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Reading Closely
Reading Closely
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Reading Closely
Young readers will love this story-filled reading comprehension lesson. It's packed with engaging exercises designed to help students become better at looking for details and annotating passages of text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
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Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
This lesson will help your students use sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. Students will enjoy learning about maps and figuring out tricky words along the way!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Adjectives: Comparative and Superlative
Adjectives: Comparative and Superlative
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Adjectives: Comparative and Superlative
Big, bigger, biggest? Teach your students about comparative and superlative adjectives as they make comparisons. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Nonfiction Comprehension: Compare and Contrast* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Questions for Comprehension
Questions for Comprehension
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Questions for Comprehension
Good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. This lesson, which incorporates two wonderful activities and some practice with the 5 Ws, is sure to get your students ready to dive into literature.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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More Than One
More Than One
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More Than One
Let’s get reading and writing! In this lesson, students learn to form and recognize regular plural nouns. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Students will work with counting collections to write sentences about the objects they count.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Imagination: Real or Make Believe
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Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Can cartoon bears talk? Can fish sing? Engage your students by teaching the difference between real and make believe.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Main ideas and Details
Main ideas and Details
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Main ideas and Details
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand main idea and supporting details. They'll analyze non-fiction word, sentence, and paragraph structures. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the In Search of Main Ideas lesson.
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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Information from Multiple Sources
Information from Multiple Sources
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Information from Multiple Sources
Use this lesson to help your ELs quickly find information on a specific topic by looking for a noun and its pronouns in a nonfiction text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Ecosystems Explained.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inference Making
Inference Making
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Inference Making
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand inference, evidence, and schema. They'll analyze sentences to make inferences using evidence. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Inferring With Pictures lesson plan.
2nd 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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Multiple-Meaning Words
Multiple-Meaning Words
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Multiple-Meaning Words
This lesson will help students understand multiple-meaning words through the use of artistic and theatrical representation! Use as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Texts!
2nd 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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Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
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Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What’s in a Picture?
What’s in a Picture?
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What’s in a Picture?
Help your students connect with a classic read-aloud as they learn about the relationship between illustrations and text.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Linking Letter Sounds
Linking Letter Sounds
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Linking Letter Sounds
In this caterpillar-focused lesson plan, students will practice identifying words that begin with the letter C, while learning about the metamorphosis of a butterfly. This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for your ELs.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text
Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text
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Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text
This lesson will provide students with an opportunity to become more comfortable with identifying and defining academic vocabulary words in a nonfiction text about a chicken's life cycle to support comprehension.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Connections with Our Feelings
Making Connections with Our Feelings
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Making Connections with Our Feelings
In this feelings-focused lesson, ELs will practice identifying feelings and using feeling words as they reflect on the end of kindergarten and the beginning of first grade. It can be used on its own or as support to the lesson The Night Before First Grade.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Fairy Tale Character Traits
Fairy Tale Character Traits
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Fairy Tale Character Traits
Students will be able to answer questions to show understanding of character traits. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to The Paper Bag Princess lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction Main Idea
Nonfiction Main Idea
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Nonfiction Main Idea
Let's get reading! In this lesson, students will identify the main idea and details of a nonfiction text. Use this on its own or as support for the lesson Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Master Decoders
Master Decoders
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Master Decoders
Being a fluent reader means being able to use different strategies to figure out unknown words. In this lesson, students learn how to use pictures and context clues.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Describe Character Actions in Order
Describe Character Actions in Order
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Describe Character Actions in Order
Use this lesson to teach your students to describe the characters' actions using the basic sentence structure of subject + verb + object. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *How Do You Solve a Problem?* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Figuring Out Tricky Words
Figuring Out Tricky Words
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Figuring Out Tricky Words
Get ready to teach students strategies for understanding new words! Students will practice strategies to read new words in nonfiction books. This lesson can be used alone or with the New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Two Perspectives
Two Perspectives
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Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different characters’ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point Is It Anyway? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
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Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
Help your ELs familiarize themselves with prepositional phrases as they search for supporting details in nonfiction texts. This lesson could stand alone or be taught prior to teaching the Detective Reading lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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