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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
Reading & Writing
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Parts of Speech that Describe
Parts of Speech that Describe
Lesson Plan
Parts of Speech that Describe
Support your EL students in understanding and identifying parts of speech such as adverbs and adjectives in a text. This lesson plan can also support the lesson Varsity Parts of Speech Review.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fact & Opinion Statements with Adjectives
Fact & Opinion Statements with Adjectives
Lesson Plan
Fact & Opinion Statements with Adjectives
In this lesson, your ELs will learn how to differentiate statements of fact and opinion in a nonfiction text using adjectives as a foundation for their understanding. This is a support lesson for Research: Where to Find the Answers.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using the 5 W's
Using the 5 W's
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Using the 5 W's
This lesson will provide your ELs with support as they learn about nouns and practice retelling a story with a 5 W's graphic organizer. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
All About Plural Nouns
All About Plural Nouns
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All About Plural Nouns
This lesson plan is a great introduction to recognizing and forming plural nouns for your kindergarten ELs. This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the More Than One Nouns lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Information from Multiple Sources
Information from Multiple Sources
Lesson Plan
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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Figuring Out the Theme
Figuring Out the Theme
Lesson Plan
Figuring Out the Theme
Most stories have a message for the reader! Help students determine a story's theme so that kids are prepared to compare stories with similar themes. Use this on its own or as support to the lesson Head to Head Fiction Reflections.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
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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Fractional Tape Diagram Descriptions
Fractional Tape Diagram Descriptions
Lesson Plan
Fractional Tape Diagram Descriptions
Target math academic language in this multidisciplinary lesson! Write descriptive sentences about tape diagrams that show fractional parts. Use this lesson on its own or use it as support for the lesson Fractions and Word Problems.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Building Fluency with Punctuation
Building Fluency with Punctuation
Lesson Plan
Building Fluency with Punctuation
This lesson focuses on how punctuation affects reading fluency and comprehension using graphic organizers and sentence stems. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Punctuation and Prosody lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Discovering Character Traits
Discovering Character Traits
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Discovering Character Traits
This lesson will have your EL students exploring characters' dialogue and actions to determine their personality traits! Use it on its own or as a support lesson.
4th 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
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Close Reading Strategy
Close Reading Strategy
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Close Reading Strategy
This lesson teaches your students to pay attention to small words, such as adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, to make a big difference in reading comprehension! Use as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for *Close Reading: Introduction*.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Words that Sound the Same
Words that Sound the Same
Lesson Plan
Words that Sound the Same
In this hilarious lesson plan filled with homophones, students will get to practice identifying and using multiple meaning words. This can be used on its own or as a pre-lesson for the Multiple Meaning Motivation lesson plan.
1st 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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The Key Elements of Fictional Text
The Key Elements of Fictional Text
Lesson Plan
The Key Elements of Fictional Text
This lesson will provide your ELs with support as they learn about the key elements of fictional text, including characters, setting, and plot. Use as a stand alone activity or a support lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
Lesson Plan
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
In this lesson, students will identify nouns and pronouns as they distinguish between the main idea and supporting details. It may be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic.
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
Lesson Plan
Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
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Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
Use this lesson to help your ELs explore adjectives and how we can use them to describe things. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Similes that Describe ME!* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Characters and Settings
Characters and Settings
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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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Exploring Reflexive Pronouns
Exploring Reflexive Pronouns
Lesson Plan
Exploring Reflexive Pronouns
Use this lesson to help your EL students recognize and use reflexive pronouns. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for Preview with Post-Its.
2nd 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
Lesson Plan
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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Sentence Parts and Making Predictions
Sentence Parts and Making Predictions
Lesson Plan
Sentence Parts and Making Predictions
In this lesson, students will practice identifying the subject and predicate of a sentence and making predictions with textual evidence as they read short fictional texts. Use it as a stand alone lesson or as a precursor to What's Next?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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