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Compare and Contrast: Platypus
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
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Compare and Contrast: Platypus
In this worksheet, students will read two different passages about the platypus. Kids will compare and contrast the passages, and identify the main ideas.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
Lesson Plan
Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
Sugar skulls and fancy dress aren't all there is to the Day of the Dead. In this lesson students will learn about several societies that celebrate their dead, as well as some of the history behind the traditions of the Día de los Muertos.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Super Survival Skills
Super Survival Skills
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Super Survival Skills
Hone your students' close reading skills by using this interesting and fun lesson that teaches your class survival skills in an informational text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
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Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
Help your ELs familiarize themselves with prepositional phrases as they search for supporting details in nonfiction texts. This lesson could stand alone or be taught prior to teaching the Detective Reading lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
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Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Use this lesson to teach your students about the life of Frederick Douglass. First, they will read a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life, and then they will record important information about him on a graphic organizer. Lastly, they'll choose an important event from his life to illustrate and caption.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Differentiating Main Ideas from Details
Differentiating Main Ideas from Details
Lesson Plan
Differentiating Main Ideas from Details
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand main idea and supporting details in the context of sentences and paragraphs. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Power Reading lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Power Reading
Power Reading
Lesson Plan
Power Reading
Help students learn how to read passages with multiple main ideas and differentiate between main ideas and supporting details by creating a graphic organizer with proof from the text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 2
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 2
Worksheet
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 2
Reading a short passage is a great way to get kids thinking about the main idea and its supporting details.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Why I Write
Why I Write
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Why I Write
Second grade students will step into the author’s shoes as they hunt for evidence to determine what a nonfiction author’s purpose might be.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Get on Board with Harriet Tubman
Get on Board with Harriet Tubman
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Get on Board with Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman’s accomplishments were kept secret for a very long time before she became a well-known hero in society. Use this lesson to teach your students about Harriet Tubman’s impact on history.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction KWL Chart
Nonfiction KWL Chart
Worksheet
Nonfiction KWL Chart
Maximize what your students learn from reading nonfiction by having them fill out a KWL chart before and after reading.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Concept Web
Graphic Organizer Template: Concept Web
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Concept Web
Concept maps are versatile and useful for all subject areas. Use this concept map for word work, main idea and supporting details, or to map out ideas.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
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Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
Use this lesson to teach your students about the lives of 10 important leaders during the suffrage movement. Children will read a picture book that highlights 10 leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women. Children will then work in groups to research and learn more about these inspiring women who dreamed big and never gave up. Finally, students will share their findings with the rest of the class.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Activist Heroes
Activist Heroes
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Activist Heroes
Fully adaptable, this lesson can be used to to highlight African American leaders, famous women, veterans, or any other group of individuals who have acted heroically and have positively influenced our nation!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Frederick Douglass's Words
Frederick Douglass's Words
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Frederick Douglass's Words
Use this lesson to teach your students about Frederick Douglass and the impact that words had on his life. First, they will read a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life. Then, they'll complete a graphic organizer with peers to record important details and events in his life. Students will then demonstrate understanding by creating a poster with images and key words that stand out when they think about Frederick Douglass.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Adventures with Infographics
Adventures with Infographics
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Adventures with Infographics
What better way to represent what you’ve learned than through an infographic? In this lesson, students read nonfiction texts then create infographics to share the main topics, key ideas, evidence, and more!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Use this lesson to teach your students about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy he left behind. With a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life, students will show understanding by organizing information on a graphic organizer.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Winter Dance
Winter Dance
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Winter Dance
What do books and dances have in common? They can both be used to tell stories and express emotions. In this lesson, students will learn to represent scenes from a story through dance.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Interesting Animals: Whales
Interesting Animals: Whales
Worksheet
Interesting Animals: Whales
Learn all about the interesting world of the whale while practicing fluency and reading comprehension skills using this helpful nonfiction reading worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Explorer Letters
Explorer Letters
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Explorer Letters
Step into the shoes of an explorer. Students will learn more about the lives and accomplishments of important explorers, and they'll demonstrate their knowledge through a creative writing assignment.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Discovering Nonfiction Details
Discovering Nonfiction Details
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Discovering Nonfiction Details
Give your ELs concrete experience with adverbs and adverbial phrases as a tool to discover details in nonfiction texts. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the Hey! What's the Big Idea? lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Let's Play Rivers Jeopardy
Let's Play Rivers Jeopardy
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Chemistry Is Marie Curie
Chemistry Is Marie Curie
Lesson Plan
Chemistry Is Marie Curie
Marie Curie’s monumental achievements in chemistry and physics are remarkable. In this lesson, your students will read two accounts of her life, integrate the details, and assess the importance of having more than one source of information.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
A Biography of Mae Jemison
A Biography of Mae Jemison
Lesson Plan
A Biography of Mae Jemison
Mae Jemison was the first African American female astronaut to enter space! Use this lesson plan to help your students get to know this prominent scientist, and determine what makes her an influencial person.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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