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What's in a Name?
What's in a Name?
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What's in a Name?
Every name has a story behind it. This lesson allows students to share the story of their name with their classmates. Not only is it fun, it's ideal for establishing a respectful classroom community.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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All About the Informative Essay
All About the Informative Essay
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All About the Informative Essay
Informative essays have a structure that is fairly easy to dissect. This lesson includes an anchor essay which students will mark up, a mixed-up essay outline for them to sort, and a web for them to organize ideas for their own essay.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Giving Directions: Tell Me How
Giving Directions: Tell Me How
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Giving Directions: Tell Me How
Students will have fun engaging in activities that develop their ability to write sequential step-by-step directions. This lesson helps young learners with being detailed and using transition words in their writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Holidays Around the World
Holidays Around the World
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Holidays Around the World
Use this lesson to give your students an opportunity to learn about winter holidays that are celebrated all over the world. Learners will utilize a graphic organizer to guide their research of their chosen or assigned holiday. Then, they will share what they learned with their peers. Your students will hone their research skills by using the internet, books, or other available research materials, and they will practice their speaking and listening skills when they share the interesting facts and details they found. Designed for a second through fifth grade reading and writing curriculum, your learners will enjoy learning about some of the many holidays that are celebrated around the world.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Editing for Capitalization and Punctuation
Editing for Capitalization and Punctuation
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Editing for Capitalization and Punctuation
Students often understand the basic conventions of writing, but may need support in incorporating these skills into their work. In this lesson, students will review some of the more common capitalization and punctuation errors and apply their editing skills to real writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Family Traditions
Learning About Family Traditions
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Learning About Family Traditions
Use this lesson to give your students an opportunity to share about their family traditions. Prior to the lesson, they'll complete a worksheet to gather information about the way their family honors their culture and beliefs with traditions. They'll bring their information back to the classroom to share with their peers.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Classroom Time Capsule
Classroom Time Capsule
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Classroom Time Capsule
Help show your students' growth with a time capsule. Use the lesson plan Classroom Time Capsule to have students prepare any academic work they want to include in the capsule. They will also add a completed worksheet about their goals for 2020.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Jazzy Bio Poems
Jazzy Bio Poems
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Jazzy Bio Poems
Integrate reading, writing, and social studies in this lesson about famous jazz musicians! This lesson would fit perfectly in a unit about biographies or Black History Month.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
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Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was an influential black man in U.S. history. In this lesson, the historical context is set for students so that they can conduct their own research on Frederick Douglass, using a graphic organizer and multiple sources, before writing an informational essay on him. Ideal for fourth and fifth grade students, this lesson plan not only gives students practice in research and essay-writing skills, it also has them exploring a fascinating part of our country's history.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Malala: Speaking Out for Girls' Rights
Malala: Speaking Out for Girls' Rights
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Malala: Speaking Out for Girls' Rights
In this lesson plan, students learn about Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who advocated for a girls' rights to an education.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Literary Argument: Drafting Your Essay
Literary Argument: Drafting Your Essay
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Literary Argument: Drafting Your Essay
Once students have selected a topic related to a piece of literature they have read and mapped out their argument, this lesson will help them turn their prewriting into an essay.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Immigration: Ellis Island
Immigration: Ellis Island
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Immigration: Ellis Island
This is a lesson about the immigration procedures at Ellis Island. Students will learn about the process and creatively write about what it was like for immigrants to pass through Ellis Island.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
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Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
The hardest part of writing an essay can be the first few steps. This lesson and accompanying graphic organizers will help students map out their ideas and practice crafting paragraphs. With this support, your writers will be off and running!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century writer and philosopher who today is considered one of the first documented feminists and advocates for women’s education. In this lesson, students will read two nonfiction texts about Sor Juana and discuss her life and accomplishments before writing an opinion piece about her.
5th grade
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Chemistry Is Marie Curie
Chemistry Is Marie Curie
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Chemistry Is Marie Curie
Marie Curie’s monumental achievements in chemistry and physics are remarkable. In this lesson, your students will read two accounts of her life, integrate the details, and assess the importance of having more than one source of information.
5th grade
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Pop Rocks Matter
Pop Rocks Matter
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Pop Rocks Matter
This experiment is a fun lesson that captures the ears, eyes, and minds of students! It combines writing, reasoning, predictions, and teamwork with candies and soda to produce a memorable lesson on chemical reactions and energy.
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Reading Response Letters
Reading Response Letters
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Reading Response Letters
How can you *see* what your students are thinking while they read? Try reading response letters in your class. Students will practice formatting letters and learn to discuss their thinking about literature in writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Polishing Your Written Work
Polishing Your Written Work
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Polishing Your Written Work
Whether students are revising handwritten drafts or work that has been composed on the computer, this lesson will help your writers understand some basic strategies and copyediting symbols for polishing their writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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A Biography of Mae Jemison
A Biography of Mae Jemison
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A Biography of Mae Jemison
Mae Jemison was the first African American female astronaut to enter space! Use this lesson plan to help your students get to know this prominent scientist, and determine what makes her an influencial person.
5th grade
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