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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Viewing Vocabulary: Building Word Knowledge Through Informational Websites

Students read a text to identify important words, discuss them with peers, summarize the text, and read related texts to identify how those words are used in other contexts.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Teaching About Story Structure Using Fairy Tales

From "once upon a time" to "happily ever after," students learn to recognize story structure in fairy tales and create a logical sequence of events when writing original stories.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

What's Under the Slide? Making Inferences Using Microscopes

Students hone their critical thinking skills by learning how to make inferences from textual clues.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Examining Island of the Blue Dolphins through a Literary Lens

After a discussion about courage and adversity and reading Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, students examine Karana's character development and look for examples of courage in their community.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Vocabulary Solutions: A Mixture of Science, Conversation, and Writing

In this lesson, students conduct a science experiment and later discuss the events of the lab during shared writing. Students explain the procedure in their own words and then revise to include content specific vocabulary. Finally, students reflect on new words added to their writing using the Trading Card Creator interactive.

 

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.