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Virginia Lee Burton
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Dear teacher,

In celebration of Virginia Lee Burton's classic story, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Houghton Mifflin has prepared a series of reproducible worksheets for use in or out of the classroom. These enjoyable activities help to incorporate this beloved classic into a cross-curricular study. Using Mike Mulligan, Mary Anne, and other characters from the story as well as places, events, and vocabulary in the story, students complete independent and cooperative learning activities.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel can be a springboard for language arts, math, reading, and science study. The reproducible worksheets offer practice with various writing modes including prewriting strategies, math skills such as estimation, reading strategies, and dictionary, map, and diagramming skills. Students will enjoy learning in the context of the story. The activities are flexible enough to be used for beginning and fluent readers alike. Many of the activities are flexible enough to be used for beginning and fluent readers alike. Many of the activities offer the students an opportunity to draw or write responses showcasing their individual ability level.

Children have been enjoying Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel for over sixty years. We invite you to share this timeless classic with your students as part of meaningful cross-curricular study.


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