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“Benny and Penny: The Toy Breaker” Digital Read-aloud Lesson


Grade Levels:
1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1 class period

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Introduce series books and teach students about getting along with others with the graphic novel “Benny and Penny in: The Toy Breaker” in this editable, DIGITAL lesson for 1st and 2nd grade elementary library classes.

By reading a graphic novel (or comic) aloud to students, you can demonstrate how to read across and down the comic panels and in what order to read the speech bubbles.

This lesson is designed for flexible instruction days, (or FID days), online teaching, or blended / hybrid instruction.  The teacher-librarian creates a read-aloud video to embed in the slides or provides an ebook with audio read-aloud features.  After listening to the book or watching the book video, students complete one of the response activities on the next slides.

This read-aloud lesson has 25 slides + 9 pages, and includes:

  • Digital Read-aloud Lesson in Google Slides for “Benny and Penny in: The Toy Breaker” by Geoffrey Hayes to share with students
    • Includes placeholders for adding video directions and/or read-aloud videos (See important note below for why the actual read-aloud is not included.)
    • Video cover thumbnails for read-aloud videos in .jpg and .png file formats
    • Any component that you don’t want to use is easy to remove.
  • Two (2) Response Activities for students to create their own treasure map or discuss the book’s plot
    • One activity has a digital map template and moveable pieces for students to create their own map.
      • Directions for doing this activity on paper are also included.
    • One activity has suggested discussion questions to talk about for whole group or small group/partner discussions.
    • Additional slides include links to other Benny and Penny books on the EPIC! ebook platform that students can read independently.
  • Example Activity Choice Board to extend the learning through research or further reading
    • 2 optional activity examples
    • Your choice of 4 different choice board layouts
  • Contact Information slide for parents or students to know how to reach you online
  • Comprehensive Lesson Plan for 1st or 2nd Grades in Google Docs and Microsoft Word .docx file formats, aligned to:
    • 2018 AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Pennsylvania Core ELA Standards.
  • Directions & Teacher Notes for posting your lesson in Google Classroom or other elearning platforms (included in preview)

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, a read-aloud video of “Benny and Penny in: The Toy Breaker” is NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book.  As of March 2021, the Benny and Penny series is also available on the EPIC! ebook platform and teachers can get a free account to provide access to these books.  There is no guarantee of continued access.

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Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire – C.1.
  • Collaborate – A.2. – B.1. – D.1.
  • Explore – A.1.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2.

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Grade Levels

1st Grade, 2nd Grade


Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

1 class period


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