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A Prereading Strategy: Using the Vocabulary, Language, Prediction (VLP) Approach

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A Prereading Strategy: Using the Vocabulary, Language, Prediction (VLP) Approach

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute lessons
Lesson Author

Valerie A. Adair, M.Ed.

Willow Grove, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access

  • LCD projector and screen

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Crossword Puzzles

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.


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  1. Access National Geographic Kids: “Ten Freaky Forces of Nature.” Print enough copies of this story for each student.

  2. Note the 26 vocabulary words used in this lesson (see Vocabulary Words From “Ten Freaky Forces of Nature”). Review questions in Session 1. Prepare any additional questions for Session 2.

  3. Reserve time in the computer lab, as necessary, for Session 5. Bookmark the Crossword Puzzles tool on your classroom or school computers, and make sure that the tool is working properly. If you experience technical difficulties, you may need to download the newest version of the Flash plug-in, which is available for free on the Technical Help page of this website. You may want to create and print your own crossword puzzle to model how students will use the tool.

  4. Make photocopies of the Vocabulary, Language, Prediction Worksheet and the Crossword Puzzles Checklist.

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