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Rulers of the Playground Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Rulers of the Playground will love this post. It includes tons of information about the book that is helpful when you are planning your read aloud lesson. For example, it includes the book summary, reading levels, and length of the book. This will help you determine if this book is right for your class.

With themes of conflict resolution and apologizing this Rulers of the Playground picture book by Joseph Kuefler is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too!

Engage Your Students with Rulers of the Playground Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

RULERS OF THE PLAYGROUND SUMMARY

The story Rulers of the Playground is about a boy named Jonah who decides he wants to rule the playground and be king. He claims the slides as his territory and the other kids pinky promise to obey him. Another girl, Lennox, realizes that she also wants to rule the playground and claims the swings as her territory and makes the other kids promise to obey her. 

Now Jonah and Lennox are king and queen and they each want to be in charge of more and more areas until the whole playground is taken over and no one wants to play with them. 

Jonah and Lennox decide that it isn’t fun to rule and they apologize to the kids and stop being king and queen. Now everyone can play on the playground together. 

RULERS OF THE PLAYGROUND 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 Rulers of the Playground, 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 Rulers of the Playground reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing illustrations
  • summarize/retell 
  • analyzing character 
  • author’s purpose 

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • conflict resolution
  • apologizing

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • common and proper nouns
  • pronouns
  • quotation marks

RULERS OF THE PLAYGROUND 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
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Rulers of the Playground?

  • Lexile® Measure: 400-425 
  • Guided Reading Level: J
  • DRA Level: 18-20
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.2-2.3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Joseph Kuefler.

What genre is Rulers of the Playground?

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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