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Learning About Maps
Learning About Maps
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Learning About Maps
From the compass rose to the map key, first grade students will learn about three characteristics that make up a map. Symbols are used on maps too, as students practice what they can do!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
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Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
This lesson will help your students use sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. Students will enjoy learning about maps and figuring out tricky words along the way!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
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Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
When students read nonfiction texts, they will need to make inferences using text features and quotes as evidence. Support your students using short texts as practice before diving into more complex materials like textbooks.
5th grade
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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Text Features and Their Purposes
Text Features and Their Purposes
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Text Features and Their Purposes
This lesson helps your ELs identify nonfiction text features and explain how they enhance comprehension of the text. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Searching for Text Features lesson plan.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Informational Text: Close Reading
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Let's learn about natural disasters. After reading through some informational texts, students will use their close reading skills to answer questions about different types of disasters.
5th 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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Plant Structures and their Functions
Plant Structures and their Functions
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Plant Structures and their Functions
A caption reveals important information to a reader. Use this lesson with your students to teach them about plant structures and their functions, while they learn how to be a text feature author.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Timelines and Nonfiction Text
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Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Teach your students how to use timelines to organize information from nonfiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
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Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Students will learn about three nonfiction text features: charts, graphs, and diagrams. They will analyze and interpret the information represented in these visual forms and discover how they aid in the comprehension of nonfiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's in a Text Feature?
What's in a Text Feature?
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What's in a Text Feature?
Ever wondered how to explain what an index is to a 6 year old? Look no further! Use this engaging lesson to help your students become text feature experts.
1st 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
Reading & Writing
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Informational Text: Close Reading
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Use a student-friendly glossary and sentence frames to learn about wild weather! Scaffolds will help your students answer text-dependent questions. This lesson can be paired with the main Informational Text: Close Reading lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Use Your Mind and Visualize!
Use Your Mind and Visualize!
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Use Your Mind and Visualize!
Help students learn the crucial reading strategy of visualizing. Visualizing is a key component of learning to infer from a text. Kids will love using their imagination and drawing pictures of their visualizations.
Kindergarten
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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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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Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Revolutionary War Vocabulary
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Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn key vocabulary terms that they will see in future lessons about the American Revolution. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson A Living Timeline: The American Revolution.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Which Way Can We Go?
Which Way Can We Go?
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Which Way Can We Go?
Look all around! In this lesson, students will use real-life examples and an interactive mapping activity to identify the cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Interesting Introductions
Interesting Introductions
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Interesting Introductions
Teach young authors how to "hook" readers with this hands-on lesson. By examining novels and developing their own introductions, students will be able to hone their writing skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Find the Text Feature
Find the Text Feature
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Find the Text Feature
Get your students excited about expository text through this fun introduction to text features! Students will create their own glossary of nonfiction text features.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Text Features
Learning About Text Features
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Learning About Text Features
In this lesson, students will read text features and discuss how each text feature relates to the main idea of a nonfiction text. Use a stand alone activity or a support for the Examining the Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Immigration: Ellis Island
Immigration: Ellis Island
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Immigration: Ellis Island
This is a lesson about the immigration procedures at Ellis Island. Students will learn about the process and creatively write about what it was like for immigrants to pass through Ellis Island.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
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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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Early Literacy Concepts: Parts of a Book
Early Literacy Concepts: Parts of a Book
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Early Literacy Concepts: Parts of a Book
In this fun literacy lesson, your ELs will get to review or learn all about the parts of a book! This can be a stand alone or support lesson for the lesson What We Like About Stories.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
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Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was an influential black man in U.S. history. In this lesson, the historical context is set for students so that they can conduct their own research on Frederick Douglass, using a graphic organizer and multiple sources, before writing an informational essay on him. Ideal for fourth and fifth grade students, this lesson plan not only gives students practice in research and essay-writing skills, it also has them exploring a fascinating part of our country's history.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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