I used picture books often in my third and fourth grade classrooms to introduce ideas, teach reading skills and reinforce science or social studies concepts.
Here are some of my favorites with a link to a full lesson plan if you are interested.
A guided science and reading lesson to teach regular and irregular verbs using Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch.
A guided reading lesson on sharing for preschool through first grade using Bob and Flo by Rebecca Ashdown.
A great back-to-school mini-unit that helps reinforce positive character traits, helps you get to know your students and give you a preview of their language arts level. It uses three picture books about monsters, includes activities and printable worksheets and is sure to engage even the reluctant child not ready to come back to school.
A reading lesson about all the uses of water, categorized by state of matter, and focusing on -er/-or suffix and focusing on common core literacy standards for k-2 that uses the book Water Can Be…by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Violeta Dabija.
A lesson to help students with problem solving using A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Laura Rankin.
A lesson to teach point of view using RAIN! by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Christian Robinson.
A guided reading lesson using Maple by Lori Nichols.
A lesson using city dog, country dog by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon Muth.
For Older Elementary
A FREE lesson plan to use with my book Milkweed Matters: A Close Look at the Life Cycles within a Food Chain.
A reading and writing lesson plan for grades 3-5 that uses The Bear Report by Thyra Heder.
A reading lesson plan for teaching inferences with The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small.
Writing lesson plan using A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg and illustrated by Colin Bootman.
Guided reading and writing lesson using Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and Illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
Reading in Science Lesson Plan using Over in a River Flowing out to Sea by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jill Dubin.
Make and Confirm Predictions using Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig .
Making Connections using Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoben.
Main Idea and Details using The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg.
How to get Writing Ideas using Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Slotter.
My Schoolyard ABC Book is an ABC book I wrote for early elementary students with a focus on backyard nature. It includes a short rhyme with space to practice handwriting of each letter and to draw a picture.