Friday, September 7, 2018

Underdogs in the Classroom!

Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs has now spent 6 days in the world, and so far, it’s been getting terrific feedback from kids and adults.

Because the book can enhance science lessons and also works well as a gentle lead in for discussions about accepting others and celebrating differences, it’s a great addition to elementary classrooms.
To make it even more useful, I’ve created four different educational resources full of teaching ideas. I hope you’ll check them out.

There’s a read aloud guide that’s perfect for #classroombookaday. It includes questions to guide reading and activities students can do to reinforce the science and character building content.

There’s a teacher’s guide with science activities that support NGSS as well as a range of fun ELA and art activities.

There’s a readers theater script that students will love practicing and performing. It includes 21 roles at a range of reading levels, so every student can successfully participate. Readers theater is a powerful ELA activity because it gives students an authentic reason to practice reading the same text over and over.

And finally, there’s a groovy mega map that shows where the animals in the book live and provides some vital stats about each creature. Kids will love poring over it and sharing the info with friends.


  1. What a great map, Melissa! Teachers are going to love all of these guides!! Congrats!

  2. I just discovered this, Melissa! What a treasure trove! We’ll be practicing the Reader’s Theatre soon! Thank you so much for the fantastic resources for the classroom and/or library!