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Lesson Plans

 

Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm

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.

 

Student Interactives

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 

 

Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading

The game Bingo is transformed in this lesson in which students use symbols and images to make connections to environmental print through the use of personalized Bingo cards.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

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

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Literacy Centers: Getting Started

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

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Implementing Readers Theatre as an approach to classroom fluency instruction

Implementing Readers Theatre as an approach to classroom fluency instruction

This article describes how Readers Theatre was implemented as an engaging means for reading fluency instruction in a second-grade classroom.

 

 

Community Stories  

Beth Dunning

"S" Is for Poetry

Beth Dunning | Teacher | Denton, TX

Each year our first-grade students research different ocean animals; this year we decided to research seals