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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Phonic Generalizations in Chrysanthemum

Students learn about word families by reading Kevin Henkes's book Chrysanthemum, identifying words with certain vowel pair endings, and reading words with similar endings.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Integrating Literacy Into the Study of the Earth's Surface

Water covers 71% of the earth's surface—does it get the instructional time it deserves in your busy curriculum? Students wade right in to the study of bodies of water as they read and discuss science trade books and work together to develop Readers Theater scripts based on selected titles.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Cultural Connections and Writing for Change

A little understanding can go a long way. After learning about difficulties that Palestinian youths face, students will write a letter to an official discussing these issues.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Short Story Fair: Responding to Short Stories in Multiple Media and Genres

In this activity, students read short stories and create presentations in multiple media to share in a Short Story Fair. At the fair, students explore and respond to the displays.

 

Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan

Fairy Tale Autobiographies

Students read and analyze fairy tales from several cultures, identifying common elements. Choosing common situations, students write original fairy tales, using picture books as models and a peer review process.

 

Grades   8 – 11  |  Lesson Plan

"Three Stones Back": Using Informational Text to Enhance Understanding of Ball Don't Lie

Students engage in a close reading of a passage from Matt de la Pena's novel Ball Don't Lie before researching important background information to assess the accuracy of the claims made by a character.