Our Lesson Plans and Discussion Guide Roundup

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Here are easy links to download our always FREE Lesson Plans & Discussion Guides, packed with fun and meaningful activities and discussion prompts for classroom students and homeschoolers:

Download your free What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? Discussion & Activity Guide for teachers grades K-3

Download your free What Does It Mean To Be Kind? Discussion Guide for teachers grades pre-K to 3.

Download your free What Does It Mean To Be Present? Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3.

Download your free What Does It Mean To Be Green? Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3.

Download your free What Does It Mean To Be Safe? Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3.

Download your free What Does It Mean to Be Global? Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3.

Download your free The Cow In Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3.

(We have two bonus lesson plans featuring The Cow In Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen, one from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, A Bowl Full of Agriculture, and the second from Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom, The Cow In Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen Educator Guide/Lesson Plans.)

Download your free Ripple’s Effect Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3.

Download your free BIG Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3.

Download your free Sofia’s Dream Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3

Download your free Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-6.

Download your free Your Fantastic Elastic Brain Lesson Plans for teachers grades K-3.

Download your free The Owner’s Manual For Driving Your Adolescent Brain Lesson Plans for teachers grades 3-8.

Download your free A Bird On Water Street Discussion Points for teachers grades 4-8.

Download your free Roar Like A Girl Discussion Guide for middle grade readers here.

Download you free The Treasure of Barracuda Discussion Guide for middle grade readers here.

The Treasure of Barracuda Discussion Guide

Fill out the form below to have the Discussion Guide for The Treasure of Barracuda, written by Llanos Campos and Illustrated by Júlia Sardà, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel delivered direct to your inbox now.

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Roar Like a Girl Lesson Plans

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What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? Discussion and Activity Guide

Fill out the form below to have the Discussion and Activity Guide for What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? by Rana DiOrio and Emma D. Dryden delivered direct to your inbox.

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#BeTheSolution

#BeTheSolution

 

How do you empower kids
to make a difference?

Watch #BeTheSolution

If the video doesn’t play, click here to watch it

 

Do #BeTheSolution

What are the solutions that the young people in your life can create? Here are some examples, and you (and your kids) can brainstorm others!

•The park is dirty?
Pick up a piece of trash that isn’t yours.

•People are hungry or need shelter?
Donate food, or time, or money to organizations that help, like food banks, Hand in Hand for Syria, and Habitat for Humanity.

•Someone is sad?
Take the time to understand why, and show you care.

 

Read #BeTheSolution

Join the #BeTheSolution conversation!

What Does It Mean To Be…?® Discussion Guides & Lesson Plans

They’re free and at your fingertips!

Download our What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? Discussion & Activity Guide

Download our What Does It Mean To Be Kind? Discussion/Activity Guide.

Download our What Does It Mean To Be Present? Lesson Plans.

Download our What Does It Mean To Be Green? Lesson Plans.

Download our What Does It Mean To Be Safe? Lesson Plans.

Download our What Does It Mean to Be Global? Lesson Plans.

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#GiveBack

How do you talk to your kids about giving back?

#GiveBack

How do you talk to your kids about giving back?

 

Watch Giving Back


If the video doesn’t play, click here to watch it. Our thanks to Kathleen Albert, the With Care Pre-school, and the Random Acts of Kindness foundation for sharing this inspiring video!

 

Do Giving Back

Model giving back for the young people in your life by including them in something you do for others this holiday season.

 

•Can they sing a song, or write a letter, or make a drawing for someone else?

•Can they come to the store to choose something you’ll buy that will then be donated?

•How about volunteering together at a local food bank?

 

Brainstorm ways you can give back. Then do one—or more—of those things to help make our world a better, kinder, place!

 

(Find out how Little Pickle Press is giving back, to Syrians in need , to two underserved schools, and to help end world hunger.)

 

Read Giving Back

Join the #GiveBack conversation!

#BeGrateful

How Do You Talk To Your Kids About Being Grateful?

#BeGrateful

How do you talk to your kids about being grateful?

 

Watch Grateful


If the video doesn’t play, click here to watch it. Our thanks to Louie Schwartzberg for sharing this wonderful talk at TEDx San Francisco.
We love it, and we’re not alone. It’s been watched over 4.5 million times!

 

Do Grateful

Have you (and your young people) make a list of what you are grateful for. What are you grateful for about yourself? About others? About the earth?

 

Share your gratitude lists out loud.

 

Can you make a giant list of everything you’re all grateful for? How big a list can you create? It’s an easy and meaningful activity to do with your family or a class!

 

Read Grateful

Join the #BeGrateful conversation!

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What Does It Mean To Be Kind? Discussion Guide

Start the kindness conversation with altruistic suggestions that foster empathy and enlighten the world. The 5th book in Rana DiOrio’s award-winning What Does It Mean To Be…? series shows that every act of kindness is also an act of courage, and how small gestures can make a big difference to other people, animals, the planet, and even oneself.

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The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen Educator Guide/Lesson Plans

Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom (adapted from the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom) presents The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen Educator Guide/Lesson Plans, based on the picture book written by Diana Prichard. This educator guide/lesson plan explores the origins of the food we consume on a daily basis and the instrumental role that farms and farmers play in providing food for the community. In this edition, students will learn where maple syrup comes from, the production of orange juice, and the history of pork and Michigan’s pork industry.

Download our The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen Educator Guide/Lesson Plans now.

The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen Lesson Plans

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen Lesson Plans

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen Lesson Plans, based on the picture book written by Diana Prichard, explores the origins of the food we consume on a daily basis and the instrumental role that farms and farmers play in providing food for the community.

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Discussion points for a Bird On Water Street

A Bird On Water Street Discussion Points for Teachers Grade 4 – 8

The Discussion Points for A Bird On Water Street, by Elizabeth O. Dulemba, help teachers build student mastery of the Common Core State Standards across grade levels.

The discussion points provide a wealth of opportunities for building connections across the curriculum, analyzing literary devices, and exploring important themes including community, environmental stewardship, compassion and empathy, interpersonal relationships, and more. 

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The Owner's Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain Lesson Plans

The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain Lesson Plans

The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain Lesson Plans, based on the new title written by Drs. JoAnn and Terry Deak, will explore adolescent brain health and development.

Fill out the form below to have our The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain Lesson Plans delivered to your inbox now. (Ages 9-14)

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Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food Lesson Plans

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food Lesson Plans, based of the award-winning chapter book written by Jodi Carmichael and illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, will provide children with an understanding of individuality, communication patterns, and the common desire to be understood by others.

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Ripple’s Effect Lesson Plans

Ripple’s Effect Lesson Plans, based of the award-winning title written by Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson, will promote an understanding and pursuit of happiness, a positive perspective, and personal identity.

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BIG Lesson Plans

BIG Lesson Plans, based on Little Pickle Press’ newest title by esteemed author Coleen Paratore, will encourage children to be the best possible versions of themselves by teaching them that all of their efforts, no matter how small or large, can measure up to BIG positive results.

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Your Fantastic Elastic Brain Lesson Plans

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain Lesson Plans, based on the award-winning title by neuroplasticity expert Dr. JoAnn Deak, will build an understanding of neuroanatomy, the brain’s primary functions, and how to stretch and shape the brain to its full potential.

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Sofia’s Dream Lesson Plans

Based on the award-winning title by Land Wilson, our Sofia’s Dream Lesson Plans will help children understand the importance of environmental stewardship, and introduce a global perspective on the world’s natural resources.

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Being Present Lesson Plans

Being Present Lesson Plans, based on the award-winning title by Rana DiOrio, will help empower children to live a more conscious and present-focused lifestyle.

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Being Green Lesson Plans

Our Being Green Lesson Plans, based on the award-winning title What Does It Mean To Be Green? by Rana DiOrio, will help children understand the importance of sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

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