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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Venn Diagram Collage
Venn Diagram Collage
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
Lesson Plan
Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Inference Task Cards
Inference Task Cards
Worksheet
Inference Task Cards
Use these task cards with your students to practice reading short passages and making inferences about character, setting, and plot.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Determining a Character's Motivation
Determining a Character's Motivation
Worksheet
Determining a Character's Motivation
Students will use a word bank and sentence frames to think about what motivates people.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Strong Inferences
Making Strong Inferences
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Making Strong Inferences
Making inferences is a key skill to master before going on to read more difficult fictional texts in fifth grade. This lesson helps your students solidify their inference skills with a focus on citing evidence in fictional text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
In fifth grade, students are expected to analyze complex texts on a deeper level. Teach your students to use close reading strategies, like rereading and annotation symbols, to dive deeper into fictional texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Peter Pan and Neverland
Peter Pan and Neverland
Workbook
Peter Pan and Neverland
Kids can fly by character analysis, comparative reading and writing, that revolves around a fun chapter of a classic book. Follow the Darlings toward Neverland on the way to improved reading skills.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Worksheet
Great Wall of China
Step right up to the most famous wall on Earth! Spanning nearly four thousand miles, the Great Wall of China is one of the oldest wonders of the world.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Glyphs and Codes
Glyphs and Codes
Workbook
Glyphs and Codes
Explore the role that symbols and codes have in helping us interact with one another. If it's about the art of communication you'll find it in here!
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Naming the Native American Tribes
Naming the Native American Tribes
Lesson Plan
Naming the Native American Tribes
Can your class name the Native American tribes? In this lesson that integrates social studies with language arts, students will research the tribes of Native Americans who lived in various regions of the United States!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Spelling: Executive Branch
Spelling: Executive Branch
Worksheet
Spelling: Executive Branch
Children learn key vocabulary related to the executive branch of the U.S. government in this spelling worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Genres
Genres
Workbook
Genres
What is a literary genre? In this book, thumb through interesting quotes and the most popular genres. Your child has a chance to flex writing skills in a fun way as he analyzes what makes each unique.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Haunting Plots
Haunting Plots
Workbook
Haunting Plots
Practice reading skills with the help of literary friends! From Frankenstein to Dracula and Mr. Hyde, the gory gang's all in this book, with read-and-respond passages from famous horror literature.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Lesson Plan
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
Reading Comprehension: Peter Pan
Reading Comprehension: Peter Pan
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Peter Pan
Familiarize your child with Peter Pan, one of the most enduring characters of children's literature, with this reading comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
Lesson Plan
Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
In this inference lesson plan, your students will use evidence and background knowledge to make inferences in a variety of media including artwork, fictional stories, and even a short film.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Analyzing Visual Elements
Analyzing Visual Elements
Lesson Plan
Analyzing Visual Elements
Give students many opportunities to see how visuals can influence a story's meaning. Show off your acting skills and read a great book to help them learn!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Comprehension: Stuffed Elephant
Reading Comprehension: Stuffed Elephant
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Stuffed Elephant
Improve your child's reading comprehension, and introduce her to a classic children's story, with this worksheet on The Story of a Stuffed Elephant.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Character Actions and Emotions
Character Actions and Emotions
Lesson Plan
Character Actions and Emotions
Use this lesson to help your ELs describe a character’s emotion based on actions. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Close Reading: Reading Through Character Emotion.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What Keeps the Moon in Orbit?
What Keeps the Moon in Orbit?
Worksheet
What Keeps the Moon in Orbit?
Have you ever wondered what keeps the moon in orbit? Newton's first law gets a quick introduction, too, in this worksheet for kids. Check it out!
4th grade
Science
Worksheet
Valentine's Day Busy Book
Valentine's Day Busy Book
Workbook
Valentine's Day Busy Book
Explore Valentine's Day with this mix of puzzles, reading, recipes, printable valentines and more! With a balance of sweet and educational, this book makes the day perfectly palatable for 4th graders.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride
Lesson Plan
Paul Revere's Ride
The students are coming! The students are coming! Debunk common myths and teach your students about Paul Revere's ride with this lesson plan that lets students finish their own graphic novels.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What's For Breakfast?
What's For Breakfast?
Lesson Plan
What's For Breakfast?
Teach your class to develop strong inferencing skills by focusing on clues and hard evidence. In this lesson, students will play a game of “What’s for Breakfast?” to help them link context clues with word meaning.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Where Am I?, Understanding Plot Lesson Part IIII
Lesson Plan
Where Am I?, Understanding Plot Lesson Part IIII
Sometimes authors choose to describe their setting for readers to imagine, but don't actually tell them where the story is set! In this lesson, students will learn to deduce settings from context.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan