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Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Text
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Text
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Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Text
Use this lesson to help your students learn how to find the main idea and details in a nonfiction text using a graphic organizer for support.
2nd grade
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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Who Is Mae Jemison?
Who Is Mae Jemison?
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Who Is Mae Jemison?
Mae Jemison was the first African American female astronaut to enter space! Use the Who Is Mae Jemison? lesson plan to get to know this prominent scientist and entrepreneur. Students will read about Mae and then answer questions about her.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Fact vs. Opinion Sort
Fact vs. Opinion Sort
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Fact vs. Opinion Sort
In this lesson, students develop an understand of the difference between facts and opinions. After analyzing different statements, students write their own sentences to sort and analyze.
2nd grade
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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Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
This lesson will help students identify the author's point of view and purpose for writing an informational text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Pledging Allegiance to the Flag
Pledging Allegiance to the Flag
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Pledging Allegiance to the Flag
The Pledge of Allegiance has been recited for years, but how many truly know its meaning? This lesson allows our student citizens a chance to learn and appreciate the pledge, as they understand the meaning behind it.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Facts and Opinions: What's the Truth?
Facts and Opinions: What's the Truth?
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Facts and Opinions: What's the Truth?
Use this lesson to teach your students about facts and opinions. Teach them that a certain belief that they have about someone or something is not a fact!
2nd 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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Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
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Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Use this lesson to reinforce using sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. This can be used as a stand alone activity or a support the Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
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Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Provide students with an opportunity to closely examine the difference between a topic and main idea in a nonfiction text. Use as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Finding the Main Idea and Details in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Animal Life Cycles, All Around
Animal Life Cycles, All Around
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Animal Life Cycles, All Around
Life cycles go around and around! In this technology-integrated lesson, students will research various animal life cycles and write about them.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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How to Find the Main Idea
How to Find the Main Idea
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How to Find the Main Idea
Get ready to develop important comprehension skills! Students will read different informational passages and learn to identify the main idea. They will then use their knowledge of main ideas to write their own informational passages.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Black Artists: Basquiat
Black Artists: Basquiat
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Black Artists: Basquiat
This lesson plan teaches students about Jean-Michel Basquiat and his life as a child. First, students will listen to a story and figure out the main topic and details. Next, students will be asked to think deeply about what it means to be an artist and some of the types of art they like to create. Perfect for first graders and second graders, the lesson Black Artists: Basquiat highlights reading informational texts and building vocabulary.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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What’s Similar? What’s Different?
What’s Similar? What’s Different?
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What’s Similar? What’s Different?
How are plants’ traits affected by environmental factors? In this integrated science and reading lesson, students will use multiple sources to identify and determine how traits are influenced by the environment.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Unknown Words
Unknown Words
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Unknown Words
Increase student comprehension by teaching your students strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for the Be a Nonfiction Detective lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Researching Black Inventors
Researching Black Inventors
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Researching Black Inventors
Inventors and their novel inventions are always a thrilling topic! In the lesson Researching Black Inventors, first graders and second graders are encouraged to research the rich history of African American inventors. This engaging lesson plan provides students with an opportunity to learn all about inventors they find interesting and the impact those inventors have on the world. Perfect for Black History Month, this learning activity highlights informational writing skills and helps build students' vocabulary.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Create a Nonfiction Text Summary
Create a Nonfiction Text Summary
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Create a Nonfiction Text Summary
Give your students a chance to hone their reading comprehension skills by creating nonfiction text summaries in this introductory lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Text Features
Learning About Text Features
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Learning About Text Features
In this lesson, students will read text features and discuss how each text feature relates to the main idea of a nonfiction text. Use a stand alone activity or a support for the Examining the Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Inventories
Reading Inventories
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Reading Inventories
Want to engage students in reading? Give them books that they want to read! This lesson will give you a chance to learn about your readers so that you can best support them to become fluent readers.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Summarize a Nonfiction Text
Summarize a Nonfiction Text
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Summarize a Nonfiction Text
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to write effective nonfiction text summaries. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Create a Non-fiction Text Summary lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
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Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
This lesson provides students with the opportunity to compare and contrast two athletes who have been instrumental in changing the world of women's sports!
2nd 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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What Does an Activist Do?
What Does an Activist Do?
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What Does an Activist Do?
Ask an important question this month: What does an activist do? This engaging lesson can be used leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (and year-round). It supports students in understanding what it means to be an activist and how Martin Luther King Jr. used collaborative action to change the world and speak out against oppression. Perfect for first graders and second graders, this activity explores word meaning and other reading and writing skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
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Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
This lesson plan teaches kids about W.E.B. Du Bois through video and a short informational text. Students will compare/contrast their findings and create a poster in small groups showing what they learned.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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