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The Jelly Donut Difference Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Jelly Donut Difference 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 kindness, this The Jelly Donut Difference picture book by Maria Dismondy 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 The Jelly Donut Difference Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of The Jelly Donut Difference. You can find it in the section below.
  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 Jelly Donut Difference reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE JELLY DONUT DIFFERENCE SUMMARY

Dexter and Leah are twins that are constantly arguing. They both want to be first and will grab and yank things from each other. When their parents are preparing to have guests over for dinner, they realize they are out of eggs. The twins’ parents send them over to their neighbor, Ms. Marvis’s house, for eggs. While at her house the twins realize how quiet her house is and think she must be lonely. They decide to invite Ms. Marvis over for dinner.

While at dinner, Ms. Marvis tells everyone stories about her family tradition on making jelly donuts. The next day, the twins decide to make donuts and leave a bag at Ms. Marvis’s house. They also create a family of snowmen outside her house. Ms. Marvis is so appreciative of the twins kindness that she writes them a thank you note. The twins are happy that they have a family and learned new traditions from their neighbor.

THE JELLY DONUT DIFFERENCE 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 The Jelly Donut Difference reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize/retell
  • making predictions
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect
  • identifying theme, message, and moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • kindness

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • possessive nouns
  • base words
  • multiple meaning words
  • adverbs

THE JELLY DONUT DIFFERENCE 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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The Jelly Donut Difference

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Jelly Donut Difference?

  • Lexile® Measure: 830L
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • DRA Level: 44
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 5.2-5.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Maria Dismondy. It was illustrated by P.S. Brooks.

What genre is The Jelly Donut Difference ?

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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