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Memoirs of an Elf Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Memoirs of an Elf 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 advocation and problem solving, this Memoirs of an Elf picture book by Devin Scillian 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 Memoirs of an Elf Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

MEMOIRS OF AN ELF SUMMARY

Memoirs of an Elf is told from the point of view of one of Santa’s elves. It is Christmas Eve and Santa and the elves are getting ready to go deliver presents. It’s the elves jobs to keep Santa on schedule. Santa tends to get a little distracted by all the cookies, dogs and toys. Despite running behind schedule in the beginning, Santa and the elves deliver all the toys in time and head back to the North Pole to celebrate.

As the elves unload the sleigh, they discover that something was left in Santa’s bag. It was Tugboat, someone’s dog! The group must figure out how to get Tugboat back to his family without being seen during the day. Eventually, Santa and the elves return Tugboat to his family and save Christmas!

MEMOIRS OF AN ELF 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 Memoirs of an Elf, 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 Memoirs of an Elf reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • analyzing character
  • point of view
  • analyzing illustrations
  • plot (problem and solution)
  • asking and answering questions
  • cause and effect
  • figurative language

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • advocation
  • problem solving

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • contractions
  • homophones
  • adverbs
  • prepositions

MEMOIRS OF AN ELF 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
Memoirs of an Elf activity
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Memoirs of an Elf?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD600L
  • Guided Reading Level: M
  • DRA Level: 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Devin Scillian. It was illustrated by Tim Bowers .

What genre is Memoirs of an Elf?

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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