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Main Ideas and Details
Main Ideas and Details
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Main Ideas and Details
Take your students to a magical place by having them read stories such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "Rumpelstiltskin." They can read these magical stories and figure out the main idea and details in them!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Questions for Comprehension
Questions for Comprehension
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Questions for Comprehension
Good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. This lesson, which incorporates two wonderful activities and some practice with the 5 Ws, is sure to get your students ready to dive into literature.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction Comprehension: Compare and Contrast
Nonfiction Comprehension: Compare and Contrast
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Nonfiction Comprehension: Compare and Contrast
Teach your students to compare and contrast to boost their comprehension! Use this lesson to teach your students to compare and contrast information from two nonfiction texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Internal & External Character Traits
Internal & External Character Traits
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Internal & External Character Traits
In this support lesson, your students will compare and contrast character traits using a graphic organizer. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing Two Characters.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Plant Structures and their Functions
Plant Structures and their Functions
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Plant Structures and their Functions
A caption reveals important information to a reader. Use this lesson with your students to teach them about plant structures and their functions, while they learn how to be a text feature author.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Timelines and Nonfiction Text
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Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Teach your students how to use timelines to organize information from nonfiction texts.
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
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Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
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Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Did you know that comparative tasks improve comprehension and help students develop higher order thinking skills? In this lesson, students will compare nonfiction texts on the same topic using Venn diagrams and performance!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Move Like an Animal!
Move Like an Animal!
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Move Like an Animal!
Have your students get energized while they learn about animal locomotion and move around like various animals!
1st grade
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Different Communities
Different Communities
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Different Communities
What's the difference? In this lesson, your students will learn to describe what living in an urban, rural, and a suburban area is like.
2nd grade
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Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who? What? When? Where? Why?
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Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Your students are probably used to answering questions. Give them a chance to ask their own with this imaginative lesson on reading comprehension and the ways one can use who, what, when, where, and why.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
This lesson will help students identify the author's point of view and purpose for writing an informational text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
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Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
We often conduct reading fluency tests on our students without explicitly teaching this skill. Use this lesson, which incorporates student peer review, to help raise awareness of reading fluency while improving it.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Punctuation & Prosody
Punctuation & Prosody
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Punctuation & Prosody
Are your second graders struggling with reading comprehension? Help them understand how prosody can help their understanding of the text with this reading lesson plan.
2nd grade
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What's the Moral?
What's the Moral?
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What's the Moral?
This lesson focuses on the comprehension of fables and folktales in order to identify a moral or lesson. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Finding the Moral lesson plan.
2nd grade
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Comparing Two Characters
Comparing Two Characters
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Comparing Two Characters
Your students have probably heard of both Mickey Mouse and Ironman, but have they ever compared and contrasted them? This lesson engages students in a fun double bubble map activity while helping them learn about internal character traits.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
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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
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
In this lesson, your students will explore reading with technology with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." Students will use a graphic organizer to reflect on this story.
Kindergarten
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Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
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Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
Sharpen your students’ reading and research skills in this lesson that guides them in comparing and contrasting information and drawing conclusions. Students will collect information across several resources including Internet sources.
5th grade
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Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
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Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Students will learn about three nonfiction text features: charts, graphs, and diagrams. They will analyze and interpret the information represented in these visual forms and discover how they aid in the comprehension of nonfiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sub Plans for Second Grade
Sub Plans for Second Grade
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Sub Plans for Second Grade
Sub plans just got a whole lot easier! In this second grade, week-long sub packet, subs can supercharge learning with "All About Me" themed lessons and activities. The “All About Me” theme is the perfect opportunity to reinforce foundational skills like understanding character traits, taking and interpreting meaningful data, and writing from the heart.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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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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In Search of the Main Idea
In Search of the Main Idea
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In Search of the Main Idea
Young learners will love finding the main ideas in short informational texts. Featuring a bunch of fun worksheets, this lesson will help students learn about different topics while improving their reading skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Amazing Animals Adaptations!
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Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Students put their knowledge of animal adaptations to the test when they create a new creature with its own unique set of adaptations!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Imagination: Real or Make Believe
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Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Can cartoon bears talk? Can fish sing? Engage your students by teaching the difference between real and make believe.
Preschool
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