Finding Elmo Teachers' Guide

Finding Elmo Teachers' Guide


Finding Elmo Teachers' Guide


Monique Polak

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Summary: This Teachers' Guide presents strategies for teaching reluctant readers in middle school. The guide includes:

  • Discussion topics and themes: endangered species, exploitation
  • Creative writing exercise: sailor's daily log, pet store training manual
  • Drama challenge: talk show or book club 
  • Geography studies: journeys of various characters
  • Research topics: exotic pets, careers in veterinary field

Book Summary: Fifteen-year-old Tim loves his job at his dad’s pet store, partly because he gets to spend time with his best friend, a black cockatoo named Elmo. But things at work have been tense since the store moved to a larger, more expensive location. To make extra money his father rents out the store’s exotic birds for parties, and Tim is furious at this exploitation of his friend. When Elmo is stolen from one of the parties, the police are unconcerned about the theft. Tim and his new friend, Sapna, set out to find Elmo, and they discover that Elmo is more valuable than they’d ever imagined.

The Teachers' Guide for Finding Elmo is free to download and copy. The book can be purchased online from Orca Book Publishers in the United States and in Canada or from most retail and wholesale booksellers.

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Finding Elmo Teachers' Guide