Calling all elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Scarecrow! You will love this post! It includes tons of teaching ideas, resource recommendations, and information about the book. You will have the tools and information you need to deliver excellent, standards-based interactive read aloud lessons!
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 too! Learn more about it below!
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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
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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:
- figurative language
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
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
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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?
How many pages are in the book?
The story is 40 pages long.