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Grades K – 4 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
A read-aloud of Patricia Polacco’s Thank You, Mr. Falker helps promote deeper comprehension through questioning to achieve personal connections and discussions of character and theme.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students often believe that fiction writers make everything up, seldom realizing how research worms its way into entertaining writing. In this lesson, students read Diary of a Worm to find out how fact merges with fiction.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
Seven blind mice—see how they spend each day of the week in this lesson that uses the book Seven Blind Mice to guide students through shared reading, writing, and listening activities.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
Use an engaging, authentic text to build students’ knowledge of phonic elements and give them a taste of Japanese culture.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
A is for zoo? Q is for duck? The alphabet as students know it is transformed when students create a class book that contains clever associations for each letter of the alphabet.
Grades 2 – 3 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
The important thing about this lesson is… that it connects literature and science. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown provides a model for original student poems about a content area topic. Web-based bookmarks guide students to appropriate sites on the topic, and a graphic organizer helps them focus their research.