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Understand Text Features
Understand Text Features
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Understand Text Features
Let's practice reading nonfiction texts! In this lesson, teach your ELs about identifying and describing text features. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Formatting Text Features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
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Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
Idioms are a challenging piece of figurative language for students, but it can be an easier task with the help of context clues. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Capturing the Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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What Do You Do with a Book?
What Do You Do with a Book?
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What Do You Do with a Book?
In this fun, respect-themed lesson plan, your ELs will learn all about proper book handling with a hilarious worm as their guide! This can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the **Treat Books Right** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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A Script with Adverbs
A Script with Adverbs
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A Script with Adverbs
Describe what's happening in the script! Use this lesson to help your ELs describe events in a drama. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Summer Drama.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Predictions and Summarizing
Making Predictions and Summarizing
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Making Predictions and Summarizing
Help your ELs use transition words as they make predictions and summarize a short fictional text. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Inferences About Feelings
Making Inferences About Feelings
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Making Inferences About Feelings
In this support lesson, your students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character's feelings in order to understand their perspective.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Connections in a Fiction Text
Making Connections in a Fiction Text
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Making Connections in a Fiction Text
Use this fun theatrical lesson plan to review or teach all about retelling a story with your ELs. This can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Making Predictions
Making Predictions
Lesson Plan
Making Predictions
In this lesson, students will practice making predictions while telling stories. Students will learn to use sequencing words like first, then, and last. This lesson can be used alone or with the Predict It lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing About Math Expressions
Writing About Math Expressions
Lesson Plan
Writing About Math Expressions
Have your students evaluate orally and in writing what happens to expressions when there are two or more operations. Use this lesson as a standalone lesson or as support to the lesson Express Yourself.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Who Is Telling the Story?
Who Is Telling the Story?
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Who Is Telling the Story?
Help your ELs see the connection between nouns and pronouns and the author's point of view, or perspective, in fiction and nonfiction texts. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Two Points of View.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Real or Not?
Real or Not?
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Real or Not?
In this fun compare and contrast lesson plan, preschool students will dive into the world of cows! Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Imagination Real or Make Believe** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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What Does It Say?
What Does It Say?
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What Does It Say?
Use this fun animal-themed lesson plan to teach your ELs all about beginning letter sounds. This can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the **The First Letter Is** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Sharing Facts from Nonfiction
Sharing Facts from Nonfiction
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Sharing Facts from Nonfiction
Tap into children's curiosity by having them record and share key details found in nonfiction texts! This lesson can be used alone or with the Nonfiction Reading: Learning and Recording New Information lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Match Author's Point with Evidence
Match Author's Point with Evidence
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Match Author's Point with Evidence
Use this lesson to help your ELs identify and discuss the author's point and the information that supports it. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the What’s the Point? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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How Does it End?
How Does it End?
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How Does it End?
This is a great lesson for students to practice identifying the ending sounds in words and connecting those sounds to specific letters in the alphabet! This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Ending Notes** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Literature Themes
Comparing Literature Themes
Lesson Plan
Comparing Literature Themes
Your ELs will compare and contrast two similar stories while strengthening their grammar skills related to noun and pronoun agreement in this lesson. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as a precursor to the lesson Venn Diagram Collage.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Sequence
Understanding Sequence
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Understanding Sequence
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand sequencing in fictional texts. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Sequencing: Order in the Court lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Where Do I Begin?
Where Do I Begin?
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Where Do I Begin?
Use this lesson plan to introduce or review beginning literacy concepts with your ELs. This can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Learning to Read from Left to Right.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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I Predict...
I Predict...
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I Predict...
Help your students learn all about making predictions in this fun reading comprehension lesson plan. Can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson plan for the **Reading Without Words** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Read with Expression!
Read with Expression!
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Read with Expression!
Knowing how to identify types of sentences and read each kind with expression is an important component of reading fluency. This EL support lesson can be taught on its own or used as precursor to the lesson Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
Direct instruction about text features will help ELs better comprehend nonfiction texts. In this lesson, students will practice identifying text features. This lesson can be used alone or with the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Read with Expression!
Read with Expression!
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Read with Expression!
Knowing how to identify types of sentences and read each kind with expression is an important component of reading fluency. This English Learner support lesson can be taught on its own or used as precursor to Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sound Machines
Sound Machines
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Sound Machines
Your ELs will love getting creative as they make their very own sound machines to explore how common materials make different sounds. Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Can You Hear a Who?** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Similarities and Differences
Similarities and Differences
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Similarities and Differences
Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing and contrasting the key details in two texts on the same topic. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a pre-lesson for the *What's Similar? What's Different?* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Working with Idioms
Working with Idioms
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Working with Idioms
Figurative language can be difficult, especially for ELs. With the help of context clues and exposure to common idioms, it can be a piece of cake! Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Take a Walk with Idioms* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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