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Taking Notes Using a Graphic Organizer, Part 1: The Iroquois: A Six Nations Confederacy
Fourth graders tackle the close reading skill of learning how to find the main idea and details within informational text. A graphic organizer is provided to help learners navigate taking note-taking skills with the book, The Iroquois: A Six Nations Confederacy.
4th Language Arts 27 Views 62 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Using Text Features to Find Information
If you are working on a research project, consider this resource. First, model how to use notes and text features to create an outline. Next, allow individuals to choose a topic and complete the same process that you showed them. Materials are provided.
4th Language Arts 3 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Circular Journey to Imaginative Narrative Writing
There is nothing better than a good story. Young authors examine the circular journey common in stories like The Wizard of Oz and Jack and the Beanstalk. They engage in a series of activities that help them understand story elements and then apply their skills to compose an original narrative piece including a beginning, middle, end, characters, plot, and a circular journey.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 20 Views 134 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
If you want a short exercise that helps your class better understand the craft of writing, you may want to consider this two-page worksheet on the cinematographe. TIME for Kids provides a one-page passage about the first motion-picture camera and projector, followed by three reader's response questions, and two writer's response questions.
6th Language Arts 4 Views 63 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Analyze How an Idea is Developed Over the Course of a Text
John Moir's Smithsonian article, "The Little Owls That Live Underground," is used to model how a writer develops a main idea in a nonfiction text. Viewers are shown how to collect data about the 5H's (who, what, when, where, why) and 1FunkyH (how) and select those items that best support the main idea.
10 mins 7th - 9th Language Arts 5 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Let There Be Peace: Nobel Prize Winners
What is the Nobel Peace Prize? After they establish criteria for great leadership, secondary learners read a New York Times article about President Jimmy Carter's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Individuals research the lives, achievements, and impact of other Peace Prize laureates and create storyboards for documentaries about them.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 33 Downloads
Butterfly, Butterfly: Teaching Vocabulary
Kindergarteners practice new words through listening to and reading the science book Butterfly by Jenny Feely. The teacher will first choose words that are essential for understanding the text. Then, using pictures in the text, pupils will learn to use visual cues to understand unknown words.
K Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 41 Downloads
Guided Reading: Main Idea
Readers are presented with a list of three questions and asked to actively listen to a story or article to answer them. They verbally answer the questions to learn the strategy. Next, read a story to them or have them silently read a story and then articulate the main idea.
K - 4th Language Arts 41 Views 557 Downloads
We Are All Authors
Read and discuss a variety of books by different authors and have your class create their own book. They will identify the different parts of a book, then using a story they have already written, they enter their story and information into a story template, dedication page template, and author biography page template.
K Language Arts 7 Views 28 Downloads
This activity provides an interesting way for learners to review vocabulary and practice comprehension skills. There is a six-paragraph passage about the process of fingerprinting and the role it takes on convicting criminals. Eleven questions follow the passage: five are basic comprehension questions, and six are vocabulary related.
5th - 8th Language Arts 33 Views 677 Downloads
Learning Animal Classifications by Writing Non-fiction Texts
The perfect activity to follow a class field trip to the zoo! Young scientists use photos of different animals to observe their characteristics and sort them into appropriate categories. Learners can come up with all kinds of categories as long as they justify their thinking.
Pre-K - 2nd Science 20 Views 309 Downloads
Authors and Illustrators: What do they do?
Help readers understand the roles of authors and illustrators and why they have been recognized by medals of excellence. Your class will discuss and then create illustrations for a book. When they have finished, you can hold your own classroom awards ceremony.
K - 1st Language Arts 23 Views 117 Downloads
Awesome Stories: Vincent van Gogh
Who was Vincent van Gogh? Most of the questions can be answered in two or three sentences; however, there is at least one essay prompt and one personal response question that require longer answers. Questions call for a good mix of recall and critical thinking.
9th - Higher Ed Language Arts 5 Views 121 Downloads
Reading Strategies for Decoding Tricky Words
Help primary school pupils learn valuable reading strategies. As they choral read a poster or big book, they predict covered words and learn various reading strategies for figuring out an unknown word. This will help them gain an understanding of the alphabetic principle of associating sounds with letters in order to decode tricky words.
K - 2nd Language Arts 54 Views 331 Downloads
We Are All Authors: Create a Book
Every child is an author with this engaging reading activity. First the class reviews the various parts of a book such as the title, author, dedication, and author-biography. Then each individual will choose a story of their own to publish by putting it in the format of a real book.
Pre-K - 3rd Language Arts 24 Views 187 Downloads
I Can Do Anything
Youngsters explore simple concepts concerning gender stereotypes by brainstorming the things that boys and girls can do as individuals and then reading a book that talks about the stereotypes of boys and girls. They illustrate things a boy can do and things a girl can do before and after the book and discussion.
Pre-K - K Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 21 Downloads
How to Handle A Recall, Or Not
Explore many sides of the massive Toyota recall in 2010. After reading several articles on the issue, class members discuss the recall and devise ways to handle it from a PR perspective (Toyota's and its competitors'). Procedural detail is thin, but the issue and abundance of sources about it provide a robust opportunity to explore a variety of points of view and compare sources to heighten critical thinking about informational texts.
10th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
Global News: The Changing Face of Reading
A current and engaging informational text with some superb scaffolding activities, this six paragraph article discusses the release of the iPad from Apple, eBooks, and the history of reading and writing materials. After reading the article, young readers complete six activities to support their comprehension of the text including a close reading activity, a sequencing activity, identification of pro and con arguments, and several peer discussions about their own opinions on the topic.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 36 Views 758 Downloads
The Effects of Slavery
The emotional and spiritual oppression of slavery in the African-American experience is the focus of this activity. Middle schoolers analyze various texts by Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou related to freedom and oppression. They use textual evidence to write about slavery, oppression, compassion, and nonviolence.
7th - 12th Language Arts 31 Views 355 Downloads