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Active Reading with American History
Explore connections within and between informational texts with this instructional activity about encyclopedia articles. Middle schoolers write encyclopedia articles focusing on topics in American history. They discuss how to determine...
5th - 12th English Language Arts
The Civil Rights Movement Encyclopedia
Students conduct research on the Civil Rights Movement and participants in order to create an encyclopedia with alphabetical articles about some of the leaders and the ordinary people who made a difference in the movement. The articles...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Lesson 3: Encyclopedias
After being introduced to non-fiction texts, second graders meet a different type of non-fiction text that can help them locate factual information. They discuss and examine all of the features found in typical encyclopedias such as,...
2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Using an Encyclopedia Scavenger Hunt
Students practice finding topics within an encyclopedia while reinforcing facts learned in the classroom curriculum. They conduct an encyclopedia scavenger hunt for topics and facts discussed in class and assess skills they need to...
3rd - 4th Social Studies & History
Black and White in United States History: A Gray Area
Compare and contrast old and modern historical accounts of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Learners begin by evaluating the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting historical events, people, and eras. Next, they discuss how new...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification
Worms, insects, snails, and clams are all macroinvertebrates, they are also the topic of a instructional activity on aquatic animals. Kids take a trip to an aquatic environment where they each collect and contain a specimen for further...
4th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Reference Resources: Being a Good Detective
Students explore a variety of reference resources while seeking information. atlases, almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and online search engines as well as library card catalogs are utilized in this instructional activity.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Literature biography project
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
One Man’s Terrorist…Another Man’s Freedom Fighter
Why is there no universal definition for terrorism? What tactics and objectives do terrorist groups share? Through an engaging and collaborative activity, as well as using rich informational texts and guided notes, lead your class...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How to Cite Online Resources and Complete Bibliographic Citations
Have your young researchers write a paragraph essay after completing research using an online virtual library. They demonstrate how to write bibliographic citations for online encyclopedias, online magazines, and print resources. They...
6th - 7th English Language Arts
Gathering And Recording Bibliography Information
Use WebQuest of Nation Parks to research the physical, historical, geographical, and ecological aspects of various National Parks. Pupils use the site to explore the importance and process of creating a bibliography. Instruction is...
5th - 6th Technology & Engineering