Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Sparky 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 trust and honesty, this Sparky picture book by Jenny Offill 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 Sparky Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:
- Read a summary of Sparky. You can find it in the section below.
- 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.
- Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Sparky reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.
Sparky is a book about a young girl who wants a pet, but her mother keeps telling her no. She is willing to get any pet, that is how much she wants one. Finally, her mother promises she can get a pet if it doesn’t need to be walked, bathed or fed. Determined, the young girl goes to the library to research the perfect pet and discovers the sloth. This animal is very lazy and eats the leaves off trees.
Soon enough, her sloth is delivered and she names it Sparky. Quickly, she learns Sparky is very lazy when he loses every game they play. The girl feels discouraged when a classmate says Sparky isn’t a good pet because he can’t do tricks. The girl decides to hold a Sloth Extravaganza and tries to teach Sparky tricks. The show does not go as she hoped, the only trick Sparky can do is play dead. At the end of the story, the girl learns to appreciate Sparky for who he is and enjoy his company.
SPARKY LESSON PLAN IDEAS
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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
The text-based Sparky reading comprehension questions focus on:
- making inferences,
- analyzing character
- making connections
- ask and answer questions
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- base words
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 Sparky?
- Lexile® Measure: AD520L
- Guided Reading Level: N
- DRA Level: 24-28
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7-2.9
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Jenny Offill. It was illustrated by Chris Appelhans.
What genre is Sparky ?
How many pages are in the book?
The story is 40 pages long.