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The Scarecrow Activities and Lesson Plans

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Scarecrow will love this post. It includes teaching ideas, resource recommendations, and information about the book.

With themes of friendship, compassion, and bullying, this The Scarecrow picture book by Beth Ferry is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your favorite fall books for kids!

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

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

THE SCARECROW SUMMARY

The Scarecrow sits on the farm day in, and day out, protecting crops. This life can get very lonely, as the animals know not to mess with the Scarecrow.

 

One day, a baby crow falls out of the air. The Scarecrow picks him up and keeps him warm in his chest. They create a bond until it is time for the crow to fly away. While the crow leaves, the Scarecrow is painted with heartache and loneliness. That is, until the crow returns for good to create a home in Scarecrow’s hay.

 

This beautifully written story shares lessons in poetry, visualization, and compassion. Join readers in a quest to see the power of friendship and the joys that come with helping others.

THE SCARECROW 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 Scarecrow, 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 Scarecrow reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retell
  • figurative language
  • visualizing

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • friendship
  • compassion
  • loneliness 

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • subject-predicate
  • verbs
  • contractions

THE SCARECROW 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
class of students listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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The Scarecrow book cover and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Scarecrow?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD490L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7 

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Beth Ferry. It was illustrated by Eric Fan.

What genre is The Scarecrow?

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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