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New! 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.
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. Learners end the activity with the a collaborative discussion of the insightful question, "NOW what do think the lesson of the story is?" Third grade classes will enjoy the diversity of the Appalachian dialect written into the story. Teachers will enjoy the explicit language of the lesson plan that is designed to bring out engaging classroom learning.
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. This plan is complete and ready for teachers to implement.
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. After all learners have chosen books a transition is made to a demonstration of the fishbowl strategy; in which older students, adult volunteers, or well-respected peers model strong speaking and listening skills. In the end, the class breaks in to small groups of four to five and uses established classroom norms to talk about why they chose their books. This plan is a well-structured and offers an academic way to approach introducing learners to their classroom library.
Students share their all-time favorite books with peers. They read and discuss the article Notable Children's Books of 2007. Afterward, they create book webs and compose reviews based on their book selections.
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. I wouldn't hesitate to use this with my kindergarten or first grade class. Very good!
Coast-to-Coast Book Design-Part 1: What is a book?
In this first of four lessons on book design, students are introduced to the vocabulary of book design through the use of bookwalks and a non-linear PowerPoint presentation in game-show (Jeopardy!) format.
Group Discussion: Accessing Books Around the World
Continue work with an informational text by following the procedures detailed here. The plan, part of a series, focuses on My Librarian is a Camel. Class members complete text-dependent questions and then prepare for and participate in a jigsaw-style discussion. Small groups discuss why it is difficult for people in the country they are reading about to access books. Then, using evidence from the text, they break off and have a brief debate with members from other groups. Close with a 3-2-1 exit ticket. Worksheets are included, but the text is not.
New! 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. The puppets are shared with the class and facilitate a discussion about the similarities and differences between plants and animals. The lesson plan calls for a two-column chart to record ideas from the discussion, but consider using a Venn diagram to better highlight comparisons. As an extension, take a nature walk with your class and have them record different plants and animals they observe.
New! 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. Choose relevant worksheets to supplement regular math lessons or provide these as an option for early finishers.
Book Discussions in a Reading Partnership
Do you have a lot of different reading levels in your class? Pair kids up by level and have them choose a book to read independently. They will make predictions, ask questions, make connections, etc. Consider creating a general reading guide that they can all use to interact with their novel.
Design a Book Cover
Learners explore character, plot, setting, symbolism, and conflict for a book that they are reading. Sample book covers are provided and students apply what they have learned by designing a book cover.
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. Then explain that as a class they will be making their own book and assign these roles to individuals. Students should draw and illustrate as appropriate to create this book.
Monster Plants Storia Teaching Guide
Who wouldn't want to read a book about monster plants? Get those kids into informational texts with an engaging topic, like meat eating plants! You'll use the teaching guide to provide structured practice as your class reads to comprehend. They'll make predictions, preview vocabulary, define cause and effect, and engage in small and full group discussions. Everything needed for instruction is included in this well-constructed resource.
Stop, Look, and Find Shapes in Our School Community
Use this project-based lesson to help your young mathematicians learn about shapes in their environment. Using everyday technology, learners must find shapes such as squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles. They use digital cameras to capture shapes in the environment, and produce a book of shapes which features their photographs. A terrific teaching idea!
Exploring the World of Comic Book Heroes
Students explore comic book superheroes. They make connections between their adventures and everyday life experiences. They work in collaborative groups to conduct research, design cover art, and create an interactive Venn diagram comparing real life heroes and comic book superheroes.
Parts of a Book
Here is an engaging and educationally sound presentation on the parts of a book. The index, glossary, table of contents, and title page are all gone over. At the end of the presentation, learners are quizzed on what they have learned. This would be a good PowerPoint for any librarian to use when giving a lesson on the parts of a book.
Read This Book
Students practice summarizing a story that they have read. They write a persuasive essay encouraging others to read the story they have finished. They are to create a movie trailer or advertisement to promote the book.
Design a Book Cover
Pupils use the programs Pics4Learning and ImageBlender 3 to apply their knowledge of characters, plot, setting, symbolism, and conflict to design and create a book cover. Designed as a culminating literature activity.
My "I Spy" Book
Students create an "I Spy" book. In this book writing lesson plan, students work in groups to come up with a topic for their page. They create individual pages in the "I Spy" format.