I love teachers! (And not just because I used to be one.)
This is the page for teacher guides and resources for homeschooling parents as well as librarians and other educators. Most of the resources directly correspond to my books, with content in literacy, science, math, art, and social studies.
Scroll down to see linked and downloadable worksheets, activity guides, questions, and related projects listed next to each of my books. And…lots more resources coming soon!
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Teacher Resources for One Plastic Bag
Many of the resources for One Plastic Bag are available on the oneplasticbag.com site (click “Worksheets & Guides for Teachers”). These resources include a powerpoint about the Gambia, worksheets on the Wolof language and counting/math, a word search, a recycled jump rope activity, videos and photos, and more. The resources are mostly geared for students in grades 1-5.
NEW! – Quizlet PDF vocabulary sheet of definitions for 21 words that younger students may need help with in order to read One Plastic Bag.
- The Classroom Bookshelf – Lessons on written responses, visual narratives, finding rhymes, the hydrologic cycle, drama, and more are available for grades PreK-5.
- Sally’s Bookshelf – Questions and Water Mapping activity for kids / STEM Friday
- USGS Water Cycle for Schools – Images, data, files for printing and an interactive water cycle diagram. Available in more than 20 languages!
- Water is Water Song & Motions Guide – Get your students moving around just like water with this song and video from Emily Arrow, produced by Nick Goldston.
- Quizlet PDF Vocabulary Guide – This resource provides age-appropriate definitions and corresponding pictures of 18 words used in the text of Water is Water.
Teacher Resources for Whose Hands Are These?
- Word work and vocabulary building, analyzing, writing, speaking and a mapmaking activity suggestions from the wonderful Beth Anderson. (PreK – Grade 2)
- What Could Your Hands Do? A worksheet that encourages young learners to trace their hand and write all of the ways they could help others, or the careers and occupations they might have one day when they become a grown-up community helper! (Grades PreK-2).
- Write Your Own Riddle – a worksheet to guide students into writing their own riddle poem in the style of the book! (Grades 2-5).
- Quizlet Vocabulary PDF Sheet – This resource provides age-appropriate definitions and corresponding pictures of 18 words used within the riddles of Whose Hands Are These?
Teacher Resources for Trainbots
Foodbot activity guide – make sweet or healthy edible robots. Skills: creativity, gross and fine motor skills. Great for homeschool parents, teachers, and day care providers. Photos and guide posted on Penny Klosterman’s blog.
Trainbots Extension Activity Packet (NEW!) – with vocabulary suggestions, design activities (with inquiry-based learning according to the engineering design process), presentation projects, and a writing guide. Can be used for a variety of grades/levels.
Trainbots Vocabulary Quizlet – Trainbots has a lot of BIG words for little listeners! Use this multi-sensory resource at Quizlet.com to interact with 16 vocabulary words from the book Trainbots. Students in grades 2-4 should be able to use independently, students in grades PreK-1 will likely need guidance or additional help using this platform.
Teacher Resources for Blobfish Throws A Party (NEW!)
Blobfish Coloring Sheet – color the heroic main character however you wish! (All ages)
Fluffy slime recipe – make a batch of blobby slime that’s a similar color and texture to a real blobfish out of water! (Ages 5+ or with adult supervision)
Blobfish Video – This SciShow Kids episode explains why the blobfish’s blobby shape actually helps it survive! Learn more about the “World’s Ugliest Animal” in this kid-friendly 3-minute video.
Blobfish Quizlet Vocabulary PDF – This resource provides age-appropriate definitions and corresponding pictures of 12 words used in Blobfish Throws a Party.
Are We Pears Yet? The Script – perform the book as a stage play with your students! This interactive resource is flexible and provides information on characters, props, and a script. This play which introduces concepts such as plant growth cycles, photosynthesis, and more, can be performed in a small or large group setting. Ages 5-12+ / Grades K-6.
Make Your Own Pear Sauce + Pear Investigation Activities – this easy recipe and teacher extension activities to complete while waiting for it to cook or cool provide a delicious way to learn about fruits. Remember that cooking on a stove is an activity that should be supervised and assisted by an adult. Ages 3+.
Growth Cycles Word Search – A fun word search activity to introduce or reinforce vocabulary acquisition for units on plant growth from seed to tree, growth and life cycles, or fruit trees. Vocabulary includes words such as sun, seed, soil, rain, grow, patience and more. Recommended for ages 5-8 / Grades K-3.
Research & Create-a-Pasta Recipe Activity – This extension activity packet is a guide for teachers, library media specialists, caregivers, or parents. It outlines an activity through which children can create their own gourmet dish! With the popularity of cooking shows, you can engage young chefs while teaching them how to research and present their materials in the process of documenting the recipe for their new creation. Can be adapted for grades K-6.
The Great Pasta Escape Extension Activity Packet – Includes a character “compare and contrast” activity, verb hunt and answer key, Class Book idea, inflectional ending hunt, and a brainstorm activity in which students rewrite the ending of the story. This teacher resource is adaptable for educators with students in grades K-4.
The Great Pasta Escape – The Script! – This Reader’s Theater activity turns the book into a play that can be acted out by a classroom of 14-30 kids. Get your group working together as they perform this story all about — you guessed it! — working together! Geared for grades 2-5.
Great Pasta Escape Quizlet Vocabulary PDF – This resource provides age-appropriate definitions and corresponding pictures of 20 words used in the story The Great Pasta Escape.
10 Little Ninjas Extension Activity Packet – This resources for parents, day care providers, or teachers will help guide discussion and lead imaginative play related to the book 10 Little Ninjas. Designed for grades PreK through grade 1.
NEW – 10 Little Ninjas is coming to a sturdy, board book version in June 2018! Great for lots of use by the littlest listeners.
School Visits with author Miranda Paul
Whenever I visit schools, conferences, or book festivals I try to customize my presentation to maximize both the fun and learning elements. I have an informative presentation for teachers on Using Picture Books for Older Readers (linked to Common Core State Standards) and an interactive program for kids about the Gambia, folk tales, and making a difference in our world through books and beyond. Feel free to check out my school visits page for info.