Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for As Cool As It Gets 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 emotions, this As Cool As It Gets picture book by Jory John 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!
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- Read a summary of As Cool As It Gets. You can find it in the section below.
- 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.
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AS COOL AS IT GETS SUMMARY
It’s the holiday season but the Cool Bean is not feeling very festive. His friends are getting together for their annual party and gift exchange and he chose Beanadette’s name. Beanadette is the coolest of the cool beans and the Cool Bean has no idea what to get her. He can’t get her something expensive or extravagant.
Eventually, the Cool Bean starts making a picture. It feels good to be creative and he is happy with how the picture for Beanadette came out. However, as it gets closer to the party, the Cool Bean starts to worry about Beanadettes reaction to his gift. At the party, all of the other gifts are extravagant things like electronics. The Cool Bean is feeling embarrassed about his homemade picture.
When Beanadette opens the present, the Cool Bean is surprised to hear she thinks it is a cool gift. In fact, all the other beans are impressed with the picture! The Cool Bean learns that a gift is a gift, whether it is homemade or purchased. He learned it feels good to make something for someone else and people feel special when you make something just for them.
Students will love this holiday story about the Cool Bean.
AS COOL AS IT GETS 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 As Cool As It Gets reading comprehension questions focus on:
- analyzing character
- identifying theme, message and moral
- making connections
- point of view
- summarizing / retelling
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- irregular verbs
- multiple meaning words
AS COOL AS IT GETS 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 As Cool As It Gets?
- Lexile® Measure: N/A
- Guided Reading Level: N/A
- DRA Level: N/A
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): N/A
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Jory John. It was illustrated by Pete Oswald.
What genre is As Cool As It Gets?
How many pages are in the book?
The story is 32 pages long.