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In this ESL read aloud instructional activity, students read a short text about a man and his daily routine and the ways he pays for different goods and services. There are no questions to answer here.
In this ESL read aloud instructional activity, students read a short text about the city of New York City. There are no questions to answer on this page.
Students practice their reading aloud skills. They examine different careers that focus on public speaking. They also gather new tips to practice when speaking aloud.
Students read a passage just beyond their reading level. They work in small groups to read aloud and discuss unfamiliar words.
In lesson 13 of this unit on colonial trade, young researchers learn about apprentices as they prepare to write help-wanted ads for the specific trade they have been researching. To begin, the class listens closely as the teacher reads aloud an informational text on apprentices while working in small groups to take notes on the information they hear. Using their notes, learners then write a summary paragraph about apprentices in colonial times. Finally, pupils participate in guided practice where the teacher models how to fill in a graphic organizer that helps plan out the help-wanted ad they will be writing in the next lesson. A great resource that uses the concept of apprenticeship to engage young scholars as they learn how to use their research in creating a piece of expository writing.
As a summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as the teacher reads aloud a text about a New York merchant, taking categorized notes on the information they hear. Next, students independently read a piece of writing about shipbuilders, once again taking notes using the provided graphic organizer. Finally, they use their notes to answer multiple choice questions, write a summary about shipbuilders, and write a paragraph describing the interdependence of these two trades. The lesson plan provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.
Choosing the perfect pet is a difficult decision to make. After a class read-aloud of the book Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown, children participate in correspondence with Arthur, writing letters back and forth as they help him choose the best pet for his family. A fun and engaging series of lessons that bring literature to life for primary grade students.
Aid readers in achieving fluency! Hone in on appropriate pacing, accurate pronunciation, and varied intonation through modeling and ample practice. In one-minute bursts, individuals rehearse reading a passage aloud, recording where they stopped each time. Partners take turns reading along with the recording, trying to imitate the effective expression and fluency. Set goals and master the reading! Build some reading confidence in your emerging readers!
Improving listening comprehension skills is the goal of this language arts lesson. Young readers listen to the story Two Greedy Bears, stopping to have discussions with a partner. They predict outcomes and make inferences based on teacher prompts. Awesome lesson!
These five titles will inspire creativity, research, and reflection in your classroom.
These four books will help your pupils learn about animal habitats, community helpers, and the Titanic.
Poems are meant to be read aloud, so why not spend a whole class on poetry reading? This resource offers ideas and a basic outline for a poetry reading activity, as well as a list of suggested poems to read. The resource suggests that several individuals read the same poem one at at time and without hearing the other readers' versions. The rest of class annotates copies of the poem as they listen. Each reader will have a chace to discuss and redo their reading. Close up the lesson with a reflection.
First graders participate in home and school based literacy activities in this unit. They examine fables in school and practice the literacy activities at home.
Practice reading with expression and appropriate phrasing with a scaffolded lesson plan. There is a detailed script here for you, but you could easily use it simply as an outline. Begin by modeling effective reading by displaying a large-text excerpt and reading through it. An excerpt idea is provided here with slashes where the reader should briefly pause. Explain why you are pausing, then give the class an opportunity to try. Model following along with the text by moving your finger beneath each line you read, encouraging young readers to do the same. Finally, scholars try this out without the slashes, pausing for effect and using expression. Adaptation ideas included!
Third graders write a funny poem. In this reading instructional activity students read the poem If School Were More Like Baseball by Kenn Nesbitt. Students use a template similar to the poem to write their own humorous poem.
Explore expressive reading through the read-aloud Summertime: From Porgy and Bess. Readers will make predictions about the text and listen to the song Summertime. They will also identify how the story relates to the song lyrics.
This was written for ESOL students, but could work for any elementary class. Learners read about the American dance style known as Square Dancing. They explore its use in literature, write a friendly letter about it, and then use their listening skills as they do the dance. They'll promenade, do-si-do, and sachet to upbeat American folk music.
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.
Fifth graders peer edit. In this editing lesson students use a research paper checklist with a partner. Students read their research paper to their partner while their partner assesses according to the items on the checklist.
Readers analyze an excerpt from Kate DiCamillo's novel Because of Winn-Dixie. They read silently, and then hear it read aloud. Definitions for underlined vocabulary words are in the margin, and other potentially difficult words are in bold. A discussion aspect has readers collaborating ideas, and encourages text citation when addressing a topic. Finally, learners complete a writing task to synthesize the lesson. Writing prompts are available.