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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
Lesson Plan
Main Idea: Working Dogs
Main Idea: Working Dogs
Worksheet
Main Idea: Working Dogs
With this helpful resource, your students will use a graphic organizer to record the main idea and supporting details of a short text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Topic
Main Topic
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Main Topic
It's time to dig into some nonfiction books! In this lesson, students will practice identifying the main topic of nonfiction texts. This lesson can be used alone or with the How to Find the Main Idea lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Literary Vocabulary, Understanding Plot Lesson Part I
Lesson Plan
Literary Vocabulary, Understanding Plot Lesson Part I
Have you ever imagined the action and imagery used in conflict during fantasy fiction novels? Using an Education.com workbook, students will learn the vocabulary of literature and complete a crossword puzzle.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Worksheet
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Develop reading comprehension with this video game passage. Ask your students to read the excerpt, then answer questions about the main ideas and details.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Gross Symbiosis
Gross Symbiosis
Workbook
Gross Symbiosis
Nature documentaries might make the animal world seem graceful, but it's actually pretty gross! Explore all the icky, sticky and smelly things animals do to help each other survive in the wild.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Nonfiction Main Idea
Nonfiction Main Idea
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Main Idea
Let's get reading! In this lesson, students will identify the main idea and details of a nonfiction text. Use this on its own or as support for the lesson Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Children learn about the moon, then practice finding and writing the main idea, in this literacy worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Lesson Plan
What's the Main Idea?
What's the Main Idea?
Worksheet
What's the Main Idea?
The main idea is the most important idea in a paragraph. With this worksheet, students will read the paragraphs carefully then circle the statement that best fits the paragraph's main idea.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
Lesson Plan
Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
Informational texts isn't just found in textbooks. In this reading lesson, kids will examine the writing of a middle school student and use it to learn more about main ideas and supporting details.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
Lesson Plan
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
In this lesson, students will identify nouns and pronouns as they distinguish between the main idea and supporting details. It may be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
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Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
Reading comprehension strategies, such as identifying the main idea, help students focus on how to determine what the author is trying to say.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Lesson Plan
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Help your ELs learn how to identify the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text by using nouns and pronouns as guide words. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Explorer Letters.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Lesson Plan
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Your students will practice searching for clues to uncover the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction texts about John Muir and Day of the Dead traditions around the world.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Unknown Words
Unknown Words
Lesson Plan
Unknown Words
Increase student comprehension by teaching your students strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for the Be a Nonfiction Detective lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Endangered Species Exploration
Endangered Species Exploration
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Sharing Opinions About Stories
Sharing Opinions About Stories
Lesson Plan
Sharing Opinions About Stories
Use this lesson plan to introduce, preview, or review the concept of sharing an opinion using a hilarious read aloud text! This can be used as a standalone lesson or with the lesson The Little Red Hen Story Patterns.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
All About the Pledge of Allegiance
All About the Pledge of Allegiance
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All About the Pledge of Allegiance
In this lesson, your students will practice their reading comprehension and vocabulary with the Pledge of Allegiance. They will reflect on the meaning of the pledge.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
Worksheet
Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
Children learn about Madam C.J. Walker, the first woman to become a self-made millionaire in the United States, in this Finding the Main Idea worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Ode to the Olympics: Winter Edition
Ode to the Olympics: Winter Edition
Workbook
Ode to the Olympics: Winter Edition
This workbook teaches kids about the math and physics behind some of the coolest Winter Olympics sports! Kids solve physics problems with applied math and conduct fun physics experiments at home.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts
Support your EL students in understanding and identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text. This can support the lesson Tip of the Iceberg: Nonfiction Summary Details.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Repeated Words and Phrases
Repeated Words and Phrases
Lesson Plan
Repeated Words and Phrases
Teach your students to look for the repeated words and phrases in a nonfiction text as they pick out important information. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Determining Importance* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Bats
Interesting Animals: Bats
Worksheet
Interesting Animals: Bats
Learn all about the interesting world of bats while practicing fluency and reading comprehension skills using this helpful nonfiction reading worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet