Leo Lionni Author Study

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Leo Lionni is a wonderful children's author for second and third graders, and it's great to have grab and go materials. This bundle

includes before/during/after activities for each of the titles below to make an author study easy to implement.


  • Frederick
  • Swimmy
  • Fish is Fish
  • A Color of His Own
  • Inch by Inch
  • A Busy Year, and
  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

(7 book units and about 125 pages).

The units are set up in a before/during/after format for the books. It is intended to be used with guided reading groups, but also works well with partners, mentor text lessons, or literature circles.



  • Prereading activities to build schema and background
  • Vocabulary
  • Making Predictions
  • Making Connections
  • Sequencing
  • Character Traits
  • Summarizing
  • Questioning
  • Visualizing
  • Response to Reading

Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse

  • I Know, I See, I Wonder (prereading)
  • Alphaboxes
  • Vocabulary page and word cards for modeling
  • Story Elements Anchor Chart
  • Story Elements Organizer
  • Concept Sort
  • Questioning Page
  • Character Analysis
  • Making Inferences Anchor Chart
  • My Inference (favorite scene)
  • Comparing Leo Lionni’s Books
  • Writing in Response to Reading
  • Class Book Cover
  • Writing page for Alexander’s New Friend
  • What’s Close to Alexander’s Heart

Fish is Fish

  • Prereading-Comparing Fish and Frogs
  • Vocabulary
  • Making Predicting
  • Sequencing
  • Questioning
  • Making Comparisons
  • Cause and Effect-cut/paste events t chart
  • Summarizing, and
  • Responding to Reading Writing Prompts


  • Prereading-All about Mice
  • Vocabulary Foldable
  • Making Connections
  • Author's Purpose, Point of View, and Genres
  • Character Traits-finding text evidence
  • Sequencing Events Flow Chart
  • Summarizing after reading
  • Writing prompts in Response to Reading

A Color of His Own

  • Schema building (Give one, Get on about Showing Your Colors)
  • Vocabulary
  • Point of View (2 pages)
  • Character traits
  • Making connections
  • Cause/effect
  • Visualizing
  • Sequencing
  • Questioning task cards and recording form for Scoot
  • Writing in response to the reading

A Busy Year

  • schema building about trees (alphaboxes)
  • tier 2 vocabulary introduction and practice
  • sequencing (anchor chart and project) -2 pages
  • story elements
  • questioning page
  • character traits
  • making connections
  • visualizing
  • research report about trees
  • and writing in response to reading (____ loves the planet)

Inch by Inch

  • schema building (abc brainstorm about measurement)
  • making comparisons
  • vocabulary
  • beginning, middle, end
  • the important thing about inchworms
  • scene description
  • character traits
  • making connections
  • My Life as a Worm writing prompt pages
  • Measurement Writing Prompt
  • Favorite Scene Writing
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