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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes

Students analyze a photograph, brainstorm words to describe the characters' senses and feelings, work in pairs to describe a character's experience, and create a poem using their ideas and similes.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring How Section Headings Support Understanding of Expository Texts

Nonfiction may be dull for some students, but this lesson helps them focus on the main ideas. Through awareness of section headings, students learn to sort and categorize main concepts.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Integrating Literacy Into the Study of the Earth's Surface

Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface—does it get the instructional time it deserves in your busy curriculum? Students wade right in to the study of bodies of water as they read and discuss science trade books and work together to develop Readers Theater scripts based on selected titles.

 

Grades   7 – 10  |  Lesson Plan

A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words: Using Infographics to Illustrate How-to Writing

Students write step-by-step instructions on topics of their own choosing. Then using Piktochart, students create their own infographics to illustrate their instructions.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

The Wonder of Leo Lionni: Increasing Comprehension with Prediction Statements

This lesson focuses on the strategy of "wonder" statements, asking students to stop, think, and write about what may be happening in the text periodically as they read a story.

 

Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Responding to Tragedy: Then and Now

After reading several poets’ personal responses to the September 11th terrorist attacks, students write a "then and now" poem that puts their early memories of the event in conversation with their current understanding of and response to the tragedy.