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Guess What's in the Bag: A Language-based Activity

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Guess What's in the Bag: A Language-based Activity

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 50 minutes
Lesson Author

LaDonna Helm

LaDonna Helm

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Interactives

Professional Library



Grades   K – 2  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language

What's in the Bag?

What's in the Bag? invites primary students to play with vocabulary common to their environment.


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Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Children's Inquiry: Using Language to Make Sense of the World

Lindfors introduces a theoretical framework for understanding children's inquiry language—as communication acts in which the child brings another into the act of sense-making—and uncovers new possibilities for our understanding of how children learn.


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