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Lou Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Lou 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 individuality and kindness, this Lou picture book by Breanna Carzoo 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 Lou Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

LOU SUMMARY

This story is about a fire hydrant named Lou who struggles with his role in the world. He thinks of himself as a toilet because dogs always go to the bathroom on him. He knows that he is useful and wishes to do something more. One day there is a fire and the firefighters use him to put the fire out. Lou believes in himself and knows his role is important. Now he believes he is a superhero!

LOU 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 Lou, 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 Lou reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • compare and contrast
  • summarizing
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • individuality
  • kindness

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • action verbs
  • contractions
  • types of sentences

LOU 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
Lou book companion
six students sitting on the rug listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Lou?

  • 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 and illustrated by Breanna Carzoo.

What genre is Lou?

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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