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How does the purpose of a fiction book differ from the purpose on a non-fiction text? Model for your young readers a scenario in which each kind of book might be useful or fun to read and show examples of each genre. A list of suggested fiction and non-fiction books on the same topic is included as is an independent practice worsksheet.
Second graders divide into four groups taking turns as one person can read a book through once. They practice reading it again more smoothly with expression and then choose one of their favorite characters from the book. The members together create a puppet with which one person will read aloud the book.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy is an adorable story and a fun match for introducing reference materials elementary grades. If you do not have this book in your library, but do have access to a computer for presentation, a video read aloud is linked in additional materials. Second graders will identify with Henry, the main character in the story, who loved to eat books. Class members will discuss why we read books, answer questions about the story, give opinions about the story, and be introduced to reference books and their purposes. The final action gives young book lovers time to explore reference materials and become more familiar with them in small groups. The lesson plan calls for a SMARTBoard to be used for the graphic organizers, but teachers without this technology can create a poster or paper chart instead.
After listening to the book, We All Go Traveling By, 1st graders discuss different modes of transportation that they see out in the world, and the environmental impacts of each one. Kids work together to create a list of the types of transportation, then complete a worksheet that has them list the one that are "More Environmentally Friendly," and "Less Environmentally Friendly." The plan has the worksheet embedded in it, along with nice photos of many different types of transportation that the kids can cut and paste.
Students react to statements about the moon, then read a news article about NASA's plans to build a permanent base on the moon. In this space science and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and a vocabulary activity, then students read the news piece and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Students explore the concept of community helpers. In this community helper lesson, students brainstorm the community helpers in their neighborhood after reading a book about jobs in the community. Students then host a community helper day in which parents/volunteers from the community come in to share what they do and why their job is important.
Students react to a series of statements about elephants, then read a news article about how workers at an elephant orphanage are working to return the animals to the wild. In the animal studies and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a class vote and a vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Get deep with your elementary ecologists by introducing them to an extreme environment, the abyss. With a short video clip, a game that matches description cards to high-quality images projected on a screen, and a class discussion, learners will discover adaptations that allow organisms to survive in the deepest parts of the ocean. You will find a thoroughly written lesson plan, along with links to other related lessons.
Students become familiar with the Inupiaq culture. In this Inupiaq lesson plan, students listen to read alouds about the life style of the Inupiaq in Alaska, Students understand the twelve core values of the Inupiaq people. Students choose a core value and present a situation it applies to in the student's life.
Now here is a great set of activities that will make learning about long vowel sounds a snap. The activities cover two days and include vowel identification, reading, and several great games. Kids will hunt for long vowel words, play long vowel hopscotch, and long vowel concentration.
What do you think? Second, third, and fourth graders use public speaking skills to share evaluations and critiques of literature. They evaluate books they are reading by creating charts to assess the book and its qualities. They read books and present a critique to the class weekly, building and reinforcing speaking skills!
Dating in America is the subject of a focused listening exercised that could be used with language learners as well as native English speakers. The richly detailed packet includes a writing assignment, supplemental exercises, vocabulary and contractions lists, discussion questions, and worksheets. Everything you need for an engaging class period.
What's your favorite book? Learners select books they want to recommend to their friends and fill out book recommendation cards. Unfortunately, the link to the cards is not functioning, but you could create one of these yourself. The teacher models the thought process after reading a book to decide if they want to recommend it or not.
Kindergarten and first-graders practice counting syllables and develop phonemic awareness of the R and C sounds by singing “Give Me an RRR” and “Seven C’s.” A list of activities, vocabulary, assessment options, and the lyrics for the two songs are included in the detailed plan.