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The Power of Words in Charlotte's Web
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD students explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts describing Charlotte's silken praise for Wilber, young readers can extend their vocabulary and context clue skills. The lesson includes a chart with quotes from the book, an adjective-guessing game, and a prompt for an original short story.
Natural Resources Matter
This natural resources worksheet includes discussion activities about natural resources, 2 word searches, and a list of related books and videos.
Structure Practice: The Passive Voice
Use this online interactive worksheet in an ELD class or for younger native speakers. They practice using simple past tense verbs in the passive voice. Many of the constructions are not straightforward, nor often used by early speakers, so it might be best to go through this exercise as a class. Fill in the blanks in 20 sentences using the verb form indicated. Click done to get instant feedback.
Energy and Chemical Reactions
For this chemistry unit worksheet, students study the energy involved in chemical reactions. They solve 7 exercise sections on chemical equations.
Wrinkles ESL Lesson
Practice English vocabulary and dialogue. An ELD class completes a true/false worksheet about aging and wrinkles, then read an article entitled "Wrinkles Give Clues to Bone Condition" using context clues to determine vocabulary definitions. They participate in a variety of English language activities including matching phrases, filling in a clues activity, sharing opinions with a partner, and answering comprehension questions.
If you are considering reading Esperanza Rising with your class, this fine packet of worksheets may be what you're looking for. Students read the book in groups, utilize the packet to keep on track with their reading, and respond to what they've read with meaningful activities. Activities include prediction, character analysis, and vocabulary.
The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon
Practice comprehension skills using the story, The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon by Bea Uusma Schyffert. Learners answer questions, fill out graphic organizers, and engage in extension activities involving writing and research. They will identify the main idea and make inferences about the story.
The Dragon Prince
Use this resource, which focuses on the story The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep, to inspire your class. There are a series of comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and ideas for extensions, such as an activity involving a talk show interview.
Have your class explore the life of Roberto Clemente using this lesson. After reading the story Roberto Clemente by Jonah Winter, learners answer cause and effect questions, classify ideas, make comparisons, and write a news article.
Knights of the Round Table adapted by Gwen Ross
Everyone loves the tales involving King Arthur and his knights. After reading Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross, learners draw inferences and conclusions, analyze story elements, and discuss figurative language, including hyperbole and metaphor.
Backstage With Elmo: Jack Black
Elmo interviews Jack Black. He asks him about his favorite snack, pet, and book. This could be a nice way to show youngsters how to start a friendly conversation. It is also appropriate for ELD.
Backstage With Elmo: Jenny McCarthy
Elmo sings the song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Litter Star” with Jenny McCarthy. Elmo asks Jenny about her favorite instrument and what makes her happy. This video could be helpful when introducing friendly questions to young ELD students.
Harness Music to Enhance Writing
Use the magic of music to engage the senses and bring new life to your writing curriculum.
Remembering the Forgotten War
Ninth graders examine the major events and significance of the Korean War, including U.S. involvement in the war. In this World History lesson plan, 9th graders read primary source materials to understand the political, social, emotional and cultural costs of the Korean War.
South Koreans in the Vietnam War
Students consider why South Koreans fought in the Vietnam War. In this Vietnam War lesson, students engage in an activity through which they investigate why South Koreans fought in the Vietnam War and how their participation in the war was viewed.
The Modernization of Seoul
Students explore the history of Seoul, South Korea. In this Seoul instructional activity, students read and analyze handouts regarding the political and social history of the city of Seoul. Students collaborate in small groups and present their findings to the rest of the class.
Women at the Crossroads
Students examine the evolution of women's rights in Korea. In this Korean history lesson, students read 5 articles pertaining to women's lives under the Silla, Koryo, and Choson kingdoms. The articles also make reference to Japanese rule of Korean women as well as the modern era.
Milestones of Flight
Discover seven of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum. By research into the major milestones of aviation history your students will recognize features that enable flight, identify major technological advances in aviation and spaceflight, and describe how advances have affected the lives of people.
Astronomy Merit Badge
Students explore astronomy through the Starry Night Constellation Adventure software. They print star charts and identify constellations. They sketch the Big Dipper and describe the Milky Way. They list the five most visible planets and sketch the moon
Complete the Circuit
Students identify the basic parts of a generator. In this physical science lesson plan, students compare each component with auroras. They construct a continuity tester using materials and instructions provided.