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Lesson Plans

 

Let's Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace

Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.

 

Student Interactives

 

ABC Match

ABC Match

ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.

 

 

Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers

Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.

 

 

Word Family Sort

Word Family Sort

This online activity helps students recognize word patterns by having them sort a series of words into short-vowel word families.

 
 

 

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”

Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Exploring the Use of the iPad for Literacy Learning

Exploring the Use of the iPad for Literacy Learning

The goal of this investigation was to explore how a fourth grade teacher could integrate iPads into her literacy instruction to simultaneously teach print-based and digital literacy goals.

 

NCTE Position Statement on Reading

NCTE Position Statement on Reading

In order to make sure that all individuals have access to the personal pleasures and intellectual benefits of full literacy, NCTE created the NCTE Position Statement on Reading in February of 1999.

 

 

Community Stories  

Marci McGowan

Poetry Writing: Try Partnerships!

Marci McGowan | First-Grade Teacher | Spring Lake, NJ

When I read Traci Gardner's Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity, I knew I had found just the right culminating activity for our unit on poetry and pattern writing