The resources on this page are based on the theme Playful Pets in Grade K of Houghton Mifflin's Invitations to Literacy program.


Here is a bibliography of supplementary books that include cross-curricular connections and books that meet individual needs. Click here for the latest update


Help yourself to these extension activities. You can print them out and use them in your classroom.


Here are some links to sites on the Internet that relate to Playful Pets.

Universal Kids
Universal Kids provides a variety of children's activities designed around MCA characters like Casper the Friendly Ghost, and the dinosaurs from The Land Before Time series. Check out the clever Adventures in Color section, which allows children to color in a virtual coloring book. Try Casper's treasure hunt or become part of an interactive story with Timmy the Tooth. This interesting Web attraction is maintained by MCA/Universal Home Video.
Theodore Tugboat Online Activity Center
The Online Activity Center is a must-see for fans of the popular Canadian TV series about a cheerful tugboat who likes to be friends with everyone. Children can enjoy an interactive storybook that allows them to choose the story line Theodore will follow. The site also features a downloadable coloring book, information on the show's characters and story synopses. Visitors can even register to receive a postcard with Theodore's picture on it.