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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Alaska Native Stories: Using Narrative to Introduce Expository Text
    Tradition and technology come together in this lesson in which students learn about Alaskan animals through Native American tales and their own online research.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 11
    Author E.B. White was born on this day in 1899.
    Author E.B. White, most well-known for his famous children's book, Charlotte's Web, received high acclaim and awards for many of his works of fiction.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 30
    Black Beauty author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.
    Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Bridging Literature and Mathematics by Visualizing Mathematical Concepts
    During interactive read-aloud sessions, students identify how an author conveys mathematical information about animals’ sizes and abilities. They then conduct research projects focusing on the same mathematical concepts.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 25
    Celebrate Kate DiCamillo's birthday today.
    After examining the characters in one of DiCamillo's stories, students write original short stories featuring animals as central characters.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Creative Writing in the Natural World: A Framing
    Students practice writing detailed, sensory-rich descriptions by framing a small piece of nature and freewriting about it. From this minilesson, students can develop a variety of types of writing.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Disciplinary Literacies in Content Area Classrooms: Instructional Design for Responsive Instruction
    This webinar will discuss key elements of disciplinary literacies instruction that include considerations for instructional design and assessment.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3
    Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first human heart transplant.
    Students talk about the causes of heart disease and the role that diet and exercise play. Then, students find healthy dessert recipes and vote on one dessert to make in class.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Earth Verse: Using Science in Poetry
    Students shape up their reading, writing, and listening skills in this lesson by creating original diamante, acrostic, and shape poems about science.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters
    Students explore the nature and structure of expository texts that focus on cause and effect and apply what they learned using graphic organizers and writing paragraphs to outline cause-and-effect relationships.

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