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Fairy Tale Character Traits
Fairy Tale Character Traits
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Fairy Tale Character Traits
Students will be able to answer questions to show understanding of character traits. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to The Paper Bag Princess lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Vowels and Consonants
Vowels and Consonants
Lesson Plan
Vowels and Consonants
In this fun EL pre-lesson, students will practice learning about and identifying the differences between vowels and consonants using pictures and a catchy song!
Kindergarten
Math
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Working with Idioms
Working with Idioms
Lesson Plan
Working with Idioms
Figurative language can be difficult, especially for ELs. With the help of context clues and exposure to common idioms, it can be a piece of cake! Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Take a Walk with Idioms* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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Understanding Sequence
Understanding Sequence
Lesson Plan
Understanding Sequence
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand sequencing in fictional texts. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Sequencing: Order in the Court lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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I Pledge Allegiance
I Pledge Allegiance
Lesson Plan
I Pledge Allegiance
Give your students an introduction to the trickiest vocabulary in the Pledge of Allegiance with this lesson. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to the All About the Pledge of Allegiance lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
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Two Perspectives
Two Perspectives
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Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different characters’ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point Is It Anyway? lesson.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Understand Text Features
Understand Text Features
Lesson Plan
Understand Text Features
Let's practice reading nonfiction texts! In this lesson, teach your ELs about identifying and describing text features. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Formatting Text Features.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
What Do You Hear?
What Do You Hear?
Lesson Plan
What Do You Hear?
Use this helpful review or pre-lesson to introduce the idea that letters make the same sound, regardless of their place in a word. Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Same Sound Different Location** lesson plan.
Preschool
Math
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All About the 5 W's
All About the 5 W's
Lesson Plan
All About the 5 W's
Students will be able to answer questions to show understanding of important details in a text. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to the Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How? lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Lesson Plan
Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Teach your students about picture walks as a strategy to understand the author's purpose in a fictional text. This lesson can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support for the Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text lesson.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Text Features Evaluation
Text Features Evaluation
Lesson Plan
Text Features Evaluation
Use this lesson to help your ELs evaluate the purpose of text features and justify their answers. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing Nonfiction Text Features.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Rhyming Pairs
Rhyming Pairs
Lesson Plan
Rhyming Pairs
Use Mem Fox's exciting read aloud to introduce or review the concept of rhyming word pairs with your ELs. This lesson can be used as a stand alone or support for the lesson plan Rhyming with Sam I Am.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Explaining Illustrations with Declarative Sentences
Explaining Illustrations with Declarative Sentences
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Explaining Illustrations with Declarative Sentences
In this lesson, students will examine illustrations and write about them using declarative sentences. This can be used on its own or as support for the lesson A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Connecting Text and Illustrations.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Hands On Reading
Hands On Reading
Lesson Plan
Hands On Reading
Challenge your emerging readers to segment words into individual sounds with this phonemic awareness lesson. Use alone or with the "Read with Beads" lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Math
Lesson Plan
Adjectives in Informational Texts
Adjectives in Informational Texts
Lesson Plan
Adjectives in Informational Texts
Describe the facts! This lesson teaches your ELs to identify adjectives and their important role as key details in informational texts. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Summarizing Nonfiction Texts.
4th grade
Math
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Personal Timeline
Personal Timeline
Lesson Plan
Personal Timeline
Use this lesson to help your ELs strengthen their vocabulary and learn how to create a personal timeline. Teach this lesson as a standalone lesson or use it as support for the lesson Timelines and Nonfiction Text.
4th grade
Math
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Idioms
Idioms
Lesson Plan
Idioms
Idioms are especially difficult for English Language Learners! Give your students an introduction to idioms with this lesson.
2nd grade
Math
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Main Topic
Main Topic
Lesson Plan
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
Making Connections in a Fiction Text
Making Connections in a Fiction Text
Lesson Plan
Making Connections in a Fiction Text
Use this fun theatrical lesson plan to review or teach all about retelling a story with your ELs. This can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End.
Kindergarten
Math
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Inferences and Quotes as Proof
Inferences and Quotes as Proof
Lesson Plan
Inferences and Quotes as Proof
Got quotes? Use this lesson plan to teach your EL students how to select appropriate quotes from the text that support their conclusions! Use this lesson on its own or as support to The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy lesson.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Lesson Plan
An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn common English sound words. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Onomatopoeia Practice.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Character Comparisons
Character Comparisons
Lesson Plan
Character Comparisons
Use this lesson to help your ELs compare and contrast supporting characters from excerpted texts. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support the lesson Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
What Was the Problem?
What Was the Problem?
Lesson Plan
What Was the Problem?
Use this lesson to teach your students to use the correct past tense language when speaking about a story they have read. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Fiction Comprehension: Problem and Solution* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Stop and Jot!
Stop and Jot!
Lesson Plan
Stop and Jot!
Use this interactive activity to help students learn blends and digraphs and the active reading strategy stop and jot! This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson.
1st grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Sight Word Notes
Sight Word Notes
Lesson Plan
Sight Word Notes
In this fun lesson plan, students will get to practice using sight words while writing notes to their peers. This is a great introductory lesson as a stand alone or a support lesson for the lesson plan **A Sight Word Celebration**.
Kindergarten
Math
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