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Main Idea and Details in Fiction
Main Idea and Details in Fiction
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Main Idea and Details in Fiction
In this EL support lesson, your students will use introductory phrases to write about the main idea and details in a fictional story.
5th grade
Math
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Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
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Asking and Answering Questions While Reading
Maximize your students' engagement when reading by teaching them how to ask and answer questions along the way. Use this as a stand alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Asking and Answering Questions* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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Synonyms Give Clues
Synonyms Give Clues
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Synonyms Give Clues
Build your students' knowledge of synonyms to support their vocabulary development. This lesson can stand alone or be a pre-lesson for the *Get Clued in to Context Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
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Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
In this lesson, students will retell stories by drawing and talking about what happens at the beginning, middle, and end. This lesson can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and Beginning, Middle, and End lesson plan.
1st grade
Math
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Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
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Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions
Teach your students the difference between facts and opinions, and why an author would choose to use each type of information. This can stand-alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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Making Connections with Our Feelings
Making Connections with Our Feelings
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Making Connections with Our Feelings
In this feelings-focused lesson, ELs will practice identifying feelings and using feeling words as they reflect on the end of kindergarten and the beginning of first grade. It can be used on its own or as support to the lesson The Night Before First Grade.
Kindergarten
Math
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Retelling a Fiction Story
Retelling a Fiction Story
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Retelling a Fiction Story
This lesson is a great introductory or review lesson to teach your ELs about the elements of a story. Can be used as a stand alone lesson or a pre-lesson.
Kindergarten
Math
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Personification Practice
Personification Practice
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Personification Practice
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how nouns and verbs are used in personification. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Poetry: Figurative Language.
5th grade
Math
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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
Math
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Map a Story
Map a Story
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Map a Story
This lesson will help your students summarize short stories and describe how characters respond to challenges using a story map. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Story Mapping Group Work lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
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Urban, Suburban, and Rural Places
Urban, Suburban, and Rural Places
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Urban, Suburban, and Rural Places
Your ELs will analyze CLOZE sentences to understand community vocabulary. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to the Urban, Suburban, or Rural lesson.
2nd grade
Math
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Sentence Structures for Summarizing
Sentence Structures for Summarizing
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Sentence Structures for Summarizing
In this support lesson, your ELs will use key vocabulary and sentence structures to summarize a story. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing and Contrasting Book Series.
5th grade
Math
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Learn Story Elements
Learn Story Elements
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Learn Story Elements
Through this lesson, your students will use academic vocabulary to discuss character traits, author's purpose, and the sequence of events in a story.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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What's in a Book?
What's in a Book?
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What's in a Book?
Your EL's will learn all about the parts of a book while praciticing their listening and speaking skills. Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson.
Kindergarten
Math
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Rhyming Poems
Rhyming Poems
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Rhyming Poems
Students will have fun learning about rhyming words and poetry in this fun bee-inspired lesson plan! Can be used alone or as a pre-lesson for the **Silly Socks Poetry Featuring the Letter S** lesson plan.
Preschool
Math
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Elements of Fairy Tales
Elements of Fairy Tales
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Elements of Fairy Tales
Use this lesson to help students identify the elements of a fictional text while gaining more knowledge about parts of speech. Use as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements.
2nd grade
Math
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Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
Main Idea or Topic? You Decide!
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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
Math
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Inference Making
Inference Making
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Inference Making
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand inference, evidence, and schema. They'll analyze sentences to make inferences using evidence. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Inferring With Pictures lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
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Summarizing with Sequence Words
Summarizing with Sequence Words
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Summarizing with Sequence Words
This lesson helps students summarize fictional stories using sequence words. Students will have a chance to practice distinguishing the different parts of a story in this lesson, which can be taught as a precursor to Storyboard Superstars.
4th grade
Math
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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
Math
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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.
Preschool
Math
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Realism and Fantasy
Realism and Fantasy
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Realism and Fantasy
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn about the differences between realism and fantasy. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Making Sense of Realism and Fantasy* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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Answering "Why" Questions
Answering "Why" Questions
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Answering "Why" Questions
Teach your students how to use specific vocabulary as they answer questions. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Questions that Gauge Comprehension* lesson plan.
3rd grade
Math
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Cause or Effect?
Cause or Effect?
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Cause or Effect?
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand the relationship between cause and the effect sentences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts
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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
Math
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