Teaching Guides for Jennifer Ward Books
Hello! Thank you for visiting my site.
I truly know how dedicated and hard working teachers are, as I was once a teacher, too.
I hope the creative, Common Core Standards-based lesson plans on this page prove helpful and inspiring with your curriculum.
While using my books as a springboard for learning, please know that I am just a Skype visit away, if you'd like your students to meet me virtually. I do quick Skype's for free (15 minutes Q&A, upon availability). I am happy to answer class questions via email, as well.
And of course, I'd love to visit your school in-person! Nothing inspired literacy skills more than a behind-the-scene peek at the process of book making with the author who created the book. Please visit my Visits page to learn more about my visits to schools and libraries.
In addition, I'd "love" to see and hear how my books have been used with your classroom instruction, so if you have ideas and/or images to share, please do! With your permission & credit to you, I will post them on my FB page and blog. Thanks!
Tools for Teachers
Below are links to lesson plans that tie-in perfectly with the Common Core Standards. Each contains everything you need to teach language arts, reading, writing, science, math, social studies, music, and art.
Just click and print!
WAY OUT IN THE DESERT - Tools for Teachers PDF
SOMEWHERE IN THE OCEAN - Tools for Teachers PDF
THERE WAS A COYOTE WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA - Tools for Teachers PDF
THERE WAS AN OLD MONKEY WHO SWALLOWED A FROG - Tools for Teachers PDF
WAY UP IN THE ARCTIC - comparing the Arctic to the Sonoran Desert
created by Caryl Jones at Ventana Vista Elementary.
Quick and easy prompts to engage thinking on various levels about literature. Perfect for sub-plan fillers and story time. Just click and print!
THE BUSY TREE - Discussion Guide PDF
THE SEED AND THE GIANT SAGUARO -Discussion Guide PDF
FOREST BRIGHT, FOREST NIGHT - Discussion Guide PDF
THERE WAS A COYOTE WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA - Discussion Guide PDF
Common Core Standards Lesson Plans developed by teachers
THEMATIC, COMMON CORE STANDARDS LESSON PLANS
Meet the Author Jennifer Ward (Interview with Library Sparks Magazine)
Fantastic & Fun Family Literacy Night Event Ideas
Story Mapping Lesson for THE SEED AND THE GIANT SAGUARO
(sequencing events in a story using a hula-hoop!)
Circular plots are ideal for teaching the skill of sequencing events in a story. Here's a simple and fun lesson to use with students to teach comprehension, sequencing, and story retelling - skills required in the Common Core Standards.
The book The Seed and the Giant Saguaro, hula hoop, adhesive Velcro, reproducible images.
Because The Seed and the Giant Saguaro has a circular plot (the story ends back where it started), you can use a hula hoop and cut-outs as a means to allow children to retell the story in sequence, in a hands-on fashion. After sharing the story aloud, invite students to demonstrate their comprehension and sequencing skills by retelling the events that occurred in the story, via placing the events (cut-out images) in proper order on the hula hoop, clock-wise.
Copy and cut out the images listed below. As long as images are not used for commercial purposes, you may copy them directly from the book.
Place adhesive Velcro on the back of each image. Place adhesive Velcro on the hula hoop at approx. 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00.
Images & the correct sequence of events are as follows:
1. Saguaro (12:00)
2. Fruit (falls from saguaro) (1:00)
3. Packrat (discovers fruit) (3:00)
4. Snake (discovers packrat) (5:00)
5. Roadrunner (discovers snake) (7:00)
6. Coyote (discovers roadrunner) (8:00)
7. Storm cloud (storm arrives) (9:00)
8. Packrat (drops fruit/seeds) (10:00)
9. Saguaro (grows from dropped seeds) (11:00)
The Seed and the Giant Saguaro is an ideal springboard for learning about food chains.
Check back soon for a free, printable Reader's Theater for There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish.