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Guided Reading Levels A-C Lesson Plans


BEBOP BOOKS is committed to serving the needs of today's teachers and students. It is our goal to provide educators with books that address the experiences of people of all backgrounds, but especially children of color, who now make up more than half of our nation's school population. Our diverse collection is full of high interest fiction and nonfiction stories that support children in each stage of their reading development.

Our books satisfy the requirements of Reading First and meet National Standards. Our Guided Reading Lesson Plans promote authentic reading, writing, listening, and speaking experiences and are free for classroom use.

Guided Reading Lesson Plan Common Features:
  • Concepts of Print
  • High-Frequency Words
  • Supportive Text Features
  • Essential Components of Reading Instruction
  • Getting Ready to Read: Book Introduction and Pre-Reading Questions and Leads
  • Reading the Book: Observing behaviors and teaching strategies
  • After the First Reading: Ideas for Reader Responses
  • Second Reading: Fluency and Assessment Tips
  • Cross-Curricular Activities
  • Spanish Edition notes and tips for Guided Reading with ELLs

Early Emergent: Guided Reading Levels A-C Features:
  • Very Familiar Topics and Concepts
  • Large, Well-Spaced Print and Consistent Placement of Text
  • High-Frequency Words
  • Natural Oral Language Structures and Simple Sentence Patterns
  • Direct Match between Illustrations and Text; Clear Sequence of Events
  • Stories with Beginnings, Middles, and Endings




Guided Reading Level A

The Best Shoes

There are so many kinds of shoes. Which ones are the best?
Themes: Childhood Experiences and Memories, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Weather/clothing, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level A

Big Cats, Little Cats

Big wild cats and little tame cats. Are they alike? Look inside and see.
Themes: Animals, Beginning Concepts, Environment/Nature, Similarities and Differences, Nonfiction, Nature/Science, Pets/Animals, Photographic Illustrations
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Guided Reading Level A

Can I Have a Pet?

During a trip to the zoo, an African American girl tries to convince her mother to get her an exotic pet.
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Family, African American Interest, Pets/Animals
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Guided Reading Level A

Can You Eat a Rainbow?

Look inside this book to find out if you really can eat a rainbow.
Themes: Beginning Concepts, Food, Multiethnic interest, Nonfiction, Photographic Illustrations
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Guided Reading Level A

Cold and Hot

An African American boy's family lovingly piles so much clothing on him that he quickly goes from feeling cold to feeling hot.
Themes: Family, Weather/clothing, African American Interest, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level A

Counting Pumpkins

Join two friends counting pumpkins— and find a surprise at the end!
Themes: Beginning Concepts, Food, Friendship, Multiethnic interest, Counting/Using money, Nonfiction, Photographic Illustrations
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Guided Reading Level A

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

Many animals come from eggs. Read about some of them in this book.
Themes: Animals, Environment/Nature, Nonfiction, Nature/Science, Pets/Animals, Photographic Illustrations, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level A

Family Picnic

An African American boy and his extended family have a fun-filled reunion in the park.
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Family, African American Interest
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Guided Reading Level A

First Day of School

From saying goodbye to Mom to finding a new friend, a young Latino boy experiences a range of emotions on his very first day of school.
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Latin American Interest
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Guided Reading Level A

How Do I Help?

Open this book to meet some people who help us every day.
Themes: Multiethnic interest, Neighbors, Occupations, Responsibility, Nonfiction, Photographic Illustrations
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Guided Reading Level A

Meat Pies

A Caribbean boy makes empanadas with his grandmother.
Themes: Food, Family, Latin American Interest, Cultural Traditions, Instruction / Non-Fiction
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Guided Reading Level A

We Play Music

It's a celebration of sound when a group of neighborhood children gather on a stoop to play their instruments.
Themes: Diverse Backgrounds, Childhood Experiences, African American Interest, Friends
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Guided Reading Level A

What Can Fly?

A bird can fly. A plane can fly. What else can fly?
Themes: Animals, Nonfiction, Nature/Science, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level A

What Do You See at the Pond?

Childhood Experiences, Family, Asian American Interest, Five Senses / Body Parts, Nature/Science
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Family, Asian American Interest, Five Senses / Body Parts, Nature/Science
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Guided Reading Level B

Batter Up

An African American girl scores for her team by hitting a home run.
Themes: Sports,Diverse Backgrounds,African American Interest
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Guided Reading Level B

Best Friends

Join two best friends, an Asian Indian boy and girl, as they spend an active day outdoors running, climbing, sliding, and more.
Themes: Sports, Childhood Experiences, Asian American Interest, Friends, Photographic Illustrations
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Guided Reading Level B

Big or Little?

On her way to the park, an African American girl sizes up herself and the world around her.
Themes: African American Interest, Vehicles/transportation, Nature/Science, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level B

Big Snowball Fight

A group of Cuban American children gather one-by-one on a snowy day, adding up to a great big snowball fight.
Themes: Counting/Using money, Latin American Interest, Weather/clothing, Friends
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Guided Reading Level B

Carmen's Colors

A Mexican American girl and her mother go to the outdoor market and buy an array of colorful items.
Themes: Food, Family, Latin American Interest, Cultural Traditions, Weather/clothing, Colors
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Guided Reading Level B

Flora's Box

With a cardboard box and a little imagination, Flora creates a world of fun. Whether she's in, under, or next to the box, her ideas have no limits—but the box does!
Themes: Latin American Interest,Five Senses / Body Parts
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Guided Reading Level B

Golden Dragon Parade

Chinese New Year is here. Come along to the Golden Dragon Parade.
Themes: Asian/Asian American Interest, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Family Traditions, Holidays & Celebrations, Five Senses / Body Parts
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Guided Reading Level B

Here Comes the Bus

A Chinese American girl takes the bus to school and greets her friends, one by one, at each stop.
Themes: Counting/Using money, Diverse Backgrounds, Childhood Experiences, Family, Asian American Interest, Vehicles/transportation, Friends
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Guided Reading Level B

Jump Rope

A group of girls and boys have fun taking turns jumping rope on the playground.
Themes: Sports, Diverse Backgrounds, Childhood Experiences, Friends, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level B

My Horse

A Pueblo boy living on a reservation in New Mexico cares for and rides his horse.
Themes: Native American Interest, Cultural Traditions, Pets/Animals
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Guided Reading Level B

Rain Falls

Rain falls on grass. Rain falls on rocks. Where else does rain fall?
Themes: Environment/Nature, Weather/clothing, Nonfiction, Nature/Science, Photographic Illustrations, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level B

Shapes Where We Play

Shapes are everywhere, even where we play. In this colorfully photographed book, two children find all of the basic shapes in the equipment on their playground.
Themes: Diverse Backgrounds, Five Senses / Body Parts, Friends
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Guided Reading Level B

This Is My Home

Meet children from different lands. See their different kinds of homes.
Themes: Cultural diversity, Environment/Nature, Home, Multiethnic interest, Similarities and Differences, Nonfiction, Photographic Illustrations
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Guided Reading Level B

What Time Is It?

See how a young boy goes through his busy day, hour by hour.
Themes: Beginning Concepts, African/African American Interest, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Home, Days of the Week/Time, Nature/Science
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Guided Reading Level B

Yum, Apples!

Learn how apples grow from tiny seeds into big, red fruit. Yum, apples!
Themes: Asian/Asian American Interest, Farming, Food, Nonfiction, Nature/Science, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level C

Bath Time

A Puerto Rican boy prepares for his nighttime bath by filling the tub with all his favorite things.
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Latin American Interest, Pets/Animals
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Guided Reading Level C

A Day at the Fair

After spending an action-packed day at the fair, a Latino boy enjoys one last ride—the ride home!
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Family, Latin American Interest
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Guided Reading Level C

Everybody Wears Braids

A celebration of the many different ways a multiracial group of seven friends braid their hair.
Themes: Counting/Using money, Diverse Backgrounds, African American Interest, Five Senses / Body Parts
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Guided Reading Level C

Fish Print

Three Latina girls show how to make a colorful fish print.
Themes: Classroom Activities, Diverse Backgrounds, Latin American Interest, Five Senses / Body Parts, Instruction / Non-Fiction, Photographic Illustrations, Colors
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Guided Reading Level C

Laundry Day

Two Navajo children help their mom do the weekly wash at the laundromat.
Themes: Native American Interest, Family, Weather/clothing, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level C

Mom is a Painter

A Chinese American boy watches his mother, an artist, as she colorfully paints several things, including him!
Themes: Family, Asian American Interest, Instruction / Non-Fiction, Photographic Illustrations, Colors
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Guided Reading Level C

My Family

A Cherokee girl learns traditional skills and customs from the members of her family.
Themes: Native American Interest, Family,Cultural Traditions, Nature/Science
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Guided Reading Level C

Splash!

From the sink to the lake, a group of children have fun splashing in the water.
Themes: Sports, Diverse Backgrounds, Childhood Experiences, Friends, Photographic Illustrations
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Guided Reading Level C

Time for Tacos

A Mexican American boy and his father spend time together making tacos, and eating them!
Themes: Food, Family, Latin American Interest, Cultural Traditions, Instruction / Non-Fiction
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Guided Reading Level C

What a Street!

After a street fair, a group of friends clean up and change their street from a messy street into a neat street.
Themes: Sports, Diverse Backgrounds, Friends, Comparisons / Opposites
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Guided Reading Level C

Yoga Class

An Indian American girl and her friends try a series of different poses in a yoga class.
Themes: Sports, Diverse Backgrounds, Asian American Interest, Cultural Traditions, Instruction / Non-Fiction, Friends, Comparisons/Opposites
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Guided Reading Level C

Cleaning Day

While helping her father with cleaning day chores, a Cuban American girl's best intentions sometime have humorous results.
Themes: Family, Latin American Interest
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Guided Reading Level C

Hello Flower

An Asian Indian boy tries out his green thumb when he plants a flower from seed, nurtures it, and watches it bloom.
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Asian American Interest, Instruction / Non-Fiction, Nature/Science
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Guided Reading Level C

Juicy Peach

Three African American boys find, pick, and eat a perfect juicy peach.
Themes: Food, African American Interest, Five Senses / Body Parts, Friends
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Guided Reading Level C

Loose Tooth

An African American girl wonders throughout the week when her loose front tooth will come out.
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Days of the Week, African American Interest, Five Senses / Body Parts
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Guided Reading Level C

Make a Turkey

A Japanese American boy demonstrates a fun classroom project - making a picture of a turkey from a handprint.
Themes: Classroom Activities, Asian American Interest, Instruction / Non-Fiction, Colors
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Guided Reading Level C

100 Day

A class of kindergarten children celebrate the 100th day of school.
Themes: Classroom Activities, Counting/Using money, Diverse Backgrounds
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Guided Reading Level C

On Our Farm

While spending the day working on their farm, a Latina girl and her father discover that working together is lots of fun.
Themes: Family, Latin American Interest, Instruction / Non-Fiction, Nature/Science, Pets/Animals, Photographic Illustrations
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Guided Reading Level C

Snapshots

A Japanese American girl plays on a trampoline while her grandfather tries to take her picture.
Themes: Sports, Family, Asian American Interest, Five Senses / Body Parts
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Guided Reading Level C

Train Ride

An African American boy experiences the excitement of his very first train ride with his parents.
Themes: Family, African American Interest, Vehicles/transportation
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Guided Reading Level C

We Eat Rice

A Korean American girl and boy love rice so much they eat it all the time and in many different ways.
Themes: Food, Asian American Interest, Cultural Traditions
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Guided Reading Level C

Where is my Puppy?

A Vietnamese American boy searches all over the house for his puppy, who is always hiding just out of sight.
Themes: Childhood Experiences, Asian American Interest, Pets/Animals
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