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Picture This: The Ugly Duckling!
Picture This: The Ugly Duckling!
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Picture This: The Ugly Duckling!
Your students have probably heard of "The Ugly Duckling," but have they ever tried to put the events of the story in order? In this simple sequencing lesson, young readers match illustrations to text and put them into the proper order.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
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Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
This lesson provides teachers with an opportunity to teach students about reading stamina and assess student comprehension during independent reading.
2nd 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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Story Mapping Group Work
Story Mapping Group Work
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Story Mapping Group Work
Use this story map and your choice of short fiction passages to develop your students’ reading comprehension skills with this group reading lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
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Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
This lesson will have your students learn to compare and contrast using both a classic fairy tale and a fractured versions of a fairy tale.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
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The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
Give your students a chance to hone their reading comprehension skills as they learn about the characters, setting, and plot of their favorite fiction books by creating a story map.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Questions that Gauge Comprehension
Questions that Gauge Comprehension
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Questions that Gauge Comprehension
Use this lesson to gauge your students’ basic comprehension of fiction text. If they can answer who, what, when, where, why, and how questions, you know they have a handle on it and it’s time to get into more critical thinking!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry: Figurative Language
Poetry: Figurative Language
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Poetry: Figurative Language
This literary lesson has students delving into Emily Dickinson's "The Moon was but a Chin of Gold" to find different types of figurative language. Writers will love sharpening reading comprehension skills with this poetry analysis activity.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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There’s No I in Theme-work!
There’s No I in Theme-work!
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There’s No I in Theme-work!
That’s right! The theme applies to everyone! Use this interactive lesson to teach your students how to find the theme of a fictional text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements
Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements
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Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements
Story elements help to bring beloved fairy tales to life in this literacy lesson. Your students will learn to identify the title, author, setting, characters, problem, and solution in a fiction text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Different Points of View
Exploring Different Points of View
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Exploring Different Points of View
The activities in this lesson will engage students in thinking about how a person’s position, needs, and concerns affect their point of view on an issue. Students will apply this to characters in "The Memory String" by Eve Bunting.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Improve reading comprehension with a lesson on cause and effect! In this lesson, students will use a T-chart to identify examples of cause and effect in and by the end, you’ll all be singing along to the cause and effect song!
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
Reading & Writing
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Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts
Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts
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Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts
Introduce the concept of author’s purpose in fiction texts with this fun reading lesson! Students will discuss three examples of fictional texts to determine the purpose of each.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Journey on the Underground Railroad
Journey on the Underground Railroad
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Journey on the Underground Railroad
This lesson combines historical facts and creative writing to engage students in exercises that enhance both vocabulary and social studies knowledge.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Predict It
Predict It
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Predict It
Engage students in reading grade-level texts by making and testing predictions. Your students will be excited to read on to find out if their predictions are correct!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Urban, Suburban, or Rural
Urban, Suburban, or Rural
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Urban, Suburban, or Rural
Students will have a blast as they engage in interactive projects to learn about the characteristics of urban, suburban, and rural communities. This lesson will help them develop both their writing and social-studies skills.
2nd 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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Detective Reading
Detective Reading
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Detective Reading
Roll up your sleeves and get out the magnifying glasses! In this lesson, your students will practice finding supportive details and examples in informational texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Your Day: Story Sequencing
Your Day: Story Sequencing
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Your Day: Story Sequencing
Get your preschoolers ready for reading by practicing story sequencing. Testing their knowledge of how things are ordered will help them improve their reading comprehension skills.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Finding Similarities and Differences
Finding Similarities and Differences
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Finding Similarities and Differences
Good readers analyze texts by looking at similarities and differences. Use this lesson to teach your students to compare and contrast the story elements of two fiction texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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What's So Different? Comparing Characters
What's So Different? Comparing Characters
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What's So Different? Comparing Characters
Using your acting skills and a great book by Chris Van Allsburg, you will lead your students on an adventure to compare characters and events throughout a book.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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My View as an Ant
My View as an Ant
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My View as an Ant
Give students a chance to experience a different point of view! This fANTastic lesson on narrative style turns young readers into characters of Chris Van Allsburg's Two Bad Ants.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Elements of Traditional Literature
Elements of Traditional Literature
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Elements of Traditional Literature
Teach your class about the genre of traditional literature, made up of stories from around the world that have been told for generations. In this lesson, students will read fairy tales and compare story elements in each piece of literature.
2nd grade
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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