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August is here! While there is still summer left, teachers everywhere start thinking about their classrooms and the opportunities that await in a new school year. There will be new teachers and administrators to meet, old colleagues to connect and celebrate with, new students to build relationships with, and new goals to set for a successful school year. It really is an exciting time!

The newspaper and social media are advertising Back to School sales. It’s time to get ready.

Surviving to Thriving LjL is dedicated to providing high quality curriculum based on Best Practices for today’s classrooms. We have products for grades K-12, and we too are “throwing a sale” on TPT on August 1 & 2. Visit our store to check it out.

Our most popular products are perfect for the first days of school. Best Sellers 2017


Try our lesson plans for the First Days of School.

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Milestone Celebration!

We are so excited. We have reached a milestone on our Teachers Pay Teachers Store. celebrateWe are ready to celebrate! Next week TPT will be featuring our resource, The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit PlanTo celebrate we are offering The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit Plan   for 20% off April 11-14.

It’s not just about the earnings. We are excited to know our lesson plans and unit plans are in classrooms all over the world. We believe all students deserve great teachers and we feel strongly that our work supports teachers in becoming the teachers they really want to be.

Be sure to take advantage of the savings and please leave us your feedback. We honor your opinion and plan our new resources to meet those needs.

The One and Only Ivan Novel Study and Unit Plan

The One and Only Ivan is one of our favorite books. I’ve written about it before in Five Reasons to Read The One and Only Ivan in Your Classroom.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Harper Collins Children’s Books

The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit Planivan

Overview of the Unit
The unit plan for The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, is designed to engage students. Students are provided opportunities to analyze settings, identify, describe and analyze characters and their relationships, determine emerging themes, and use text references and quotes to infer meaning. The unit employs multiple delivery modalities, facilitates students’ cognitive thinking skills, and uses a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Lesson plans are student-centered and are ready to implement.

Time Frame
This unit is planned as a 3½ week unit, however, it is easily adaptable to 4 to 6 weeks.

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 3-6 grade

Unit Includes:
• Instructional Schedule for Unit Plan
• 12 Lesson Plans with instructional guide and reproducible student handouts
• Introducing the Novel Lesson
• Setting Analysis Lesson
• Character Analysis Lesson
• Ivan-isms Lesson
• Habitats, Groups, and Offspring Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud & Prediction Lesson
• Friendship Lesson
• Ivan’s Letters Lesson
• Novel Quotes Lesson
• Ivan’s Many Families Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud and Face-to-Face Slide-By Lesson
• Ivan’s Billboard Lesson
• Summative Assessment w/Rubric
• 1 (19 page) Reproducible Student Literary Log
• 16 Reproducible Student Bookmarks
• Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts that Connect to the Unit
• Best Practice Research that Relates to the Unit
• Unit PowerPoint to Guide Daily Lessons w/Teacher Guide
• Formative Assessment PowerPoint (includes 3 quizzes) w/Teacher Guide and Answer Key

1 – PDF (116 page) Unit Plan
• 1 – Unit Plan PowerPoint (101 slides) to Guide Daily Lessons
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide to Unit Plan PowerPoint
• 1 – PowerPoint (48 slides) for Formative Assessment Game (includes 3 quizzes)
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide and Answer Key to Formative Assessment Game

Our Most Popular Product: Wonder Novel Study Discussion & Read-Aloud Guide

auggieThis is our most popular product and we absolutely love this book!

The novel study for Wonder by R. J. Palacio, includes a Discussion and Read-Aloud Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Read-Aloud Guide is comprised of questions and prompts for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and prompts for students with suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to these prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, and Individual Student Response. Prompts are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects.

Students like to talk and this novel study engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the prompts and activities in both the Discussion Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; works especially well with students whose first language is not English. The Literary Log for Wonder can be used by a whole class as well as small groups of students or individual students reading Wonder independently. Reproducible bookmarks can be used to discuss bookmark quotes, form groups, or simply keep students’ place in the novel.

ZIP File Contents: PDF and PowerPoint 2010 file
(PDF file includes Teacher Read-Aloud Guide, Student Literary Log, PowerPoint Outline, & Student Bookmarks. PowerPoint 2010 file includes Student Response Prompts.)

86 Customer Reviews for a rating of 4.0/4.0.

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This product includes:

  • Guidelines for Using the Read-Aloud Teacher Guide, PowerPoint, and Student Literary Log
  • 23 page Read-Aloud Teacher Guide that includes vocabulary, teacher suggestions, and prompts
  • 35 page Literary Log for prompts that indicate writing
  • 2 page (8 bookmarks) Reproducible student bookmarks
  • 33 page PowerPoint Outline
  • 162 Slide PowerPoint Presentation

Save Money! Get the Wonder Bundle! Discussion & Read-Aloud Guide and Unit Plan for Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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