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Curriculum Components

What Are the Components of the Curriculum?

The Read, Play, and Learn!® curriculum is presented in a series of individual booklets, or instructional modules. Each module features a different popular children’s story and presents engaging, theme-based activities to accompany that story. (The storybooks themselves are available through local libraries or bookstores as well as on the World Wide Web; you can try such sites as or Barnes & Noble; complete bibliographic data appear in each module.) Suggestions for additional stories are provided at the back of each module, some of which may be appropriate substitutions if you have trouble obtaining the recommended storybook. Before using any of the modules, be sure that you are thoroughly familiar with the contents of this Teacher’s Guide.

The Storybook Modules

The storybook modules range in topic from seasonal themes to predictable sequences, from emotional issues to culture heritages. Some are based on storybooks that are just plain fun. The storybook modules of Read, Play, and Learn!® are offered in easy-to-use booklets that are sold in boxed sets referred to as “Collections.” Collections 1 and 2 each contain eight modules, and together they span a typical fall-to-spring school year

Collection 1

  • The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn
  • Somebody and the Three Blairs, by Marilyn Tolhurst
  • Picking Apples & Pumpkins, by Amy and Richard Hutchings
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams
  • The Knight and the Dragon, by Tomie dePaola
  • Abiyoyo, by Pete Seeger
  • Night Tree, by Eve Bunting
  • The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

Collection 2

  • A Porcupine Named Fluffy, by Helen Lester
  • First Flight, by David McPhail
  • Friends, by Helme Heine
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Janet Stevens
  • The Three Little Javelinas, by Susan Lowell
  • A Rainbow of Friends, by P.K. Hallinan
  • Franklin Has a Sleepover, by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
  • The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister

Sample Lesson Plans