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Bone Soup Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Bone Soup 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, gratitude and teamwork, this Bone Soup picture book by Cambria Evans 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 Bone Soup Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Bone Soup. 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 Bone Soup reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

BONE SOUP SUMMARY

It is the time of year for the feast of all feasts! Finnigin is nothing more than skin and bone. Everywhere he goes, he brings his eating stool, spoon, and his ravenous eating mouth! In passing, he asks a witch where the Halloween Feast is. She took one look at him and flew away without a reply.

Back in her town, she told all the creatures that Finnigin was coming. They hid all their food! Bat wings to cellars and eyeballs booby-trapped in glasses- they must protect their goods from Finnigin! Once he arrived, everyone shooed him away. That is, until he gathered wood, a big cauldron, and placed his magical bone inside. All the creatures came out, wanting to see what this bone soup was all about. As he swirled the soup, the creatures ended up giving him all of their resources. Once it was done, the whole town had a feast together! Finnigin was pleased and the townspeople were full!

BONE SOUP 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 Bone Soup, 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 Bone Soup reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing character
  • making inferences
  • retell

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • emotions
  • gratitude
  • teamwork

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • synonyms
  • dependent clauses
  • speech bubbles

BONE SOUP 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
Bone Soup 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 Bone Soup?

  • 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 Cambria Evans. It was illustrated by Cambria Evans.

What genre is Bone Soup?

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 32 pages long.

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