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Is It the Same?
Is It the Same?
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Is It the Same?
Students will enjoy this fast-paced lesson as they incorporate acting, reading, and detective work while learning how to use context clues in fiction.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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How Do You Solve a Problem?
How Do You Solve a Problem?
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How Do You Solve a Problem?
Some problems are easy to fix, while some are more complicated. Use this lesson to teach your students to identify the characters’ attempts in a story to solve problems.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion
Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion
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Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion
Close reading isn’t about just ticking through words on a page; it’s about absorbing ideas and expanding on them. In this lesson, students will use this strategy to make interpretations about a character's emotions through their actions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring the Features of a Book Series
Exploring the Features of a Book Series
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Exploring the Features of a Book Series
Students will engage their analytical skills and literacy skills as they compare books within a series. The central activity in this lesson will have students identifying, comparing, and contrasting the shared features of books in a series.
5th grade
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Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms
Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms
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Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms
Use a short story that can be told entirely in idioms and students will get the picture! Students match story strip text to idioms in this interactive exercise that includes a matching worksheet assessment.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Mini Dictionaries!
Mini Dictionaries!
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Mini Dictionaries!
Smaller dictionaries that are totally relevant to the material being read? In this lesson, students will learn that these miraculously really do exist and go by the name of glossaries!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
Have you ever read a story and immediately began to compare the characters to those of your favorite story? In this lesson, students will learn to read context clues and descriptions in order to understand characters and compare them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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“Oh, My Word!” with Amelia Bedelia
“Oh, My Word!” with Amelia Bedelia
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“Oh, My Word!” with Amelia Bedelia
Let Amelia Bedelia introduce figurative language in this fun and interactive lesson that includes a game, group work and a chance for students to shine as idiom authors!
2nd grade
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Not all nonfiction texts on the same topic are created equal! Using this lesson plan, your class will become familiar with nonfiction features by comparing and contrasting texts on a shared topic.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
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Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
So many students love to read books in a series but they don't give much thought to what a series really is. In this lesson students discover the two kinds of book series and apply classifying criteria to examples in the library.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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What Happened?
What Happened?
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What Happened?
Help your students' story telling abilities grow with this lesson that helps them recount what happened in a story and has them point out key details.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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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
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Fairy Tales: Character Traits
Fairy Tales: Character Traits
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Fairy Tales: Character Traits
In this literary lesson, students use fairy tales to practice identifying character traits. Students are challenged to justify their reasoning using text based support.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Picture Book Pacing
Picture Book Pacing
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Picture Book Pacing
The ability to read aloud well and with confidence is an important part of student development. In this lesson, students will use picture books and record videos of themselves reading aloud.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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A Day at the Zoo
A Day at the Zoo
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A Day at the Zoo
Your class will have so much fun reading books about the zoo and sharing reactions about the story that your they will be itching for a class field trip to the zoo!
Kindergarten
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Are You a Text Detective?
Are You a Text Detective?
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Are You a Text Detective?
Kindergarten students will become text feature detectives as they hunt for the different text features found in nonfiction books in this fun reading lesson.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Reading Response Letters
Reading Response Letters
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Reading Response Letters
How can you *see* what your students are thinking while they read? Try reading response letters in your class. Students will practice formatting letters and learn to discuss their thinking about literature in writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction Reading: Learning and Recording New Information
Nonfiction Reading: Learning and Recording New Information
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Nonfiction Reading: Learning and Recording New Information
As students reread nonfiction, have them draw or write new information they learn. Students then share these new learnings with reading partners.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
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New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
Your students will deepen their understanding and build their vocabulary through reading nonfiction texts and identifying unknown words.
1st grade
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
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Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Students will read a short fictional story and discuss why the author included certain details and words. Use this lesson to help your students navigate parts of fictional text to determine the author's purpose!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Explorer Letters
Explorer Letters
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Explorer Letters
Step into the shoes of an explorer. Students will learn more about the lives and accomplishments of important explorers, and they'll demonstrate their knowledge through a creative writing assignment.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles
Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles
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Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles
Nonfiction texts offer a great lens into cause and effect relationships. Use this lesson plan to teach your class to compare cause-and-effect relationships across texts that share a topic.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Night Before First Grade
The Night Before First Grade
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The Night Before First Grade
This lesson helps kindergartners express their emotions about moving to first grade. Featuring The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing, it gives young students ample time to introspect, write, and draw.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
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A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
Make history come alive with this interactive lesson! Students will have a blast presenting a "living timeline" to help their classmates understand the events of the Revolutionary War.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Ending Notes
Ending Notes
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Ending Notes
Singing is a great way to teach reading skills! Use song lyrics to get students thinking about ending sounds with this interactive lesson.
Preschool
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