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Mother Bruce Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Mother Bruce 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 problem solving and conflict resolution, this Mother Bruce picture book by Ryan Higgins 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 Mother Bruce Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

MOTHER BRUCE SUMMARY

The story Mother Bruce is a about a grumpy bear who lives alone in the woods. Bruce is a picky eater, so he does NOT like anything except eggs.

 

One day, as he is trying out a new recipe, his breakfast suddenly hatches. Bruce becomes the victim of mistaken identity. Now he must figure out what to do with the tiny goslings that call him “Mama”.

MOTHER BRUCE LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide. This makes lesson planning quick and easy. They also come with 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 Mother Bruce, 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 Mother Bruce reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • making inferences
  • summarizing and retelling
  • analyzing character
  • plot | problem and solution

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • problem solving
  • conflict resolution

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • ellipses
  • capitalization
  • commas
  • types of sentences

MOTHER BRUCE 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
elementary students pointing at the pictures of a book being read aloud

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Mother Bruce worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Mother Bruce?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD500L
  • Guided Reading Level: M – N
  • DRA Level: 20 – 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.6 – 2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Ryan Higgins.

What genre is Mother Bruce?

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 48 pages long.

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