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Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao 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 themes of perseverance, this Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao picture book by Kat Zhang 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 Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao. 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 Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

AMY WU AND THE PERFECT BAO SUMMARY

Amy loves bao. She and her family gather together to make this special meal, but she has never been able to make the perfect bao. Amy’s dad, mom and grandma make perfect bao that is so delicious. Whenever Amy makes bao, it is too big, too small, or not the right amount of filling. This time, Amy is determined to make the perfect bao.

Everyone works together to make the meal. She helps her dad make the dough, knead it and cut it into pieces. Amy’s mom makes the filling for the bao and then it is time to assemble. It’s hard for Amy to know how much filling to put inside. She struggles to pin the dough closed. Everyone tries to help Amy but she is getting frustrated and fears she will never be able to make perfect bao!

Then Amy realizes the dough is cut for grown-up sized hands. She asks her grandmother to cut smaller pieces. Amy adds the filling and pinches the sides closed. It’s perfect! She does it again and again then it is time to put the bao in the steamer to cook.

When they are done cooking, it is time to eat. Amy’s bao is delicious, and perfect. She realizes that the imperfect bao tastes just as good too!

AMY WU AND THE PERFECT BAO LESSON PLAN IDEAS

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

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • identifying theme, message, moral
  • making connections
  • making predictions
  • sequencing
  • summarizing/retelling

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • perseverance

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • suffixes
  • apostrophe
  • antonyms
  • action verbs

AMY WU AND THE PERFECT BAO 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
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD490L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Kat Zhang. It was illustrated by Charlene Chua.

What genre is Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao?

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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