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Identifying the Main Idea
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Close Reading: Introduction
Close Reading: Introduction
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Close Reading: Introduction
Help your students absorb the details of a text and make inferences about what they read with the strategy of close reading. By reading closely, students will become better able to understand complex themes and nuances in a text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
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What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Understanding the big idea of a nonfiction text and being able to write a succinct summary are key fourth grade skills. This lesson focuses on summarizing a nonfiction passage in three to four sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
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Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Look at history! In this lesson, guide students through an exploration of the context, causes, and effects of the Transcontinental Railroad, and help them practice identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
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Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Improve your students' comprehension of non-fictional reading through this lesson that teaches them about text features. Students will find their own text features and explain why they aid in the reading process.
4th 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.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
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Using Text Features for Comprehension
Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Understand African American Spirituals
Understand African American Spirituals
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Understand African American Spirituals
Spirituals have a long history in the United States, and often serve to strengthen and motivate people. Students will compare three types of spirituals from different time periods and share their understanding with their peers.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
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Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
In this lesson, Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech, students will be able to understand the allusion Martin Luther King, Jr. makes to the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Have students discuss allusions in this speech.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Literary Vocabulary, Understanding Plot Lesson Part I
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Literary Vocabulary, Understanding Plot Lesson Part I
Have you ever imagined the action and imagery used in conflict during fantasy fiction novels? Using an Education.com workbook, students will learn the vocabulary of literature and complete a crossword puzzle.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
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Searching for Text Features
This fun combination of scavenger hunt and bingo is sure to please young learners. Not only will your students increase their knowledge of text features, they'll also enjoy a selection of engaging games.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction Main Idea
Nonfiction Main Idea
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Nonfiction Main Idea
Let's get reading! In this lesson, students will identify the main idea and details of a nonfiction text. Use this on its own or as support for the lesson Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
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Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
Informational texts isn't just found in textbooks. In this reading lesson, kids will examine the writing of a middle school student and use it to learn more about main ideas and supporting details.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
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Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
In this lesson, students will identify nouns and pronouns as they distinguish between the main idea and supporting details. It may be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
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Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Your students will practice searching for clues to uncover the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction texts about John Muir and Day of the Dead traditions around the world.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Endangered Species Exploration
Endangered Species Exploration
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Endangered Species Exploration
Teach your students the importance of text features with informational readings about endangered species around the world. This lesson on wildlife doubles as a great way for young learners to hone their reading comprehension skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
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Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
Sugar skulls and fancy dress aren't all there is to the Day of the Dead. In this lesson students will learn about several societies that celebrate their dead, as well as some of the history behind the traditions of the Día de los Muertos.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
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Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
This lesson combines an introduction to biomes with some fun Venn diagram exercises. Not only will students learn more about nature, they'll also learn how to make comparisons between different things in nature.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
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Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
Help your ELs familiarize themselves with prepositional phrases as they search for supporting details in nonfiction texts. This lesson could stand alone or be taught prior to teaching the Detective Reading lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
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Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
Use this lesson to teach your students about the lives of 10 important leaders during the suffrage movement. Children will read a picture book that highlights 10 leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women. Children will then work in groups to research and learn more about these inspiring women who dreamed big and never gave up. Finally, students will share their findings with the rest of the class.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Use this lesson to teach your students about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy he left behind. With a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life, students will show understanding by organizing information on a graphic organizer.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Discovering Nonfiction Details
Discovering Nonfiction Details
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Discovering Nonfiction Details
Give your ELs concrete experience with adverbs and adverbial phrases as a tool to discover details in nonfiction texts. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the Hey! What's the Big Idea? lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Let's Play Rivers Jeopardy
Let's Play Rivers Jeopardy
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Let's Play Rivers Jeopardy
Let's play jeopardy! In this interdisciplinary lesson, students learn about American rivers, create game questions about the rivers, and then play the game.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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.
4th 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.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Adobe Spark: Parts, Purposes & Complexities
Adobe Spark: Parts, Purposes & Complexities
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Adobe Spark: Parts, Purposes & Complexities
Discover a new tool for creative assessments and lessons! In this lesson, students will investigate Adobe Spark using Agency by Design thinking routines to help them understand how they can use technology to communicate ideas.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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