Chalk Box Kid

Flat Stanley

Boxcar Children

Surprise Island

Stone Fox

Lily and Miss Liberty

Helen Keller

The Tree That
Would Not Die

Little House
in the Big Woods

Laura Ingalls Wilder Biography

Muggie Maggie

Finding the Titanic

Go Fish


Samuel's Choice

George Washington's

Beany Goes
To Camp

Amelia Bedelia Bookworm


Henry and Mudge
in Puddle Trouble

Nate the Great and the
Monster Mess

The second grade teachers at Dallas Christian School developed a reading program using children's literature . We chose books that we thought would be of value to our students and would co-ordinate with our science and social studies units. We got ideas from several sources, (See links below).

The books we taught were Chalk Box Kid, Flat Stanley, Boxcar Children, Stone Fox, Lily and Miss Liberty, Helen Keller, The Tree That Would Not Die, and Little House in the Big Woods. The other lessons have been contributed by other teachers.

We purchased paperback books and had our moms to help us cover them with clear contact paper to make them more durable.

Word study pages using a phonics approach were made for each lesson. Comprehension pages are included for most of the books. The lessons are free and available for your use. You can print them off and use them in any way that you see fit, but we ask that they not be published for profit.

You can find a synopsis of each book at .

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This series of lessons was written by a team of second grade teachers at Dallas Christian School in the summer of 1999. Teachers working on the project were Charla Stigers, Beverly Sargent and Patsy Stevens.



Internet Resources for the Students to Accompany Each Book

You will find resources such as DVDs, books, games,and puzzles etc. to accompany some of the units.
We have added a page of children's classics which can be read online. You will find a synopsis for most of the books
plus suggestions for teaching the lessons.
Children's Classics Online

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Elizabeth Upham-McWebb, "Aunt Bett" as she was called, drew the Safety Posters back in 1934.

Aunt Bett died in 2004 at the age of 99. She lived on her own until the age of 97 in Monroe, Michigan. She had two roomers who helped her out with some of the chores and cooking. Up until her death she still painted Little Brown Bear on mugs for children who asked. Her friend Valerie Johnson contacted us and told us about "Aunt Bett".

On October 7, 2002 Aunt Bett was honored with a statue of her Little Brown Bear

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