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Learning About Maps
Learning About Maps
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Learning About Maps
From the compass rose to the map key, first grade students will learn about three characteristics that make up a map. Symbols are used on maps too, as students practice what they can do!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A Butterfly's Life Cycle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A Butterfly's Life Cycle
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A Butterfly's Life Cycle
In this lesson, you will use “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to teach students about the butterfly life cycle. After listening to the story read aloud, students will use their knowledge to create their own butterfly life cycles!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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What's in a Text Feature?
What's in a Text Feature?
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What's in a Text Feature?
Ever wondered how to explain what an index is to a 6 year old? Look no further! Use this engaging lesson to help your students become text feature experts.
1st 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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Find the Text Feature
Find the Text Feature
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Find the Text Feature
Get your students excited about expository text through this fun introduction to text features! Students will create their own glossary of nonfiction text features.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Get to Know Mae Jemison
Get to Know Mae Jemison
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Get to Know Mae Jemison
Mae Jemison was the first African American female astronaut to enter space. Use the Get to Know Mae Jemison lesson plan to learn more about this famous scientist. Children will then read and write about her, and create their own paper rocket.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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I Can Find the Main Idea
I Can Find the Main Idea
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I Can Find the Main Idea
This flowery lesson has students filling in daisy-shaped graphic organizers with story details. Your young readers will love improving their comprehension skills with this lesson's creative activities.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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More and More Maps!
More and More Maps!
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More and More Maps!
Make maps relevant for your class! With an introduction to basic map skills, students will discover the nuts and bolts of how maps are designed. They will even have the chance to map out relevant places like their school and neighborhood!
1st 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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Picturing Goods and Services
Picturing Goods and Services
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Picturing Goods and Services
Help your students “picture” the difference between goods and services! In this lesson which integrates art, reading, and social studies, your students will both find and create examples of goods and services.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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What’s the (Main) Topic?
What’s the (Main) Topic?
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What’s the (Main) Topic?
Teach your students how to identify the main topic using story cards and an interactive read aloud in this engaging lesson.
1st 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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Sub Plans for First Grade
Sub Plans for First Grade
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Sub Plans for First Grade
Get ready to learn all about animals! In this week, students will learn about animals that live in different habitats. They will connect to literacy through classic stories like the *Three Little Pigs* and *The Very Hungry Caterpillar.*
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Artist Spotlight: Frida Kahlo
Artist Spotlight: Frida Kahlo
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Artist Spotlight: Frida Kahlo
This lesson plan teaches students about Frida Kahlo and her legacy as an activist and artist who continues to inspire people all over the world. Students will listen to a story about Frida Kahlo and reflect on what it means to be an artist.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing About Maria Montessori
Writing About Maria Montessori
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Writing About Maria Montessori
In this lesson, students will learn all about Maria Montessori, a pioneering researcher and teacher, and create their own biographical books about this inspiring woman.
1st 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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Sorting & Describing Books
Sorting & Describing Books
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Sorting & Describing Books
In this lesson, students will look at picture clues to determine the topic of texts. ELs will build vocabulary and language skills by working with partners to discuss and represent texts using drawings.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
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Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
It’s time to take a trip around the world and experience Christmas in different countries. Students will explore how their Christmas traditions compare and contrast with kids across the world and chart their findings on a Venn diagram.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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All About Sharks!
All About Sharks!
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All About Sharks!
Do your students live for Shark Week? Help them prepare with this lesson that teaches them about all the different kinds of sharks and has them color and create their own sea!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding the Right Books
Finding the Right Books
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Finding the Right Books
To help develop independent readers, we need to make sure our students are able to identify books they can read independently. Teaching students to pick "just right" books helps them develop reading fluency by reading books at their level.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Maria Tallchief
Learning About Maria Tallchief
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Learning About Maria Tallchief
This engaging lesson plan provides students with an opportunity to learn all about America's prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
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New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
Your students will deepen their understanding and build their vocabulary through reading nonfiction texts and identifying unknown words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Adventures with Infographics
Adventures with Infographics
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Adventures with Infographics
What better way to represent what you’ve learned than through an infographic? In this lesson, students read nonfiction texts then create infographics to share the main topics, key ideas, evidence, and more!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing
Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing
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Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing
Learning from others is a huge part of getting better at something, including writing! In this lesson, students will study works by nonfiction authors to enhance their own nonfiction writing.
1st 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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