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Incorporate sensory details into a piece of descriptive writing. First, elementary and middle schoolers improve a piece of writing by using precise, vivid language, as well as appropriate word choice. They then listen to a variety of read aloud books which focus on the senses. Can they identify which senses are used and when?
Young scholars use various reading strategies to increase fluency. In this reading strategies lesson, students read an article about New Year's Resolutions. Young scholars use read-alouds, choral reading, and buddy reading to increase fluency. Students analyze word similarities and differences and create illustrations of the story.
Offer your class methods for understanding and creating setting in a written work. Much of the focus here is on fluency, so class members spend a good amount of time simply writing about places that are significant to them, and describing the setting using descriptive language. Learners also examine Mark Twain's writing to develop an idea of how he creates setting and a sense of place. This resource details a list of setting descriptions that you might read to your class as examples.
Use the April 2007 issue of Ladybug Magazine and the accompanying exercises to increase your youngsters' reading comprehension and provide them with reading strategies! Youngsters love the outdoors, and these activities will have them interacting with nature and the animals and things found there.