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Going on a Picture Walk
Going on a Picture Walk
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Going on a Picture Walk
Use this helpful introduction to going on a picture walk and making predictions as a stand alone or pre lesson for the **Reading Without Words** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Venn Diagram Collage
Venn Diagram Collage
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Venn Diagram Collage
Arts and crafts, Venn diagrams, and literature all come together as students compare and contrast stories. Opportunities for student creativity are endless!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Pick Out the Parts of a Story
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Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Use this lesson to teach your students to identify story elements and compare them to another text's story elements. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Comparing Texts by the Same Author* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End
Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End
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Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End
Let your class act out! Students will reenact Goldilocks and the Three Bears while learning about narratives and story plots.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
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Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
This lesson provides teachers with an opportunity to teach students about reading stamina and assess student comprehension during independent reading.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Inferences About Feelings
Making Inferences About Feelings
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Making Inferences About Feelings
In this support lesson, your students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character's feelings in order to understand their perspective.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Pictures to Read Words
Using Pictures to Read Words
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Using Pictures to Read Words
This is a great introductory lesson to teach students about the importance of illustrations when reading. It can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the Introducing Reader's Workshop lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Asking Questions and Finding Answers
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Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Pretending to be someone else is so much fun! In this hilarious lesson, students will get to take on the persona of a book character as they practice their question and answer skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Character Actions and Emotions
Character Actions and Emotions
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Character Actions and Emotions
Use this lesson to help your ELs describe a character’s emotion based on actions. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Retelling of The Monkey King: A Famous Chinese Story
Retelling of The Monkey King: A Famous Chinese Story
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Retelling of The Monkey King: A Famous Chinese Story
In honor of Chinese New Year, share with your students a famous Chinese story called *The Monkey King*. Students will practice their comprehension skills as they retell the story, identifying what happens in the beginning, middle, and end.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Words That Show Cause and Effect
Words That Show Cause and Effect
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Words That Show Cause and Effect
This lesson helps students recognize cause-and-effect relationships in fiction and nonfiction writing by identifying clue words. It can be used on its own or as a precursor to Cause and Effect with Comic Strips.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What Happened?
What Happened?
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What Happened?
Help your students' story telling abilities grow with this lesson that helps them recount what happened in a story and has them point out key details.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Students will read a short fictional story and discuss why the author included certain details and words. Use this lesson to help your students navigate parts of fictional text to determine the author's purpose!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Describe Character Actions in Order
Describe Character Actions in Order
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Describe Character Actions in Order
Use this lesson to teach your students to describe the characters' actions using the basic sentence structure of subject + verb + object. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *How Do You Solve a Problem?* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Summaries and Predictions
Summaries and Predictions
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Summaries and Predictions
Teach your second graders how to write a prediction and summarize book chapters in this exciting lesson!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Two Perspectives
Two Perspectives
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Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different characters’ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point Is It Anyway? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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What Happened to the Bunny?
What Happened to the Bunny?
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What Happened to the Bunny?
Preschool students will love listening to this classic story about a missing toy! Can be used as a stand alone lesson to introduce elements of a story or as a support lesson for the **Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Head to Head Fiction Reflections
Head to Head Fiction Reflections
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Head to Head Fiction Reflections
Reading reflection topics like theme, problems, and solutions can be challenging concepts for young readers. Help your students make sense of these literary elements using dynamic organizers that draw comparisons between fiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What Were They Thinking?
What Were They Thinking?
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What Were They Thinking?
What do Malala Yousafzai, Al Gore, and Michelle Obama all have in common? They are all nonfiction authors with a purpose. In this interactive lesson, students will gain practice looking at details in text to identify the author’s purpose.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Connections in a Fiction Text
Making Connections in a Fiction Text
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Making Connections in a Fiction Text
Use this fun theatrical lesson plan to review or teach all about retelling a story with your ELs. This can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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What Was the Problem?
What Was the Problem?
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What Was the Problem?
Use this lesson to teach your students to use the correct past tense language when speaking about a story they have read. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Fiction Comprehension: Problem and Solution* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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A Script with Adverbs
A Script with Adverbs
Lesson Plan
A Script with Adverbs
Describe what's happening in the script! Use this lesson to help your ELs describe events in a drama. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Summer Drama.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Predicting Pictures
Predicting Pictures
Lesson Plan
Predicting Pictures
Reading isn't just about reading words, it can be about reading pictures, too! Help your EL students search for clues with this lesson plan all about decoding pictures.This EL support lesson can be used with the lesson plan **Picture Clues**.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Craft Stick Story Elements
Craft Stick Story Elements
Lesson Plan
Craft Stick Story Elements
This comprehensive overview of story elements will definitely leave students with a better understanding of author's purpose, character traits, sequence, and main idea. It features the acclaimed Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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