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The Golden Acorn Activities and Lesson Plans

If you are an elementary teacher looking for lesson plans and activities for The Golden Acorn, then you found the right place! It includes a book summary, teaching ideas, resource recommendations, and more!

With themes of teamwork, sportsmanship, and goal setting, this The Golden Acorn picture book by Katy Hudson is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too!

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

THE GOLDEN ACORN SUMMARY

WHOOSH! There goes Squirrel, running fast through the treetops. She is training for the Golden Acorn Hunt, a prized race she has won before- eight times in fact. But, this year is different. This year, she must be part of a team to enter. She reluctantly joins the race with her animal friends, but when they slow her down, she takes off. 

 

High above the branches, she finds the beloved Golden Acorn. Eventually, she realizes that it is lonely, and too heavy, to work without friends. She quickly goes and finds her companions and, although they did not win the race, they won in friendship. Join Squirrel and her animal friends on this adventure in teamwork and sportsmanship!

THE GOLDEN ACORN 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.

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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based The Golden Acorn reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retell
  • analyzing illustrations
  • author’s purpose
  • ask and answer questions

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • teamwork
  • sportsmanship
  • goal setting

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY 

  • punctuation
  • action verbs
  • positional words

THE GOLDEN ACORN 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 Golden Acorn book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Golden Acorn?

  • Lexile® Measure: 590L
  • Guided Reading Level: L
  • DRA Level: 24-28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7-2.9

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Katy Hudson.

What genre is The Golden Acorn?

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 32 pages long.

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