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Mad, Sad, Happy, Glad: Character Feelings
Mad, Sad, Happy, Glad: Character Feelings
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Mad, Sad, Happy, Glad: Character Feelings
Your students will have loads of fun discovering new words and using them describe the feelings of different characters. Featuring No, David! by David Shannon, this lesson will help kids practice reading and writing.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Sequencing the Order of Events
Sequencing the Order of Events
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Sequencing the Order of Events
The sequence of events help readers recount the most important parts of the story in order. Use this lesson with your students to read fables and a classic picture book as you practice recounting the sequence of events.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Here Comes the Easter...?
Here Comes the Easter...?
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Here Comes the Easter...?
In this fun Easter-themed lesson, students will get to practice identifying characters, setting, and events, all while learning about a very silly cat!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
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Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Your kids will love learning about setting, characters and events as they listen to a classic tale and play a simple game. This lesson helps students improve their reading comprehension skills while they have fun.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Identifying Character Traits
Identifying Character Traits
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Identifying Character Traits
What's your "it"? This lesson incorporates Tony Dungy's You Can Do It! into some hands-on activities that help students learn about different character traits.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
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Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Nourish your child's inner writer with this lesson on three different forms of literature: poetry, prose, and drama. After going through some examples of each, students will demonstrate their knowledge by filling out bubble maps.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Ideas and Details
Main Ideas and Details
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Main Ideas and Details
Take your students to a magical place by having them read stories such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "Rumpelstiltskin." They can read these magical stories and figure out the main idea and details in them!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
In this lesson, your students will explore reading with technology with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." Students will use a graphic organizer to reflect on this story.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Reader's Theater: Read the Script
Reader's Theater: Read the Script
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Reader's Theater: Read the Script
Did you know that Reader's Theater promotes fluency and builds students' reading confidence? Use this lesson to inspire your students to practice reading and understanding text in the drama genre.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Paper Bag Princess
The Paper Bag Princess
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The Paper Bag Princess
In this lesson, students will practice listening comprehension skills after reading “The Paper Bag Princess” together as a class. Afterward, students will role-play, make inferences, and use summarization to strengthen literacy skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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All About Me: Character Traits
All About Me: Character Traits
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All About Me: Character Traits
It's all about me! In this lesson, students will identify character traits in a story and decide if they have the same traits. This lesson incorporates literature, writing, comparison skills, and social skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
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Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
ELs will get a chance to practice their listening and reading comprehension skills as they answer questions about the key details in a read-aloud text. Use as a stand-alone or pre-lesson for the Questions for Comprehension lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Character Detectives
Character Detectives
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Character Detectives
Your students will learn all about what makes a fictional character special when they become character detectives! Use this lesson to introduce the concept of using key details from a text to gather information.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
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The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
Give your students a chance to hone their reading comprehension skills as they learn about the characters, setting, and plot of their favorite fiction books by creating a story map.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Different Points of View
Exploring Different Points of View
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Exploring Different Points of View
The activities in this lesson will engage students in thinking about how a person’s position, needs, and concerns affect their point of view on an issue. Students will apply this to characters in "The Memory String" by Eve Bunting.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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First- and Third-Person Point of View
First- and Third-Person Point of View
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First- and Third-Person Point of View
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand which pronouns to use when writing from different points of view. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a support lesson for the *My View as an Ant* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Storytelling: Identifying Elements in Wonderland
Storytelling: Identifying Elements in Wonderland
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Storytelling: Identifying Elements in Wonderland
In this lesson, your students will be taken into wonderland by reading familiar stories such as The Ugly Duckling. Your students will identify characters, setting, and main events in these stories.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Kids will love learning some fun facts about elephants while developing their reading comprehension skills. Using T-charts and Venn diagrams, they'll analyze stories and explore different characteristics of fiction and nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Map a Story
Map a Story
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Map a Story
This lesson will help your students summarize short stories and describe how characters respond to challenges using a story map. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Story Mapping Group Work lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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My View as an Ant
My View as an Ant
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My View as an Ant
Give students a chance to experience a different point of view! This fANTastic lesson on narrative style turns young readers into characters of Chris Van Allsburg's Two Bad Ants.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
Have you ever read a story and immediately began to compare the characters to those of your favorite story? In this lesson, students will learn to read context clues and descriptions in order to understand characters and compare them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
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Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
Give your students the opportunity to explore the perspectives of different characters by using the "Circle of Viewpoints" Visible Thinking Routine from Harvard's Project Zero.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Elements of Fairy Tales
Elements of Fairy Tales
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Elements of Fairy Tales
Use this lesson to help students identify the elements of a fictional text while gaining more knowledge about parts of speech. Use as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Characters Change Just Like We Do
Characters Change Just Like We Do
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Characters Change Just Like We Do
Change is inevitable, even for story characters! In this lesson, your students will determine how a character changes throughout a story by focusing on the character’s dialogue and actions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Character Traits
Character Traits
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Character Traits
What makes a character special? Their traits, of course. With help from The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg, students will enjoy completing character maps and learning about different character traits.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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