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The Impact of Westward Expansion
The Impact of Westward Expansion
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The Impact of Westward Expansion
How did westward expansion impact people living in the United States? Use this history lesson to give students an overview of the people and events involved. Then help them reflect on multiple perspectives in an informational paragraph.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
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Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
Knowing how to write an effective persuasive letter is a powerful tool. Students will learn how to advocate for their ideas by planning and drafting a well-supported persuasive letter on an issue of their choice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Present Perfect Tense
Present Perfect Tense
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Present Perfect Tense
Have your students heard about participles and tenses? This fun lesson teaches students about conjugating verbs and forming sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Simile vs. Metaphor
Simile vs. Metaphor
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Simile vs. Metaphor
Do your students struggle with similes and metaphors? Do they have trouble identifying the two different types of analogies? This lesson will help simplify the two and put an end to the confusion.
5th 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.
5th grade
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Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
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Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
In this lesson, your class will identify an author’s claim in nonfiction text by identifying evidence and reasons.
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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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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Parts of Speech: Sticky Note Ad-Libs
Parts of Speech: Sticky Note Ad-Libs
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Parts of Speech: Sticky Note Ad-Libs
In this great grammar lesson, your students will practice using the eight parts of speech to complete sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Characters Across Fiction Texts
Comparing and Contrasting Two Characters Across Fiction Texts
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Characters Across Fiction Texts
In this lesson, you will share with your students two books that emphasize the beauty and power of music. They will also meet two unique characters that they will compare and contrast by referencing specific examples from the texts.
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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Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources
Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources
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Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources
In this lesson, your students will identify and compare the features found in primary and secondary sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Explaining Environmental Effects
Explaining Environmental Effects
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Explaining Environmental Effects
What’s the impact? In this integrated language arts and science lesson students will explore causes and effects that specifically relate to environmental impact, including the effects of human actions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Signal Words, Facts, and Opinions
Signal Words, Facts, and Opinions
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Signal Words, Facts, and Opinions
Use this lesson to help your ELs search for signal words in texts to determine if a statement is a fact or an opinion. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the Is It True? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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I SHAMPOO C: Figurative Language
I SHAMPOO C: Figurative Language
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I SHAMPOO C: Figurative Language
Do your students have trouble understanding the main types of figurative language? This lesson will teach them about I SHAMPOO C, an acronym used to to remember nine of the main types with ease.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
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Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
Similes, metaphors, and idioms are some of the most widely used literary devices in both speaking and writing. Students will review each of these and practice creating some of their own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Informational Text: Close Reading
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Use a student-friendly glossary and sentence frames to learn about wild weather! Scaffolds will help your students answer text-dependent questions. This lesson can be paired with the main Informational Text: Close Reading lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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An Introduction to Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
An Introduction to Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
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An Introduction to Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
Introduce your students to three sentence structures. In this exercise, students will participate in a reading scavenger hunt as they look for different types of sentences in a short story.
5th grade
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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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There’s No I in Theme-work!
There’s No I in Theme-work!
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There’s No I in Theme-work!
That’s right! The theme applies to everyone! Use this interactive lesson to teach your students how to find the theme of a fictional text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferring Character Motivation
Inferring Character Motivation
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Inferring Character Motivation
In this support lesson, students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character in order to understand their motivation. Use this as a support for the lesson What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Everybunny’s Easter Puns
Everybunny’s Easter Puns
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Everybunny’s Easter Puns
The energizer bunny went to jail. He was charged with battery. Get it? Your students will understand after this lesson! Use this lesson to give your students tools to understand and create Easter puns.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Different Points of View
Exploring Different Points of View
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Exploring Different Points of View
The activities in this lesson will engage students in thinking about how a person’s position, needs, and concerns affect their point of view on an issue. Students will apply this to characters in "The Memory String" by Eve Bunting.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Information from Multiple Sources
Information from Multiple Sources
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Information from Multiple Sources
Use this lesson to help your ELs quickly find information on a specific topic by looking for a noun and its pronouns in a nonfiction text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Ecosystems Explained.
5th grade
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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
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