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Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
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Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Your students will practice searching for clues to uncover the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction texts about John Muir and Day of the Dead traditions around the world.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Me and My Partner
Me and My Partner
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Me and My Partner
Students will build relationships and reading skills with this fun partner-themed lesson.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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How Many Features?
How Many Features?
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How Many Features?
What’s the deal with all of those text features? Use this handy lesson plan to help your second graders answer that very question.
2nd 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
Reading & Writing
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What We Like About Stories
What We Like About Stories
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What We Like About Stories
In this lesson, your students will think about what attracts them to a book. They will learn about the types of people involved in getting a book published.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Two Points of View
Two Points of View
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Two Points of View
Are your students ready to see narratives from a different perspective? This reading lesson will get students excited about discovering first- and third-person points of view.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Traditional Literature: Story Mapping
Traditional Literature: Story Mapping
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Traditional Literature: Story Mapping
Students will learn how to identify story elements and create a short and sweet summary. They will fill out a graphic organizer and solidify their understanding by creating illustrations to show major plot points that they find themselves!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Sequencing: Order in the Court!
Sequencing: Order in the Court!
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Sequencing: Order in the Court!
This lesson gives students the chance to demonstrate and reinforce their knowledge of sequencing. Have them role play a fantasy text to practice sequencing!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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What’s Next?
What’s Next?
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What’s Next?
Guess what comes next! Teach your students to make a prediction based on textual evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Caption Illustration! Say It With A Drawing
Caption Illustration! Say It With A Drawing
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Caption Illustration! Say It With A Drawing
Captions and illustrations come together and leap forth from your class as they relate to nonfiction texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? This lesson will compare the two types of sources and ask students to discuss the benefits of using each source.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Picture Clues
Picture Clues
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Picture Clues
Young students often struggle to see the small details in a bigger picture. Help their reading and observation skills with this interactive lesson!
Preschool
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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Formatting Nonfiction Text
Formatting Nonfiction Text
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Formatting Nonfiction Text
Text formatting can add a lot of richness to how information is explained. In this lesson students will explore the organization of nonfiction texts and go on a scavenger hunt for different kinds of text formatting features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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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Making Sense of Realism and Fantasy
Making Sense of Realism and Fantasy
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Making Sense of Realism and Fantasy
Is it real or is it fantasy? This lesson introduces students to the literary concepts of realism and fantasy. Readers will practice this skill by using details in texts to distinguish the two genre elements.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Can You Hear a Who?
Can You Hear a Who?
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Can You Hear a Who?
With some help from Dr. Seuss' *Horton Hears a Who*, your kids will go on a fun scavenger hunt and discover different sounds.
Kindergarten
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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Summaries and Predictions
Summaries and Predictions
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Summaries and Predictions
Teach your second graders how to write a prediction and summarize book chapters in this exciting lesson!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Craft Stick Story Elements
Craft Stick Story Elements
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Craft Stick Story Elements
This comprehensive overview of story elements will definitely leave students with a better understanding of author's purpose, character traits, sequence, and main idea. It features the acclaimed Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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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.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Power Reading
Power Reading
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Power Reading
Help students learn how to read passages with multiple main ideas and differentiate between main ideas and supporting details by creating a graphic organizer with proof from the text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction Genres
Nonfiction Genres
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Nonfiction Genres
In this lesson, your students will explore the library in search of various genres of nonfiction texts. Teach this lesson at the beginning of the year to familiarize your students with the structure and organization of the library.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Treat Books Right!
Treat Books Right!
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Treat Books Right!
Preschoolers can have a range of book knowledge. With this lesson plan, make sure that everyone is on the same page of how to treat books.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Play It Again
Play It Again
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Play It Again
Merging art, creativity, and literature, this lesson is sure to be a crowd favorite. Students will practice their puppetry as they create plays to retell stories in this drama-filled lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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