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Lesson Plans

 

Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World

Students are asked to "talk" with Kevin Henkes’ Julius, the Baby of the World by using open-ended questions to help them interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.

 

Student Interactives

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 

 

It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr

All kinds of characters will enjoy this lesson that celebrates diversity by discussing what makes everyone unique and special.

 

 

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words is a fun, educational game for primary students that reinforces letter sounds and how sounds combine to form words.

 
 

 

Literacy Centers: Getting Started

This lesson gives teachers resources and guidance to create reading, listening, computer, and poetry Literacy Centers in their own classrooms.

 

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.

 

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Singing Across the Curriculum

Singing Across the Curriculum

In this article, the author explains how singing can help students learn across the curriculum.

 

Using Informational Texts with English Language Learners

Using Informational Texts with English Language Learners

Join Mary Cappellini for an informative look at how elementary teachers can help ELLs improve reading comprehension through the use of informational texts.

 

 

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Marie Kelly Cowgill

A Color of Her Own: Enhancing Language Arts With Leo Lionni

Marie Kelly Cowgill | First Grade Teacher | Newark, DE

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