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Using Word Storms to Explore Vocabulary and Encourage Critical Thinking

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Seven 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Tampa, Florida


International Literacy Association


Student Interactives

Calendar Activities


Strategy Guides

Professional Library



Grades   3 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

K-W-L Creator

This tool allows students to create an online K-W-L chart. Saving capability makes it easy for them to start the chart before reading and then return to it to reflect on what they learned.


Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).


Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 20

On this day in 1910, animal rights activist Joy Adamson was born.

A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals.


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Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

K-W-L-S Chart

This printable extends the familiar K-W-L’s means of organizing students’ prior knowledge, formulating inquiry questions, and recording new learning by adding space for questions for further inquiry.


Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

K-W-L Chart

This K-W-L Chart, which tracks what a student knows (K), wants to know (W), and has learned (L) about a topic, can be used before, during, and after research projects.


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Grades   4 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Using Generative Sentences to Apply Academic Vocabulary

In this guide, you will learn how to use generative sentences to give students opportunities to apply their knowledge of new words in writing.


Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Shared Reading Opportunities for Direct Literacy Instruction

Shared reading affords teachers the opportunity to teach reading strategies in larger groups. The shared text and teacher support offer unique opportunities for instruction.


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Grades   K – 3  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Creating Strategic Readers: Techniques for Developing Competency in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension

Organized around the five essential components of reading instruction, this text lays the groundwork for a comprehensive literacy classroom.


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