Worksheets for Online Reading

Are you looking for online reading lessons to share with your learning community? If so, I am creating worksheets for books available online. My hope is that the worksheets will help remote learners respond to literature. This is a work-in-progress. I’ll keep adding to the list of five I have so far. Below is a description of three online read-alouds and the worksheets that go with them.

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

Author Natascha Biebow reads her beautiful book, The Crayon Man, on KidLit TV. Readers will notice the process Edwin Binney went through to invent the Crayola Crayon. The worksheet invites readers to think about what it takes to create something useful.

Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings

Learners are going to love watching astronaut Joseph Acaba read Notable Notebooks from the International Space Station. The book, by Jessica Fries-Gaither and Linda Olliver, describes notebooks from famous scientists. Readers will see how scientists notice, wonder, and record their thinking. After reading the book, learners will write what they are curious about and make a plan of how to find answers to their questions. The worksheet for this activity is on Library Lessons.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Here’s another great video from KidLitTV. Rocco Staino reads Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. Viewers will see Toni Sarg refine his puppets so they are perfect for a parade. The worksheet, from the book Library Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades, will ask learners to think about what it takes to put on a parade. ALA Editions gave us permission to share the worksheet for you to use with your learning community. You can download the worksheet on Library Lessons.

Online Reading Lists

So many of you are recommending resources with read-alouds. I am so thankful for the lists you share. Take a look at these great resources:

If you find a read-aloud that you wish had a worksheet, please add the link in the comment box below and I’ll see if I can create something. You can also join our Facebook Group, Lessons Inspired by Picture Books to join the conversation about teaching with compelling books.


Author: Maureen Schlosser

Author: Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades and Social and Emotional Learning for Picture Book Readers published by ALA Editions
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