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Asking and Answering Questions
Asking and Answering Questions
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Asking and Answering Questions
This lesson helps students learn about asking and answering questions about a text. It also exposes them to valuable lessons about trying to figure out their dreams and not giving up along the way.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Predictions Lesson
Making Predictions Lesson
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Making Predictions Lesson
This lesson thoughtfully scaffolds the reading skill of predicting. Students are introduced to the concept and get to practice making predictions. They will apply what they have learned during a focused independent reading activity.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast Short Stories
Compare and Contrast Short Stories
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Compare and Contrast Short Stories
By fourth grade, most students are familiar with story elements such as setting, characters, and plot. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the elements in two stories with similar themes.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Simple Summaries
Simple Summaries
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Simple Summaries
Keep it simple! Teach your students to write a summary using the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then frame for analyzing a story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
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Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
Characters, settings, and events, oh my! In this lesson, students will dig deeper into each of these components and learn to provide specific details from their texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding the Moral
Finding the Moral
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Finding the Moral
In this lesson your students will find and examine the morals in the classic folktales of "Stone Soup" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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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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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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Identifying Character Traits
Identifying Character Traits
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Identifying Character Traits
What's your "it"? This lesson incorporates Tony Dungy's You Can Do It! into some hands-on activities that help students learn about different character traits.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Cause and Effect!
Learning About Cause and Effect!
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Learning About Cause and Effect!
Help your students understand what cause and effect looks like in everyday situations! This hands-on, engaging lesson plan allows students to examine cause and effect in their own lives as well as fictional text!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Identifying Parts of a Book
Identifying Parts of a Book
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Identifying Parts of a Book
Let your students learn more about books with this lesson that helps them learn to identify key parts of a physical book. This information will have them well prepared for research projects later on.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Read and Retell a Classic Story
Read and Retell a Classic Story
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Read and Retell a Classic Story
Your students will enjoy reading the classic story “The Ugly Duckling,” written about a very lovable duck! This reading lesson also includes a fun partner activity to help your students practice comprehension.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
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Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Do you have students who are constantly asking what, who, where, why, how, and when? It's your turn to ask now! Have them read various stories and ask them to answer these questions in this lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Let's Read It With Expression!
Let's Read It With Expression!
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Let's Read It With Expression!
Teach your students about text clues that will help them read with expression. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Reader's Theater: Read the Script* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
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Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Your kids will love learning about setting, characters and events as they listen to a classic tale and play a simple game. This lesson helps students improve their reading comprehension skills while they have fun.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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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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How to Analyze a Character
How to Analyze a Character
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How to Analyze a Character
Your students become masters at character analysis as they learn how to describe fictional characters by identifying traits and providing concrete evidence to support their thinking.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Kids will love learning some fun facts about elephants while developing their reading comprehension skills. Using T-charts and Venn diagrams, they'll analyze stories and explore different characteristics of fiction and nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
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Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
Maximize your students' engagement when reading by teaching them how to ask and answer questions along the way. Use this as a stand alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Asking and Answering Questions* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry Themes
Poetry Themes
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Poetry Themes
Encourage your students to translate their understanding of theme to poetry. In this lesson, students will evaluate the theme of poems by sketching pictures and citing text evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause or Effect?
Cause or Effect?
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Cause or Effect?
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand the relationship between cause and the effect sentences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
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Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
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Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
Teach your students the difference between facts and opinions, and why an author would choose to use each type of information. This can stand-alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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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.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Use Your Mind and Visualize!
Use Your Mind and Visualize!
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Use Your Mind and Visualize!
Help students learn the crucial reading strategy of visualizing. Visualizing is a key component of learning to infer from a text. Kids will love using their imagination and drawing pictures of their visualizations.
Kindergarten
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