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We Are Water Protectors Activities and Lesson Plans

If you are an elementary teacher looking for lesson plans and activities for We Are Water Protectors, then you found the right place! This post includes resource recommendations, teaching ideas, and information about the book. It will help you plan your next interactive read aloud.

With an advocation theme, this We Are Water Protectors picture book by Carole Lindstrom is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. You and your students will love it too. You can add it to your list of fall books, books about Native Americans, and Earth Day storiesLearn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with We Are Water Protectors Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of We Are Water Protectors. 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 We Are Water Protectors reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS SUMMARY

Carol Lindstrom, the author of We Are Water Protectors, was inspired to write this story by numerous movements led by Indigenous people in North America. The purpose of the book is to inspire readers to protect the Earth. Specifically. this book addresses the need to protect water from oil pipelines.

The narrator of this book grew up learning the importance of water. The people in her village consider themselves Water Protectors and Stewards of the Earth. They feel it is their job to protect nature. They understand that everything on Earth is interconnected. As a result, they want to do what they can to protect it.

Her people had always shared stories about a black snake that would come to their land someday. It would make the water unsafe to drink. In the story, the black snake is coming to the narrator’s village. She must help to protect their water from it. The black snake represents oil pipelines.

This book is filled with figurative language. It teaches students the importance of taking care of our planet.

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS 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 We Are Water Protectors, 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 We Are Water Protectors reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize / retell
  • analyzing illustrations
  • author’s purpose
  • figurative language 
  • identifying theme | message | moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • advocation

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • plural nouns 
  • pronouns 
  • possessive nouns 
  • antonyms

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS 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
We are Water Protectors book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for We Are Water Protectors?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD510L
  • Guided Reading Level: O
  • DRA Level: 34
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 1.9

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Carole Lindstrom. It was illustrated by Michaela Goade.

What genre is We Are Water Protectors?

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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