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Identifying the Author's Purpose
Identifying the Author's Purpose
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Identifying the Author's Purpose
This lesson gives students foundational skills needed to identify the author's purpose in a variety of texts. Use the lesson as a stand alone or as a pre-lesson to What Were They Thinking?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Amazing Animals Adaptations!
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Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Students put their knowledge of animal adaptations to the test when they create a new creature with its own unique set of adaptations!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inference Detectives
Inference Detectives
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Inference Detectives
It’s time to make an educated guess! In this lesson, your students will practice using their background knowledge and evidence from the text to make inferences in nonfiction pieces about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
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Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Your students may know about Rosa Parks, but do they know about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that her famous action inspired? Enhance students' knowledge of this important part of the Civil Rights movement while teaching cause and effect.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Reading & Writing
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Scouting Out the States
Scouting Out the States
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Scouting Out the States
Let's scout out the states in the United States! In this jigsaw lesson, students will explore individual states, create a state collage, and share their knowledge with other students in the class.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Reading & Writing
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Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
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Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Improve your students' comprehension of non-fictional reading through this lesson that teaches them about text features. Students will find their own text features and explain why they aid in the reading process.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction Genres
Nonfiction Genres
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Nonfiction Genres
In this lesson, your students will explore the library in search of various genres of nonfiction texts. Teach this lesson at the beginning of the year to familiarize your students with the structure and organization of the library.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Endangered Species Exploration
Endangered Species Exploration
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Endangered Species Exploration
Teach your students the importance of text features with informational readings about endangered species around the world. This lesson on wildlife doubles as a great way for young learners to hone their reading comprehension skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
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Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
In this lesson, Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech, students will be able to understand the allusion Martin Luther King, Jr. makes to the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Have students discuss allusions in this speech.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Ideas, Please!
Main Ideas, Please!
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Main Ideas, Please!
Your students will be introduced to the concept of a main idea in this fun lesson using props to support their thinking.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Reading & Writing
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Picture Walk: A Preview
Picture Walk: A Preview
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Picture Walk: A Preview
Use pantomime performance to drive your students to predict, question, and cite main ideas. With this dramatic lesson plan, your class will craftily capture information on a graphic organizer to boost their reading comprehension!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Naming the Native American Tribes
Naming the Native American Tribes
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Naming the Native American Tribes
Can your class name the Native American tribes? In this lesson that integrates social studies with language arts, students will research the tribes of Native Americans who lived in various regions of the United States!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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What's For Breakfast?
What's For Breakfast?
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What's For Breakfast?
Teach your class to develop strong inferencing skills by focusing on clues and hard evidence. In this lesson, students will play a game of “What’s for Breakfast?” to help them link context clues with word meaning.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
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Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
This lesson combines an introduction to biomes with some fun Venn diagram exercises. Not only will students learn more about nature, they'll also learn how to make comparisons between different things in nature.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Reading & Writing
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Fact & Opinion Statements with Adjectives
Fact & Opinion Statements with Adjectives
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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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Words That Show Cause and Effect
Words That Show Cause and Effect
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Words That Show Cause and Effect
This lesson helps students recognize cause-and-effect relationships in fiction and nonfiction writing by identifying clue words. It can be used on its own or as a precursor to Cause and Effect with Comic Strips.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Kindergarten Daily Sub Plan Day 1
Kindergarten Daily Sub Plan Day 1
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Kindergarten Daily Sub Plan Day 1
Planning for a substitute in the classroom has never been easier than with this daily kindergarten sub plan! Your substitute can keep your students learning in your absence by using these lessons, worksheets, and activities.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
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Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
In this lesson plan, students will discuss characteristics of a hero and how to get information from texts to understand why a person is considered a hero. Partner discussions will help students have a deeper understanding.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sub Plans for Fifth Grade
Sub Plans for Fifth Grade
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Sub Plans for Fifth Grade
Planning for a substitute in the classroom has never been easier than with this fifth grade, week-long sub packet! Your substitute can supercharge learning with lessons about real-life heroes that will educate and inspire your students!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Let's Play Rivers Jeopardy
Let's Play Rivers Jeopardy
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Let's Play Rivers Jeopardy
Let's play jeopardy! In this interdisciplinary lesson, students learn about American rivers, create game questions about the rivers, and then play the game.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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