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The Big Umbrella Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Big Umbrella will love this post. It includes tons of helpful information about the book and resource recommendations for teachers.

With themes of kindness and inclusivity, this The Big Umbrella picture book by Amy June Bates is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. You and your students will love it too!

Engage Your Students with The Big Umbrella Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

THE BIG UMBRELLA SUMMARY

The Big Umbrella is a simple, beautiful story about inclusion and being part of a community. It begins with an umbrella sitting next to a door. A child takes the umbrella for a walk on a rainy day and welcomes anyone who may need shelter. It did not matter if they were big, hairy, or had 4 legs. All are welcome under the big umbrella. After the town shares this safeguard, the sun comes out and everyone goes to play.

THE BIG UMBRELLA 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 The Big Umbrella, 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 The Big Umbrella reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing illustrations
  • ask and answer questions
  • main idea

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • inclusivity
  • kindness

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • adjectives
  • contractions
  • ellipses

THE BIG UMBRELLA 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
The Big Umbrella book companion
teacher reading aloud a picture book to her students

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The Big Umbrella book cover and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Big Umbrella?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD370L
  • Guided Reading Level: K
  • DRA Level: 16
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.1

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Amy June Bates. It was illustrated by Juniper Bates.

What genre is The Big Umbrella?

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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