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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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Finding the Key Details
Finding the Key Details
Lesson Plan
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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Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
Lesson Plan
Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
In this lesson, students will retell stories by drawing and talking about what happens at the beginning, middle, and end. This lesson can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and Beginning, Middle, and End lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
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Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
Get students curious about reading with these activities designed to support comprehension. This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Main Ideas and Details lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
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Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
ELs will get a chance to practice their listening and reading comprehension skills as they answer questions about the key details in a read-aloud text. Use as a stand-alone or pre-lesson for the Questions for Comprehension lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Sorting & Describing Books
Sorting & Describing Books
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Lesson Plan
Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Pretending to be someone else is so much fun! In this hilarious lesson, students will get to take on the persona of a book character as they practice their question and answer skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Picture Clues
Reading Picture Clues
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Reading Picture Clues
In this lesson, students will learn how to get information from pictures in texts. They will describe pictures with a partner and see if their descriptions match the words in the text. This lesson can be used alone or as a support lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Learn Story Elements
Learn Story Elements
Lesson Plan
Learn Story Elements
Through this lesson, your students will use academic vocabulary to discuss character traits, author's purpose, and the sequence of events in a story.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Topic
Main Topic
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Main Topic
It's time to dig into some nonfiction books! In this lesson, students will practice identifying the main topic of nonfiction texts. This lesson can be used alone or with the How to Find the Main Idea lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast Fictional Characters
Compare and Contrast Fictional Characters
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Compare and Contrast Fictional Characters
A first grade classic takes center stage in this lesson on comparing and contrasting characters. This lesson can be used alone or with the Compare and Contrast with Wolves lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Figuring Out Tricky Words
Figuring Out Tricky Words
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Figuring Out Tricky Words
Get ready to teach students strategies for understanding new words! Students will practice strategies to read new words in nonfiction books. This lesson can be used alone or with the New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare & Contrast Pictures
Compare & Contrast Pictures
Lesson Plan
Compare & Contrast Pictures
In this lesson, students will practice comparing and contrasting texts...without even reading them! By looking closely at pictures and text features, students will be prepared to further compare fiction texts.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Describe Sensory Details
Describe Sensory Details
Lesson Plan
Describe Sensory Details
In this lesson, students will use their five senses to tell about a picture. They will gain experience articulating and recognizing sensory details while building language skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Create a Nonfiction Big Book
Create a Nonfiction Big Book
Lesson Plan
Create a Nonfiction Big Book
Share the pen in this lesson on text features as you work together as a class to create a nonfiction big book. This lesson can be used alone or with the Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Predictions
Making Predictions
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Making Predictions
In this lesson, students will practice making predictions while telling stories. Students will learn to use sequencing words like first, then, and last. This lesson can be used alone or with the Predict It lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Sharing Facts from Nonfiction
Sharing Facts from Nonfiction
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Sharing Facts from Nonfiction
Tap into children's curiosity by having them record and share key details found in nonfiction texts! This lesson can be used alone or with the Nonfiction Reading: Learning and Recording New Information lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
Direct instruction about text features will help ELs better comprehend nonfiction texts. In this lesson, students will practice identifying text features. This lesson can be used alone or with the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Lesson Plan
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
ELs will gain valuable practice learning about text features as they practice close reading and communication skills during a nonfiction picture walk. Use on its own or as a support for the Classifying Nonfiction Text Features lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading with Symbols
Reading with Symbols
Lesson Plan
Reading with Symbols
In this lesson, students will retell stories and use symbols to highlight interesting parts. This lesson can be used alone or with the Readers Record Their Thinking lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare with Adjectives
Compare with Adjectives
Lesson Plan
Compare with Adjectives
Which traits do your students share with their favorite characters? Find out as you introduce new adjectives! This lesson can be used alone or with the lesson plan All About Me: Character Traits.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Dictionaries & Definitions
Dictionaries & Definitions
Lesson Plan
Dictionaries & Definitions
In this lesson, students will practice defining words by making their own vocabulary cards. This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Mini Dictionaries lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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