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Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

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

With themes of honesty and best effort, this Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish picture book by Julia Donaldson is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. You and your students are going to love it too!

Engage Your Students with Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish.
  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 Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

TIDDLER: THE STORY TELLING FISH SUMMARY

Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish is about a small grey fish named Tiddler who has a big imagination. He uses his imagination to think of big made up stories to tell other fish. Tiddler is consistently late to school and when he gets to school he tells a tall tale about why he was late. The other fish say that he is just telling stories and they don’t believe him. 

 

One day, Tiddler is distracted and thinking about the next story he will tell when he gets caught in a big fishermen’s net. The fishermen throw him back into the sea because he is so tiny, but he is lost and surprised by the strange fish around him. Tiddler hears fish telling one of his stories, and follows the story back to its source to find his way home. 

TIDDLER: THE STORY TELLING FISH 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 Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish, 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 Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing character
  • sequencing
  • plot | problem-solution

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • honesty
  • best effort

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • proper nouns
  • contractions
  • quotation marks

TIDDLER: THE STORY TELLING FISH 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
Tiddler book companion
elementary teacher reading aloud a picture book to her students

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Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish book cover and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish?

  • Lexile® Measure: 400-425
  • Guided Reading Level: J-K
  • DRA Level: 18-20
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.2-2.3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Julia Donaldson.

What genre is Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish?

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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