Downloadable Literature Guides

You can purchase the 25-page guide for Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck, the 19-page guide for Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and the 10-page unit for Laurence Yep's Cockroach Cooties NOW for immediate download for only $12.95!
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Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach
by Carmen Agra Deedy

A Junior Library Guild Award Book
Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

"You think I'm beautiful?"
"Well, my eyes are rather weak, but I know you are strong and good."

Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach has just grown up! She is now 21 days old and is ready to entertain suitors. But will she know the right best husband when he comes courting? Her Cuban grandmother Abuela gives her some incredibly shocking advice.

The string of suitors come and the little green cockroach puts them to the test. The results are delightful! Which one will win her hand, the rooster, the pig, the lizard, or the mouse? Will she choose the right one?

This Kids Wings unit will enable you to use exciting activities that will enlist the emotional theme of cockroaches to become the enabler for bringing fun, character-building, and mastery of skills into your classroom!

Research Links
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy

Author Carmen Agra Deedy
The EASY Steps to Success

Yucky Roach World

Bug Bios

The Cockroach Home Page

Picture Gallery

Writing Activities That Build Character Descriptions

Literary Connections/Cockroaches:

Cockroach Cooties by Leda Schubert

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy

MASTERPIECE by Elise Broach

Gregor the Overlander by Susan Collins

Literary Connections/Folktales:

One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice

Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie by Joe Hayes

The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

Literary Connections/Spanish-English:

Ghost Fever by Joe Hayes


Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

The 19-page Martina the Beautiful Cockroach Guide Contains:
Discussion Cards
Crossword Puzzle
Cockroach Facts Readers’ Theater
Cuba Research and Map Study
Story Mapping
Character Lesson: Choosing the Right Husband or Wife
Creative Artwork Activities
Comparing Books
Vocabulary and Writing Activities
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Spanish Vocabulary Activity
Logic Puzzle
Fun with Words
Discussion/Writing Prompts

The Activity Guide for Maybelle in the Soup contains:
Discussion Cards
Crossword Puzzles
Cockroach and the Flea: Readers’ Theater
Puppets for The Readers’ Theater
Maybelle’s Rules to Live By
Making Connections (Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions)
Character Connections: Maybelle’s Rules and Your Rules
Building Your Vocabulary
Story Mapping
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Comparing Books
Creative Writing Planning Corner—2 Pages
Creative Writing, First Draft
Creative Writing, Final Draft
Researching an Insect
Logic Puzzle: Crumbs and Spills Menu
Word-Changing Rules (ing, y, and double consonants)
Discussion/Writing Prompts

Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep


Martina the Beautiful Cockroach and Maybelle in the Soup are included in the Kids Wings Gifts and Givers collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. The Gifts and Givers package includes 24 literature guides for award-winning books, over 500 pages of activities, 7 Jeopardy-type games, and 9 Karoke-type songs You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Gifts and Givers, you can get 24 literature guides on sale, for about $1.00 each! This is one of the best bargains in the USA, while quantities last!



With special thanks to Marva Monkh for allowing us to use her original composition, "baila mi salsa" as our background music.


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