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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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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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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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Going on a Picture Walk
Going on a Picture Walk
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Going on a Picture Walk
Use this helpful introduction to going on a picture walk and making predictions as a stand alone or pre lesson for the **Reading Without Words** lesson plan.
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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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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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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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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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Connecting Text and Illustrations
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Connecting Text and Illustrations
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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Connecting Text and Illustrations
By analzying picture books, students will make connections between the text and the illustrations of a story. They will compare and contrast the text and the illustrations and reflect upon how they impact their comprehension of a text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
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Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Charts, graphs, and diagrams are complex text features for students to decipher. Use this lesson to familiarize students with these features. It can be taught on its own or before the lesson Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
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Searching for Text Features
This fun combination of scavenger hunt and bingo is sure to please young learners. Not only will your students increase their knowledge of text features, they'll also enjoy a selection of engaging games.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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We Love Bees!
We Love Bees!
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We Love Bees!
Students will be buzzing as they write and illustrate information about bees.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
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Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Use this lesson to reinforce using sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. This can be used as a stand alone activity or a support the Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction Text Features
Nonfiction Text Features
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Nonfiction Text Features
Students will be able to use and identify nonfiction text features. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the How Many Features? lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Literacy Concepts
Learning About Literacy Concepts
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Learning About Literacy Concepts
This lesson plan can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for Reading Winners to introduce or review concepts of print and parts of a book to your ELs.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Reading Without Words
Reading Without Words
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Reading Without Words
Playing make-believe and telling stories are favorite childhood pastimes. Thus, no matter their reading level, students will love the opportunity to “read” to others and explore pictures as they take a walk through books.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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How Many Features?
How Many Features?
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How Many Features?
What’s the deal with all of those text features? Use this handy lesson plan to help your second graders answer that very question.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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