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Asking and Answering Questions
Asking and Answering Questions
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Asking and Answering Questions
This lesson helps students learn about asking and answering questions about a text. It also exposes them to valuable lessons about trying to figure out their dreams and not giving up along the way.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Elements of a Story
Elements of a Story
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Elements of a Story
In this interactive lesson, your students will learn to identify four elements of a fictional story: characters, setting, problem, and solution.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
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Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Nourish your child's inner writer with this lesson on three different forms of literature: poetry, prose, and drama. After going through some examples of each, students will demonstrate their knowledge by filling out bubble maps.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Simple Summaries
Simple Summaries
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Simple Summaries
Keep it simple! Teach your students to write a summary using the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then frame for analyzing a story.
3rd grade
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Making Predictions Lesson
Making Predictions Lesson
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Making Predictions Lesson
This lesson thoughtfully scaffolds the reading skill of predicting. Students are introduced to the concept and get to practice making predictions. They will apply what they have learned during a focused independent reading activity.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Super Sequencing!
Super Sequencing!
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Super Sequencing!
Teach your students about sequencing with this creative language arts lesson. After putting events in order and drawing their own stories, kids will be pros at using the words "first," "next," "then," and "last."
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast Short Stories
Compare and Contrast Short Stories
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Compare and Contrast Short Stories
By fourth grade, most students are familiar with story elements such as setting, characters, and plot. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the elements in two stories with similar themes.
4th grade
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Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
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Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
Maximize your students' engagement when reading by teaching them how to ask and answer questions along the way. Use this as a stand alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Asking and Answering Questions* lesson.
3rd grade
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Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
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Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
Characters, settings, and events, oh my! In this lesson, students will dig deeper into each of these components and learn to provide specific details from their texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding the Moral
Finding the Moral
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Finding the Moral
In this lesson your students will find and examine the morals in the classic folktales of "Stone Soup" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
2nd grade
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Reading Pictures
Reading Pictures
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Reading Pictures
In this lesson, students will practice "reading" pictures. They will look at the details in pictures in order to make predictions about what happens in a text. This lesson can be used alone or with the Predicting Pictures lesson plan.
1st grade
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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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Elements of Poetry
Elements of Poetry
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Elements of Poetry
Introduce your students to some of the major structural elements of poetry in this comprehensive lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Cause and Effect!
Learning About Cause and Effect!
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Learning About Cause and Effect!
Help your students understand what cause and effect looks like in everyday situations! This hands-on, engaging lesson plan allows students to examine cause and effect in their own lives as well as fictional text!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Sequencing the Order of Events
Sequencing the Order of Events
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Sequencing the Order of Events
The sequence of events help readers recount the most important parts of the story in order. Use this lesson with your students to read fables and a classic picture book as you practice recounting the sequence of events.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Identifying Character Traits
Identifying Character Traits
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Identifying Character Traits
What's your "it"? This lesson incorporates Tony Dungy's You Can Do It! into some hands-on activities that help students learn about different character traits.
3rd grade
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Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
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Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Do you have students who are constantly asking what, who, where, why, how, and when? It's your turn to ask now! Have them read various stories and ask them to answer these questions in this lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Write Your Own Ending
Write Your Own Ending
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Write Your Own Ending
Get your students’ creative juices flowing with this fun creative writing lesson! Students will read a fun story and then write their own ending.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing: Create a Character
Writing: Create a Character
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Writing: Create a Character
Your students will hone their creative writing skills as they design their own fictional characters. Use this lesson to introduce the concept of using key details and descriptive language during the prewriting phase of storytelling.
1st grade
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Identifying Parts of a Book
Identifying Parts of a Book
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Identifying Parts of a Book
Let your students learn more about books with this lesson that helps them learn to identify key parts of a physical book. This information will have them well prepared for research projects later on.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Let's Read It With Expression!
Let's Read It With Expression!
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Let's Read It With Expression!
Teach your students about text clues that will help them read with expression. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Reader's Theater: Read the Script* lesson.
3rd grade
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Read and Retell a Classic Story
Read and Retell a Classic Story
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Read and Retell a Classic Story
Your students will enjoy reading the classic story “The Ugly Duckling,” written about a very lovable duck! This reading lesson also includes a fun partner activity to help your students practice comprehension.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Characters Across Fiction Texts
Comparing and Contrasting Two Characters Across Fiction Texts
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Characters Across Fiction Texts
In this lesson, you will share with your students two books that emphasize the beauty and power of music. They will also meet two unique characters that they will compare and contrast by referencing specific examples from the texts.
5th grade
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Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
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Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Give your class the "write" tools they need to become excellent authors. In this literary lesson, students use their knowledge of author's purpose to successfully write pieces that persuade, inform, and entertain.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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
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