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A Letter To My Teacher Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for A Letter To My Teacher will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With a theme of patience, this A Letter To My Teacher picture book by Deborah Hopkinson is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with A Letter To My Teacher Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of A Letter To My Teacher. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with A Letter To My Teacher reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

A LETTER TO MY TEACHER SUMMARY

A woman about to start her first job is writing a letter to her second grade teacher. She was the student that showed up on the first day grouchy and soaking wet. The girl did not like school because she had to sit still and was not good at reading or writing. Second grade was the girl’s favorite year in school thanks to her teacher. The teacher always gave her extra help and made learning fun for the students by planting a class garden. Even when the girl shouted out, made mistakes, and got into trouble, the teacher showed her kindness and care.

 

The story is told through the letter the woman is writing to her teacher, sharing all of her memories. At the end, the reader learns that the girl is about to start her first day as a teacher, inspired by her own second grade teacher. 

A LETTER TO MY TEACHER LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for A Letter To My Teacher, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based A Letter To My Teacher reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making inferences
  • analyzing character
  • point of view
  • analyzing illustrations
  • identifying the main idea

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • patience

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • action verbs
  • abstract nouns
  • contractions
  • time order words

A LETTER TO MY TEACHER ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
A Letter to my Teacher book companion
elementary teacher reading aloud a picture book to a small group of students

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for A Letter To My Teacher?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD620L
  • Guided Reading Level: O
  • DRA Level: 30 – 34
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.3 – 3.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Deborah Hopkinson. It was illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.

What genre is A Letter To My Teacher?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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