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Similarities and Differences
Similarities and Differences
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Similarities and Differences
Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing and contrasting the key details in two texts on the same topic. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a pre-lesson for the *What's Similar? What's Different?* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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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
Math
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Verbs that Show Character Action
Verbs that Show Character Action
Lesson Plan
Verbs that Show Character Action
Use this lesson to teach your students how to identify character actions with verbs. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Look for the Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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Linking Letter Sounds
Linking Letter Sounds
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Linking Letter Sounds
In this caterpillar-focused lesson plan, students will practice identifying words that begin with the letter C, while learning about the metamorphosis of a butterfly. This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for your ELs.
Kindergarten
Math
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Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
Prepositional Phrases as Key Details
Lesson Plan
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
Math
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Reading with Symbols
Reading with Symbols
Lesson Plan
Reading with Symbols
In this lesson, students will retell stories and use symbols to highlight interesting parts. This lesson can be used alone or with the Readers Record Their Thinking lesson plan.
1st grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Fantastic Fiction: Retelling Stories
Fantastic Fiction: Retelling Stories
Lesson Plan
Fantastic Fiction: Retelling Stories
Use this fun lesson plan as a stand alone or pre-lesson when introducing the concept of retelling a story to your ELs.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Steps to Make an Inference
Steps to Make an Inference
Lesson Plan
Steps to Make an Inference
It's time to infer! Students will read a variety of short passages and make inferences using modals and a step-by-step graphic organizer. It can be used on its own or as support for the lesson Inference Detectives.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Making Inferences About Feelings
Making Inferences About Feelings
Lesson Plan
Making Inferences About Feelings
In this support lesson, your students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character's feelings in order to understand their perspective.
5th grade
Math
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Identifying Character and Setting
Identifying Character and Setting
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Identifying Character and Setting
In this support lesson, ELs will learn how to identify the characters and setting in a story while using noun phrases to support their understanding. It can be used alone or as support for the lesson Exploring the Features of a Book Series.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Lesson Plan
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
ELs will gain valuable practice learning about text features as they practice close reading and communication skills during a nonfiction picture walk. Use on its own or as a support for the Classifying Nonfiction Text Features lesson plan.
1st grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Wild and Windy Weather
Wild and Windy Weather
Lesson Plan
Wild and Windy Weather
Preschool students will love getting wild in this wind and air themed lesson plan, all about making predictions and learning about the weather! Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Windy Weather Watching** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Sharing Ideas with a Friend
Sharing Ideas with a Friend
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Sharing Ideas with a Friend
In this fun lesson all about sharing ideas, students will get an overview of partnership rules, and time to practice working with a partner. This can be used as a stand alone or pre-lesson for the **Me and My Partner** lesson plan.
Preschool
Math
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Words That Show Cause and Effect
Words That Show Cause and Effect
Lesson Plan
Words That Show Cause and Effect
This lesson helps students recognize cause-and-effect relationships in fiction and nonfiction writing by identifying clue words. It can be used on its own or as a precursor to Cause and Effect with Comic Strips.
4th grade
Math
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Sorting & Describing Books
Sorting & Describing Books
Lesson Plan
Sorting & Describing Books
In this lesson, students will look at picture clues to determine the topic of texts. ELs will build vocabulary and language skills by working with partners to discuss and represent texts using drawings.
1st grade
Math
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Information from Multiple Sources
Information from Multiple Sources
Lesson Plan
Information from Multiple Sources
Use this lesson to help your ELs quickly find information on a specific topic by looking for a noun and its pronouns in a nonfiction text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Ecosystems Explained.
5th grade
Math
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Fairy Tale Character Traits
Fairy Tale Character Traits
Lesson Plan
Fairy Tale Character Traits
Students will be able to answer questions to show understanding of character traits. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to The Paper Bag Princess lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Working with Idioms
Working with Idioms
Lesson Plan
Working with Idioms
Figurative language can be difficult, especially for ELs. With the help of context clues and exposure to common idioms, it can be a piece of cake! Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Take a Walk with Idioms* lesson.
3rd grade
Math
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Understanding Sequence
Understanding Sequence
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Understanding Sequence
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand sequencing in fictional texts. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Sequencing: Order in the Court lesson.
3rd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
I Pledge Allegiance
I Pledge Allegiance
Lesson Plan
I Pledge Allegiance
Give your students an introduction to the trickiest vocabulary in the Pledge of Allegiance with this lesson. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to the All About the Pledge of Allegiance lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Two Perspectives
Two Perspectives
Lesson Plan
Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different characters’ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point Is It Anyway? lesson.
5th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Understand Text Features
Understand Text Features
Lesson Plan
Understand Text Features
Let's practice reading nonfiction texts! In this lesson, teach your ELs about identifying and describing text features. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Formatting Text Features.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
What Do You Hear?
What Do You Hear?
Lesson Plan
What Do You Hear?
Use this helpful review or pre-lesson to introduce the idea that letters make the same sound, regardless of their place in a word. Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Same Sound Different Location** lesson plan.
Preschool
Math
Lesson Plan
All About the 5 W's
All About the 5 W's
Lesson Plan
All About the 5 W's
Students will be able to answer questions to show understanding of important details in a text. This can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to be used prior to the Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How? lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Lesson Plan
Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Teach your students about picture walks as a strategy to understand the author's purpose in a fictional text. This lesson can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support for the Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text lesson.
2nd grade
Math
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