Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for The Leaf Thief

Use The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming to strengthen your students' comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work.

All of Squirrel's leaves have turned from green to red, gold, and orange. It is Squirrel's favorite time of year. But when he notices that one of his leaves has gone missing, Squirrel becomes a detective on a case to solve the leafy mystery. He asks all of his friends if they have taken his leaves but has no luck cracking the case. Luckily, Squirrel has Bird who finally helps him find The Leaf Thief.

Students will enjoy learning how to use comprehension strategies like determining importance, retelling, and predicting to deepen their comprehension of this laugh-out-loud story. After reading the book, students can practice working with -th digraphs. Or they can have some fun writing a reminder note to Squirrel to help him remember who the Leaf Thief is. Students can also spend some time practicing how to read with expression using this fun resource.

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About the Book

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Title: The Leaf Thief
Author: Alice Hemming
Genre: Fantasy, Informational
Themes: Perseverance, Weather, Plants, Friendship, Fall, Laugh Out Loud
ISBN: 9781338865738
Publisher's Summary:
Perfect for fans of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, The Leaf Thief is a funny picture book that teaches kids about autumn, adapting to change, and the seasons. Squirrel loves counting the leaves on his tree―red leaves, gold leaves, orange, and more. But hold on! One of his leaves is missing! On a quest to find the missing leaf, Squirrel teams up with his good friend Bird to discover who the leaf thief could be among their forest friends. With vibrant art and captivating characters, the magic of autumn is captured beautifully on each page as readers tag along Squirrel's forest adventure. Is there truly a leaf thief afoot, or is something else going on in Squirrel's forest? A perfect exploration of change―both seasonal, and the anxiety that change sometimes causes. Bonus material explaining about the changing of the seasons. Poised to be a new fall classic.
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