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Teacher Resources
Joseph Had a
Little Overcoat

These are the materials you will need to teach this unit. Download the Lesson Guide and Teaching Strategies first, and then use the resources here as you need them. Make sure you have read the Learning Objectives before downloading these files.

Most of these links are to Adobe PDF files, which require the free Adobe Reader software. You can print any of them on card stock for increased durability.

Reference materials

Lesson Guide (225K PDF file)
The Lesson Guide is designed to be used for about two hours a day over six days. Each day introduces only a few of the words and one or two concepts, and includes word study, group reading, independent reading, writing, and activities that reinforce the lessons.

Teaching Strategies (80K PDF file)
This document explains the terms used in our Lesson Guides. It covers all three Cornerstones units, so if you've already downloaded it, there is no need to do so again. Note: this document was revised in September 2002.

Assessment Strategies (300K PDF file)
This is a series of suggested activities, with checklists for each Cornerstones unit, to help assess student progress in word identification, word knowledge and story comprehension. This document covers all three Cornerstones units, so if you've already downloaded it, there is no need to do so again.


Activity Workbook (1.5MB PDF file)
This packet of activities gives students more reading and writing practice with the target words and concepts. There are matching games, labeling games, writing templates, crossword puzzles, and more.

Printable Games

Flashcards: words (32K PDF file)
Our set of flashcards includes the 28 target words, along with instructions for five suggested games.

Flashcards: images (825K PDF file)
Images from the story, plus many others for teaching the 28 target words. Print them, and then enlarge to whatever size you wish. Includes instructions for six suggested games.

Destination Library (147K PDF file)
Answer the questions, and move your piece closer and closer to your destination: the library! Includes instructions, four sets of cards, and a game board.

Story Pages (50K PDF file)
Create your own books with these templated book pages. Includes a front cover, a back cover, and pages for in between.

Matching games (19K PDF file)
Two games designed to teach synonyms and compound words.

Pounce! (104K PDF file)
Match these words and pictures from Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.  We also have an online version of Pounce!

Lionel's Sentence Maker (33K PDF file)
Print these words, and then mix and match them to create weird sentences.

Online Games

Five Games
We also have five interactive online games based on Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.

Related Web Resources

Between the Lions
The rest of the Between the Lions Web site has games and stories, plus songs, things to print, and information for teachers and caregivers.