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Learning New Vocabulary
Learning New Vocabulary
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Learning New Vocabulary
In this lesson, students will identify new vocabulary words from a text read aloud. After selecting new words, they will create their own picture dictionaries to learn the meaning of each new word.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
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Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
This lesson will help your students use sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. Students will enjoy learning about maps and figuring out tricky words along the way!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Emotion Charades
Emotion Charades
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Emotion Charades
Help your ELs practice identifying how their peers are feeling to develop emotions vocabulary and support comprehension. It can be used as a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Is It the Same?
Is It the Same?
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Is It the Same?
Students will enjoy this fast-paced lesson as they incorporate acting, reading, and detective work while learning how to use context clues in fiction.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Multiple-Meaning Words
Multiple-Meaning Words
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Multiple-Meaning Words
This lesson will help students understand multiple-meaning words through the use of artistic and theatrical representation! Use as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Texts!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Synonyms Give Clues
Synonyms Give Clues
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Synonyms Give Clues
Build your students' knowledge of synonyms to support their vocabulary development. This lesson can stand alone or be a pre-lesson for the *Get Clued in to Context Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text
Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text
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Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text
This lesson will provide students with an opportunity to become more comfortable with identifying and defining academic vocabulary words in a nonfiction text about a chicken's life cycle to support comprehension.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Vocabulary Flash Cards
Vocabulary Flash Cards
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Vocabulary Flash Cards
Making flash cards is something done by students of all ages. Help your kids develop good study habits with this lesson plan, which will teach them how to use flash cards and a dictionary to learn new vocabulary.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Get Clued In to Context Clues
Get Clued In to Context Clues
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Get Clued In to Context Clues
Context clues are a powerful tool for all readers! Use this lesson to teach your students how to utilize context clues to determine the meanings of unknown words.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Closely
Reading Closely
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Reading Closely
Young readers will love this story-filled reading comprehension lesson. It's packed with engaging exercises designed to help students become better at looking for details and annotating passages of text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words
Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words
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Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words
This lesson will help students explore using a dictionary to figure out tricky words with suffixes. Use as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry: Figurative Language
Poetry: Figurative Language
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Poetry: Figurative Language
This literary lesson has students delving into Emily Dickinson's "The Moon was but a Chin of Gold" to find different types of figurative language. Writers will love sharpening reading comprehension skills with this poetry analysis activity.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion
Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion
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Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion
Close reading isn’t about just ticking through words on a page; it’s about absorbing ideas and expanding on them. In this lesson, students will use this strategy to make interpretations about a character's emotions through their actions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Vocabulary Practice
Vocabulary Practice
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Vocabulary Practice
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn about words and what they mean. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Vocabulary Flash Cards* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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I Can Use Context Clues!
I Can Use Context Clues!
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I Can Use Context Clues!
Your ELs will use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. They will also practice using introductory phrases to discuss their inferences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support for the lesson Dive Into Context Clues.
5th 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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Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors
Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors
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Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors
Baby, you're a firework! In this musical lesson, your students will use context clues to determine the meaning of similes and metaphors in popular music. They will then use this knowledge to write their own metaphors and similes.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Master Decoders
Master Decoders
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Master Decoders
Being a fluent reader means being able to use different strategies to figure out unknown words. In this lesson, students learn how to use pictures and context clues.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Human Dictionary
Human Dictionary
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Human Dictionary
When reading, we all encounter unknown words at times. But how do we figure them out? In this lesson, students learn how to become a “human dictionary” by using a variety of strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words.
2nd grade
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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Multiple Meaning Motivation
Multiple Meaning Motivation
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Multiple Meaning Motivation
Help your students' understand the English language with this lesson that teaches them that there are word "twins" that look and sound the same but have different meanings.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Idioms
Idioms
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Idioms
Idioms are especially difficult for English Language Learners! Give your students an introduction to idioms with this lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
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Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
Use this lesson to help your ELs explore adjectives and how we can use them to describe things. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Similes that Describe ME!* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Take a Walk with Idioms
Take a Walk with Idioms
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Take a Walk with Idioms
Get your students moving! In this lesson, your students will walk around the classroom as they practice using and interpreting idioms.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms
Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms
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Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms
Use a short story that can be told entirely in idioms and students will get the picture! Students match story strip text to idioms in this interactive exercise that includes a matching worksheet assessment.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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