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Old MacDonald and His Vowels
Old MacDonald and His Vowels
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Old MacDonald and His Vowels
Use this fun remake of the classic song, "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" to teach your students all about long vowel sounds! Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Say My Name** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Personification Practice
Personification Practice
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Personification Practice
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how nouns and verbs are used in personification. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Poetry: Figurative Language.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Synonyms Give Clues
Synonyms Give Clues
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Synonyms Give Clues
Build your students' knowledge of synonyms to support their vocabulary development. This lesson can stand alone or be a pre-lesson for the *Get Clued in to Context Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Retelling a Fiction Story
Retelling a Fiction Story
Lesson Plan
Retelling a Fiction Story
This lesson is a great introductory or review lesson to teach your ELs about the elements of a story. Can be used as a stand alone lesson or a pre-lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Word Family Letters
Word Family Letters
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Word Family Letters
In this fun lesson, students will learn about letter writing while practicing reading and spelling words in the same word family. This can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Pop! Pop! Pop! Words in the -Op Family.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
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Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
Teach your students the difference between facts and opinions, and why an author would choose to use each type of information. This can stand-alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Lesson Plan
Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Use this lesson to teach your students to identify story elements and compare them to another text's story elements. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Comparing Texts by the Same Author* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Internal & External Character Traits
Internal & External Character Traits
Lesson Plan
Internal & External Character Traits
In this support lesson, your students will compare and contrast character traits using a graphic organizer. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing Two Characters.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Map a Story
Map a Story
Lesson Plan
Map a Story
This lesson will help your students summarize short stories and describe how characters respond to challenges using a story map. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Story Mapping Group Work lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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First- and Third-Person Point of View
First- and Third-Person Point of View
Lesson Plan
First- and Third-Person Point of View
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand which pronouns to use when writing from different points of view. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a support lesson for the *My View as an Ant* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Idea and Details in Fiction
Main Idea and Details in Fiction
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Main Idea and Details in Fiction
In this EL support lesson, your students will use introductory phrases to write about the main idea and details in a fictional story.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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A Simple Summary
A Simple Summary
Lesson Plan
A Simple Summary
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn how to create a simple summary, paying attention to the sequence in a story. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Simple Summaries* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Vocabulary in Context
Vocabulary in Context
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary in Context
In this lesson, students will improve their skills in using context clues to determine the meaning of difficult words. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Journey on the Underground Railroad.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sight Words
Sight Words
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Sight Words
Use this fun lesson plan to practice identifying common sight words and rhyming words with your el's. This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Rhyming Poems
Rhyming Poems
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Rhyming Poems
Students will have fun learning about rhyming words and poetry in this fun bee-inspired lesson plan! Can be used alone or as a pre-lesson for the **Silly Socks Poetry Featuring the Letter S** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Elements of Fairy Tales
Elements of Fairy Tales
Lesson Plan
Elements of Fairy Tales
Use this lesson to help students identify the elements of a fictional text while gaining more knowledge about parts of speech. Use as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Answering "Why" Questions
Answering "Why" Questions
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Answering "Why" Questions
Teach your students how to use specific vocabulary as they answer questions. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Questions that Gauge Comprehension* lesson plan.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Parts of a Drama
Parts of a Drama
Lesson Plan
Parts of a Drama
Expose your students to the wonderful genre of drama, but be sure to teach them the important key terms so they understand the structure. Use this as a stand alone lesson or a pre-lesson for the *Putting a Play Together!* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Inference Making
Inference Making
Lesson Plan
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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Realism and Fantasy
Realism and Fantasy
Lesson Plan
Realism and Fantasy
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn about the differences between realism and fantasy. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Making Sense of Realism and Fantasy* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
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Finding the Details and Asking for Answers
ELs will get a chance to practice their listening and reading comprehension skills as they answer questions about the key details in a read-aloud text. Use as a stand-alone or pre-lesson for the Questions for Comprehension lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Characters and Settings
Characters and Settings
Lesson Plan
Characters and Settings
In this lesson, your students will identify adjectives in noun phrases and understand how noun phrases are used to describe characters and settings in fictional texts. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to Tell Me More.
4th 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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Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Asking Questions and Finding Answers
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Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Pretending to be someone else is so much fun! In this hilarious lesson, students will get to take on the persona of a book character as they practice their question and answer skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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