     What Is Classical Art?
     What is Hinduism?
     What Is Knitting?
     What Is Scientology?
     What Is Sikhism?
     What is Taoism?
     What Is Tibetan Buddhism?
     What Is Unitarian-Universalism?
     What Is Wicca?
     What is Zoroastrianism?
     What to Wear in Mexico
     Writing the Nonhuman Biography
(Grades 9-12)
     Abacuses and Aqueducts - Roman Mathematics
     Aqueducts
     Augustus
     Calendars and Religion
     Classy Chinese Characters
     Eoin Colfer
     From the Far Out to the Right On - Science and Fiction in the Fifties
     Greek and Roman Copycats
     Lao Tzu
     Magnificent Manuscripts
     Mathematics, Science, and Technology of Ancient Egypt
     Mesopotamia and the Bible
     Nothing at Last - Indian Mathematics
     Proofs and Pythagoras - Greek Mathematics
     Pueblo Revolt
     The "Maine" Reason to Pick Your Teeth
     The Best View of Earth?
     The History of Hinduism
     The History of Taoism
     The History of Zoroastrianism
     The Mauryan Dynasty
     The Natural Wonders of Virginia
     The Old Man of the Mountain
     What is Earth Science?

Animals
(Grades 6-8)
     Piranhas
     Salamanders

Geography
(no assigned grade level)
     Italy
     Japanese Holidays
(Grades 3-5)
     "Fire Mountain"
     Devil's Lake Fishing
     Hawaii
     Hawaii: The Island State
     Kit Carson
     Punxsutawney Who?
     The Charter Oak
     The World of Jazz
(Grades 6-8)
     A History of How Connecticut Became a State
     Alabama is Born - Six Exclusive Interviews
     Guam: In the Beginning
     Ireland - Celts
     Norway - Daily life
     The Auroral Lights
     The Big Burp
(Grades 9-12)
     Ancient Greece - History


Finish the Story
     Runaway to Freedom (Grade 3-4)
     The Shoemaker (Grade 3-6)
     Keep an Eye on That Leprechaun (Grade 6-8)


What Would You Do?
     Is St. Patrick's Day Lucky For You? (Grade 3-6)


Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
     Chinese Zodiac or Chinese Zoo? (Grades 1-4)
     Antarctica: Life in a Frozen Land (Grades 2-4)
     The Hearty Animals of the Polar Region (Grades 3-6)
     Making Good Choices (Grades 4-7)


Reluctant Reader Books
     Lucky Leprechauns (Grade 2-3)
     S Is For St. Patrick (Grade 3-5)
     H Is for Halloween (Grade 3-6)
     Mapping ABC Style (Grade 3-6)
     Bigfoot: Truth or Tale? (Grade 4-5)
     C Is For Christmas (Grade 4-6)
     GA is for Georgia (Grade 4-6)
     ID is for Idaho (Grade 4-6)
     M Is for Map (Grade 4-6)
     NJ is for New Jersey (Grade 4-6)
     T Is for Thanksgiving (Grade 4-6)
     Unicorns (Grade 4-6)
     Werewolves (Grade 4-6)
     Amazing Spiders (Grade 5-6)
     Rainbows (Grade 5-6)
     Vampires (Grade 5-6)
     Animals on the Arctic Tundra (Grade 5-8)
     Bringing in the New Year (Grade 5-8)
     Famous Pirates (Grade 5-8)
     Gargoyles (Grade 5-8)
     Nessie and Friends: Famous Lake Monsters (Grade 5-8)
     The Tower of London (Grade 5-8)
     Castles: Magnificent Palaces (Grade 6-8)


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