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Conclude a Story
Conclude a Story
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Conclude a Story
Good storytelling always includes a great ending! Your students will learn academic vocabulary and add their own conclusion to a short story. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as an introduction to the Write Your Own Ending lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Story Hooks
Story Hooks
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Story Hooks
Give your students an introduction to types of story hooks as they compose original story beginnings the help of a word bank. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Capture That Reader! lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
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Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events
Characters, settings, and events, oh my! In this lesson, students will dig deeper into each of these components and learn to provide specific details from their texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Research: Where to Find the Answers
Research: Where to Find the Answers
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Research: Where to Find the Answers
This lesson introduces students to a variety of resources that they can use when doing research. It will also help them differentiate between print and digital sources and how to use each.
5th 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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Finding the Key Details
Finding the Key Details
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Finding the Key Details
Introduce students to fictional story elements with a book by first grade favorite, Mo Willems! This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Fact or Opinion: Part 1
Fact or Opinion: Part 1
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Fact or Opinion: Part 1
Cats are the best! Pizza is better! My teacher rules! In Fact or Opinion: Part 1, your students will combine reading and writing to learn about the differences between facts and opinions and how those differences are communicated.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Two Characters
Comparing Two Characters
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Comparing Two Characters
Your students have probably heard of both Mickey Mouse and Ironman, but have they ever compared and contrasted them? This lesson engages students in a fun double bubble map activity while helping them learn about internal character traits.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
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Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
Get students curious about reading with these activities designed to support comprehension. This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Main Ideas and Details lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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All About Me: Character Traits
All About Me: Character Traits
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All About Me: Character Traits
It's all about me! In this lesson, students will identify character traits in a story and decide if they have the same traits. This lesson incorporates literature, writing, comparison skills, and social skills.
1st 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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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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Urban, Suburban, or Rural
Urban, Suburban, or Rural
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Urban, Suburban, or Rural
Students will have a blast as they engage in interactive projects to learn about the characteristics of urban, suburban, and rural communities. This lesson will help them develop both their writing and social-studies skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Kids will love learning some fun facts about elephants while developing their reading comprehension skills. Using T-charts and Venn diagrams, they'll analyze stories and explore different characteristics of fiction and nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
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It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
In this lesson, students will use their creativity, a graphic organizer, and a fun story to learn about character analysis.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Map a Story
Map a Story
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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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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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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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Venn Diagram Collage
Venn Diagram Collage
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Venn Diagram Collage
Arts and crafts, Venn diagrams, and literature all come together as students compare and contrast stories. Opportunities for student creativity are endless!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Evidence to Analyze a Character
Using Evidence to Analyze a Character
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Using Evidence to Analyze a Character
Your students will love learning all about the playful characters in a classic read-aloud text while digging into what makes characters unique. Use as a stand-alone or support lesson for the How to Analyze a Character lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction Genres Library Exploration
Fiction Genres Library Exploration
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Fiction Genres Library Exploration
How familiar are your fourth graders with the fictional genres available in their class or school libraries? This lesson introduces them to many genres of fictional books so they can get off to a terrific start of fourth grade reading.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Retelling a Fiction Story
Retelling a Fiction Story
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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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Reading Response Letters
Reading Response Letters
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Reading Response Letters
How can you *see* what your students are thinking while they read? Try reading response letters in your class. Students will practice formatting letters and learn to discuss their thinking about literature in writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Connections with Our Feelings
Making Connections with Our Feelings
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Making Connections with Our Feelings
In this feelings-focused lesson, ELs will practice identifying feelings and using feeling words as they reflect on the end of kindergarten and the beginning of first grade. It can be used on its own or as support to the lesson The Night Before First Grade.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Retelling of The Monkey King: A Famous Chinese Story
Retelling of The Monkey King: A Famous Chinese Story
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Retelling of The Monkey King: A Famous Chinese Story
In honor of Chinese New Year, share with your students a famous Chinese story called *The Monkey King*. Students will practice their comprehension skills as they retell the story, identifying what happens in the beginning, middle, and end.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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