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Jabari Jumps Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Jabari Jumps 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 bravery and managing stress and anxiety, this Jabari Jumps picture book by Gaia Cornwall 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 Jabari Jumps Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

JABARI JUMPS SUMMARY

Jabari is at the pool with his father and sister. He has just finished swimming lessons and passed his swim test. Today is the day he will jump off the diving board for the first time and he is really excited. However, when he gets in line to climb the ladder, Jabari starts to feel nervous. He lets other kids go before him, takes a rest, remembers to do his stretches, and even decides tomorrow is a better day for jumping. 

Thankfully, his father is there to help. He explains that it is okay to be a little scared and explains it helps to take a deep breath and tell yourself you’re ready. Jabari starts to climb up the tall ladder once more and steps out onto the diving board. After a deep breath, he leaps into the air and falls down into the water. Everyone is happy when he emerges from the water and Jabari is ready to jump again. 

JABARI JUMPS 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 Jabari Jumps, 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 Jabari Jumps reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making inferences
  • visualizing
  • analyzing character
  • analyzing illustrations
  • making connections
  • plot | problem and solution

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • bravery
  • managing stress and anxiety

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • pronouns
  • synonyms
  • types of sentences
  • prepositions

JABARI JUMPS 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
Jabari Jumps book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Jabari Jumps?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD490L
  • Guided Reading Level: J
  • DRA Level: 20 – 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall.

What genre is Jabari Jumps?

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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