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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
Lesson Plan
Light and Color
Light and Color
Workbook
Light and Color
Did you know that light can bend? Help your curious kids learn the important physical properties of light and explore how light adds colors to our world, with this beautiful series on light and color.
3rd grade
Science
Workbook
It's Elemental
It's Elemental
Workbook
It's Elemental
Kids can practice reading informational texts and explore the periodic table with this introduction to science topics that will extend to high school chemistry and beyond.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Why is the Sky Blue?
Why is the Sky Blue?
Workbook
Why is the Sky Blue?
Why does the earth spin? How is a rainbow formed? Feed the flame of curiosity in your child, and find out the answers to some of those age-old questions about how the world works.
3rd grade
Science
Workbook
Interesting Introductions
Interesting Introductions
Lesson Plan
Interesting Introductions
Teach young authors how to "hook" readers with this hands-on lesson. By examining novels and developing their own introductions, students will be able to hone their writing skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Describing Our Homes
Describing Our Homes
Lesson Plan
Describing Our Homes
Kindergarten ELs will love practicing their writing skills as they learn all about homes around the world in this fun hands-on lesson plan! It can be used on its own or as support for the What's in Your Community? lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
Lesson Plan
A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
In this Black History Month lesson plan, students will explore the similarities between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. This a discussion-based lesson that culminates with the creation of a peace wreath.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Men of Myth
Men of Myth
Workbook
Men of Myth
This workbook takes a snapshot of select heroes from Norse and Irish-Celtic stories: Thor and Cu Chullain. Their exciting deeds give kids noteworthy reading, writing and critical thinking practice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Lesson Plan
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was an influential black man in U.S. history. In this lesson, the historical context is set for students so that they can conduct their own research on Frederick Douglass, using a graphic organizer and multiple sources, before writing an informational essay on him. Ideal for fourth and fifth grade students, this lesson plan not only gives students practice in research and essay-writing skills, it also has them exploring a fascinating part of our country's history.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Comparing Whales
Comparing Whales
Lesson Plan
Comparing Whales
Help your kindergarten students learn about comparing and contrasting nonfiction texts in this fun under-the-sea-themed lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Penguins
Penguins are such interesting animals! Help your students practice identifying the main topic and key ideas in a nonfiction text using this fun penguin-themed lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
A Rainbow of Feelings
A Rainbow of Feelings
Lesson Plan
A Rainbow of Feelings
In this fun hands-on lesson plan, your ELs will love practicing retelling a story while learning all about feeling words. Can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the **Rainbow Fish** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Make it Move: Force and Energy in Action
Make it Move: Force and Energy in Action
Lesson Plan
Make it Move: Force and Energy in Action
Make it move! In this lesson, students will learn about energy and make connections between force and energy. Through a hands-on approach, students will work in teams to construct and report on their experiments.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Whose Side of the Story?
Whose Side of the Story?
Lesson Plan
Whose Side of the Story?
Allow your students to explore how stories may change depending on the perspectives from which they're told. Interesting texts and a creative writing assignment make this quite the engaging lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Visualizing Words: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Visualizing Words: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lesson Plan
Visualizing Words: Martin Luther King, Jr.
To celebrate Black History Month, students will spend time studying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as they practice important comprehension skills through journaling and art.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Lesson Plan
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
In this lesson, Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech, students will be able to understand the allusion Martin Luther King, Jr. makes to the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Have students discuss allusions in this speech.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
All About Misty Copeland
All About Misty Copeland
Worksheet
All About Misty Copeland
Use this nonfiction comprehension worksheet to help second and third graders learn all about Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
The Night Before First Grade
The Night Before First Grade
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
I Feel Happy When
I Feel Happy When
Lesson Plan
I Feel Happy When
In this social skills lesson, students will get to practice identifying their feelings while thinking about what makes them feel happy. Identifying feelings is an important social skill for kindergarten students to master as they begin to navigate a new social structure, school!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Animal Dancing
Animal Dancing
Lesson Plan
Animal Dancing
In this dance-infused lesson plan, students will love listening to a story about friendship before they create their very own animal dances with a peer!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride
Lesson Plan
Paul Revere's Ride
The students are coming! The students are coming! Debunk common myths and teach your students about Paul Revere's ride with this lesson plan that lets students finish their own graphic novels.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
At the Zoo: Finding the Main Idea
At the Zoo: Finding the Main Idea
Lesson Plan
At the Zoo: Finding the Main Idea
Introduce the concept of a main idea to your little scholars using stories about the zoo! Students will help find the main idea and draw a picture to solidify their understanding.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Strategies: Making Connections
Reading Strategies: Making Connections
Worksheet
Reading Strategies: Making Connections
Use this resource with your students to practice relating to the text by making connections. Your students will practice making text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections as they read literature or informational text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Worksheet
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Children learn about the environmental activist and women's rights advocate Wangari Maathai. Students will read a biography about the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize and answer nonfiction comprehension questions about the text.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
All About Nonfiction
All About Nonfiction
Lesson Plan
All About Nonfiction
Use this lesson plan as a stand alone or support lesson to introduce or review nonfiction text features to your ELs.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan