Early Literacy Lesson Plans

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Taking Turns
Taking Turns
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Taking Turns
Do your students have a hard time sharing? Using puppets and hands-on practice, students will learn all about turn-taking and using their words as they practice listening to their friends. Can be used as a stand-alone or pre-lesson for the **Reading in Turn** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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“I Am Thankful For…”
“I Am Thankful For…”
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“I Am Thankful For…”
Finding reasons to be grateful is a big part of the Thanksgiving season. Students won’t forget these reasons once they write them down!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Figuring Out Tricky Words
Figuring Out Tricky Words
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Figuring Out Tricky Words
Get ready to teach students strategies for understanding new words! Students will practice strategies to read new words in nonfiction books. This lesson can be used alone or with the New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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The Adinkra Cloth: An Art and Math Lesson for Black History Month
The Adinkra Cloth: An Art and Math Lesson for Black History Month
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The Adinkra Cloth: An Art and Math Lesson for Black History Month
In this Black History Month lesson, students will learn about the traditional cloths and adinkra symbols from Ghana. Students will combine shapes to create symbols to decorate their own version of the adinkra cloths.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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My Chinese Zodiac Animal
My Chinese Zodiac Animal
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My Chinese Zodiac Animal
Are you similar to your Chinese zodiac animal? In this lesson, your students will learn about their zodiac animal and write about an example from their life that captures a time when they displayed traits similar to their zodiac animal.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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What We Like About Stories
What We Like About Stories
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What We Like About Stories
In this lesson, your students will think about what attracts them to a book. They will learn about the types of people involved in getting a book published.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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All About Orange
All About Orange
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All About Orange
"Orange" your students excited about color? Quickly teach your students about the color orange with this simple lesson.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Fill That Page
Fill That Page
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Fill That Page
Your students will love using real life experiences while developing their writing skills in this fun lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Letter Mania
Letter Mania
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Letter Mania
Encourage your students to learn about letters and develop early literacy skills that will help them become great readers. This lesson helps students learn and review any chosen letter in the alphabet.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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What's Inside a Pumpkin: Creating a Book
What's Inside a Pumpkin: Creating a Book
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What's Inside a Pumpkin: Creating a Book
Play with pumpkins! In this lesson, students will make representations of real objects. They will get a chance to be the authors and illustrators of their own stories about pumpkins.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Counting Words
Counting Words
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Counting Words
In this fun lesson, kindergarten students will learn all about sentences as they practice using sentences to create their own little stories.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Alphabet Tape
Alphabet Tape
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Alphabet Tape
Get young students moving with this group activity! In this lesson, young learners will trace and match different letters.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Picture Clues
Picture Clues
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Picture Clues
Young students often struggle to see the small details in a bigger picture. Help their reading and observation skills with this interactive lesson!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Formatting Nonfiction Text
Formatting Nonfiction Text
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Formatting Nonfiction Text
Text formatting can add a lot of richness to how information is explained. In this lesson students will explore the organization of nonfiction texts and go on a scavenger hunt for different kinds of text formatting features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Create a Nonfiction Big Book
Create a Nonfiction Big Book
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Create a Nonfiction Big Book
Share the pen in this lesson on text features as you work together as a class to create a nonfiction big book. This lesson can be used alone or with the Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Discover with George Washington Carver
Discover with George Washington Carver
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Discover with George Washington Carver
Young students will have a blast learning about George Washington Carver's discoveries and practicing their writing in this lesson honoring the contributions of this African American scientist.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Treat Books Right!
Treat Books Right!
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Treat Books Right!
Preschoolers can have a range of book knowledge. With this lesson plan, make sure that everyone is on the same page of how to treat books.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Dear Student...Love, Your Pencil
Dear Student...Love, Your Pencil
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Dear Student...Love, Your Pencil
This fun lesson plan will inspire your budding letter writers to write a hilarious letter from the perspective of classroom supplies!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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How Pictures Can Help Us Read
How Pictures Can Help Us Read
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How Pictures Can Help Us Read
In this lesson, students will learn how to decode unknown words in a texts using context clues. Students will be introduced to the idea of opposites and will practice identifying opposites. This lesson can be used on its own or as support for the lesson Is It the Same?
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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A-Z Scavenger Hunt
A-Z Scavenger Hunt
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A-Z Scavenger Hunt
Your students will love learning a new version of the classic alphabet song to practice learning their letter sounds! Then students will enjoy further practice as they go on an alphabet scavenger hunt! This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **A-Z Beginning Sounds** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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What Do You Do with a Book?
What Do You Do with a Book?
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What Do You Do with a Book?
In this fun, respect-themed lesson plan, your ELs will learn all about proper book handling with a hilarious worm as their guide! This can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the **Treat Books Right** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Kindergarten Daily Sub Plan Day 2
Kindergarten Daily Sub Plan Day 2
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Kindergarten Daily Sub Plan Day 2
Planning for a substitute in the classroom has never been easier than with this daily kindergarten sub plan! Your substitute can keep your students learning in your absence by using these lessons, worksheets, and activities.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Reading in Turn
Reading in Turn
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Reading in Turn
Taking turns can be hard for young students, but this interactive lesson will help them take turns sharing stories!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Judge a Book by Its Pages
Judge a Book by Its Pages
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Judge a Book by Its Pages
Understanding how titles, headings, and subheadings work together in nonfiction can help students with writing and with reading comprehension. Students will make observations about nonfiction texts and consider organization choices.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Love Lists for Valentine's Day
Love Lists for Valentine's Day
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Love Lists for Valentine's Day
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. In this Valentine's Day lesson, students will practice using invented spelling to write a love list for someone titled "10 Things I Love About You."
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Early Literacy Lesson Plans

Introduce children to early literacy concepts, an important first step on the road to reading fluency. Designed for students in the lower grades, these introductory reading and writing lesson plans help children establish a solid foundation in early literacy concepts and include topics such as sequencing events, picture comprehension, sentence features, proper book handling, and more.