Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for Ivy and Bean

Use Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows to turn your read aloud or small group work into a time to improve comprehension and talk about the text in purposeful ways.

At first glance, Ivy and Bean couldn't have been more different. Ivy wore dresses and sparkly headbands. Bean's headbands always fell off, and she only wore dresses when her mother made her. Bean liked to play with lots of kids, but Ivy played alone. Ivy read books but reading made Bean jumpy. Can two very different girls be friends? Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows is an ideal text to introduce the concept of theme to young readers. Through exploring story elements like setting and plot in this beginning chapter book, readers will develop an understanding of how theme is developed across longer texts.

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Title: Ivy and Bean
Author: Annie Barrows
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Themes: Laugh Out Loud, Relationship Skills, Friendship
ISBN: 9781599619286
Publisher's Summary:
The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide--quick--Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming--and addictive--introduction to Ivy and Bean.
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