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Close Reading of That Book Woman: How Did People Access Books in Rural Areas of the United States?
In this ninth lesson in a larger beginning-of-the-year unit, close reading skills are used independently to find the gist of the story That Book Woman. Rereading for important details is the targeted skill to unlock a deeper understanding of the story and create a richer learning experience.
3rd Language Arts 50 Views 73 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Parts of a Book
I really like this charming presentation on the parts of a book. This PowerPoint is designed for very young readers, and colorfully shows these important elements. The information on the cover of a book, the table of contents, the glossary, and the index are all covered here.
K - 1st Language Arts 48 Views 99 Downloads
My First Book
Introduce young writers to the process of writing a book. Start by reading a book of your choice and discussing the essential elements of any book such as the cover, story, and illustrations as well as who is responsible for each section: the publisher, author, and illustrator.
K - 2nd Language Arts 5 Views 45 Downloads
Bas-Relief Book Report
Students, after reading a variety of books, choose one book to analyze story events and summarizes them in one illustration for a book jacket cover. They gather information about bas-relief sculpture and use that technique to create a book report to present to others.
4th - 6th Language Arts 11 Views 10 Downloads
Nonfiction Books: Table of Contents and Index
How do you find what you're looking for when reading a nonfiction book? Even first graders can learn how to use a table of contents and an index. They use the provided images of each to locate information and answer nine questions.
1st Language Arts 19 Views 69 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Continued Close Reading of That Book Woman: Text-Dependent Questions and Vocabulary
Explicitly explained and delightfully detailed are two ways to describe this tenth lesson in a larger unit designed for the first few weeks of third grade. Learners continue to use and develop previously learned close reading skills, answering text-dependent questions and expanding vocabulary, with the current heart-warming story That Book Woman.
3rd Language Arts 35 Views 51 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Choosing a Book That Interests Me: Seeking the Superhero Reader in Me
Selecting a "power book" and engaging in a structured class discussion are the learning targets for this fourth lesson in a larger unit. It is designed as a beginning of the year unit for establishing norms and routines in the classroom. The plan begins with third graders exploring the classroom library and related vocabulary.
3rd Language Arts 17 Views 49 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Explaining the Themes of Eagle Song: (Chapter 8, "Peace")
Your class reaches the end of the novel Eagle Song as young readers focus on determining the theme of this story. Similar to previous lessons in the unit, the teacher begins with a read aloud of the first few pages of chapter 8, before asking students to finish the chapter independently.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 82 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Central Conflict in Eagle Song (Revisit Chapter 1, Begin Chapter 2)
While continuing to read the book Eagle Song, your class learns to cite specific details when answering questions and to use context clues when encountering unknown words. Students begin by listening as the teacher reads aloud the first pages of chapter 2, before working in small groups to answer text-dependent questions using sticky notes to locate supporting evidence in the book.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 53 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Designed
How Danny Responds to Conflict (Chapter 5, "The Longest Day")
As they continue to read Eagle Song, learners further develop their reading comprehension skills while working collaboratively with their peers. Following a similar format to previous lessons in this unit, the teacher reads aloud the first few pages of chapter 5 while students work in groups to answer text-dependent questions, supporting their responses with specific examples from the book.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 55 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Learning from Aionwahta and Danny's Father (Chapter 4, "The Visit")
Fourth graders continue reading and discussing Eagle Song in the thirteenth lesson of a literature unit. Starting with small group discussions about different aspects of Native American culture, readers analyze the beliefs held by characters in the story.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 32 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Comparing "The (Really) Great Law of Peace" and Chapter 3 of Eagle Song
Fourth graders gain experience comparing multiple versions of a story as they continue reading the book Eagle Song. After first revisiting the article "The (Really) Great Law of Peace" from the previous unit, the class independently reads chapter 3, using sticky notes to identify specific details showing similarities and differences between the two pieces of writing.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 54 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Plant or Animal?
Teach your class about the necessities of life using the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun. After a teacher-read-aloud, students make puppets depicting different plants and animals from the story and illustrating the habitat in which they live.
K - 3rd Science 133 Views 105 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Global Atmospheric Change: The Math Link
Change up the classroom atmosphere with this interdisciplinary resource. Following along with the children's book Mr. Slaptail's Curious Contraption, these math worksheets provide practice with a wide range of topics including simple addition of one- and two-digit numbers, basic shape identification, calculation of area and perimeter, and measurement.
K - 5th Math 93 Views 73 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Body Mass Index (BMI)
How do you calculate your Body Mass Index, and why is this information a valuable indicator of health? Your class members will discover not only what BMI is and practice calculating it using the height and weight of six fictitious individuals, but in the process they will also learn valuable skills of interpreting information, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence.
3rd - 8th Science 77 Views 46 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Comprehension: Guinness Book of World Records
If your learners are curious about human achievement, superlatives, or esoteric trivia, the Guinness Book of Records is a way to tap into instrinsic motivation and relevance. Here's an informational reading that will grab their attention while they practice comprehension strategies, making inferences, vocabulary development, and test prep.
6th - 10th Language Arts 66 Views 624 Downloads
My Community Book
Young learners examine different places in their neighborhood using informational texts. First they identify a place that they like to play and predict if it will be in the nonfiction book Community at Play.They will share their favorite place and their prediction with a partner before listening to the story.
K - 3rd Language Arts 17 Views 325 Downloads
Research and Study Skills: Textbook/Trade Book
What is the difference between a textbook and a trade book? Learners read the short passage and information provided before completing the questions that follow. A home activity is also provided that encourages parents to flip through a textbook with their child.
4th - 5th Language Arts 7 Views 198 Downloads
Contents and Index
It's important for your readers to understand features of informational text such as index and table of contents, so give them this visual instructional activity to get started. They read a brief explanation of informational text, then look at an example about pets.
1st - 2nd Language Arts 48 Views 186 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Novel Study
"There is something irresistible about popcorn" and about activities designed to accompany the reading of a really good book. The nine activities in this packet support the reading of Elizabeth George Speare's Newbery Award winning novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
7th - 8th Language Arts 107 Views 62 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable