Bridge to Terabithia Teaching Ideas

Bridge to Terabithia Teaching Ideas

What a terrific book! My students really enjoyed reading Bridge to Terabithia earlier this year. Check out these teaching ideas to make your novel study memorial.

The story begins when Jess meets Leslie. The two fifth-graders become best friends. This seems strange since their backgrounds are so different. Leslie is a city girl, and Jess is a country boy. The two enjoy going to the woods to play in an imaginary kingdom they call Terabithia. This fantasyland helps the two deal with the everyday problems of family and school.

Are you looking for some Bridge to Terabithia Teaching Ideas? Below you will find a couple of anchor charts I created for my unit study. These pair with the constructed response questions from my book unit. The anchor chart questions are found in the sample. I hope you enjoy these samples. 

Bridge to Terabithia Teaching Ideas

Bridge to Terabithia Unit Samples

Check out the Bridge to Terabithia Book Unit with the following samples:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1
  • Constructed Response Question – Timeline of Jess and Leslie’s Friendship
  • Constructed Response Question – Comparing Jess and Leslie


You can get the free book unit sample by clicking the button.

Bridge to Terabithia Teaching Ideas #1 – Anchor Chart

Bridge to Terabithia Anchor Chart

Students create a timeline of Jess and Leslie’s friendship using this organizer. The matching anchor chart makes this a great whole-class activity.

You may wish to have students complete the anchor chart by writing the details on sticky notes. This way the anchor chart may be used year after year.

Option 1

Have students use the graphic organizer for notes. Notice the notes in the photo are not in complete sentences. Glue the organizer to the left side of the notebook page. On the right side of the notebook, students use the notes to write the details in paragraph form.

Option 2

Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.

This constructed response question and answer key are found in the novel study sample. 

Bridge to Terabithia Teaching Ideas #2 – Compare and Contrast Organizer

Compare and Contrast Organizer

Complete the anchor chart while students answer the constructed response question. You will find the question in the sample handout.

These links will take you to printables to make the Venn Diagram Anchor Chart.

Bridge to Terabithia Teaching Ideas #3 – Comparing and Contrasting Story Versions

Several versions of Bridge to Terabithia are found on YouTube.

The first version is the made-for-television movie created in 1985. The film is approximately an hour in length.

The second version is the 2007 film created for the big screen by Walt Disney Pictures.  This film received positive reviews for its imagery and visual effects of Terabithia. The film is 1 hour and 36 minutes in length.

The final version is the audiobook. Many audio versions may be found on YouTube.

Select a scene from the two films and book to compare and contrast. The scenes of the imaginary kingdom of Terabithia are ideal for this. You can extend this lesson by having students write descriptions using vivid imagery.

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Bridge to Terabithia Novel Study

Bridge to Terabithia Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities. Vocabulary, constructed response writing, and skill practice are all included.

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