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The book lists below have been compiled to help teachers pull together a well-rounded unit of study by theme for the classroom. Integrate literature into every topic you teach! Most books can be found at your local or school library. For your convenience, detail reviews, ISBN numbers and Amazon links have been included for each book on each list.

Alphabetical by Theme

4th of July
100th day of school
9-11 September 11th - Patriot Day
Addition (Integrating Math with Literature)
America (see United States - Unit Study)
Alphabet Books - ABC's
American History (see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Columbus Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving)
Animals and Animal Classification - Unit Study (See also: Ampibians, Birds, Fish, Insects, Mammals, Reptiles)
April Fools Day
Apples - Unit Study
Arbor Day
Artist Study - Art Appreciation and Art History
Australia - Theme Unit Study
Bats - Theme Unit Study
Beaches - Theme Unit Study
Bears - Theme Unit Study
Bees - Theme Unit Study
Bird Day - Birds
Birthdays - Thematic Teaching Unit
Black History Month (Also see Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day )
Butterflies - Theme Unit Study
Calendars - Time Unit Study
Chinese New Year
Christmas Craft Books
Christmas (religious)
Cinco de Mayo
Clowns - Thematic Teaching Unit of Study
Colors - Thematic Teaching Unit of Study
Columbus, Christopher

Columbus Day

Community Helpers
Constitution Day (Citizenship Day) - Unit Study
Counting Numbers (Integrating Math with Literature)
Dental Health Month
Division - Integrating Math with Literature
Dr. Seuss
Earth Day
Easter Fun

Easter (religious)

Election Day

Environmental Studies

Fairy Tales - Teaching Unit
Family (See also: Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day)
Farm Animals
Fathers Day
Fire Safety Week
Flag Day
First Day of School - Back to School
Fourth of July
Fractions - Integrating Math with Literature
Geometry (Shapes) - Integrating Math with Literature
Grandparents Day
Groundhog Day
Halloween Craft Books
Hispanic Heritage Month - Thematic Unit of Study
Independence Day
Inventors Unit Study
Ireland - Culture
King, Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Day
Labor Day
Leap Year
Mammals Unit Study

Math - Integrating Math with Literature

Mardi Gras
May Day
Measurement - Integrating Math with Literature
Memorial Day
Mexico Culture
Money (Integrating Math with Literature)
Mothers Day
Multiplication ( Integrating Math with Literature)
Native Americans - A Multicultural Study
New Years Day
Numbers (Integrating Math with Literature)
Patriotic Books (see Flag Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day)

Presidents (also see Election Day)

Reptiles - Animal Unit Study
Seasons (see Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
September 11th - Patriot Day - 9-11-01
Shapes (see Geometry or the Math section)
St. Patricks Day
Subtraction - Integrating Math with Literature
Thanksgiving Craft Books
Time - Integrating Math with Literature


United States - Unit Study

Valentines Day

Veterans Day


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Kwanzaa Theme Unit of Study - Kwanzaa
New Year Thematic Unit - New Year
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Letter Activities, Coloring Pages, Worksheets and Games - Letters of the Alphabet Games
Community Helpers Games, Activities, Worksheets, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Community Helpers
100th Day of School Games, Activities, Worksheets, Books, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - The 100th day of School Activities
Seasons Thematic Unit - Summer - Summer
Seasons Thematic Unit - Fall - Autumn - Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Articles, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Fall
Seasons Thematic Unit - Winter - Winter
Seasons Thematic Unit - Spring - Spring
U.S. Presidents Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Timelines, Books, Poetry, Stories, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Presidents
Dr. Seuss Thematic Teaching Unit - NEA Read Across America - Read Across America - Dr. Seuss' Birthday
Native Americans Thematic Unit - Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Articles, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Native American Study
USA States - U.S. Geography Thematic Unit - U.S. Geography

Holiday Fun- Alphabetical

100 Days of School Theme Unit of Study - 100th Day of School
4th of July Thematic Unit - 4th of July
Patriot Day Theme Unit of Study - 9/11 - Patriot Day
April Fools Day Thematic Unit - April Fools Day
American Heart Month Thematic Unit - Wear Red Day - American Heart Month
Arbor Day Theme Unit of Study - Arbor Day
Armed Forces Thematic Unit - Armed Forces Day
Ash Wednesday Theme Unit of Study - Ash Wednesday
  - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Back to School Thematic Unit - Back to School
Birds Theme Unit of Study - Bird Day
Black History Thematic Unit - Black History Month
Chinese New Year Theme Unit of Study - Chinese New Year
Christmas Thematic Unit - Christmas Fun
Christian Christmas Theme Unit of Study - Christmas - Religious Christian Christmas
Cinco de Mayo Thematic Unit - Cinco de mayo
Christopher Columbus Theme Unit of Study - Columbus Day
Constitution Day Thematic Unit - Constitution Day | Constitution Week
Dental Health Theme Unit of Study - Dental Health Month
Dr. Seuss Thematic Unit - Dr. Seuss Birthday
Earth Day Theme Unit of Study - Earth Day
Fun Easter Thematic Unit - Easter Fun
Christian Easter Theme Unit of Study - Easter - Religious Christian Easter
Election Day Thematic Unit - Election Day
Epiphany Thematic Unit - Epiphany
Fall - Autumn Theme Unit of Study - Fall Activities
Father's Day Thematic Unit - Father's Day
Fire Safety Theme Unit of Study - Fire Safety Week
Flag Day Thematic Unit - Flag Day
Fourth of July Theme Unit of Study - Fourth of July
Graduation Thematic Unit - Graduation
Grandparents Day  Theme Unit of Study - Grandparents Day
Groundhog's Day Thematic Unit - Groundhog's Day
Halloween Theme Unit of Study - Halloween
Hanukkah Thematic Unit - Hanukkah
New Year Theme Unit of Study - Happy New Years Eve
Hispanic Heritage Thematic Unit - Hispanic Heritage Month
Kwanzaa Theme Unit of Study - Kwanzaa
Labor Day Thematic Unit - Labor Day
Leap Year Thematic Unit - Leap Year
Mardi Gras Theme Unit of Study - Mardi Gras
Martin Luther King  Thematic Unit - Martin Luther King, Jr Day
May Day Theme Unit of Study - May Day
Memorial Day Thematic Unit - Memorial Day
Mothers Day Theme Unit of Study - Mother's Day
National Day of Prayer Theme Unit of Study - National Day of Prayer
Native Americans Thematic Unit - Games, Coloring Pages, Activities, Worksheets, Articles, Books, Poetry, Lessons and Teaching Ideas - Native American Study
New Year Thematic Unit - New Year
One Hundred Days of School Theme Unit of Study - One Hundredth Day of School
Passover Thematic Unit - Passover
U.S. Presidents Theme Unit of Study - Presidents Day - U.S. Presidents
St Patricks Day Thematic Unit - St. Patrick's Day
Spring Theme Unit of Study - Spring Fun
Summer Thematic Unit - Summer
Super Bowl Theme Unit of Study - Super Bowl Sunday
  - Teacher Appreciation Week
Thanksgiving Thematic Unit - Thanksgiving
Valentines Day Theme Unit of Study - Valentine's Day
Veterans Day Thematic Unit - Veteran's Day
Winter Theme Unit of Study - Winter
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