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Lesson Plans

 

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.

 

Student Interactives

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 

 

Action ABC's: Learning Vocabulary With Verbs

Creating an illustrated alphabet book of action words, from attack to zap, reinforces the definition of verbs as it stretches and expands students' vocabulary.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

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

 
 

 

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

 

 

Construct-a-Word

Construct-a-Word

Using Construct-a-Word, students learn letter-sound correspondence by combining a beginning letter or blend to a word ending to create words.

 
 

 

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.

 

 

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words is a fun, educational game for primary students that reinforces letter sounds and how sounds combine to form words.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Guided Writing

Guided Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use small-group, guided writing instruction to teach students effective strategies and improve their ability to produce text independently.

 

Code-Switching: Teaching Standard English in Urban Classrooms

Code-Switching: Teaching Standard English in Urban Classrooms

Wheeler and Swords show K6 teachers how to use code-switching and contrastive analysis to help students use prior knowledge to translate vernacular English into Standard English.

 

 

Community Stories  

Julie Blair

Curious in Kindergarten

Julie Blair | Student Teacher | McMinnville, TN

During my student teaching, I planned a lesson based on Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images from ReadWriteThink.org