Making Generalizations Teacher Resources
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ELD Lesson Planner: Home Sweet Home
Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this instructional activity, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils answer questions about maps, weather, and details about shells.
1st English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Plan: Family Time
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.
2nd English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Planner: Growing Up
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.
6th English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Planner: Smart Solution
Access your beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners' needs with this thorough lesson plan. The Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Pepita Talks Twice," "Poppa's New Pants," and "Ramona Quimby, Age 8") address vocabulary, grammatical forms, and and increasingly independent writing activities.
3rd English Language Arts
Famous People During the Civil War
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.
5th Social Studies & History
Early Explorers WebQuest
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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Photographs as History
Imagine being a war photographer embedded in World War I. How do you see your role? How might your photos influence that study of the war? Of history? Class members select a photograph, adopt the perspective of the photographer, and craft an analysis of the picture.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Newspaper Article
Have your class participate in an interview activity using an informational text about the Amazon. After reading a Cultural Connections story about a person from the Amazon, middle schoolers write interview questions based on the text. Focus on finding the central idea in this reading comprehension activity.
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Avoid Mushy Writing: Be Specific
Replacing, bland, inexact generalizations with specific statement and precise information is the focus of a worksheet that models how to transform general statements into specific ones. After examining four models, learners have an opportunity to craft their own.
3 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Basic English Grammar: Count and Mass Nouns
Provide your class with a review of count and noncount nouns. With a 60-slide presentation, learners discuss count vs. noncount nouns, the use of an and a, and common words used to describe an amount. This is a comprehensive and visually appealing resource.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts
Infer and Cite Evidence of Character Traits
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.
4 mins 5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed