David A. Adler
Lesson plans for Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man and other books

| Biography and Multiple Text Resources | | America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle | | The Babe and I | | Benjamin Franklin | | Cam Jansen | | Enemies of Slavery | | Frederick Douglass | | Harriet Tubman | | Helen Keller | | Lou Gehrig: the Luckiest Man | | Martin Luther King, Jr. | | Money Madness | | Sacajawea |

Biography and Multiple Text Resources

Biography of David A. Adler
Brief author biography.

David A. Adler
Biography at Wikipedia.

David A. Adler
A series of video interviews with Adler. He talks about writing and about his days as a classroom teacher.

David Adler
Flip through the pages to find a lesson plan for George Washington , Martin Luther King , America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle , and John Hancock . Each lesson emphasizes a different skill.

An Educator's Guide to the David A. Adler Picture Book Biographies
List of titles, calendar of birthdays, learning activities that will work with multiple titles, some cross-curricular. Vocabulary words for each book, printable handouts. Designed for K-3. 28 pages; Adobe Reader required.

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

The Babe and I

The Babe and I
Students practice reading and noting details. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin
Students identify contributions Franklin made. Includes printable handout.

Cam Jansen

Discussion Questions and Activity Suggestions for the Cam Jansen Series
"Super Sleuth" printable certificate, reading log, vocabulary, practice with codes, elements of a mystery, discussion questions, learning activities, Venn diagram, more. 16 pages; Adobe Reader required.

Enemies of Slavery

Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
Students read selections from Enemies of Slavery . They read about a specific person and then join a group of students who read about other people to learn about other biographies. Afterwards, students use the online Bio-Cube tool to record information about their assigned person and then display them in an Enemies of Slavery mobile.

A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass
Pre-reading activity, teacher model, guided practice, and independent practice activities, accommodations, assessments. Students create a timeline and a storyboard.

Communication: the Power to Free
This document has lesson plans for several books with a similar theme. Plans for Adler's Frederick Douglass are on p. 3 and 4. Students explore the power of various forms of communication. Designed for grades 4-6; Adobe Reader required.

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman
Before-, during-, and after-reading activities, vocabulary, list of related titles.

A Picture Book of Helen Keller

Helen Keller , Form an Opinion Based on Facts
Includes teacher modeling, guided practice, independent practice, printable worksheet.

Special Traits
Students use a KWL chart to reflect on Helen Keller's spirit of courage. Includes printable handouts. 7 pages; Adobe Reader required.

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man

Celebrating People with Disabilities through Stamps
Students explore respectful language, view stamps of famous people with disabilities, and research and design a stamp. Includes discussion questions and learning activities. Designed for upper elementary, middle school.

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
Writing task includes prompt, supporting activities, graphic organizers, model essay. 6 pages; word processor required for access.

Play Ball! Encouraging Critical Thinking Through Baseball Questions
Students begin by listening to a read-aloud of Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler and visiting websites containing baseball facts. Using the information they discover, students write questions to include in a Jeopardy game PowerPoint template. Playing the game with classmates enables students to share the facts they have discovered and creates a cooperative atmosphere in the classroom. Designed for grades 6-8.

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Vocabulary and a variety of learning activities to emphasize reading skills.

Money Madness

Money Madness
Lessons on the value of money and wants vs. needs. Includes printable handouts. Adobe Reader required for access.

A Picture Book of Sacajawea

Chronological Order
Students practice putting events from a person's life in chronological order. Teacher models using Let’s Read About . . . Rosa Parks . Students use A Picture Book of Sacajawea for guided and independent practice. Includes printable handout.



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