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Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this lesson, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils answer questions about maps, weather, and details about shells.
Students use the Canadian Atlas online to gather information on the early explorers and settlers of Canada. Individually, they complete a WebQuest to extract information from maps to make generalizations about early settlement patterns. They also describe how the physical geography of Canada influenced where populations settled.
In this making generalizations worksheet, students read a short story, "Bake Sale", and answer questions about it. Students choose 5 multiple choice answers.
Weathering both family dynamics and sudden storms are the main topics of these three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Brothers and Sisters," "Jalapeno Bagels," "Carousel," and "Thunder Cake"). Practice generalizing and sequencing events as you read about siblings, baking, and thunder. The lesson is differentiated for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced learners, and includes vocabulary and sentence frames for each skill level.
Three coming-of-age Houghton-Mifflin stories (an excerpt from Where the Red Fern Grows, as well as "Last Summer with Maizon," and "The Challenge") show your ELD pupils the trials and tribulations of growing up. Differentiated sentence frames incorporate vocabulary and conventions, as well as practicing literary skills from ELD standards.
Students explore the bird's-eye views on the Texas Bird's-Eye Views website, and discuss why the views were created. They design and create a bird's-eye view of their classroom, school, or community.
Third graders create polygons with perimeters of 30 centimeters, use the centimeter grid paper to determine the area of each shape, and organize the shapes to make generalizations from the patterns they see.
Fifth graders identify causes, key events, and effects of Civil War, develop skills for historical, geographical, and cultural analysis in making generalizations about events and life in United States after 1860, and create presentations using note cards, visual organizers, and multimedia software.
Students participate in research of various government leaders in order to have the ability to role play in a mock press conference. Students are the leaders and the press for this lesson using guided questions for the skits.
Students identify various forms of eighteenth-century travel and make generalizations about the people that utilized eighteenth-century modes of transportation.
Students use the Canadian atlas online to research early explorers and settlers in Canada. They also complete a Web Quest to gather information from maps. They make generalizations about the early settlement patterns as well.
Sixth graders engage in a variety of assignments and activities surrounding Ancient Egypt. They pretend they are archaeologists on a Pyramid dig and create a PowerPoint presentation to their fellow "archaeoloists" on their findings.
In this climate worksheet, learners complete a graphic organizer to make generalizations about tropical climates in Southeast Asia and Oceania, then they fill in a chart comparing the moderate and desert climates of that region.
Students examine generalizations and plural and singular nouns. They view computer flashcards, take an online quiz, and complete teacher-led examples.
Students practice changing nouns from singular to plural. They use the words "alot", "some" and "many" in the appropriate way. They create their own generalizations about nouns.
In this product map worksheet, students read about the type of map, then use a map of New Jersey agriculture to answer 5 questions.
Do your sixth graders struggle with identifying character traits in short stories? Use a video about "Saved by a Seal" to show them how to use evidence within the text to make inferences about characterization. The video is the fifth in an eight-video series about reading literature, making it a good resource for your literature and short story unit.
“Soldier’s Home,” included in Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, is the powerful story about a young soldier’s post war struggles to avoid complicated relationships and to rejoin his family and community. Hemingway’s tale provides the text for an exercise that asks readers to consider how the author’s use of such literary devices as imagery, symbolism, characterization, and setting develops the themes of his story. Designed for intermediate to advanced language learners, the plan could be used in any high school language arts class.  
Here is an app that will help kids sort objects! Sorting is an action that promotes cognitive flexibility and executive function. It is a key skill used in categorizing scientific data, making generalizations, and is foundational in early mathematical reasoning. Research shows that children under the age of four or older children with severe ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) may lack the cognitive flexibility that occurs with sorting tasks.
Students are introduced to the types of characters found in short stories. They read a short story in class and produce sketches of the protagonist and antagonist. Finally, they create their own characters and write about them in their own collaborative stories.

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