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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Teaching Shapes Using Read-Alouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch

Visual clues in winter-themed books used in this lesson encourage students to make real-world math connections.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Great American Inventors: Using Nonfiction to Learn About Technology Inventions

Who are the people behind the world’s greatest inventions? Students read biographies of a terrific trio of American inventors and create presentations that highlight how their inventions from the past impacted the future.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Gingerbread Phonics

"Run, run, as fast as you can." Students use this refrain from The Gingerbread Man to learn letter-sound correspondence. Students use their new skills to write an online story.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus

Students explore the menu genre by analyzing existing menus from local restaurants. They review adjectives and descriptive writing and then work in groups to create their own custom menus.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Language and Power in The Handmaid’s Tale and the World

Students work in small groups to examine Margaret Atwood’s use of and observations about language in The Handmaid’s Tale. Through this activity, students discover and articulate overarching thematic trends in the book and then can extend their observations about official or political language to examples from their own world.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action

Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children’s books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.