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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
Math
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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
Math
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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
Math
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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
Math
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Reader's Theater: Read the Script
Reader's Theater: Read the Script
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Reader's Theater: Read the Script
Did you know that Reader's Theater promotes fluency and builds students' reading confidence? Use this lesson to inspire your students to practice reading and understanding text in the drama genre.
3rd grade
Math
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Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
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Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
This lesson will have your students learn to compare and contrast using both a classic fairy tale and a fractured versions of a fairy tale.
2nd grade
Math
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Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
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Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Provide students with an opportunity to closely examine the difference between a topic and main idea in a nonfiction text. Use as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Finding the Main Idea and Details in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
1st grade
Math
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Pledging Allegiance to the Flag
Pledging Allegiance to the Flag
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Pledging Allegiance to the Flag
The Pledge of Allegiance has been recited for years, but how many truly know its meaning? This lesson allows our student citizens a chance to learn and appreciate the pledge, as they understand the meaning behind it.
1st grade
Math
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I Am an Author
I Am an Author
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I Am an Author
It's time for some storytelling fun. In this creative lesson, students become authors and put together their own mini storybooks.
Kindergarten
Math
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Story vs. Poem
Story vs. Poem
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Story vs. Poem
What makes a poem a poem? And what makes a story a story? In this lesson, students learn to distinguish between different types of texts while analyzing the sentences and words they encounter.
1st grade
Math
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Jack and Jill: Letters and Pictures
Jack and Jill: Letters and Pictures
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Jack and Jill: Letters and Pictures
Who where those two kids who went up that hill again? This lesson plan includes role playing with a familiar nursery rhyme.
Preschool
Math
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A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
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A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
Make history come alive with this interactive lesson! Students will have a blast presenting a "living timeline" to help their classmates understand the events of the Revolutionary War.
5th grade
Math
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Put Me in the Zoo
Put Me in the Zoo
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Put Me in the Zoo
This literature-based lesson teaches students about answering key questions and understanding a character's point of view. It'll have young readers roaring, thumping, and having tons of fun as they imitate story characters.
Preschool
Math
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Finding the Right Books
Finding the Right Books
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Finding the Right Books
To help develop independent readers, we need to make sure our students are able to identify books they can read independently. Teaching students to pick "just right" books helps them develop reading fluency by reading books at their level.
Kindergarten
Math
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Haiku Syllables
Haiku Syllables
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Haiku Syllables
Have your students stretch their creativity with this lesson that teaches them about haikus and has them practice their syllable counting.
1st grade
Math
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Reading Inventories
Reading Inventories
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Reading Inventories
Want to engage students in reading? Give them books that they want to read! This lesson will give you a chance to learn about your readers so that you can best support them to become fluent readers.
1st grade
Math
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Nonfiction vs. Fiction: Which Style Is It?
Nonfiction vs. Fiction: Which Style Is It?
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Nonfiction vs. Fiction: Which Style Is It?
Sorting and categorizing isn’t just for cleaning! In this fun-filled activity, students will learn how to distinguish fiction from nonfiction.
1st grade
Math
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Sub Plans for Fourth Grade
Sub Plans for Fourth Grade
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Sub Plans for Fourth Grade
Planning for a substitute teacher in the classroom has never been easier than with this week-long sub packet for fourth grade! Your substitute can supercharge learning with lessons that will educate and inspire your students!
4th grade
Math
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Reading Logs to Go!
Reading Logs to Go!
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Reading Logs to Go!
Show and prove! Use this lesson plan and say farewell to fiction reading logs of yore, as your students (literally) draw connections across theme, cause, and effect.
5th grade
Math
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We Write About Dinosaurs
We Write About Dinosaurs
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We Write About Dinosaurs
This little dinosaur … helped build vocabulary skills! Introduce your students to writing with this fun class project using a familiar childhood poem. Your class will write their own verses to create a class book.
Preschool
Math
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The Crystal Heart: Writing Similes
The Crystal Heart: Writing Similes
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The Crystal Heart: Writing Similes
We've all heard not to judge a book or a person by its cover. This topic is poignantly covered in the Vietnamese myth of the Crystal Heart. In this lesson, students will read the myth and write similes in the style of the fisherman's song.
4th grade
Math
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Mixed Up Fairy Tales
Mixed Up Fairy Tales
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Mixed Up Fairy Tales
Put your students' imaginations to the test with this lesson on storytelling and creative writing. After reading some classic fairy tales, students will create their own using printed figures.
5th grade
Math
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Words are ALIVE
Words are ALIVE
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Words are ALIVE
Are you ready to bring nursery rhymes to life? If so, this is the lesson for you. Your kids will love learning about nursery rhymes and putting their creative visualizations down on paper.
Kindergarten
Math
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Buzzing Sensory Poems
Buzzing Sensory Poems
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Buzzing Sensory Poems
In this fun bee-inspired lesson plan, students will be able to practice using sensory language when writing their very own poems. This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the lesson plan **Snap, Crackle, Pop Poetry**
Kindergarten
Math
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How and Why Stories
How and Why Stories
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How and Why Stories
In this lesson, students have a great time using their imaginations to collaborate and create their own story following the "how and why" style of common folktales.
1st grade
Math
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