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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    ABC Bookmaking Builds Vocabulary in the Content Areas
    V is for vocabulary. A content area unit provides the theme for a specialized ABC book, as students select, research, define, and illustrate a word for each alphabet letter.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: A Character's Letter to the Editor
    Students write a persuasive letter to the editor of a newspaper from a selected fictional character's perspective, focusing on a specific issue or situation explored in the novel.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Childhood Remembrances: Life and Art Intersect in Nikki Giovanni's "Nikki-Rosa"
    Students explore what Carol Jago calls the place "where life and art intersect" by reading Nikki Giovanni's poem, "Nikki-Rosa," and then writing about childhood memories of their own.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Searching, Skimming, and Scanning Skills With Internet Bingo
    Student pairs aim to be the first team to call out "bingo" in this lesson in which they use skimming and scanning to locate information about ancient Greece and Rome.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Careers Using the Internet
    Doctors, astrophysicists, and daycare providers are only some of the careers that will be explored in this lesson in which students research careers and publish occupational summaries about them.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Finding the Science Behind Science Fiction through Paired Readings
    Students read science fiction texts and then use nonfiction texts to extrapolate the scientific principles presented as they discuss the "what ifs" within the context of scientific principles.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Play Ball! Encouraging Critical Thinking Through Baseball Questions
    Cooperation and critical thinking are the name of the game as students use baseball facts they find online to create trivia questions for a class Jeopardy game.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping
    Students work in pairs and groups as they complete fishbone maps that highlight main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text and then write summaries of content area texts.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Spelling Patterns "Go Fish" Card Game
    Students use sets of words that share a spelling pattern to create a card game like "Go Fish" and then play the game in groups, helping them improve their spelling.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts
    Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.

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