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Red and Lulu Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Red and Lulu 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 Red and Lulu picture book by Matt Tavares 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 Red and Lulu Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

RED AND LULU SUMMARY

Red and Lulu tells the sweet story of two cardinals that live happily in an evergreen tree. One day, when Red is out in search of food, he returns to find the tree cut down and on the back of a moving truck. He frantically tries to follow the tree because Lulu is still in it, however he can’t keep up. Red does not give up and keeps flying in search of his friend. He arrives in a strange new place, New York City. He follows a familiar song and chirping to find Lulu in their tree in Rockefeller Center. The cardinals are amazed by the crowd of thousands admiring the tree and singing carols. Eventually, the two birds must find a new home in Central Park, but make it a tradition to visit their beloved evergreen each year.

This heartwarming story about the friendship between two birds is sure to be loved by all!

RED AND LULU 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 Red and Lulu, 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 Red and Lulu reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize/retell
  • visualizing
  • analyzing setting
  • analyzing illustrations
  • making connections
  • plot (problem-solution)

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

  • plural nouns
  • suffixes
  • adjectives
  • prepositions

RED AND LULU 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
two elementary students listening to an interactive read aloud
Red and Lulu activity

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Red and Lulu?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD610L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 30
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.1

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Matt Tavares. It was illustrated by Matt Tavares.

What genre is Red and Lulu?

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 40 pages long.

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