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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Teaching Shapes Using Read-Alouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch
|Grades||K – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
Grades K – 1 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
Students learn about story structure, new vocabulary, and a variety of reading strategies by participating in an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate.
Grades 4 – 6 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
Guided comprehension moves your middle-grade students beyond decoding to become successful, independent readers. The sketch-to-stretch strategy encourages students to use "brain TV" to help them understand a text through visualization.
Grades K – 4 | Calendar Activity |  December 8
Students catch snowflakes outdoors and sketch some of the structures, or grow their own snow crystals and examine them using magnifying glasses or microscopes.
Grades K – 6 | Calendar Activity |  December 21
Students brainstorm words or images that they associate with winter, select and read a picture book about winter, and compare the two using the interactive Venn Diagram.
Grades K – 5 | Professional Library | Journal
While research is quite clear on the importance of read-alouds, this article addresses the question of how to conduct an effective read-aloud.