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Leo the Late Bloomer Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Leo the Late Bloomer will love this post. It includes resource recommendations and helpful information about the book.

With themes of self-esteem and patience, this Leo and the Late Bloomer picture book by Robert Kraus is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in yours too!

Engage Your Students with Leo the Late Bloomer Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Leo the Late Bloomer.
  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 Leo the Late Bloomer reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

LEO THE LATE BLOOMER SUMMARY

Leo the Lion cannot yet read, draw, or write. He cannot eat neatly and he cannot speak. As his friends around him show signs of blooming, his dad begins to worry. His mom shares that they need to be patient, as Leo is a late bloomer.

Then, one day, while no one was watching, Leo bloomed! He could read, write, and draw. He could eat neatly and speak sentences.

Join Leo and his family on a story that reminds us that everyone develops in their own time! 

LEO THE LATE BLOOMER 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 Leo the Late Bloomer, 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 Leo the Late Bloomer reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retell
  • analyzing characters
  • making connections
  • figurative language

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • self-esteem
  • patience

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • contractions
  • subject/predicate
  • quotation marks

LEO THE LATE BLOOMER 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
Leo the Late Bloomer book companion
elementary students sitting on rug spots listening to a picture book being read aloud

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Leo the Late Bloomer book cover and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Leo the Late Bloomer?

  • Lexile® Measure: 360L
  • Guided Reading Level: I
  • DRA Level: 16
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Robert Kraus. It was illustrated by Jose Aruego.

What genre is Leo the Late Bloomer?

It is a classics 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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