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Asking and Answering Questions
Asking and Answering Questions
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Asking and Answering Questions
This lesson helps students learn about asking and answering questions about a text. It also exposes them to valuable lessons about trying to figure out their dreams and not giving up along the way.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast Short Stories
Compare and Contrast Short Stories
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Compare and Contrast Short Stories
By fourth grade, most students are familiar with story elements such as setting, characters, and plot. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the elements in two stories with similar themes.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Identifying the Author's Purpose
Identifying the Author's Purpose
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Identifying the Author's Purpose
This lesson gives students foundational skills needed to identify the author's purpose in a variety of texts. Use the lesson as a stand alone or as a pre-lesson to What Were They Thinking?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding the Moral
Finding the Moral
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Finding the Moral
In this lesson your students will find and examine the morals in the classic folktales of "Stone Soup" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Pictures
Reading Pictures
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Reading Pictures
In this lesson, students will practice "reading" pictures. They will look at the details in pictures in order to make predictions about what happens in a text. This lesson can be used alone or with the Predicting Pictures lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Learn to Compare and Contrast
Learn to Compare and Contrast
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Learn to Compare and Contrast
Your students will learn academic vocabulary and use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast two short stories. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as an introduction to the Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Read and Retell a Classic Story
Read and Retell a Classic Story
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Read and Retell a Classic Story
Your students will enjoy reading the classic story “The Ugly Duckling,” written about a very lovable duck! This reading lesson also includes a fun partner activity to help your students practice comprehension.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Let's Read It With Expression!
Let's Read It With Expression!
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Let's Read It With Expression!
Teach your students about text clues that will help them read with expression. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Reader's Theater: Read the Script* lesson.
3rd 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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Inference Detectives
Inference Detectives
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Inference Detectives
It’s time to make an educated guess! In this lesson, your students will practice using their background knowledge and evidence from the text to make inferences in nonfiction pieces about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry Themes
Poetry Themes
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Poetry Themes
Encourage your students to translate their understanding of theme to poetry. In this lesson, students will evaluate the theme of poems by sketching pictures and citing text evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
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Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Close Reading: Introduction
Close Reading: Introduction
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Close Reading: Introduction
Help your students absorb the details of a text and make inferences about what they read with the strategy of close reading. By reading closely, students will become better able to understand complex themes and nuances in a text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish
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The Rainbow Fish
In this literacy lesson, students have the chance to explore feelings using The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. They will role-play, answer comprehension questions, and create a craft!
Preschool
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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Finding the Key Details
Finding the Key Details
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Finding the Key Details
Introduce students to fictional story elements with a book by first grade favorite, Mo Willems! This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Fluently to Support Comprehension
Reading Fluently to Support Comprehension
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Reading Fluently to Support Comprehension
Use this lesson to teach students about the importance of reading fluently to support comprehension. Use as a stand alone activity or a support for the Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Determining the Theme of a Poem
Determining the Theme of a Poem
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Determining the Theme of a Poem
Give your class a deeper understanding of theme with this art and poetry-focused lesson plan about theme. By the end of the lesson, students will understand what theme is and how to determine theme in a piece of writing, such as a poem.
5th 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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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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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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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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Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
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Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
This lesson will have your students learn to compare and contrast using both a classic fairy tale and a fractured versions of a fairy tale.
2nd 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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Put Me in the Zoo
Put Me in the Zoo
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Put Me in the Zoo
This literature-based lesson teaches students about answering key questions and understanding a character's point of view. It'll have young readers roaring, thumping, and having tons of fun as they imitate story characters.
Preschool
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