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Sabriel by Garth Nix 
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Teacher Briefing provides a synopsis and author details and highlight points for discussion. Allen & Unwin

 

Sacajawea: The story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Joseph Bruchac
Sacajawea, a Shoshoni Indian interpreter, peacemaker, and guide, and William Clark alternate in describing their experiences on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Northwest.

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for writing an original folktale to illustrate a particular part of the book. Scholastic

 

Sacagawea by Judith St. George
Tells the story of the Shoshoni Indian girl who served as an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark.

  • Teacher's Guide with discussion and comprehension questions and activities. Penguin Putnam

 

Sachiko Means Happiness by Kimiko Sakai
Although at first five-year-old Sachiko is upset when her grandmother no longer recognizes her, she grows to understand that they can still be happy together.

  • Lesson Plan about similarities and differences. Montgomery (Maryland) County Public Schools

 

Sacred Animals by Kris Waldherr
A collection of stories, myths, and legends featuring sacred animals from different cultures around the world.

 

Sacred River by Ted Lewin
Describes the ritual of Hindu pilgrims journeys to Benares to renew themselves in its waters.

 

Sadako by Eleanor Coerr
Picture book illustrated by Ed Young.
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

  • Lesson Plan with Internet activities for before, during, and after reading. Ball State University

 

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against the time to fold 1000 paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy. 

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Crossword Puzzle ABC Teach
  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education
  • Discussion Questions with extension activities.
  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina 
  • Lesson Plan is a biographical skit.AskERIC
  • Lesson Plan using the Internet and the book to research  information about the development of the atomic bomb.
  • Lesson Plan for an introduction to World War II.
  • Lesson Plan for collecting information on Japanese culture as it relates to the novel.
  • Literature Study includes activities designed for understanding Japanese culture and developing awareness of the effects of war. ThinkQuest
  • Questions that can be downloaded and printed.
  • WebQuest using the book to introduce students to Sadako and her country of Japan.

 

Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan 
Sadie works hard to build the best snowman ever. When the warming sun and several small animals threaten to destroy her work she thinks of a way to save her snowman through the summer. 

  • Activities feature the water cycle and forms of matter. TeacherViews

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • Lesson Plan for creating writing about a snowman. Washington County, MD, Public Schools

 

Safe, Warm, and Snug by Stephen Swineburne
Describes how a variety of animals, including kangaroos cockroaches, and pythons, protect their unhatched eggs and young offspring from predators.

  • Activities include language experiences about caring for the young. Trumpet

 

Saffy's Angel by Hillary McKay
After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special momento of her past.

 

Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat by Amy Tan
Ming Miao tells her kittens about the antics of one of their ancestors, Sagwa of China, that produced the unusual markings they have had for thousands of years.

  • Activities include ideas for home and classroom and a related book list. Scroll to page 12. Memphis, TN, Public Schools
    Activities include games, flip book, drawing pages, and more. PBS Kids

 

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.

  • Teacher's Guide includes a plot summary, review quotes, character descriptions, discussion questions, activities, an interview with the author, and  further reading suggestions. Hyperion

 

Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea by Gloria Rand
Captain Madsen's four children fondly recall their exciting experiences sailing with their father and mother on the bark John Ena at the turn of the twentieth century.

  • Booktalk also includes an activity. Judy Freeman

 

Sailor Moo, Cow at Sea by Lisa Wheeler
Moo, a cow who longs to become a sailor, sets out to make all her dreams come true.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

Saint Ciaran: The Tale of a Saint of Ireland  by Gary Schmidt
A story in picture book format of Ireland's first saint, Ciaran of Saighir.

 

Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
Recounts an incident in the life of St. Valentine, a physician who lived some 200 years after Christ, in which he treated a small child for blindness.

  • Activities include cross-curricula ideas. TeacherViews

 

Salamandastron by Brian Jacques
Urthstripe the Strong, a wise old badger, leads the animals of the great fortress of Salamandastron and Redwall Abbey against the weasel Ferahgo the Assassin and his corps of vermin.

 

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
A young boy finds a salamander and thinks of the many things he can do to make a perfect home for it.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow

 

Saleng: A Philippine Folktale by Evelyn Cabanban
A Philippine folktale about the origin of the pine tree. 

  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education

 

Sally Arnold by Cheryl Ryan
A lonely girl befriends an elderly woman who collects things.

  • Activities include creating a character cube. TeacherViews

 

Salmon Summer by Bruce McMillan
A photo essay describing a young native Alaskan boy fishing for salmon on Kodiak Island as his ancestors have done for generations.

  • Activities include matching, word search, concentration, and flash cards for vocabulary practice. Quia-Cindy Campbell
  • Web Diagram Houghton Mifflin

 

Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan
Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that
determination and hard work are more important than size when playing
the game of basketball.

  • Activities include ideas for language arts, math, social studies, and computer skills. Page 51. North Carolina Children's Book Awards

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC

 

Sam and the Firefly by P. D. Eastman
When Sam, the owl, teaches Gus, the firefly, to write words in the sky, cars crash, movies are free and the hot dogs are cold.

 

Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year.

·         Activity for alphabetical order. Quia-Heather Kurtenbach

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Internet Workshop about earning money. Scott Foresman
  • Lesson Plan includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities. Reading Is Fundamental
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of scarcity. KidEconBooks
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of opportunity cost. KidEconBooks
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods
  • Teacher's Guide includes background, and reading questions, and interdisciplinary activities. Lee & Low Books
  • Vocabulary Activities include matching, word search, concentration, and flash cards. Quia-Heather Kurtenbach

 

Sam and the Tigers by Julius Lester
Follows the adventures of a little boy named Sam when he matches wits with several tigers that want to eat him.

·         Activity includes comparing the book to a similar story.  Scroll down the page. Instructor Magazine

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness
A fantasy involving a fisherman's daughter, a dog, and a little boy.

 

Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley 
An easy-to-read account of Sam and his father fighting as minutemen against the British in the Battle of Lexington.

  • Activities include sentence completions. TeacherViews
  • Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.
  • Extension Activity includes communication and making a map for the minutemen. Scholastic

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Literature Circle Lesson Appalachian State University

 

Sam the Sea Cow by Francine Jacobs
This is a true story about Sam the manatee who was rescued and nursed back to health after he got stuck in a sewer drain.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice
Sam the zookeeper never forgets to feed the animals. 

  • Lesson Plan features literacy and cross-curricular activities. 

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

The Same Stuff As Stars by Katherine Paterson
When Angel's self-absorbed mother leaves her and her younger brother with their poor great-grandmother, the eleven-year-old girl worries not only about her mother and brother, her imprisoned father, the frail old woman, but also about a mysterious man who begins sharing with her the wonder of the stars.

  • Extension Ideas include discussion questions, related links, and a list of similar books. Vermont Public Radio

 

The Same Sun Was in the Sky by Denise Webb
A boy and his grandfather go hiking in the Arizona desert, where they observe the many rock carvings and imagine the lives of the Hohokam people who lived there in ancient times.

  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before and after reading. Southwest Children's Literature-University of Arizona

 

Sammy and the Dinosaur by Ian Wybrow
Sammy finds toy dinosaurs in the attic that come to life when he names each one.

 

Sammy Keyes Detective series by Wendelin Van Draanen
Thirteen-year-old Sammy uses her detective skills to solve mysteries.

 

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
Thirteen-year-old Sammy's penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan  includes information about the author, book, related titles, activities, puzzles and worksheets, and weblinks for further study. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
  • Web Links related to the book, the author, people, places, events, issues, and interesting things mentioned in the stories. 

 

Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah by Sylvia Rouss 
After having watched the Shapiro family celebrate the different nights of Hanukkah, Sammy Spider finds that in the end he gets to share the holiday with them.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff
Anxious to see what life is like outside the zoo, Sammy the seal explores the city, goes to school, and plays with children but decides that there really is no place like home.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Samuel Eaton's Day by Kate Waters
Text and photographs follow a six-year-old Pilgrim boy through a busy day during the spring harvest in 1627: doing chores, getting to know his Wampanoag Indian neighbors, and spending time with his family. 

·         Literature Circle Lesson Appalachian State University

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC
  • WebQuest using the book to learn about Pilgrims.
  • WebQuest using several children's books about Thanksgiving. University of Virginia Curry School of Education

 

Samuel's Choice by Richard Berleth
A 14-year-old slave is rewarded with the most precious gift he could receive.

  • Activities include discussion and synthesis. TeacherViews
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes activities about freedom and the Revolutionary War. TeacherLink

·         Literature Circle Lesson Appalachian State University

  • Unit includes comprehension pages. Scroll down the page. Garden of  Praise

 

The Samurai's Tale by Erik Haugaard
In turbulent sixteenth-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.

  • WebQuest related to the characters and the events in the book.

 

Sand Castle by Brenda Shannon Yee
Jen starts to build a sand castle at the beach, and others come along to help make the moat, path, wall, and road around it.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

The Sandy Bottom Orchestra by Garrison Keillor and Jenny Lind Nilsson|
Fourteen-year-old Rachel comes to terms with her eccentric family while taking refuge in her violin playing.

 

Santa Claus Doesn't Mop Floors  (Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series) by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
The Bailey Elementary third graders are at it again, and the janitor has had it. His replacement, Mr. Jolly, keeps the school magically clean and as cold as the North Pole. Now the kids are beginning to suspect Mr. Jolly may be Santa Claus! 

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Santa Claus, Inc. by Linda Ford
Nick Martin's parents want him to be a Santa Claus but this turns out to be much more difficult than they expect.

  • Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Santa's Book of Names by David McPhail
A young boy discovers the world of reading on Christmas when he finds that Santa Claus has accidentally left behind a book of names, and Santa and the boy embark on a magical Christmas journey. 

  • Lesson Plan focuses on alphabetical order. Teachers.net

 

Sarah and the Naked Truth by Elisa Carbone
While ten-year-old Sarah faces some challenges after losing most of her hair in a bubble gum accident, her closest friends Christina and Olivia deal with identity issues of their own, and in the end all learn to stand up to others in order to be true to themselves.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

Sarah Bishop by Scott O'Dell
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.

·         Literature Circle Lesson Appalachian State University

  • Teaching Plan for comparing and contrasting digital photos described in the  book. Memorial Hall Museum

 

Sarah May and the New Red Dress by Andrea Spalding
With the help of her friend the West Wind, Sarah Mae's practical and cheap new dress becomes the dress of her dreams.

 

Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters
Text and photographs of Plimouth Plantation follow a pilgrim girl through a typical day as she milks the goats, cooks and serves meals, learns her letters, and adjusts to her new stepfather.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. Metro-Nashville School System 
  • Discussion Guide includes comparing and contrasting colonial life to today. Scholastic
  • Lesson Plan features enrichment activities and related Internet resources. TeacherVision
  • Lesson Plan focuses on life at Plimouth Plantation. AskERIC

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • WebQuest using the book to learn about Pilgrims.
  • WebQuest using several children's books about Thanksgiving. University of Virginia Curry School of Education

 

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

  • Activity for writing a friendly letter to Sarah from the point of view of either Anna or Caleb. Education World
  • Activity Book includes five interdisciplinary activities.
  • Activities include vocabulary quizzes and discussion questions from each chapter. 
  • Activities include letter writing and map skills. TeacherViews
  • Activities
  • Activities for reading and responding in writing and through discussion. 
  • Book Quiz Charleston County, SC, School District
  • Book Project features writing about what you would take from your hometown. A Read Across America Project featuring Kansas. University of Virginia Curry School of Education

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Booktalk Washburn University
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Classroom Connections features activities and web links about frontier and prairie life. Annette Lamb
  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education
  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina 
  • Lesson Plan incorporates economics and geography. Montgomery (Maryland) County Public Schools
  • Lesson Plan with a geography theme.
  • Lesson Plan using quotes and writing activities.
  • Lesson Plan for discussing and summarizing events in the book Lesson Plans Page
  • Lesson Plan with Internet activities for before, during, and after reading. Ball State University
  • Lesson Plan includes questions, vocabulary, and activities for each chapter. Mountain City, TN, Elementary School
  • Lesson Plan features activities related to geography. Illinois Geographic Alliance
  • Literature Circle Lesson Appalachian State University
  • Literature Unit includes an extension activity and vocabulary builder. Scholastic

·         Literature Unit with writing connections, vocabulary puzzles, curricular connection activities, Internet links, and more  Saskatchewan Teacher's Federation

·         Literature Unit includes activities, teaching ideas, website resources, journal articles, and ideas for content integration. Georgia State University

  • Mini Unit with a summary, vocabulary, and suggested discussion questions and activities. Easy Fun School
  • Online Games include Matching, Flashcards, Concentration, and Word Search. Quia
  • Reader's Theater for chapter 1. Teachers.net
  • Simple Questions using yes/no and true/false answers for various chapters. Taking Grades Publishing Company
  • Student Study Guide with chapter questions and enrichment activities.
  • Teacher's Guide includes activities and thematic connections. Harper
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center
  • Questions for comprehension. Scroll down the website.
  • Questions by chapter. Nashville, TN, Public Schools
  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC
  • Quiz includes 10 online questions. Quia
  • Vocabulary Quizzes include matching, concentration, flashcards, and word search. Quia-Kathy Farley
  • WebQuest for creating a journal. Bowling Green State University

 

Sarah's Page by Anna Murray
When wealthy Manhattanite Sarah suddenly has to move to her sister's Michigan farm, she communicates with her best friend via e-mail messages that reflect the gradual changes brought about by this new environment.

 

Saratoga Secret by Betsy Sherman
In 1777, as General Burgoyne and his British troops invade the Upper Hudson River Valley, sixteen-year-old Amity must carry a secret message to the Continental army to give warning of an impending attack.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Sasha, My Friend by Barbara Corcoran
A girl adjusts to an isolated life in Montana with the help of an orphan wolf pup.

  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award

 

Sasquatch by Roland Smith
Thirteen-year-old Dylan follows his father into the woods on the slopes of Mount St. Helens, which is on the brink of another eruption, in an attempt to protect the resident Sasquatch from ruthless hunters.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, book talk, discussion questions, and related books and web sites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Teacher's Guide with activities for writing, vocabulary, research, bookmark, and more.  Roland Smith

·         Student Worksheets with activities and questions. Julie Sprague

  • Web Links related to the book, the author, people, places, events, issues, and interesting things mentioned in the stories. Brevard, FL, School District

 

Satchel Paige by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Examines the life of the legendary baseball player, who was the first African-American to pitch in a Major League World Series.

  • Activities with curriculum content connections. Scroll down to page 48. North Carolina Children's Book Award

 

Satchmo's Blues by by Alan Schroeder
A fictional recreation of the youth of trumpeter Louis Armstrong in New Orleans.

 

Sato and the Elephants by Juanita Havill
While working on the ivory carving that he hopes will make his fortune, Sato comes to understand the plight of the endangered elephants.

 

Saturday at the New You by Barbara E. Barber
Shauna, a young African American girl, loves helping Momma with the customers at her beauty salon.

  • Teacher's Guide includes background, reading questions, and interdisciplinary activities. Lee & Low Books

 

Saturday Market by Patricia Grossman
Tells the story of a typical day at a Mexican market.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of markets. KidEconBooks

 

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
When it's rock 'n' roll time during the prehistoric era, many different kinds of dinosaurs gather to twist, twirl, and tromp at a Saturday night party.

  • Activities include science and language ideas. TeacherViews

 

Saturday Sancocho by Leyla Torres
A family does not have the ingredients for their chicken stew, so Mama Anna uses what she has – 2 eggs – to barter for what she needs.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf  by Gerald Morris
Lynet, a feisty young woman, journeys to King Arthur's court in order to find a champion to rescue her beautiful older sister, and she is joined in her quest by a clever dwarf and a bold kitchen knave, neither of whom are what they seem.

·         Activities include summary, related readings, and curriculum tie-ins. Click on 2002-2003 Activities (in Word format) South Carolina Association of School Librarians

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Francesca has just started second term at St Sebastian's, a boys' school that has just started accepting girls in years eleven and twelve.

  • Study Guide includes summary and questions and activities by chapter. Bernadette Sheedy
  • Teacher's Notes concentrate on themes explored in the book Penguin

 

Saving Jessica by Lurlene McDaniel
When Jessica is diagnosed as having kidney failure her only hope is a kidney transplant but her boyfriend Jeremy must find the strength to defy his parents in order to be the donor and save Jessica's life.

 

Saving Lilly by Peg Kehret
Sixth-grader Erin Wrenn is determined to save an elephant named Lilly from being sold by a circus to a hunting park.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes an annotation, information about the author, realia, food, and curriculum connections. Scroll down to page 10. Sunshine State Young Reader's Award

 

Saving Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Sixth-grader Marty and his family try to help their rough neighbor, Judd Travers, change his mean ways, even though their West Virginia community continues to expect the worst of him.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Teaching Guide includes discussion topics, activities, and research ideas. Simon & Schuster

 

Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley
The sheriff of a dusty western town rescues Sweetness, an unusually resourceful orphan, from nasty old Mrs. Sump and her terrible orphanage.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on idioms. Dakota State University

 

Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band by Christine Schneider
The sound of toe-tapping dance band music from the radio leads Drew and his sister throughout their house.

 

Say Cheese by Patricia Reilly Giff
Emily and the other children go to the class picnic at the park. Emily is lonely because she does not have a best friend. She wanders off and becomes lost.

 

Say It Again by Brian Cassie
Rhyming text describes 12 animals with double names, like aye-aye, chico chico, killy-killy, and mola mola.

  • Activities include phonemic awareness. TeacherViews

 

Saying Goodbye by Marie G. Lee
Ellen Sung explores her interest in creative writing and in her Korean heritage during her freshman year at Harvard.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary and activities for before, during, and after reading. Justus-Liebig University

 

The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight (Goosebumps series) by R. L. Stine
Jodie loves visiting her grandparents' farm, but this year is different. The single scarecrow has been replaced by twelve evil-looking ones that seem to twitch on their stakes.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Scared Silly by Marc Brown 
An illustrated collection of spooky stories, poems, and riddles including a humorous array of ghosts, monsters, ghouls, and witches.

  • Extension Activity includes reading strategies for introducing the book and enrichment activities. Scholastic

 

Scared Stiff by Katie Davis
A little girl devises a clever way to face her fears and discovers that she really doesn't have anything to be afraid of.

  • Activities include a letter tile game and a vocabulary game. Katie Davis

 

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A novel of 17th century New England and its Puritan values.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library

 

Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting
A band of trick-or-treaters and a mother cat and her kittens spend a very scary Halloween.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Scat Cats! by Joan Holub
Cats cause so much trouble in a house that they are shooed away--and then missed!

·         Activities include ideas about pets. Joan Holub

 

Schindler's List by Thomas Kineally
The true story of a man who took incredible risks and spent his considerable fortune to build a factory camp to protect Jews during World War II.

  •  Novel Guide includes background information, chapter summaries, and post-reading activities. Holt, Rinehart and Winston

 

Scholastic Atlas of the United States by David Rubel
Expands knowledge of geography about the United States through clear maps, vivid photos, and fact-filled text.

  • Lesson Plan includes pre-reading activities, discussion questions, and related activities. Scholastic

 

Scholastic Encyclopedia of Women in the United States by Sheila Keenan
Brief illustrated articles profile significant women in American history, including Abigail Adams, Molly Pitcher, and Nellie Bly.

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for reflecting on what has been learned after reading and formulating ideas, opinions, and personal responses to text. Scholastic

 

The School Bus Driver from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
A young boy's imagination runs away with him when he thinks about the wild rumors he has heard about the new school bus driver.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

School Days by Laura Ingalls Wilder - adapted by Melissa Peterson
Laura and her sisters share some good and bad times when they attend different schools near their various prairie homes.

 

School Isn't Fair by Patricia Baehr
Four-year-old Sean describes all the unfair things that happen to him during a school day.

  • Lesson Plan includes interactive story reading with questions and extension activities. Saginaw Valley State University

 

School Mouse by Dick King-Smith
Flora, the world's most educated mouse, saves her family during a crisis.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

The School Skeleton (A to Z Mysteries series) by Ron Roy
At Green Lawn Elementary, the entire school becomes involved in a mystery when Mr. Bones, the skeleton in the nurse's office, disappears.

  • Teacher's Guide includes activities to be used with all books in the series. Random House

 

The School Story by Andrew Clements
After 12-year-old Natalie writes a wonderful novel her friend Zoe helps her devise a scheme to get it accepted at the publishing house where Natalie's mother works as an editor.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes a summary, booktalk, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

·         Book Quiz Click cancel for network password. Wichita Public Schools

·         Book Test Laura Candler

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award
  • Online Trivia Quiz Fun Trivia
  • Lesson Plan includes information about the author, activities, related books and weblinks. Scroll down the page. Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Project includes cross-curricular activities. Golden Sower Award
  • Teaching Plan includes activities to introduce the writing, editing, and publishing process. Scholastic

 

School's Out by Johanna Hurwitz
Lucas thinks his summer vacation is ruined when Mom hires a French au pair to watch over Lucas and his two-year-old twin brothers.

  • Discussion Guide features reading strategies for introducing the book. Scholastic

 

Score One for the Sloths by Helen Lester
Sparky, a new energetic student at a sloth school, saves her lazy classmates when a wild boar from a government agency tries to shut the school down.

  • Activities with curriculum content connections. Scroll down to page 26. North Carolina Children's Book Award
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Booktalk also includes an activity. Judy Freeman
  • Lesson Plan teaching the process of information gathering. ReadWriteThink

 

Scorpio's Child by Keza Matthews
When a strangely-behaving uncle she has never heard of comes to live in her family's house in a small Georgia town, fourteen-year-old Afton, grieving over her brother's death in World War II, tries to unravel the secrets her mother refuses to share with her.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers
After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal finds that his enemies treat him with respect when he acquires a gun--until a tragedy occurs.

  • Activities include character descriptions and topics for discussion during or after the reading . Scroll down the page.
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Study Guide with an overview, activities, questions by chapter, and more. Oakland, CA, Unified School District
  • Teaching Guide from the publisher includes general discussion questions and suggestions for reaching across the curriculum. Harper

 

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller 
The states become bored with their positions on the map and decide to change places for a while.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. TeacherViews
  • Activity to introduce the book.
  • Booktalk Washburn University
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan about opinions and interpreting. Kansas City Public Schools
  • Quiz of jumbled state names. Quia
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Scranimals: Poems by Jack Prelutsky
An illustrated collection of poems about the mysterious creatures--jumbles of birds, beasts, vegetables, and flowers--that populate Scranimal Island.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. Page 57. North Carolina Children's Book Award

 

The Scream Museum by Paul Zindel
Young P. C. Hawke and his buddy Mackenzie search for the real killer of the Museum of Natural History's chief biologist after their friend, a custodian named Tom, is falsely accused.

  • Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson
Despite her family's long feud with the Crutchfields, seventeen-year-old Kaitlin falls in love with Bram Crutchfield--the son of the man her father murdered--and weaves a tangled web of deception to conceal her identity from him.

  • Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards
  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo
A young girl listens as her great-aunt, a lighthouse keeper's daughter, tells of her childhood living on a Maine island, and of the infant that washed ashore after a storm.

 

Sea Lion: A Story of the Sea Cliff People by Ken Kesey
Although taunted for his small size and bad leg, Eemook proves his worth by saving his tribe from an evil and powerful spirit that comes visiting one stormy night.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

 

Sea of Ice: The Wreck of the Endurance by Monica Kulling
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.

  • Activities include opinion writing. TeacherViews

Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell
A mother and daughter share a day at the beach.

 

The Sea Serpent's Daughter by Margaret H. Lippert
Relates the traditional Brazilian legend of how the Sea Serpent's gift of darkness to his daughter brings night to the people of the rain forest.

  • Activities focus on the Amazon and the rain forest. TeacherViews

 

Sea Shapes by Suse MacDonald
Collage illustrations present different shapes such as the crescent, star, spiral, oval, and others found in the sea.

 

Sea Swan by Kathryn Lasky
At the age of seventy-five, Elzibah Swan decides to take up swimming, a pastime which enriches her life and one which she shares through letters with her young grandchildren. 

·         Lesson Guide includes theme, vocabulary, strategies and skills, and activities, Scroll down to page 60. Dakota Valley, ND, Public Schools

 

Seahorse Reef by Sally M. Walker
Describes a sea horse living in the coral reefs of the central Philippines, its habitat, life cycle, food, and how it protects itself from predators.

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for simple research from the book on the  characteristics of seahorses. Scholastic

 

Seal Island School by Susan Bartlett
On Seal Island off the coast of Maine, a place aswarm with pets of all kinds, nine-year-old Pru plans to keep her teacher from leaving by finding her a dog.

 

Seals! (Know-It-Alls! series) by Ellen Catala
Provides different types of seals, their behaviors, and their habitats.

  • Teaching Plan includes using a nonfiction text to learn about seals. Scholastic

 

Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
When two children and their parents board a bus driven by a tiger, it gradually fills with groups of seals, geese, rabbits, monkeys, vipers, sheep and skunks.

 

Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark by  Gail Karowski
Seaman, a Newfoundland, proves his value as a hunter, navigator, and protector while serving with the Corps of Discovery when it explores the West under the leadership of Lewis and Clark.

  • Activities include tracing the route the explorers took. Scroll down the page. Georgia Children's Literature Book Awards
  • Teacher's Guide includes activities for writing about history. Peachtree Publishers

 

Seaman's Journal: On the Trail with Lewis and Clark by by Patricia Reeder Eubank
Seaman, the Newfoundland dog belonging to Meriwether Lewis, keeps an account of their adventures during the journey to the Pacific.

 

The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt
The Prime Minister is compiling a dictionary and when no one at court can agree on the meaning of delicious, the King sends his twelve-year-old messenger to poll the country.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

The Search for Snout by Bruce Coville
Rod and his alien friends face danger and mystery as they travel the galaxy looking for their missing friend Snout, the Master of Mental Arts.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

The Search for the Magic Lake by Genevieve Barlow
An Incan folktale.

 

Search for the Shadowman by Joan Lowery Nixon
While working on a genealogy project for his seventh grade history class, Andy Bonner becomes determined to solve the mystery surrounding a distant relative who was accused of stealing the family fortune.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Searching for David's Heart by Cherie Bennett
When Darcy's older brother David is killed in a terrible accident, Darcy's parents decide to donate his heart for transplant, and Darcy becomes obsessed with finding the person who received his heart, believing that if she can find his heart, she will find her brother.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Seashore Babies by Kathy Darling
Photographs and text describe some of the young animals that are found at the seashore, including the sea lion, green turtle, and pelican.

  • Lesson Plan using the reading strategy of List, Group, Label. Also includes the use of the other books in this series. Corvallis, OR, Public Schools

 

The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow
A mother's words help a little boy imagine the sights and sounds of the seashore, even though he's never seen the ocean.

 

Seashore Surprises by Rose Wyler
Explains how waves, sand, and pebbles form at the seashore and describes animals, plants, and shells, which can be seen when the tide goes out.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Integrated Curriculum Guide Reading Rainbow

 

Season of Promise: Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary, Jamestown, Virginia, 1611, Book Three (My America series) by Patricia Hermes
In 1610, ten-year-old Elizabeth continues a journal of her experiences living in Jamestown, as her brother Caleb rejoins the family, a new strict governor comes to the colony, and her father considers remarriage.

  • Discussion Guide features an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, questions designed to encourage conversation, a number of student activities related to the book and its period, and an interview with the book's author. Scholastic

 

The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
As the seasons pass, Arnold enjoys a variety of activities as a result of his apple tree.

  • Activities include seasons and studying trees. TeacherViews

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Lesson Plan features teaching the seasons. A to Z Teacher Stuff
  • Coloring Page Enchanted Learning
  • Lesson Plan for studying the seasons with an introduction, instructional strategies, closure, and links. AskEric
  • Literature Unit features a writing prompt and extension activity. Scholastic
  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Seaweed Soup by Stuart Murphy
As he asks more and more friends to join him for lunch, Turtle must make up sets of dishes to accommodate them.

 

Second Banana by Ted Staunton
Ryan Sweeney doesn't have any really close friends, until he becomes interested in the upcoming auditions for Oliver! at the Fall fair and starts to practice.

  • Teacher's Guide includes an author profile, a summary, research topics, activities, and discussion questions. Wordfest

 

The Second Bend in the River by Ann Rinaldi
In 1798 Rebecca, a young settler in the Ohio territory, meets the Shawnee called Tecumseh and later develops a deep friendship with him.

  • Discussion Guide focuses on historical fiction with pre-reading activities and thematic connections. Scholastic
  • Teacher's Guide includes a synopsis, websites and enrichment, vocabulary development, comprehension, timeline activity, map activity, understanding two points of view, and linking the novel to current events. Omaha Public Schools

 

The Second Christmas by Louis Untermeyer
A fictional account of Mary and Joseph’s life as refugees living in a foreign country with a young baby..

  • Activities focus on writing and discussion. TeacherViews

 

Second Cousins by Virginia Hamilton
The friendship of twelve-year-old cousins Cammy and Elodie is threatened when the family reunion includes two other cousins near their age and Elodie is tempted to drop Cammy for a new companion.

  • Discussion Guide features the story elements of the novel and questions. Scholastic

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire
moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked
garden.

  • Activities focus on descriptive words. TeacherViews

·         Extension Ideas include discussion questions, related links, and a list of similar books. Vermont Public Radio

  • Lesson Ideas include working with plants. University of Richmond
  • Lesson Plan features activities and guided discussion. TeacherLink
  • Lesson Plan includes author information and discussion questions. TeacherVision
  • Literature Unit with a study guide and information resources. Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Online Trivia Quiz Fun Trivia
  • Online Trivia Quiz 2 Fun Trivia
  • Questions about the content of the book by chapter with a main discussion question. St. Bonaventure University
  • Simple Questions using yes/no and true/false answers for various chapters. Taking Grades Publishing Company
  • Worksheets for grammar and synonyms based on the book. Primary Resources

 

Secret Heart by David Almond
Shy, often inarticulate Joe Maloney finally begins to understand his strange dreams about a beautiful tiger after he befriends a young trapeze artist who comes to his village with a traveling circus.

 

Secret in St. Something by Barbara Brooks Wallace
Fleeing from a cruel step-father, eleven-year-old Robin takes his baby brother and finds shelter with street boys living in a church in a tenement area of New York City.

·         Book Quiz Click cancel for network password. Wichita Public Schools

  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award

 

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups by David Wesniewski
A humorous revelation of the real reasons why adults tell children to do things, such as "Eat your vegetables," "Comb your hair," and "Don't blow bubbles in your milk."

  • Lesson Plan includes multiple writing activities. Scroll down the page. Pam Petty

 

Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morganstern
Ten-year-old Ernest lives a boring existence in Paris with his grandmother until a lively girl named Victory enters his class at school.

·         Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum connections, and weblinks. Scroll down the page. South Carolina Association of School Librarians

 

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron
Living in a rural community in Wisconsin during the 1950s, eleven-year-old Amanda gradually and painfully learns a lot about herself, her parents, and her older sister.

 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Fourteen-year-old Lily and her companion, Rosaleen, an African-American woman who has cared from Lily since her mother's death ten years earlier, flee their home after Rosaleen is victimized by racist police officers, and find a safe haven in Tiburon, South Carolina at the home of three beekeeping sisters, May, June, and August.

 

The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel by Susan Rowan Masters 
Eleven-year-old Hubie Hartzel tries to cope with his many problems
including a sick cat, a crush on his art teacher, the loss of his best friend to a girl, and the threat of the class bully who is out to get him.

 

The Secret of Old Zeb by Carmen Agra Deedy
Disappointed when his parents go off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and leave him behind with his Great Aunt Hortense, young Walter encounters mystery and intrigue when he meets Old Zeb, a shipbuilder with a secret dream.

  • Teacher's Guide includes a book introduction, information for before, during, and after reading, and cross-curricular activities. Peachtree Publishers

 

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Odge Gribble, a young hag, joins an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on a journey from their magical island kingdom to London through a tunnel which opens every nine years for nine days, to try and rescue the young prince who had been stolen as an infant nine years before.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

The Secret of Sarah Revere by Ann Rinaldi
Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.

 

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors. 

 

The Secret of the First One Up by Iris Hiskey Arno
Lila, a little groundhog, wonders what happens all winter while she is sleeping, so she tries to be the first groundhog to wake up and find out.

 

The Secret of the Seal by Deborah Davis
Ten-year-old Kyo, an Eskimo boy, faces a difficult moral choice between friendship with a seal and loyalty to his family.

  • Book Quiz Charleston County, SC, School District

·         Game of Sort-It with words with suffixes "ly", "ful", and "er" in the book changes each time it is accessed. Word List Anne Moncure Elementary School, VA

  • Game of Hangman. Caryn Dingman - Quia

·         Games include matching, concentration, and word search based on spelling words in the book. Word List Caryn Dingman - Quia

·         Literature Circle Lesson Pages 1-31 Appalachian State University

·         Literature Circle Lesson Pages 32-44 Appalachian State University

·         Literature Circle Lesson Pages 42-57 Appalachian State University

·         Literature Unit includes vocabulary, thinking cap questions, literary activities, projects, and puzzles. This is a Zip file. Kyrene, AZ, School District

 

The Secret of the Silver Mines by Shane Peacock
Dylan suddenly finds himself removed from the  big city and stuck in the middle of nowhere.

 

The Secret School by Avi
In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.

  • Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, and weblinks. South Carolina Association of School Librarians
  • Activity about solving problems. Scholastic

·         Book Quiz Click cancel for network password. Wichita Public Schools

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Booktalk also includes an activity. Judy Freeman
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award

·         Quiz Timberlane, VA, Elementary School

 

Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self-defense.

  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets.  Glencoe Literature Library

 

The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague
Two friends, Wendell and Floyd, discover a secret shortcut – in an effort to arrive at school on time

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern 
A young woman disguises herself as a man and fights bravely in the Revolutionary War.

  • Activities include making comparisons and creating a comic book. TeacherViews
  • Discussion Guide includes ideas for introducing the book. Scholastic

 

Secret to Freedom by Marcia Vaughan
Great Aunt Lucy tells a story of her days as a slave, when she and her brother, Albert, learned the quilt code to help direct other slaves and, eventually, Albert himself, to freedom in the north.

  • Activities with curriculum content connections. Scroll down to page 49. North Carolina Children's Book Award

 

The Secret Truth About Grown-ups by David Wisniewski
Some hilarious explanations for why your parents are always repeating their "grown-up rules" like Brush Your Teeth and Clean Under Your Bed. 

  • Technology Lesson for creating a class book. Madison Metropolitan School District (Wisconsin)

 

Secrets Can Kill (The Nancy Drew Files series) by Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew goes back to high school as an undercover detective to find the thief who is stalking the halls of Bedford High School at night.

  • Activities include character descriptions and topics for discussion during or after the reading . Scroll down the page.

 

Secrets in the House of Delgado by Gloria Miklowitz
In Spain in 1492, fourteen-year-old Maria, a Catholic orphan, becomes a servant to a wealthy family of Conversos, converted Jews, at a time when the Jews are being expelled from the country and when the Inquisition is diligently searching for religious heretics. 

  • Discussion Guide includes discussion topics, activity suggestions, author and illustrator information, and more. Eerdman’s Books

 

The Secrets of Animal Flight by Nic Bishop
In text and photographs, presents birds, insects, bats, and other flying
animals.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Secrets of Ms. Snickle's Class by Laurie Miller Hornik
Every school has its secrets, but in Ms. Snickle's classroom the secrets are extraordinary, and when Lacey sets out to learn and tell them all, she puts Ms. Snickle's job in jeopardy.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. Page 58. North Carolina Children's Book Award

 

Sector 7 by David Wiesner
While on a school trip to the Empire State Building, a boy is taken by a friendly cloud to visit Sector 7, where he discovers how clouds are shaped and channeled throughout the country.

  • Activities include writing and studying clouds. TeacherViews
  • Activities include writing sentences to match the wordless story. Trumpet
  • Activities includes a booktalk, author/illustrator study, activities, list of related books, and weblinks. Salisbury State University
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Literature Learning Ladder includes background information about the book, author, illustrator, and suggested links for students and teachers. Annette Lamb

 

See the Ocean by Estelle Condra
Driving through mountain fog to the beach, two young brothers compete to see who will catch the first glimpse of the ocean, but it is their blind sister Nellie who senses it first.

 

See Ya, Simon by David Hill 
Over the years fourteen-year-old Nathan has learned a lot about muscular dystrophy from his best friend but is unprepared for Simon's rapid decline and approaching death.

 

See You Down the Road by Kim Ablon Whitney
Sixteen-year-old Bridget, member of an Irish Traveler community in the U.S., questions the traditions of her family's nomadic, criminal way of life and begins to consider breaking free.

 

See You Later Alligator by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
On the first day at River Bottom School the children find a fun and easy way to say good-bye to their parents.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.

  • Booktalk Washburn University
  • Curricular Connections include writing, creating an acrostic poem, and research  Audio Book Shelf
  • Lesson Plan includes a synopsis, general review; discussion questions and activity suggestions. Scroll down the page. South Central Kansas Library System
  • Study Questions for advanced discussion and writing. Literary Link
  • Teacher's Guide includes reading skills and strategies, discussion questions, and vocabulary skills. Harper
  • Teaching Guide includes general discussion questions and suggestions for reaching across the curriculum. Harper
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center
  • Unit includes activities, strategies, and worksheets. Novelinks-Brigham Young University
  • WebQuest for researching heritage, studying immigration, learning about urban gardens, and keeping journals. Bowling Green State University 

 

Seeds (Junior Science series) by Terry Jennings
Explains, in simple text and illustrations, the various parts of a seed and how a seed grows into a plant. Includes instructions for simple experiments and projects.

  • Lesson Plan includes listing new facts about seeds. Scroll down the page. Silly Billy

 

Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California, 1849 (Dear America series) by Kristiana Gregory  
A diary account of fourteen-year-old Susanna Fairchild's life in 1849, when her father succumbs to gold fever on the way to establish his medical practice in Oregon after losing his wife and money on their steamship journey from New York.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Discussion Guide features an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, questions designed to encourage conversation, a number of student activities related to the book and its period, and an interview with the book's author. Scholastic

 

The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles) by Holly Black
When Mallory and Jared attempt to rescue Simon from goblins, they use a magical stone which enables them to see things that are normally invisible.

 

The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Arthur, a thirteen-year-old boy in late twelfth-century England, tells how Merlin gave him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.

 

Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris
A Native American boy with a special gift to "see" beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Seek by Paul Fleischman
Rob becomes obsessed with searching the airwaves for his long-gone father, a radio announcer.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award

 

Seesaw Girl by Linda Sue Park
Impatient with the constraints put on her as an aristocratic girl living in Korea during the seventeenth century, twelve-year-old Jade Blossom determines to see beyond her small world.

  • Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, and weblinks. South Carolina Association of School Librarians
  • Activities Texas Bluebonnet Award

 

Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt by Barbara Smucker
When her Mennonite family moves to Upper Canada to avoid involvement in the Civil War, young Selina is given a special quilt to remember the grandmother she left behind.

  • Activities include making a paper quilt. TeacherViews

 

Send Me Down a Miracle by Han Nolan
When a flamboyant New York City artist returns to the sleepy, God-fearing Alabama town of her birth to conduct an artistic experiment, the resulting uproar splits the community and causes fourteen-year-old Charity to question many things that she had previously taken for granted.

 

Send One Angel Down by Virginia Frances Schwartz 
A young slave tries to hide the horrors of slavery from his younger cousin, a light-skinned slave who is the daughter of the plantation owner.

  • Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, booktalk, and weblinks. South Carolina Association of School Librarians

 

Senefer byBeatrice Lumpkin
The story of Senefer, an African child in ancient Egypt  who became a famous mathematician and engineer.

  • Activities include numeration in Ancient Egypt and Rome.

 

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Gene Forrester returns to his alma mater, the Devon School, and recalls events that occurred there 15 years ago.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Novel Guide with theme openers, cross curricular activities, and research assignments. McDougal Littell
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library
  • WebQuest about the life of the character.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Look under individual titles for more lessons.

·         Book Guide includes discussion questions for all books in the series. See also individual titles for other links. KidsReads

·         Word Scramble KidsReads

 

The Serpent's Children by Lawrence Yep
In nineteenth-century China, a young girl struggles to protect her family from the threat of bandits, famine, and an ideological conflict between her father and brother.

 

The Sesame Street Pet Show by Emily Kingsley
Every pet is a winner at the Sesame Street pet show.

  • Activities include talking about pets. TeacherViews

 

Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.

  • Activities include writing and a comparison chart. TeacherViews
  • Activity to introduce before reading. Ball State University

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney
This unique African-American holiday commemorates the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of community, and gratitude for life's bounties.

  • Activities include art, music, and a KWL chart. TeacherViews
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes the significance of the symbols and making a class book.
  • Lesson Plan includes a game and coloring sheet. Solution Site

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy
Seven Chinese brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraordinary individual qualities.

  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina 
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, activities for home and classroom, and a booklist. Scroll down to page 14. Vocabulary list on page 25. Memphis, TN, Public Schools

 

Seven Days of Kwanzaa by Angela Shelf Medearis
Discover more about that special time to celebrate the seven days of Kwanzaa.

  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC

 

Seven Kisses in a Row by Patricia MacLachlan
Emma learns to accept "different strokes for different folks" when her aunt and uncle come to take care of her and her brother.

  • Activities include discussion and creating a spreadsheet. TeacherViews

 

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
Seven fussy eaters find a way to surprise their mother.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Teaching Guide with curriculum connections to food.  Children's Literature Association of Utah

 

The Seven Songs of Merlin by T. A. Barron
Having stumbled upon his hidden powers, the young wizard Merlin voyages to the Otherworld in his quest to find himself and the way to the realm of the spirit.

·         Discussion Questions Penguin Putnam

 

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis
When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa.

  • Activities include a summary, curriculum connections, and related titles. Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Seven Weeks on an Iceberg by Keith Potter
Over the course of seven weeks, examines the activities of a group of penguins in Antarctica

  • Activities include research about penguins. TeacherViews

 

Several Lives of Orphan Jack by Sarah Ellis
Jack has always been able to stay out of trouble at the Opportunities School for Orphans, until he turns twelve and trouble starts to follow him everywhere.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes curricular connections, literary links, and teacher tips. Can Lit for Kids

 

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes.

  • Activities include building a diorama. TeacherViews
  • Lesson Plan includes things to think about while reading and vocabulary.
  • Reader's Guide with questions for discussion. Random House
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library
  • Study Guide with an overview, activities, questions by chapter, and more. Oakland, CA, Unified School District

 

Shades of Black by Sandra L. Pinkney
Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children.

 

Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a "traitor" because he refused to take part in the war.

  • Activities for before, during, and after reading. Carolyn Reeder
  • Lesson Plan with activities, questions, and worksheets for each chapter.
  • Discussion Questions
  • Simple Questions using yes/no and true/false answers for various chapters. Taking Grades Publishing Company
  • Teacher's Guide includes a synopsis, websites and enrichment, vocabulary development, comprehension, timeline activity, map activity, understanding two points of view, and linking the novel to current events. Omaha Public Schools

 

Shades of Simon Gray by by Joyce McDonald
Seventeen-year-old Simon lies in a coma, finding his space and time overlapping with that of a man who was lynched over 200 years ago, while a member of the cheating ring he has been helping wonders if their actions have caused the plagues assaulting their New Jersey town.

  • Booktalk Random House
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards
  • Reader's Guide with a pre-reading activity and discussion questions. Random House

 

Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor. 

  • Activity includes questions to answer online and print out.
  • Internet Connections to accompany the book. Annette Lamb
  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities and Internet resources. TeacherVision

 

Shadow People by Joyce McDonald
When his family moves to a secluded area in western New Jersey after his brother is murdered, Gabriel finds himself involved with three other teenagers, each with his or her own problems, in a series of increasingly violent acts.

 

Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
When Marjan, a thirteen-year-old crippled girl, joins the Sultan's harem in ancient Persia, she gathers for Shahrazad the stories which will save the queen's life.

·         Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum connections, and author information. Scroll down the page. South Carolina Association of School Librarians

 

Shake Dem Halloween Bones! by Lisa Nikola
A rhythmic tale about different updated fairy tale characters who attend a hip-hop Halloween ball.

  • Activities include vocabulary and writing. TeacherViews

 

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

 

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes a synopsis, general review; discussion questions and activity suggestions. Scroll down the page. South Central Kansas Library System
  • Literature Unit includes a booktalk, classroom activities, thematic book activity and related websites. Salisbury State University
  • Online Trivia Quiz Fun Trivia
  • WebQuest with the task of creating a new language. Florida State University

 

Shakespeare's Scribe by Gary L. Blackwood
In plague-ridden 1602 England, a fifteen-year-old orphan boy, who has become an apprentice actor, goes on the road with Shakespeare's troupe, and finds out more about his parents along the way.

  • Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, and booktalk. Click on 2002-2003 Activities (in Word format). South Carolina Association of School Librarians

 

The Shaman's Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry
In this story of discovery and hope, a fatal disease comes to the Tirio village in the Amazon leaving a few villagers with faith in the shaman's healing. When a foreign woman arrives, she helps the village understand the importance of the shaman's wisdom, and this helps a Tirio boy realize his dream. 

  • Activities focus on medicines from plants. TeacherViews

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Teacher's Guide includes a synopsis, discussion questions and activities for before, during and after reading, and cross-curricular activities. Harcourt 

 

Shane by Jack Schaefer
A mysterious drifting gunman helps homesteaders break the power of the Wyoming cattlemen.

 

The Shape Game by Anthony Browne
The author/illustrator describes how his mother's wish to spend her birthday visiting an art museum with her family changed the course of his life forever.

  • Activity for creating drawings from shapes. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
An introduction to six basic shapes illustrated with bright cut-paper collages.

  • Lesson Plan features literacy and cross-curricular activities. 
  • Lesson Plan for using the environment to recognize shapes.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Shapes Shapes Shapes by Tana Hoban
Photographs of familiar objects such as a chair, barrettes, and a manhole cover introduce shapes.

·         Lesson Plan focuses on mathematical angles. Kansas State University

 

Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate
When Sam asks Alison to the Valentine's Dance she is elated, until she finds out that her best friend Isabella also likes Sam and Izzy only has three months to live.

·         Booktalk Random House

 

The Shark God by Rafe Martin
Because they freed a shark caught in a net, the fearsome Shark God rescues a brother and sister from the cruel king's imprisonment and helps them find a new, peaceful kingdom across the sea.

·         Quiz Timberlane, VA, Elementary School

 

Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark by Ann McGovern 
A biography of the ichthyologist whose interest in fish began at the age of nine during weekly trips to the Aquarium in New York City.

 

Shark Swimathon by Stuart Murphy
As members of a swim team do laps to qualify for swim camp, readers can practice subtracting two-digit numbers to see how many laps are left to go.

 

Shattered Mirror by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
As seventeen-year-old Sarah, daughter of a powerful line of vampire-hunting witches, continues to pursue the ancient bloodsucker Nikolas, she finds herself in a dangerous friendship with two vampire siblings in her high school.

 

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, provokes unexpected violence when he turns the school nerd into Prince Charming.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards
  • Reader's Guide with discussion questions by chapter. Gail Giles

 

The She by Carol Plum-Ucci
After his parents are lost at sea, Evan Barrett and his older brother leave their seaside home in West Hook to escape bad memories, but years later even worse questions emerge when Evan is asked to help a fellow student deal with another sea-related tragedy.

 

She Died Too Young by Lurlene McDaniel
Home from Jenny House, Chelsea awaits a heart transplant and becomes best friends with Jillian, who is waiting for a heart and lung donor. When one heart becomes available, the two friends find that they are both candidates for the heart.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

She's Got Game by Michelle Smith
Contains profiles of ten women basketball players from the WNBA, including Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, and Tracy Reid.

  • Activities include the Internet, research, writing, vocabulary, and more. Marshall County, WV, Public Schools

 

Sheep Dreams by Arthur A. Levine
Although Liza, a young sheep, dreams of being a star, she is too shy to try out for the lead in the class play, but a crisis on opening night thrusts her into the spotlight.

 

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
A flock of hapless sheep drive through the country in this rhyming picture book.

  • Activities include learning about vowels and the long "e" sound. TeacherViews

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Lesson Plan features vocabulary, shared reading, rhyming, and cross-curricular activities. A to Z Teacher Stuff

 

Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw
Sheep hunt for a birthday present and make havoc of the shop, only to discover they haven't the money to pay for things.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Lesson Plan features creating a big book and developing skill in the use of the "sh" digraph. AskERIC

 

Sheep Out to Eat by Nancy Shaw
Five hungry sheep discover that a teashop may not be the best place for them to eat.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Lesson Plan teaching decoding with long vowels and vowel digraphs. Auburn University

 

Sheep Trick or Treat by Nancy Shaw
When sheep dress up to go trick-or-treating at a nearby farm, their costumes scare away some wolves lurking in the woods.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes
When brave Sheila Rae, who usually looks out for her sister Louise, becomes lost and scared one day, Louise comes to the rescue.

  • Activities feature feelings and nonverbal communication. TeacherViews

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

The Shell House by Linda Newbery
Greg and his friend Faith find themselves drawn to the ruins of Graveney Hall, and as they set out to discover the fate of the hall's last heir, they learn some surprising lessons about their own beliefs and lives.

  • Booktalk Random House
  • Teacher's Guide includes a pre-reading activity, thematic and curriculum connections, and vocabulary. Random House

 

Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays by Peg Kehret
Tells the stories of eight stray dogs that were adopted from animal shelters and went on to become service dogs, actors, and heroes.

 

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz 
Describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. Also includes the full text of the document produced by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before, during and after reading. Kansas City Public Schools
  • WebQuest includes Internet activities and various projects.
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods
  • WebQuest includes Internet activities and various projects. Brooklyn Elementary School
  • Writing Prompt  for creating a classroom Bill of Rights. Scholastic

 

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

  • Activities for specific chapters that include writing and a Venn diagram. Connecting Students
  • Activities include several discussion topics. Story House
  • Activities include studying the characters and dialogue and research. TeacherViews
  • Activity for writing cinquins about the main characters. Beavton, OR, Public Schools
  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, discussion questions, and related web sites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)
  • Book Project features choosing a state song. A Read Across America Project featuring West Virginia. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Book Test Laura Candler

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award
  • Guided Reading Lesson 1 includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY
  • Guided Reading Lesson 2 includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY
  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections.
  • Internet Connections to accompany the book. Annette Lamb
  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries
  • Lesson Plan for comprehension includes chapter quizzes. AskERIC
  • Lesson Plan with summaries, illustrations, and questions by chapter. Virginian-Pilot
  • Lesson Plan includes activities, projects, puzzles, and online quizzes by chapter. Mountain City Elementary School, TN
  • Lesson Unit with teacher-guided activities, student work, weblinks, parent information and more. Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Literature Unit includes a discussion guide, extension activity, and vocabulary builder. Scholastic
  • Literature Unit includes assigned readings, writing prompts, and discussion points. Planet Book Club
  • Reading Guide includes an author interview, theme discussion, questions, and activities. Scholastic
  • Simple Questions using yes/no and true/false answers for various chapters. Taking Grades Publishing Company
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library
  • Teacher's Guide covering two weeks with numerous activities. KidLine
  • Teaching Guide includes discussion topics, activities, and research ideas. Simon & Schuster
  • Teaching Guide Random House

 

Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When mean and angry Judd, who has never known kindness, takes to drinking and mistreats his dogs, Marty discovers how deep a hurt can go and how long it takes to heal.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

  • Teaching Guide includes discussion topics, activities, and research ideas. Simon & Schuster

 

Shining by Julius Lester
A young girl who has not uttered a sound since birth is shunned by the people in her village, until they realize how special she is.

 

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.

  • Activities focus on research with a rubrics. TeacherViews
  • Activity about writing as the leader of an expedition. Scroll down the page for activity. Creative Classroom
  • Curricular Connections include news reporting and related websites. Audio Book Shelf
  • Lesson Plan  includes information about the author, book, related titles, activities, puzzles and worksheets, and weblinks for further study. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Shipwreck Saturday by Bill Cosby
Although his brother's friends make fun of it, Little Bill, an African-American boy, is very proud of the toy boat he has built and very upset when it is wrecked the first time he puts it in the water.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

·         Lesson Plan includes curriculum connections and activities, book talk suggestions, summary, and related websites. Scroll down the page. Sasquatch Reading Award

 

Shiva’s Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples
In India, a talented dancer sacrifices friends and family for her art

  • Teacher's Guide includes discussion topics and research activities. Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Teaching Plan includes activities for using  foreshadowing. Scholastic

 

Shizuko's Daughter by Kyoko Mori
After her mother's suicide when she is twelve years old, Yuki spends years living with her distant father and his resentful new wife, cut off from her mother's family, and relying on her own inner strength to cope with the tragedy.

  • Activities focus on symbolic objects. TeacherViews
  • Lesson Plan includes book talks and cross curricular ideas. Young Reader's Choice Award (Pacific Northwest Library Association)

 

Shoddy Cove by Betty Levin
Clare, working with her mother at Cossit Island Village, a living history museum reproduction of an early nineteenth-century town in New England, finds the opportunity to help two young runaways, and learns about a mystery from the past.

 

Shoe Magic by Nikki Grimes
Poems describe the different shoes children wear, including sandals, running shoes, golf shoes, and workboots.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

Shoebag by Mary James
Shoebag, a cockroach with magical powers, changes himself into a boy to aid lonely Stanley Sweetsong, the only boy in Miss Rattray's School for Girls.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Lesson Plan includes vocabulary, related activities, and discussion questions. Lincoln Public Schools (Nebraska)

 

Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy by Phil Bildner
Shoeless Joe Jackson, said by some to be the greatest baseball player ever, goes into a hitting slump just before he is to start his minor league career, so he asks his friend to make him a special bat to help him hit.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, author information, cross-curricular activities, and related websites. Scroll down the page. Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Video Book Talk Sagebrush

 

Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa by W. P. Kinsella
Ray Kinsella carves a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson.

  • Book Project features drawing a picture of the baseball field. A Read Across America Project featuring Iowa. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

Shoes from Grandpa by Mem Fox
In a cumulative rhyme, family members describe the clothes they intend to give Jessie to go with her shoes from Grandpa.

  • Lesson Plan about family and community roles. Elko, NV, School District
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the skills of identifying and generating rhyming words and blending words. Liverpool, NY, School District

 

Shoeshine Girl by Clyde Robert Bulla
Determined to earn some money, ten-year-old Sarah Ida gets a job at a shoeshine stand and learns a great many things besides shining shoes.

  • Activities include comprehension questions by chapter. TeacherViews

·         Games include matching, concentration, and word search based on spelling words in Chapters 1-3. Quia

·         Games include matching, concentration, and word search based on spelling words in Chapters 4-7. Quia

·         Games include matching, concentration, and word search based on spelling words in Chapters 8-11. Quia

·         Hangman Game for spelling words for Chapters 1-3. Quia

·         Hangman Game for spelling words for Chapters 4-7. Quia

·         Hangman Game for spelling words for Chapters 8-11. Quia

 

Shoetown by Janet Stevens
As she tries to settle down for a nap, a mouse who lives in a shoe is visited first by Tortoise and Hare, then by Little Red Hen, and lastly by the Big Bad Wolf.

 

Shooting for the Moon: The Amazing Life and Times of Annie Oakley by Stephen Krensky 
A picture-book biography of Annie Oakley that is based on her own writings and illustrations.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. Page 60. North Carolina Children's Book Award

 

Shooting Star: Annie Oakley, the Legend by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
An exaggerated account of the life and exploits of the sharp-shooting entertainer.

·         Activity for combining a biography with a tall tale. From the authors.

 

Shopping by Jean Claverie
A little boy discovers that shopping can be an adventure.

  • Activities include creating a shopping area. TeacherViews

 

The Shoshoni by Dennis Fradin
Describes the history, beliefs, customs, homes, and day-to-day life of the Shoshoni Indians. Also discusses how they live today.

  • Activities include vocabulary and geography. TeacherViews

 

Show and Tell by Robert Munsch
Ben wanted to take something really neat to school for show-and-tell, so he decided to take his new baby sister.

  • Activities include talking about crying babies and things to show and tell.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Shredderman #1: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!

  • Activities includes a crossword puzzle, stickers, and a quiz. Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Booktalk Random House

 

Shrek! by William Steig
Horribly hideous Shrek leaves home and terrifies everyone he encounters in his search for his equally ugly bride.

 

Shrinking Violet by Carl Best
Violet, who is very shy and hates for anyone to look at her in school, finally comes out of her shell when she is cast as Lady Space in a play about the solar system and saves the production from disaster.

  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

The Shy Scarecrow by Mary Packard
Rags, the shy scarecrow is fearful of crows.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Teaching Plan includes using descriptive words and rhymes. Scholastic 

 

Sid and Sam by Nola Buck
Sid sings a long song that drives Sam crazy.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Sidekicks by Dan Danko
The ongoing story of a group of superheroes and the sidekicks that make them great

 

Sidewalk Story by Sharon Bell Mathis
When her best friend's family is evicted from their apartment, a nine year-old black girl decides to do something about the situation.

 

Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Contains over fifty math puzzles and brainteasers.

  • Activity includes a math problem from chapter one of the book.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

  • Activities include the Internet, research, writing, vocabulary, and more. Marshall County, WV, Public Schools

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Guide from the play with cross-curricular activities. Childsplay

  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC

·         Reader's Theater Aaron Shepard

 

Sidney Rella and the Glass Sneaker by Bernice Myers
Sidney Rella becomes a football player with a little help from his fairy godfather.

  • Activities include comparisons and discussion. TeacherViews

 

Sierra by Diane Siebert
One of the Sierra Mountains speaks of the beauty and timelessness of herself and her sister peaks.

  • Activity for sending an e-mail Sierra postcard.
  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. Stockton Unified School District

 

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth G. Speare 
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

  • Activities include several research topics. Story House
  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. TeacherViews
  • Activity features the best word to complete a sentence. Quia
  • Activity features things to think about as you read. Eduplace
  • Anticipation Guide with pre-reading questions. KidReach
  • Book Project features learning about time zones. A Read Across America Project featuring Maine. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Book Quiz Charleston County, SC, School District

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product.  San Diego County Office of Education
  • Discussion Test or questions. Scroll down the page. J. Griest
  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina 
  • Internet Connections to accompany the book.  Annette Lamb 
  • Hangman Game by chapters. 
  • Lesson Plan using the book for studying Colonial America. Kidline
  • Lesson Plan about identifying customs of Native Americans in northern states and the interaction between Indians and whites during the French and Indian War. Scroll down the page.
  • Lesson Plan includes activities and journal writing ideas for each chapter. Teacher Features
  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities and Internet resources. TeacherVision
  • Lesson Plan uses technology to create a slide show designed to sell Matt's cabin to buyers in early America. NC Learn
  • Lesson Plan with activities for before, during, and after reading. Utah Education Network
  • Lesson Plan with activities for before, during (chapter questions), and after reading. Bedminster Township, NJ, Public School
  • Literature Worksheet includes questions by chapter and activities. 
  • Literature Unit features numerous interdisciplinary activities. 
  • Literature Unit with vocabulary and comprehension questions by chapter. Red Bud, IL, Elementary School
  •  Novel Guide includes background information, chapter summaries, and post-reading activities. Holt, Rinehart and Winston
  • Research Project ideas. Story House
  • Simple Questions using yes/no and true/false answers for various chapters. Taking Grades Publishing Company
  • Teacher's Guide Random House
  • Vocabulary Quizzes include matching, concentration, flashcards, and word search. Quia-Kathy Farley
  • WebQuest about the decision of going with Attean and his Native American tribe or staying on the family homestead. Alderroot ,NC, Elementary School
  • WebQuest focuses on Maine, survival adventure, and Native Americans. Northern York School District
  • WebQuest about the life lessons learned by Attean and Matt. Kennesaw State University

 

The Sign of the Chrysanthemum by Katherine Paterson
A teen-ager comes to know himself through contacts with social ills and political unrest while searching for his father in Japan's capital, centuries ago.

  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education

 

The Sign Painter by Allen Say
An assignment to paint a large billboard in the desert changes the life of an aspiring artist.

  • Activities include drawing conclusions and making a chart. TeacherViews

 

The Sign Painter's Dream by Roger Roth
A spunky old woman’s request, and an unusual dream convince Crabby Clarence the sign painter to make the most glorious and magnificent sign of his career and then give it away.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

Silent Dreams by Dandi Daley Mackall
Orphaned Camilla and her aunt, two of the many homeless persons in early twentieth-century America, forget their difficult lives when they go to the Saturday motion picture matinee.

 

Silent Lotus by Jeanne Lee
Lotus, a young Cambodian girl who cannot hear or speak, is invited to become a dancer in the king’s court.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

Silent Thunder by Andrea Davis Pinkney
In 1862 eleven-year-old Summer and her thirteen-year-old brother Rosco take turns describing how life on the quiet Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the Civil War.

  • Activities include researching slavery and the role of blacks during the Civil War. Scroll down the page. Georgia Children's Literature Book Awards
  • Activities include summary, related readings, and curriculum tie-ins. Click on 2002-2003 Activities (in Word format) South Carolina Association of School Librarians

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg
When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Junior Book Award
  • Online Trivia Quiz  Fun Trivia
  • Teaching Plan includes activities for making predictions and drawing inferences. Scholastic 

 

The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History by John S. Major
Traces the history and purpose of the legendary trade route between China and Byzantium during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906). 

  • Lesson Plan includes economic and geographic concepts. Montgomery (Maryland) County Public Schools
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

The Silly Gooses by Dav Pilkey
Mr. and Mrs. Goose are so silly that they make the serious geese fly south, even though it's June. 

  • Activity for creating additional silly chapters. Education World

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
A rhyming story of Silly Sally, who makes many friends as she travels to town--backwards and upside down.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia series) by C. S. Lewis
Two English children undergo hair-raising adventures as they go on a search and rescue mission for the missing Prince Rilian, who is held captive in the underground kingdom of the Emerald Witch.

  • Quiz Fact Monster 

 

Silver Dollar Girl by Katherine Ayres
In 1885, unhappy living with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh, Valentine Harper disguises herself as a boy and runs away to Colorado determined to find her father who has gone there in search of gold.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Guide includes pre-reading activities, thematic connections, and interdisciplinary connections. Barbara Murphy, Librarian, Shaler Area Middle School, Glenshaw, PA
  • Lesson Plan includes an annotation, information about the author, realia, food, and curriculum connections. Scroll down to page 11. Sunshine State Young Reader's Award

 

Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoe come to terms with her mother's terminal illness.

 

Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper
Will, Bran, and the Drews gather to search for the crystal sword, race through time to be the first to pluck the fruit of the silver tree and prepare for the final battle with the powers of the Dark. 

  • Lesson Plan features discussion questions and activities. Kidstrek

 

Silver Presents: An Appalachian Christmas Tale by Cynthia Rylant
Every year at Christmas a rich man rides a train through Appalachia and throws gifts to the poor children who are waiting, in order to repay a debt he owes the people who live there.

  • Activities include talking and writing about character traits and owing debts. TeacherViews

 

Silver Seeds by Paul Paolilli and Dan Brewer
A collection of simple poems having to do with nature.

  • Activity Card for parent and child. Microsoft Word document. Texas 2X2 Reading List

 

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
When a newborn bat named Shade but sometimes called "Runt" becomes separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Simeon's Gift by Julie Andrews Edwards
A humble musician sets out to find the perfect gift for the woman he loves and is overwhelmed by all he sees, until he discovers within himself his true gift.

 

Simon's Book by Henrik Drescher
Doodles come to “monstrous” life in this book, as Simon flees from a monster with the help of one of his drawing pens.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

A Simple Gift by Nancy Ruth Patterson
A small-town community theater production based on one of her mother's books brings Carrie a glimpse of her mother's past and a new understanding of giving to others.

 

Simply Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
In her freshman year, fourteen-year-old Alice experiences changes and challenges with friends, family, and school activities, which leave her feeling better about herself than ever before.

 

Simply Delicious! by Margaret Mahy
A resourceful father engages in all kinds of acrobatic moves to keep an assortment of jungle creatures from getting the double-dip-chocolate-chip-and-cherry ice cream cone he is taking home to his son.

  • Activity for a sentence starter. Scroll down the page for activity.

 

Sindbad's Secret by Ludmila Zeman
Sinbad the Sailor shares with a porter the story of the trials he endured to gain the greatest prize of all.

  • Lesson Plan includes curricular connections, literary links, and teacher tips. Can Lit for Kids

 

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell
A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumner as prisoners of the white soldiers.

 

Sing Down the Rain by Judi Moreillon
The Tohono O'Odham Indians who live in the Sonoran Desert prepare for the rains necessary to provide fruit for the Saguaro Wine Ceremony, their most important harvest celebration.

  • Teaching Ideas include cross-curricular activities and a choral reading. Judi Moreillon

 

Sing to the Sun by Ashley Bryan
A collection of poems and paintings celebrating the ups and downs of life.

  • Activities include writing and art. TeacherViews

 

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes a summary, booktalk, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Book Talk Opens in Microsoft Word. Scholastic
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Booktalk Random House
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award

·         Extension Ideas include discussion questions, related links, and a list of similar books. Vermont Public Radio

  • Literature Learning Ladders includes links to author information, lesson plans, and other teacher resources. Annette Lamb
  • Lesson Plan includes a review, things to notice and talk about, activities, and related books. Carol Hurst
  • Lesson Plan includes a story pyramid. Northern Arizona University
  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC
  • Quiz Discovery
  • Teacher's Guide with pre-reading activities, thematic connections, and interdisciplinary activities. Random House

 

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander
Radius, son of Sir Cumference, embarks on a quest to find the magic number known as pi in order to restore his father--who has been turned into a dragon--to his original shape.

·         Lesson Plan focuses on the measurable attributes of circles. Kansas State University

 

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander
A math adventure in which King Arthur finds the perfect shape for his table with the ideas of his wife and son, and the assistance of his knight, Sir Cumference.

·         Lesson Plan focuses on measuring circumference, diameter, and radius. Kansas State University

·         Lesson Plan focuses on geometric relationships. Kansas State University

·         Lesson Plan focuses on congruence and relationship of geometric shapes. Kansas State University

·         Lesson Plan focuses on geometric terms related to circles. Kansas State University

 

Sir Galahad, Mr. Longfellow and Me by Betty Horvath
In 1938, encouraged by her sixth-grade teacher, Emily taps an unsuspected talent for writing poetry and makes many discoveries about friends, family, and life

  • Lesson Plan includes a synopsis, general review; discussion questions and activity suggestions. Scroll down the page. South Central Kansas Library System

 

Sir Small and the Dragonfly by Jane O'Connor
When a dragonfly swoops over the town of Pee Wee and carries Lady Teena away, brave Sir Small rides off on his trusty ant vowing to rescue her.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Sirko and the Wolf: A Ukrainian Tale by Eric A. Kimmel
A dog and a wolf help each other in time of need in this Ukrainian tale explaining why dogs and wolves are forever friends.

  • Activities include sharing other Ukranian tales. Scroll down the page. Georgia Children's Literature Book Awards

 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Carmen decides to discard an old pair of jeans, but Tibby, Lena, and Bridget think they are great and decide that whoever the pants fit best will get them. When the jeans fit everyone perfectly, a sisterhood and a memorable summer begin.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes a summary, booktalk, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Booktalk Random House
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards
  • Online Trivia Quiz Fun Trivia

 

Sisterland by Linda Newbery
When Hilly's grandmother becomes ill with Alzheimer's disease, her family is turned upside down by revelations from her life during World War II.

  • Booktalk Random House
  • Teacher's Guide includes a pre-reading activity, thematic and curriculum connections, and vocabulary. Random House

 

Sitting Bull (Don't Know Much About series) by Kenneth C. Davis and Rob Shepperson
Examines the life of  the Indian chief Sitting Bull.

 

Sitting Bull: Warrior of the Sioux by Jane Fleischer
A brief biography of the only Indian ever to be chief of all the Plains Sioux.

  • Activities include writing and creating a timeline. TeacherViews

 

Siwiti: A Whale's Story by Alexandra Morton
The story of a killer whale's first year of life.

  • Activities include links to whales sites. TeacherViews

 

Six Creepy Sheep by Judith Ross Enderle
Relates in rhyme the adventures of six little sheep who go trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

  • Activities include decorating a sheep and writing. TeacherViews

 

Six Crows by Leo Lionni
An owl helps a farmer and some crows reach a compromise over the rights to the wheat crop.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. TeacherViews

 

Six-Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
Sid the cat plays the pet of six different owners on Aristotle Street so that he can get six dinners every night.

 

Sixteen Cows by Lisa Wheeler
Rhyming tale of Cowboy Gene and Cowgirl Sue, whose beloved cows get mixed up when a storm blows down the fence between their ranches.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

Skeeter by K. Smith
The adventures of two young boys befriended by an old black man who is a legendary hunter.

 

The Skeleton in the Closet by Alice Schertle
A scary skeleton terrorizes a boy in his bedroom while it searches his closet for clothes to wear.

 

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac
After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle," Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even for her life.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Book Discussion Guide includes a summary, booktalk, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)
  • Project includes cross-curricular activities. Golden Sower Award
  • WebQuest for creating a scary story. Bowling Green State University

 

Skeletons Don't Play Tubas (Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series) by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
The Bailey School kids are going to find out if the new band teacher could really teach a skeleton to play the tuba.

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Skellig by David Almond 
Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, discussion questions, and related web sites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

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  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Reading Guide includes questions discussion topics and author information  intended to guide readers and spark discussion. Random House

 

The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.

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  • Discussion Guide with project suggestions. Scroll down the page under the author's name and click on Curriculum

 

Skinny Bones by Barbara Park
Alex's active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart, make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Simple Questions using yes/no and true/false answers for various chapters. Taking Grades Publishing Company
  • Unit includes worksheets for each chapter, activities, and journal writing ideas. TeacherFeatures

 

Skip to My Lou by Nadine Westcott
When his parents leave a young boy in charge of the farm for a day, chaos erupts as the animals take over the house.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

The Skirt by Gary Soto
When Miata leaves her skirt that she is to wear in a dance performance on the school bus, she needs all her wits to get it back without her parents' finding out that she has again lost something.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

SKUD by Dennis Foon
Tommy, Brad, Andy, and Shane struggle to find their way in their senior year of high school, and despite their differing backgrounds, they forge an unlikely friendship.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Teacher's Guide includes an author profile, a summary, research topics, activities, and discussion questions. Wordfest

 

The Skull of Truth: A Magic Shop Book by Bruce Coville
Charlie, a sixth-grader with a compulsion to tell lies, acquires a mysterious skull that forces its owner to tell only the truth, causing some awkward moments before he understands its power.

  • Activities include writing and discussing the truth. Scroll down the page. Georgia Children's Literature Book Awards

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

The Sky Is Full of Song by Lee Bennett Hopkins
An anthology of poems celebrating the seasons.

  • Activities include art and imagery. TeacherViews

 

The Sky Is Full of Stars by Franklin Branley
Explains how to view stars and ways to locate star pictures, known as constellations, throughout the year

 

Sky Memories by Pat Brisson
When ten-year-old Emily learns that her mother has cancer, the two of them begin a ritual of collecting sky memories that will help Emily remember her mother after she is dead.

 

Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart by Suzanne Szabo
A biography, with numerous photographs and quotes from Earhart herself, tracing this determined woman's life and interest in flying.

  • Lesson Plan features before, during, and after reading activities related to geography. Illinois Geographic Alliance

 

Skyfire by Frank Asch
When he sees a rainbow for the first time, Bear thinks that the sky is on fire and he is determined to put out the skyfire.

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Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan
When a drought tests the commitment of a mail-order bride from Maine to her new home on the prairie, her stepchildren hope they will be able to remain a family.

  • Activities include matching, word search, concentration, and flash cards for vocabulary practice. Quia-Cindy Campbell

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

Slake’s Limbo by Felice Holman
Thirteen year-old Aremis Slake, hounded by his fears and misfortunes, flees them into New York City's subway tunnels, never again--he believes--to emerge.

  • Activities include character descriptions and topics for discussion during or after the reading . Scroll down the page.

 

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers
Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

  • Activities include a book talk, curriculum connections, and web links. Salisbury State University
  • Activities #2 include a book talk, curriculum connections, and web links. Salisbury State University
  • Activities #3 include a book talk, curriculum connections, and web links. Salisbury State University

 

Slap Your Sides by M. E. Kerr
Life in their Pennsylvania hometown changes for Jubal Shoemaker and his family when his older brother witnesses to his Quaker beliefs by becoming a conscientious objector during World War II.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes a summary, booktalk, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)
  • Reading Group Guide includes questions for discussion. HarperCollins

 

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
A fourth-generation German-American is tortured by his memories of the firebombing of Dresden in 1944 which he witnessed while a prisoner of war.

  •  Novel Guide includes background information, chapter summaries, and post-reading activities. Holt, Rinehart and Winston

 

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.

  • Activities with the theme of the history of slavery.
  • Activity includes questions to answer online and print out.
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Curriculum Connections includes activities and background information for discussion. Laurie Lawlor
  • Internet Connections to accompany the book. Annette Lamb
  • Lesson Ideas include mapping the travels of the ship carrying the slaves. University of Richmond
  • Lesson Unit with vocabulary, questions, and activities for each chapter. Lowensteyn
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library
  • Study Questions for advanced discussion and writing. Literary Link
  • Teacher's Guide Random House 
  • Teacher's Guide includes a synopsis, websites and enrichment, vocabulary development, comprehension, timeline activity, map activity, understanding two points of view, and linking the novel to current events. Omaha Public Schools

 

Sleeping and Dreaming by Rita Milios
A brief discussion of what we have learned about sleep and dreams from research.

  • Activities include exercises with compound words, sentences, capitalization, spelling, vocabulary, and many more.

 

Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen
When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.

 

Sleepless Beauty by Francis Minters
In this updated, rhyming retelling of the traditional fairy tale, Beauty
outwits the wicked witch and arranges for her own happy ending.

 

The Slippery Slope (Series of Unfortunate Events series) by Lemony Snicket
In the perilous Mortmain Mountains, Klaus and Violet Baudelaire meet another well-read person, who helps them try to rescue Sunny from the villainous Count Olaf and his henchmen as they all near "the last safe place."

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·         Official Website

 

The Slopes of War by N.A. Perez.
Buck Summerhill, a young soldier from West Virginia, faces the horrors of the Battle of Gettysburg knowing that his two cousins, Curtis and Mason, may be fighting against him in the Army of Northern Virginia.

  • Teacher's Guide includes a synopsis, websites and enrichment, vocabulary development, comprehension, timeline activity, map activity, understanding two points of view, and linking the novel to current events. Omaha Public Schools

 

Slower Than a Snail by Anne Schreiber
A brother and sister argue about her speed and size while running a race.

  • Lesson Plan for identifying comparative adjectives found in the story.

 

Slugger's Car Wash by Stuart Murphy
When the 21st Street Sluggers, a baseball team, have a car wash to raise money, they learn to keep careful track of their dollars and cents.

 

Slumming by Kristin Randle
In their senior year of high school, three best friends, Nikki, Alicia, and Sam, attempt an "experiment" in which they each befriend a classmate they think needs attention and try to improve that person's life.

 

Smack Dab in the Middle by Anita Riggio
Rosie is happy to be smack dab in the middle of her large family, but sometimes she feels neglected or ignored.

 

A Small Tall Tale From the Far Far North by Peter Sis
With the help of Eskimos, Jan Welzl survives a perilous journey from central Europe to the Arctic regions in the late 1800s.

  • Activity to introduce before reading. Ball State University
  • Teacher's Guide includes cross-curricular activities. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Smallest Cow in the World by Katherine Paterson
Though Rosie is the meanest cow in the herd, five-year-old Marvin is inconsolable when she is sold and he and his family move to another dairy farm.

  • Activities include comprehension questions. TeacherViews

 

Smile for Auntie by Diane Paterson
Silly Auntie will try anything, from singing and dancing to standing on her head, to get Baby to smile!

  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Smiling for Strangers by Gaye Hicyilmaz
Fourteen-year-old Nina flees her war-torn homeland, Yugoslavia, after her parents are killed. 

  • WebQuest for learning about the war in Yugoslavia. Bowling Green State University

 

Smokejumpers by Elaine Landau
Describes the training and the work of smokejumpers, men and women who are trained to battle fires in places that are inaccessible to traditional fire fighting equipment.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, author information, cross-curricular activities, and related websites. Scroll down the page. Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Video Book Talk Sagebrush

 

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality. 

  • Activities include a book talk, curriculum connections, and web links. Salisbury State University
  • Activity emphasizes character education. Georgia Humanities Council
  • Anticipation Guide with pre-reading questions about issue presented in the book. KidReach

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Lesson Plan with activities for before, during, and after reading. Towson University

 

The Smugglers by Ian Lawrence
In eighteenth-century England, after his father buys a schooner called the Dragon, sixteen-year-old John sets out to sail it from Kent to London and becomes involved in a dangerous smuggling scheme.

 

Snail Mail No More by Paula Danziger and Ann Martin
Now that they live in different cities, thirteen-year-old Tara and Elizabeth use email to "talk" about everything that is occurring in their lives and to try to maintain their closeness as they face big changes.

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A Snake Is Totally Tail by Judi BArrett
Brief text suggests essential characteristics of various animals, including the snake, porcupine, skunk, bear, and others.

  • Activities include creating a book. TeacherViews

 

The Snake's Mistake by Keith Faulkner
A hungry python meets his match in a little girl with a pepper shaker.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Snakes by Patricia Demuth
An introduction to an animal that's been with us since the time of the dinosaurs--the snake.

 

The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
Includes four humorous verse fantasies: The Sneetches, The Zax, The Many Daves, and What was I Scared of?

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Lesson Plan for teaching phonograms. Lesson Plans Page

·         Lesson Plan with shared reading and writing activities, word activities, and independent activities. Collins

 

Snip, Snip...Snow! by Nancy Poydar
Sophie wants it to snow and anxiously awaits a predicted snowstorm.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Snot Stew by Bill Wallace
Brother and sister cats are taken in by a family and learn the pleasures and dangers of living alongside humans.

  • Activity for creating a character wheel. (Opens in Microsoft Word) Oswego City, NY, School District 

 

Snow by P.D. Eastman
Two children enjoy sledding, skiing, making tracks, building a snowman, and other activities in the snow.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Snow by Uri Shulevitz
As snowflakes slowly come down, one by one, people in the city ignore them, and only a boy and his dog think that the snowfall will amount to anything. 

  • Activities include a book talk, curriculum connections, and web links. Salisbury State University
  • Book Test

 

Snow Bear by Jean Craighead George
Bessie and a polar bear cub named Snow Bear play on the ice, while her older brother and the mother bear watch to make sure that everyone is safe.

  • Activities includes ideas for introducing the book and curricular connections to language arts and writing. Trumpet

 

The Snow Child by Freya Littledale
An elderly couple's wish comes true when their little girl of snow magically comes to life.

  • Activities include art and science. TeacherViews

 

Snow Day by Moira Fain
Although Sister Agatha Ann asks her to write a poem, Maggie wants to draw it instead; a day of playing together in the snow resolves the dilemma.

  • Activities include art and writing. TeacherViews

 

Snow is Falling by Franklyn Branley
Describes snow's physical qualities and how quantities of it can be fun as well as dangerous.

 

Snow Toward Evening: A Year in River Valley by Josette Frank
A collection of nature poems.

 

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan 
A daring adventure based on a true story about a group of Norwegian children who smuggled nine million dollars in gold past Nazi sentries during World War II.

  • Discussion Guide features ideas for introducing the book. Scholastic
  • Lesson Plan includes things to notice and talk about and activities.

 

The Snow Walker by Margaret K. Wetterer
During the terrible blizzard of 1888 twelve-year-old Milton Daub fashioned a pair of snowshoes with the help of his father and ventured out into the snow to buy milk for his family, and ended up buying and delivering much needed supplies for his neighbors as well.

  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC

 

The Snow Whale by Caroline Pitcher 
Laurie and her brother Leo sculpt a snow mound into a whale and breath life and dreams into it.

  • Lesson Plan with Internet activities for before, during, and after reading. Ball State University

 

Snow White in New York by Fiona French 
Snow White lives in 20th century New York.

 

Snowball by Nina Crews
A child waits all week for the predicted snow to come.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
A fun-filled picture book shows snow-loving readers how they can build entire snow families with the help of household items and identifies the unusual objects that the author used to build her own imaginary snow people. 

  • Activity to discover why snow and snowmen can't survive in May.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education
  • Lesson Plan for creating snow people. A toZ Teacher Stuff
  • Lesson Plan for creating a collage. Includes a technology component.
  • Lesson Plan teaches the concept of melting. Lesson Plans Page
  • Literature Unit with web links to related activities.
  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC
  • Reader's Theater Reading Lady

 

SnowFlake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

  • Activities include learning about snowflakes. TeacherViews
  • Activities include art, writing and technology. Vicki Blackwell
  • Book Test CyberSpace

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The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
A young boy dreams that his snowman comes to life.

  • Activities include making a book.TeacherViews
  • Lesson Plan includes discussing the main points of the story. Eastern New Mexico University
  • Lesson Plan about logical order. Kent Washington School District
  • Lesson Plan for writing a fantasy story. Michigan Public Schools
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Snowmen play games at night when no one is watching.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

  • Activities include an experiment and making a video. TeacherViews
  • Activities include questions and an art project. Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools
  • Activity Cards include retelling, seasons, and the artist's illustrations.  University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina 
  • Lesson Plan for teaching inferential comprehension and  inferring sequences. Lesson Plans Page
  • Lesson Plan for categorizing snow day activities. SuccessLink
  • Lesson Plan includes activities for making math/science predictions and movement and listening. KinderThemes

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Snowy Day: Stories and Poems by Caroline Feller Bauer
This book is a collection of stories and poems with snow as a common theme.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy by Nancy Tafuri
Rhyming text provides a descriptive word for each month of the year and takes a country family through the changes and surprises of the year's cycle.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on the skills of rhyming, blending, isolating and segmenting. Liverpool, NY, School District

 

Snuggle, Wuggle by Jonathan London
Text and illustrations describe how various animal mothers cuddle their babies.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on the skills of rhyming, identifying nonsense words and sound isolation. Liverpool, NY, School District

 

So Big! by Dan Yaccarino
Contains color illustrations of baby animals. The text asks young readers how big these animals are.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

So Far From Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (Dear America series) by Barry Denenberg  
In the diary account of her journey from Ireland in 1847 and of her work in a mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, fourteen-year-old Mary reveals a great longing for her family.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Discussion Guide features an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, questions designed to encourage conversation, a number of student activities related to the book and its period, and an interview with the book's author. Scholastic
  • Discussion Questions with extension activities.

 

So Far from the Bamboo Grove  by Kawashima Watkins
A fictionalized autobiography in which eleven-year-old Yoko escapes from Korea to Japan with her mother and sister at the end of World War II.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Novel Guide with theme openers, cross curricular activities, and research assignments. McDougal Littell
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library

 

So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting
When seven-year-old Laura and her family visit Grandfather's grave at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, the Japanese American child leaves behind a special symbol.

 

So Much by Trish Cooke
Relatives arriving in succession give in to their desire to squeeze and kiss and play with the baby.

 

So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George
Curious tidbits of personal information and national history combine with humorously drawn caricatures to give a tongue-in-cheek look at the men who have been president. 

  • Activities include presidential olympics and an online treasure hunt. TeacherViews
  • Activities for understanding how elections work. Trumpet
  • Activities include a summary, curriculum connections, and related titles. Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Activities Texas Bluebonnet Award

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award
  • Internet Connections  to accompany the book. Annette Lamb
  • Lesson Plan with enrichment activities and related Internet resources. TeacherVision
  • Lesson Plan for teaching summarization. Auburn University

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for learning about political leaders and democratic values. Scholastic
  • Teaching Tips for the book from the author. 
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Soccer Halfback by Matt Christopher
A young boy is pressured by his family to abandon his promising soccer career for football.

 

The Soccer Mom from Outer Space by Barney Saltzberg
The night before Lena's first soccer game, her father tells her a story about how his mother used to act bizarre at his soccer games and embarrass him.

  • Activities from the author include music and puzzles.

 

Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo
Sam's cousin from Mexico comes for an extended visit and teaches Sam and all the second graders to play soccer.

  • Activities include comprehension questions. TeacherViews
  • Activity emphasizes character education. Georgia Humanities Council

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Socks by Beverly Cleary
The happy home life of Socks, the cat, is disrupted by the addition of a new baby to the household.

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  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award
  • Lesson Plan about animal health care and the bartering system. Scroll down the page.

 

The Socksnatchers by Lorna Balian 
Whenever a sock disappears in the Perkins household, no one suspects
the Socksnatchers who live in the cellar.

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Socrates by Rascal Bogaerts 
When Socrates, a homeless dog, finds a pair of eyeglasses in the street, the incident benefits him in more ways than one.

  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before, during, and after reading. Chronicle Books

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Socrates and the Three Little Pigs by Mitsumasa Anno
A wolf's attempt to figure out in which of five houses he is most likely to find one of three little pigs introduces such mathematical concepts as combinatorial analysis, permutations, and probabilities.

·         Lesson Plan focuses on probability. Kansas State University

 

Soda Jerk by Cynthia Rylant
A series of poems spoken by a young soda jerk in a small town as he observes the people and places around him.

 

Sody Salleratus Retold by Aubrey Davis
When one after another family member goes the store for baking soda and never returns, the pet squirrel decides to investigate in this retelling of a traditional Appalachian tale.

  • Activities include cross-curricular book extensions. Page 25. North Carolina Children's Book Awards

 

Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Cornelia Cornelissen
A 9-year-old Cherokee girl finds herself in the same situation as Sweet Leaf as soldiers arrive one day to take her and her mother to walk the Trail of Tears, leaving the rest of her family behind.  

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Literature Circle Lesson Scroll down the page. Appalachian State University

  • Teacher's Guide A special guide about the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Random House

 

Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? by Fredrick and Patricia McKissack
A biography of the former slave who became well-known as an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.

 

Solar System by Gregory Vogt
Describes the Sun, planets, and other objects in the solar system.

  • Activities include comprehension questions. TeacherViews

 

Soldier Boy by Anthony Hill
The true story of the life of James Martin during World War One.

 

Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes
Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards
  • Online Book Quiz Web School

 

Soldier X by Don Wulffson
In 1943 sixteen-year-old Erik experiences the horrors of war when he is drafted into the German army and sent to fight on the Russian front.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards

 

Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen
Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of  heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War Combat. 

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Booktalk Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Discussion Guide includes a brief summary of the story, along with discussions of some of the themes, the conflicts, setting, characterizations in the book, and discussion questions. Scholastic
  • Teacher's Guide A special edition guide on war. Random House
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt
Jeff's mother, who deserted the family years before, reenters his life and widens the gap between Jeff and his father, a gap that only truth, love, and friendship can heal.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Reading Guide with questions by chapter, characters, and quotes. Buffalo Grove High School - Illinois

 

Solomon the Rusty Nail by William Steig
Solomon has many adventures when he finds that he can change into a rusty nail.

  • Activities include ideas for home and classroom and a related book list. Scroll to page 8. Memphis, TN, Public Schools
  • Literature Circle Lesson Appalachian State University

 

Some Birthday! by Patricia Polacco
On her birthday Dad takes a young girl and her brother to see the Monster at Clay Pit Bottom.

 

Some Friend by Sally Warner
While struggling to live up to the expectations of his family, especially of his father, twelve-year-old Case helps his friend Ned with his own family problems.

 

Some Kind of Pride by Maria Testa
Named after the greatest baseball player of all time, eleven-year-old Ruth dreams of becoming a major league baseball player until she overhears her father lamenting the fact that she is a girl.

·         Lesson Plan includes curriculum connections and activities, book talk suggestions, summary, and related websites. Scroll down the page. Sasquatch Reading Award

 

Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards
A smug slug that will not listen to the animals around it comes to an unexpected end.

 

Somebody and the Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst
In a reversal of the Goldilocks story, a bear explores the home of the three Blairs while they are out.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Someday by Jackie French Koller
In 1938, fourteen-year-old Celie must cope with leaving her Enfield, Massachusetts, home and her life-long friend, Chubby, as the day approaches when the Swift River Valley will be flooded to create a reservoir for Boston.

 

Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting
A young girl, her parents, and their neighbors try to save an old oak tree that has been poisoned by pollution.

 

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Halley's junior year of high school includes the death of her best friend Scarlett's boyfriend, the discovery that Scarlett is pregnant, and Halley's own first serious relationship.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, discussion questions, and related web sites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

 

Someone's Come to Our House by Kathi Appelt
The members of a family celebrate the arrival of a new baby.

 

Someplace Else by Carol P. Saul
Mrs. Tillby has always wanted to live someplace else, and one day she decides it is time to venture out to find a different place to call home. After staying in many different kinds of homes, she learns that home is where the heart resides

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

  • Lesson Plan includes topics for discussion and curriculum extension activities. Canadian Learning Company
  • Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow
  • Teacher's Guide features social science activities. Reading Rainbow

 

Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
When she goes looking for "something beautiful" in her city neighborhood, a young girl finds beauty in many different forms.

  • Activities include ideas for language arts, math, art, science, and social studies. Page 31. North Carolina Children's Book Awards

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Something for Nothing by Ann Redisch Stampler
In this variation on a Jewish folktale, a dog moves to the country in search of peace and quiet only to be plagued by three rowdy cats, but he devises a clever plan to end their nightly noise.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
In this retelling of a traditional Jewish folktale, Joseph's baby blanket is transformed into ever smaller items as he grows until there is nothing left...but then Joseph has an idea.

·         Activities from the author. Scroll down the page. Phoebe Gilman

·         Activities for after reading. Scroll down the page. Saskatchewan Teacher's Federation

 

Something Queer in Rock 'n' Roll by Elizabeth Levy
Preparing for a rock and roll contest in which they need a dog's howl over a pizza, the gang becomes desperate when their dog loses all interest in pizza.

  • Activities include discussion and vocabulary. TeacherViews

 

Something Special for Me by Vera Williams
Rosa has difficulty choosing a special birthday present to buy with the coins her mother and grandmother have saved, until she hears a man playing beautiful music on an accordion.

  • Activities from Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s for the Primary Grades. 
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of consumers. KidEconBooks

 

Something Upstairs by Avi
When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Literature Circles Unit Appalachian State University

·         Novel Unit includes worksheet and discussion questions by chapter. Chapter 1, Chapter 2Chapters 3-4Chapters 5-6Chapters 7-8Chapter 9Review  St. Matthew's Lutheran School, Wisconsin

 

Sometimes I Feel Like a Mouse by Jeanne Modesitt
A child imagines becoming a variety of animals while experiencing different feelings, a howling wolf for sad, a soaring eagle for proud, a stomping elephant for bold, and others

 

Sometimes It's TURKEY - Sometimes It's FEATHERS by Lorna Balian 
When she finds a turkey egg, Mrs. Gumm decides to hatch it and have a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers
A teenage boy accompanies his father, who has recently escaped from prison, on a trip that turns out to be an often painful, time of discovery for them both.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward
A counting book in rhyme presents various marine animals and their children, from a mother manatee and her little calf one to a mother octopus and her little babies ten.

  • Curriculum Guide includes activities for language arts, math, science, and geography. Jennifer Ward

 

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
When teenage Vince Luca--whose family connections make dating difficult--finally finds a girl worth pursuing, her father turns out to be the FBI agent whose life's goal is to take out Vince's mob boss dad.

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  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards

 

Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars (The Royal Diaries series) by Sheri Holman
In a series of messages placed in her grandmother's ancestral jar, a seventh century princess and future ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla vents her frustration at not being permitted to study astronomy because she is a girl.

  • Discussion Guide includes an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, thought-provoking questions, student activities, and an interview with the author. Scholastic

 

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman
Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.

  • Book Quiz Charleston County, SC, School District
  • Game of Sort-It based on words in the book changes each time it is accessed. Anne Moncure Elementary School, VA
  • Game of Hangman. Caryn Dingman - Quia

·         Games include matching, concentration, and word search based on spelling words in the book. Word List Caryn Dingman - Quia

  • Lesson Plan includes pre- and post- reading questions and activities. Reading Is Fundamental
  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities and related Internet resources. TeacherVision
  • Literature Unit features a discussion guide and extension activity. Scholastic

 

Song Dogs by Elizabeth Wilson
Explores the life a group of coyotes including where they live, their social structure, how they raise their young and the dangers they face.

  • Lesson Plan includes curricular connections, literary links, and teacher tips. Can Lit for Kids

 

Song Lee and the Hamster Hunt by Suzy Kline
When Song Lee's hampster escapes from its cage in Room 2B, the class members and other students in South School become involved in the search for him.

  • Activities include comprehension questions. TeacherViews

 

Song of Be by Leslie Beake
Be, a young Bushman woman searching in the desert for the peace she remembers from her childhood, realizes that she and her people must reconcile new personal and political realities with ancient traditions.

  • Teacher's Guide includes a synopsis, websites and enrichment, vocabulary development, comprehension, timeline activity, map activity, understanding two points of view, and linking the novel to current events. Omaha Public Schools
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Song of Sampo Lake by William Durbin
In 1900, as a family of Finnish immigrants begins farming on the edge of a Minnesota lake, Matti works as a store clerk, teaches English, and works on the homestead, striving to get out of his older brother's shadow and earn their father's respect.

  • Booktalk Random House
  • Teacher's Guide includes a pre-reading activity, thematic connections, curriculum connections, and Internet resources. Random House

 

Song of the Trees by Mildred Taylor
During the Depression, a rural black family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man.

·         Literature Circle Lesson #2 Appalachian State University

 

Soon Be Free by Lois Ruby
Thirteen-year-old Dana investigates a mystery involving the old Kansas house that her parents have turned into a bed and breakfast business; in a parallel story, a Quaker boy living in the house in 1857 sets out to help some fugitive slaves to freedom.

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for understanding specific devices an author uses to accomplish his or her purpose (narrative structure). Scholastic

 

Song Within My Heart by David Bouchard
A young First Nations boy prepares for his first pow-wow as his beloved grandmother guides him through the events of the day.

 

Sophie and Lou by Petra Mathers
A shy mouse who sets out to learn on her own after she is enticed by the dancing that she sees in the studio across the street.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

Sophie's Masterpiece by Eileen Spinelli
Sophie the spider makes wondrous webs, but the residents of Beekman's Boarding House do not appreciate her until at last, old and tired, she weaves her final masterpiece.

  • Activities. Scroll down the page. Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Sorrow's Kitchen: The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston by Mary E. Lyons
Describes the life and work of the prolific African-American author who wrote stories, plays, essays, and articles, recorded black folklore, and was involved in the Harlem Renaissance.

 

S.O.S Titanic by Eve Bunting
Fifteen-year-old Barry O'Neill, traveling from Ireland to America on the
maiden voyage of the Titanic, finds his life endangered when the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink.

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·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

·         Teacher's Guide includes a synopsis, discussion questions and activities for before, during and after reading, and cross-curricular activities. Harcourt 

 

Sound the Jubilee by Sandra Forrester
A slave and her family find refuge on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, during the Civil War.

 

Sounder by William Armstrong
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder. 

  • Activity includes questions to answer online and print out.
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane

·          Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. Metro-Nashville School System
  • Discussion Questions
  • Internet Connections to accompany the book. Annette Lamb
  • Lesson Ideas include keeping a journal. University of Richmond
  • Literature Unit features lessons and activities for studying African-American literature.
  • Mini Unit with a summary, vocabulary, and suggested discussion questions and activities. Easy Fun School
  •  Novel Guide includes background information, chapter summaries, and post-reading activities. Holt, Rinehart and Winston
  • Simple Questions using yes/no and true/false answers for various chapters. Taking Grades Publishing Company
  • Teaching Plan includes activities for learning how a historical period affects the characters and narrative. Scholastic

 

Soup by Robert Newton Peck
The adventures and misadventures of two boys growing up in a small Vermont town.

 

A South African Night by Rachel Isadora
The inhabitants of South Africa divide their activities by day and night, as the animals in Kruger National Park go about their business while the people of Johannesburg sleep and then lie down in the shade as the people wake 

  • Activities include cross-curricular book extensions. Page 26. North Carolina Children's Book Awards

 

Space: A Nonfiction Companion to Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House Research Guide series) by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie explain the secrets of the universe.

 

Space Case by Edward Marshall
When the thing from outer space visits earth, it is mistaken first for a trick-or-treater. Then it is mistaken for a robot.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Lesson Plan includes creating a robot. Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools

·         Lesson Plan includes cross curricular ideas. Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools

·         Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow

  • Teacher's Guide features science activities. Reading Rainbow
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Space Demons by Gillian Rubinstein
Twelve-year-old Andrew, bored with life, becomes obsessed with a mysterious new computer game, which has the power to zap him and his friends into a dangerous world of menacing space warriors.

  • Study Guide includes summary and questions and activities by chapter. Bernadette Sheedy

 

Space Dogs on Planet K-9 by Joan Holub
Clark goes to a planet where dogs are in charge of people.

·         Activities include pre-reading ideas and story stretchers. Joan Holub

 

Space Probes to the Planets by Fay Robinson
Text and photos present the information collected by spacecraft with no
people on them, known as space probes, which have penetrated the areas around planets as far away as Neptune.

 

Spaceman by Jane Cutler
Ten-year-old Gary, who is failing the fifth grade and has trouble getting along with the other students, tries to adjust to his learning disability and his assignment to a special education class.

  • Lesson Plan includes a synopsis, general review; discussion questions and activity suggestions. Scroll down the page. South Central Kansas Library System

 

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns
The seating for a family reunion gets complicated as people rearrange the tables and chairs to seat additional guests.

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Sparky and Eddie: The First Day of School by Tony Johnston
Even though they are not in the same class, two young friends are glad that they decided to give school a try.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, activities for home and classroom, and a booklist. Scroll down to page 4. Vocabulary list on page 25. Memphis, TN, Public Schools

 

Sparrow Hawk Red by Ben Mikaelsen
Thirteen-year-old Ricky, the Mexican American son of a former Drug Enforcement Agency man, tries to avenge his mother's murder by crossing over into Mexico to steal a high-tech radar plane from drug smugglers.

  • Lesson Plan includes a character attribute web, vocabulary alphabet find and a story pyramid. Ben Mikaelsen-L. Stone
  • Lesson Plan includes a synopsis, booktalks, suggested activites, theater script, and related books references. California Young Reader Medal
  • Lesson Plan includes lists vocabulary words and sentences for each chapter. Ben Mikaelsen-L. Stone
  • Lesson Plan includes a character attribute web, crossword
    puzzle, geographical map, and vocabulary word find. Ben Mikaelsen-L. Stone

 

Sparrows in the Scullery by Barbara Brooks Wallace
Despite horrible conditions at the boys' home where kidnappers left him, eleven-year-old Colley, an orphan, finds a reason and a way to live, along with comradeship.

  • Activities include studying indentured servants and researching child labor laws. Scroll down the page. Georgia Children's Literature Book Awards

 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school.

  • Activities include a book talk, curriculum connections, and web links. Salisbury State University
  • Booktalk Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan focuses on sexual harassment with discussion and writing prompts. Viterbo University
  • Literature Unit includes activities, vocabulary, journal topics, interdisciplinary connections, literary analysis, discussion questions and more. Sheboygan Falls, WI, School District

 

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Andrew Wiggin, itinerant speaker for the dead, is called to aid in the investigation of two deaths when a race of sapient beings is discovered on the planet Lusitania.

 

A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara - Hero of the Holocaust by Alison Leslie Gold
A biography of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese consul in Lithuania, who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II by issuing visas against the orders of his superiors.

  • Activities include persuasive negotiating and letter writing. Trumpet

 

The Specter from the Magician's Museum by John Bellairs
When the evil sorceress Belle Frisson ensnares Rose Rita Pottinger in a magic web in order to steal her life force, Lewis Barnavelt must risk his own life to save his friend.

 

Speed of Light by Sybil Rosen
An eleven-year-old Jewish girl living in the South during the 1950s struggles with the anti-semitism and racism which pervade her small community.

 

The Spell of the Sorceror's Skull by John Bellairs
When Johnny Dixon takes a tiny skull from a haunted dollhouse, demonic forces are released,capturing Professor Childermass and leading Johnny on a harrowing chase to a deserted island off the coast of Maine.

 

Spellbound by Janet MacDonald
Raven, a teenage mother and high school dropout living in a housing project, decides, with the help and sometime interference of her best friend Aisha, to study for a spelling bee which could lead to a college preparatory program and four-year scholarship.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards

 

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.

  • Lesson Plan includes pre-reading activities, discussion questions, and related activities. Scholastic
  • Literature Learning Ladder with links to the author and classroom connections. Eduscapes - Annette Lamb

 

The Spider and the Sky God by Deborah M. Chocolate
Ananse the Spider uses trickery to capture the four prizes demanded by the Sky God in payment for his stories.

  • Activities include technology, art, and writing. TeacherViews

 

Spider Boy by Ralph Fletcher
After moving to another state, seventh grader Bobby deals with the change by telling people at school made-up stories and then retreating into his world of pet spiders and books about spiders

  • Lesson Plan includes a synopsis, general review; discussion questions and activity suggestions. Scroll down the page. South Central Kansas Library System

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove
In this retelling of a tale from Ghana, a wondrous spider shows two Ashanti weavers how to make intricate, colorful patterns in the cloth that they weave.

  • Activities include ideas for language arts, math, art, science, and social studies. Page 32. North Carolina Children's Book Awards

 

The Spider Who Created the World by Amy MacDonald
Spider needs a firm place to set her egg which is about to hatch, but since sun, moon, and cloud tell her they have no room for it, she creates the world.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. Amy MacDonald

 

Spider's First Day at School by Robert Kraus
Spider is afraid he will have trouble making friends, but soon he realizes he will have a great year.

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Spiders and Their Kin by Herbert and Lorna Levi
Thoroughly updated with accurate information that includes all of the most recent findings in its field.

 

Spiders and Their Web Sites by Margery Facklam
Illustrations and text provide a close-up look at the physical characteristics and habits of twelve different spiders and daddy-longlegs.

  • Lesson Plan includes information about the author, activities, related books and weblinks. Scroll down the page. Texas Bluebonnet Award

 

Spiders Everywhere by Gail Herman
Although Ben loves to be outside looking at rocks and digging in the dirt, his fear of spiders almost keeps him inside.

  • Worksheet with  multiple choice story questions.

 

Spiders in the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends by David Holt
A collection of urban legends revolving around topics such as college, crime, jerks, and others.

 

Spirit Quest by Susan Sharpe
When Aaron, a white fifth grader on vacation, and Robert, a Quileute Indian boy, decide to camp out on a deserted beach, they find themselves in for the night of their lives.

 

Spitfire by Ann Goldring
When April Flickers, a girl from a poor family, enters the soap box derby in a small town in Ontario during World War II, she inspires Kathryn Lockhart to do the same, even though Kathryn's brother is also competing.

  • Teacher's Guide include vocabulary words, questions by chapter, activities, and curriculum extensions. Raincoast Publishers

 

Spite Fences by Trudy Krisher
As she struggles with her troubled relationship with her mother during the summer of 1960, a young girl is also drawn into the violence, hatred, and racial tension in her small Georgia town.

  • Teacher's Guide includes a pre-reading activity, thematic and curriculum connections, and vocabulary. Random House

 

Splash! by Ann Jonas
A little girl's turtle, fish, frogs, dog, and cat jump in and out of a backyard pond, constantly changing the answer to the question "How many are in my pond?"

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. TeacherViews

 

Splish Splash by Joan Bransfield Graham
A collection of poems celebrating water in its various forms, from ice cubes to the ocean.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. Joan Bransfield Graham
  • Activities focus on the water cycle. TeacherViews

 

Splish, Splash, Spring by Jan Carr
Celebrate all the joys of spring in rhyme.

  • Teaching Plan includes activities to strengthen phonemic awareness, use pictures to retell stories and develop observational skills, and relate personal experiences to the text. Scholastic

 

Split Infinity by Piers Anthony
Stile, a serf on Proton, escapes death by the aid of Sheen, his robot lady, who shows him the way of escape to the magic world of Phaze, where he again finds his life endangered

 

A Spoon for Every Bite by Joe Hayes
A poor husband and wife ask their rich neighbor to be godfather of their child, and once they are compadres, prey upon his pride and extravagance to trick him out of his fortune.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Spoonbill Swamp by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Depicts a swamp and the creatures that inhabit it, focusing on the day-to-day activities of spoonbills and alligators.

  • Activities include building a marsh. TeacherViews

 

Sports Pages by Arnold Adoff
Poems about the experiences and feelings of young athletes involved in various sports.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow

 

Sports! Sports! Sports! by Lee Bennett Hopkins
A collection of poems celebrating the joy and anguish of baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, skating, swimming, and running races.

  • Activities include ideas for language arts, math, science, and social studies. Page 33. North Carolina Children's Book Awards

 

Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill
The reader must lift the flaps to discover who is underneath the costumes at a party with Spot the puppy and his friends.

 

Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill
Spot the dog has an eventful first day at school.

 

Spot Goes to the Beach by Eric Hill
His parents take Spot the puppy to the beach for a fun-filled day.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Spot's Big Book of Colors, Shapes and Numbers by Eric Hill
Spot and friends have lots of fun as they notice numbers, colors and shapes everywhere.

 

Spot's Busy Year by Eric Hill
Spot like to do something special each month.

 

Spot's First Walk by Eric Hill
A puppy finds many animals and surprises when his mother sends him out on his first walk.

 

Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
Describes spring, with its animals, green smells, and renewed outside activities. When read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from "April" to "zenith."

  • Activity for writing. Scroll down page. Nancy Polette

 

Spring Is Here by Taro Gomi
Follows the four seasons around the year, from snow melting into spring, through the quiet harvest and the fall of snow, and then to spring again.

  • Activities include making a chart and a book. TeacherViews
  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before, during, and after reading. Chronicle Books

 

Spring Is Here! (Hello Reader!® series) by Mary Packard
A child walks through the sights, smells, and activities of spring!

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for learning about seasons and retelling a story. Scholastic

 

Spunky Monkeys on Parade by Stuart Murphy
In the Monkey Day Parade, monkey majorettes, cyclists, tumblers, and band members create a spectacle as they move along in groups of two, three, and four.

 

The Spy on Third Base by Matt Christopher
A third baseman is sick with anxiety about whether or not to help his team by using his knack for knowing where the batter is going to hit the ball.

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The Spy Who Came in from the Sea by Peggy Nolan
A fourteen-year-old moves to Florida at the height of World War II to join his father, a Navy seaman, and soon develops such a reputation for exaggeration that when he announces having seen an enemy spy land on the beach, no one believes him.

  • Web Links related to the book, the author, people, places, events, issues, and interesting things mentioned in the stories. 

 

Squanto:  First Friend of the Pilgrims by Cathy East Dubowski
Describes how Squanto played an important role in making peace between his fellow Native Americans and the settlers at Plymouth, so that they could share the first feast of Thanksgiving.

  • Unit includes chapter discussions and worksheets.

 

Squashed by Joan Bauer
As sixteen-year-old Ellie pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself--she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

 

Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka
Contemporary fables with tongue-in-cheek morals address such topics as homework, curfews, and television commercials.

  • Activity for creating a creature and then writing a fable based on it using a fill-in-the-blank form on the Internet.
  • Activity Guide from the publisher.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Extension Activity includes reading strategies for introducing the book and cross-curricular ideas. Scholastic
  • Teaching Plan includes activities for studying fables.  Scholastic

 

Squire by Tamora Pierce
Fourteen-year-old Kel of Mindelan, a squire in training for knighthood, begins four years of preparation for her final test, the Ordeal--a psychological challenge that is breaking more squires in the land of Tortall than ever before.

 

The Squire's Tale by Gerald Morris
In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain's worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes information about the author, book, related titles, activities, puzzles and worksheets, and weblinks for further study. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

 

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting
Jamie seeks a way to prove he is not too young to march in the big St. Patrick's Day parade.

  • Lesson Plan features cross-curricular connections, questions, a response form, and related links.
  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Stained Glass by Michael Bedard
Charles Endicott hides out at St. Bart's Church to avoid his piano lesson, but his life is turned upside down when a homeless girl is trapped by a falling stained glass window and he is blamed for the accident.

 

Stallion in the Storm by Ben Baglio
Mandy and James visit Folan's Racing Stables, which the jockeys believe is haunted by the ghost of a stallion who died in a race.

  • Activities include the Internet, research, writing, vocabulary, and more. Marshall County, WV, Public Schools

 

Stan the Hot Dog Man by Ethel and Leonard Kessler
After he retires, Stan becomes a hot dog man and finds that his new job helps him come to the rescue during a big snowstorm.

 

Stand Tall by Joan Bauer
Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Junior Book Awards

 

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

  • Activities with curriculum content connections. Scroll down to page 27. North Carolina Children's Book Award
  • Activity introduces character development and self-esteem concepts through a student comprehension worksheet. Scholastic

 

Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America series) by Mary Pope Osborne  
A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Discussion Guide features an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, questions designed to encourage conversation, a number of student activities related to the book and its period, and an interview with the book's author. Scholastic

 

Standing Up to Mr. O by Claudia Mills
Twelve-year-old Maggie comes to dread biology class because her
favorite teacher is insisting that she dissect a worm, an assignment that makes her feel very squeamish and awakens her to the question of animal rights.

 

Stanley and the Dinosaurs by Syd Hoff
Stanley, no ordinary caveman, befriends a quartet of dinosaurs, who  help him build the world's first house

  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Stanley and the Magic Lamp by Jeff Brown
The members of the Lambchop family react differently when a boistrous genie grants their wishes for fame, power, and the ability to fly.

  • Activities include the Internet, research, writing, vocabulary, and more. Marshall County, WV, Public Schools

 

Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake by Louis Sachar
A guide to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility, which is located in a dry lake bed in the middle of Texas, that features survival tips and new anecdotes about Stanley's fellow campers/prisoners.

  • Literature Unit includes activities for comprehension, vocabulary and language development, creative writing, research and art. (A partial unit) Ron LeDuc-Teacher Time Savers

 

Stanley's Party by Linda Bailey
Stanley, the dog, has a party when his owners go out.

  • Teacher's Guide includes an author profile, a summary, research topics, activities, and discussion questions. Wordfest

 

The Star Fisher by Laurence Yep
Fifteen-year-old Joan Lee and her family find the adjustment hard when they move from Ohio to West Virginia in the 1920's.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary and activities for before, during, and after reading. Justus-Liebig University

 

Star in the Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow
When a law is passed banning dogs in her village, Maggie struggles to hide her beloved Sirius—until a stranded ship needs his help.

  • Teaching Plan includes journal writing and activities about courage. Scholastic

 

The Star Maiden by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Tired of wandering in the sky, the star maiden searches for the perfect home on earth.

·         Lesson Guide includes theme, vocabulary, strategies and skills, and activities, Scroll down to page 70. Dakota Valley, ND, Public Schools

 

Star of Luis by Marc Talbert
Just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a Mexican American boy goes with his mother from Los Angeles to New Mexico to meet her family for the first time, and, while there, he discovers his family's hidden Jewish heritage.

  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities and Internet resources. TeacherVision

 

Star Spangled Banner illustrated by Peter Spier
On September 11, 1814, the British Fleet arrived at the mouth of the Patapsco River. Thus began the Battle of Baltimore, which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen The Star-Spangled Banner.

  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Starfish: Stars of the Sea  (Hello Science Reader™ series) by Connie and Peter Roop
Learn about sea stars.

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for simple research from the book about starfish.. Scholastic

 

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule of conformance at Mica Area High School. Then Stargirl bursts into the tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music and shakes up everything.

  • Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, booktalk, and weblinks. South Carolina Association of School Librarians
  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)
  • Book Test Laura Candler

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Guide with a summary, discussion questions and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award

  • Lesson Plan includes information about the author, book, related titles, activities, puzzles and worksheets, and weblinks for further study. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
  • Online Trivia Quiz  Fun Trivia
  • Reading Guide includes questions discussion topics and author information  intended to guide readers and spark discussion. Random House
  • Word Search McLean County, IL, School District

 

The Starplace by Vicki Grove
Thirteen-year-old Frannie learns hard lessons about prejudice and segregation when she becomes friends with a young black girl who moves into her small Oklahoma town in 1961.

·         Activities include summary, related readings, and curriculum tie-ins. Click on 2002-2003 Activities (in Word format) South Carolina Association of School Librarians

·         Lesson Plan includes a summary, review, discussion questions, and activities. (Page 16) South Central Kansas Library System

 

Starring Grace by Mary Hoffman
Grace and her friends have all sorts of adventures during their summer vacation--going to the circus, taking an imaginary safari, making friends with an elderly neighbor, pretending to be astronauts, and calling the paramedics when her grandmother has an accident.

  • Activities include ideas for language arts, math, social studies, science and art. Page 52. North Carolina Children's Book Awards

 

Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei by Peter Sis
Describes the life and work of the courageous man who changed the way people saw the galaxy, by offering objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe.

·         Activity for making chart about technology through the ages. Instructor Magazine

 

Starry Starry Night by Lurlene McDaniel
A collection of three stories in which teenagers face life-altering situations.

 

The Stars from Mars by Gordon Korman
The newest players in the Waterloo Junior Hockey League are the Martians - the kids from a nearby town called Mars. With a wacky coach named "Boom Boom" Bolitsky, the stars from Mars have their work cut out for them!

  • Literature Unit includes activities for comprehension, vocabulary and language development, creative writing, research and art. (A partial unit) Ron LeDuc-Teacher Time Savers

 

Stars! Stars! Stars! by Bob Barner
Simple rhyming text describes stars and the planets of our solar system.

  • Activities include learning about the planets. TeacherViews

 

Starting Home: The Story of Horace Pippin, Painter by Mary E. Lyons
A portrait of the life and work of this African-American painter examines the self-taught folk artist's life, from his childhood, to his struggle to teach himself to paint, to his current acclaim as one of America's foremost artists.

 

Starting School with an Enemy by Elisa Carbone
Worried about finding friends when she moves from Maine to Maryland, ten-year-old Sarah gets off to a bad start by making an enemy of a boy.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

Starving Time: Elizabeth's Diary, Book 2, Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 (My America series) by Patricia Hermes
Nine-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal of her experiences in the New World as she encounters Indians, suffers hunger and the death of friends, and helps her father build their first home.

  • Discussion Guide features an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, questions designed to encourage conversation, a number of student activities related to the book and its period, and an interview with the book's author. Scholastic

 

Stay Away from Simon by Carol Carrick
Lucy and her younger brother examine their feelings about a mentally handicapped boy they both fear when he follows them home one snowy day.

 

Stay Away from the Junkyard! by Tricia Tusa
Despite what people of Jasper, Texas think, Theodora feels Old Man Crampton, his pet pig, and his junkyard are just dandy.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Teacher's Guide