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The Proudest Blue Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Proudest Blue 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 self-esteem and bullying, this The Proudest Blue picture book by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S. K. Ali 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 Proudest Blue Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

THE PROUDEST BLUE SUMMARY

Faizah is very excited for the first day of school because her sister, Asiya, is wearing a hijab to school for the first time. The hijab is a beautiful shade of blue and Faizah is so excited for her sister. However, when a girl in her class questions what is on her sister’s head, Faizah begins to worry about her sister. A boy in Asiya’s class makes mean comments to her throughout the school day. Faizah can’t understand why he acts that way, she thinks the hijab is beautiful and a sign of strength. Faizah learns that Asiya is not upset by the boy in her class, she continues to wear her hijab with pride.

This is an inspiring story that exposes children to cultural differences. Students will love the descriptive writing and figurative language used to describe the hijab’s beauty.

THE PROUDEST BLUE 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 Proudest Blue, 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 Proudest Blue reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making inferences
  • analyzing illustrations
  • analyzing character
  • cause and effect
  • author’s purpose
  • figurative language
  • identifying theme, message and moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • self-esteem
  • bullying

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • contractions
  • suffixes
  • pronouns
  • homophones

THE PROUDEST BLUE 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 Proudest Blue
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Proudest Blue?

  • Lexile® Measure: 500L
  • Guided Reading Level: M-N
  • DRA Level: 20-24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.6-2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S. K. Ali. It was illustrated by Hatem Aly.

What genre is The Proudest Blue ?

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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