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Mae Among the Stars Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Mae Among the Stars will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, teaching ideas, and information about the book. All of this will save you lots of time planning your next read aloud lesson!

With themes of goal setting and perseverance, this Mae Among the Stars picture book by Roda Ahmed is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. You and your students are sure to love it too!

Engage Your Students with Mae Among the Stars Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

MAE AMONG THE STARS SUMMARY

The story Mae Among the Stars is about a girl named Mae who dreams of being an astronaut when she grows up. She reads books and researches how to become an astronaut and has a dream that she is floating in space looking at Earth. 

 

Mae’s parents tell her that if she dreams, believes, and works really hard, anything is possible. When Mae goes to school and shares what she wants to be when she grows up, the other children laugh at her and her teacher suggests she does something else. This disappoints Mae but her mom reminds her that all that matters is that she dreams big and works hard. 

 

At the end of the story, we learn that Mae reached her dream of becoming an astronaut.

MAE AMONG THE STARS 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 Mae Among the Stars, 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 Mae Among the Stars reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing character 
  • author’s purpose 
  • making connections 
  • identifying theme, message and moral 

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • goal setting
  • perseverance

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • common and proper nouns
  • quotation marks

MAE AMONG THE STARS 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
Mae Among the Stars book companion
elementary students pointing at the pictures of a book being read aloud

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Mae Among the Stars?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD580L
  • Guided Reading Level: K
  • DRA Level: 16
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Roda Ahmed. It was illustrated by Stasia Burrington.

What genre is Mae Among the Stars?

It is a fiction book, but is based on a real person named Dr. Mae Jemison. She was the first African American female astronaut. If you want to learn more about genre, then check out our genre activities and 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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