Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Straw 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 impulse control and mindfulness, this Straw picture book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 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 Straw Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:
- Read a summary of Straw. 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 Straw reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.
Straw had a thirst for being first. Straw wanted to be the first to do everything, and whenever he was drinking something, he needed to be the first to finish. One day, Straw runs into a big problem with doing this quickly. He gets a big brain freeze when trying to drink a frozen drink too quickly.
One of Straw’s glassmates teaches him the importance of slowing down and smelling the milkshake. Straw learns how to be mindful and and pay attention to all the great things happening around him. He learns that being first is not what is the most important.
STRAW 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 Straw reading comprehension questions focus on:
- analyzing character
- identify theme, message, moral
- making connections
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
- impulse control
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- multiple meaning 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 Straw?
- Lexile® Measure: N/A
- Guided Reading Level: N/A
- DRA Level: N/A
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): N/A
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. It was illustrated by Scott Magoon.
What genre is Straw ?
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.