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What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Understanding the big idea of a nonfiction text and being able to write a succinct summary are key fourth grade skills. This lesson focuses on summarizing a nonfiction passage in 3-4 sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Workbook
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Reading and writing: You can't have one without the other! Get familiar with every facet of literature in this workbook. It's packed with literary analysis activities.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Lesson Plan
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Provide students with an opportunity to closely examine the difference between a topic and main idea in a nonfiction text. Use as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Finding the Main Idea and Details in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Terrestrial Biomes
Terrestrial Biomes
Workbook
Terrestrial Biomes
A biome is a community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct region. In this great introductory overview, we explore the vocabulary, flora, and fauna of the world's biomes: tundra, taiga, grasslands, deciduous forest, chaparral, desert, savanna,
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Native American Tribes: Iroquois
Native American Tribes: Iroquois
Worksheet
Native American Tribes: Iroquois
Your young historian will learn about the Iroquois League with this worksheet. He'll learn some important U.S. history as he practices his reading.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Going Across the Deciduous Forest
Going Across the Deciduous Forest
Worksheet
Going Across the Deciduous Forest
Learn about the plants and animals that make deciduous forests their home, then complete the crossword puzzle.
4th grade
Science
Worksheet
Focus on Founding Fathers
Focus on Founding Fathers
Lesson Plan
Focus on Founding Fathers
This lesson will allow students to explore the backgrounds and contributions of the Founding Fathers by completing an online scavenger hunt and writing a basic biography.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Geography Math
Geography Math
Workbook
Geography Math
Scale math heights using this workbook that's based on real measurements of U.S. geography. Kids rely on charts and data provided to answer word problems.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Light and Color
Light and Color
Workbook
Light and Color
Did you know that light can bend? Help your curious kids learn the important physical properties of light and explore how light adds colors to our world, with this beautiful series on light and color.
3rd grade
Science
Workbook
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
Journey on the Underground Railroad
Journey on the Underground Railroad
Lesson Plan
Journey on the Underground Railroad
This lesson combines historical facts and creative writing to engage students in exercises that enhance both vocabulary and social studies knowledge.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
National Treasures: People, Places, and Things
National Treasures: People, Places, and Things
Workbook
National Treasures: People, Places, and Things
United States symbols include songs, buildings, documents and people. This introduction to the Constitution and national treasures keeps learning fun and manageable for your young citizens.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
What's It All About? Main Ideas and Supporting Details
What's It All About? Main Ideas and Supporting Details
Worksheet
What's It All About? Main Ideas and Supporting Details
Get to the point with this worksheet about the main idea and how supporting details help it make sense.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Floods and Droughts and Water, Oh My!
Floods and Droughts and Water, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
Floods and Droughts and Water, Oh My!
Are your students ready for a challenge? In this science and language arts integrated lesson, students will not only learn about floods and droughts, but they will also brainstorm and develop solutions.
3rd 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
Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
Lesson Plan
Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? This lesson will compare the two types of sources and ask students to discuss the benefits of using each source.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
Worksheet
Answering Questions About Wild, Wild Weather
Students will refer to important details to answer text-dependent questions about some wild weather! Get ready to read like a detective and learn some cool facts along the way.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Structures #1: Compare and Contrast
Nonfiction Text Structures #1: Compare and Contrast
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Structures #1: Compare and Contrast
In this worksheet, children will learn to identify signal words and visuals that writers use when comparing and contrasting.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Chemical and Physical Changes
Compare and Contrast: Chemical and Physical Changes
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Chemical and Physical Changes
What type of change will you get? Use this resource with your students to compare and contrast chemical and physical reactions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Nonfiction Compare & Contrast
Nonfiction Compare & Contrast
Worksheet
Nonfiction Compare & Contrast
Help your kindergarten students learn about comparing and contrasting nonfiction texts using this helpful Venn diagram.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Animal Life Cycles, All Around
Animal Life Cycles, All Around
Lesson Plan
Animal Life Cycles, All Around
Life cycles go around and around! In this technology-integrated lesson, students will research various animal life cycles and write about them.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Firsthand or Secondhand Account?
Firsthand or Secondhand Account?
Worksheet
Firsthand or Secondhand Account?
During this reading exercise, students will work in small groups to look at various sample passages and sort them based on firsthand or secondhand accounts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Learning Why and How to Compost
Learning Why and How to Compost
Activity
Learning Why and How to Compost
Children will learn why and how to compost as they help with the process of filling their compost, turning it, and observing the changes that occur.
2nd grade
Science
Activity