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Bob, Not Bob Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Bob, Not Bob 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 compassion, this Bob, Not Bob picture book by Audrey Vernick and Liz Garton Scanlon 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 Bob, Not Bob Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Bob, Not Bob. 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 Bob, Not Bob reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

BOB, NOT BOB SUMMARY

Little Louie is sick with a terrible cold! His ears are blocked, his nose is stuffed, and he is hot and sweaty. Louie does not want to color, watch tv or shoot baskets. All he wants is his mother. Whenever he calls for his mom, his dog Bob comes running. That’s because Louie sounds different when his nose is stuffy. Everyone is having a hard time understanding and Louie, mom and Bob keep getting mixed up.

Eventually, mom comes into Louie’s room and crawls into bed with him. The two spend the rest of the day sleeping. When Louie starts to feel better, he is able to play with Bob again and can speak regularly. However, he hears Mom start to sneeze. Students will laugh out loud as they listen to this book that should be read as though you have a cold.

BOB, NOT BOB 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 Bob, Not Bob, 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 Bob, Not Bob reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making inferences
  • analyzing illustrations
  • plot (problem and solution)
  • ask and answer questions
  • cause and effect
  • author’s purpose
  • making connections

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • compassion

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • prefixes
  • suffixes
  • adverbs
  • hyphen

BOB, NOT BOB 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
Bob, Not Bob book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Bob, Not Bob?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD500L
  • 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 Audrey Vernick and Liz Garton Scanlon. It was illustrated by Matthew Cordell.

What genre is Bob, Not Bob?

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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