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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction

Questions about weather clear up when students use what they learned from their books to create a presentation to share with the rest of the class.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Cosmic Oranges: Observation and Inquiry Through Descriptive Writing and Art

Students will eat up this lesson about oranges as they practice the skills that help them investigate and make detailed observations for descriptive purposes.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm

Students often believe that fiction writers make everything up, seldom realizing how research worms its way into entertaining writing. In this lesson, students read Diary of a Worm to find out how fact merges with fiction.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Picture Books as Framing Texts: Research Paper Strategies for Struggling Writers

Students use picture books as framing texts for research, freeing them from the language of encyclopedia sources and allowing them to focus their attention on the content of their papers.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Creating Classroom Community by Crafting Themed Poetry Collections

Students create poetry collections with the theme of "getting to know each other." They study and then write a variety of forms of poetry to include in their collections.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts

Students listen to fiction and nonfiction read-alouds and explore selected Websites to identify factual information about animals. This lesson focuses on ants, but can be adapted to any animal.