Robert McCloskey
Lesson plans for Make Way for Ducklings and other books

Blueberries for Sal
Summary and 5 activities.

Blueberries for Sal
Printable manipulatives with emphasis on counting and on mother animals and their young. Adobe Reader required for access.

Blueberries for Sal Video Discussion Guide
Before- and after-reading activities with emphasis on parent-child relationships, differences between child and adult behavior, and the importance of following safety rules.

Homer Price
After enjoying chapter 3 from McCloskey's classic chapter book, Homer Price , students will work together to expand upon McCloskey's description of how the donut-making machine works. Focusing on a variety of transitions, students will build a class paragraph that shows even more details than the original book. Then, inspired by the class paragraph, individuals or pairs of students will create an original description of food moving through an imaginary machine they dream up. This lesson focuses on sentence fluency and organization.

Ducklings vs. Stairs
In this YouTube video (2:31), a mother duck looks on while twelve of her adorable ducklings attempt to overcome what is to them a very large obstacle, the stairs. Will they make it? Watch and find out! Great companion piece for Make Way for Ducklings !

Make Way for Ducklings
Download the PDF to find social studies and science information; vocabulary; suggestions for learning activities with capitalization, rhyme, and alphabetical order; arithmetic; practice reading a calendar; printable manipulatives to support these activities. 23 pages; Adobe Reader required.

Make Way for Ducklings
The students will listen to the teacher read the text aloud in its entirety. Students will then, with teacher guidance, revisit chunks of the text to clarify meaning. The lesson focuses on Key Ideas, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas with both fiction and nonfiction texts. Includes vocabulary, text-based questions, close reading practice, 11 pages; Adobe Reader required.

Make Way for Ducklings
Discussion questions, duck facts, practice with numbers and words.

Make Way for Ducklings Printable Classroom Activities
Printable vocabulary practice, comprehension quiz, coloring pages, mask.