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The Little Red Fort Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Little Red Fort will love this post. It includes tons of helpful teaching ideas and resource recommendations that will make planning your next interactive read aloud quick and easy!

With themes of teasing, forgiveness, and goal setting, this The Little Red Fort picture book by Brenda Maier is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will become one of your favorites too!

Engage Your Students with The Little Red Fort Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

THE LITTLE RED FORT SUMMARY

Inspired by the classic folktale The Little Red Hen, this story is about the determination of a girl named Ruby. Ruby found spare boards and wanted to build a fort. Each step, she asked for help from her brothers. However, they repeatedly said they were too busy and could not assist her. They even made fun of her saying she could not draw plans, gather materials, cut the boards, or hammer the nails!

 

After late nights and hard work, Ruby finally created her very own fort. She proved all of her brothers wrong! When it was done, the boys wanted to play. Ruby reminded them that they were too busy to help build, and that they teased her, so she was going to play all by herself. With a little help and creativity, the boys showed their support and the story ended with a fort-warming party where all were invited.

 

This beautiful, rhythmic story shows the importance of creativity and resiliency, as well as teasing and forgiveness. Join Ruby on her journey to create her own fort!

THE LITTLE RED FORT 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 Little Red Fort, 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 Little Red Fort reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing character
  • analyzing illustrations
  • rhyme, rhythm, and repetition
  • identifying message or moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • forgiveness
  • goal setting
  • teasing

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • apostrophe
  • quotation mark
  • bold print

THE LITTLE RED FORT 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 Little Red Fort book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Little Red Fort?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD470L
  • Guided Reading Level: L
  • DRA Level: 20 – 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.6

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Brenda Maier. It was illustrated by Sonia Sanchez.

What genre is The Little Red Fort?

It is a Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Fables 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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