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As your class reaches the end of the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the seventh lesson in this literary unit helps third graders transition from reading narrative to expository writing. Scholars develop their note-taking skills as they read through the last page in the book, identifying the main ideas and key details they encounter. Readers are also introduced to a glossary that contains key vocabulary found in the text.  Through a series small group and whole-class discussions, students continue to learn how the adaptations of a bullfrog help it to survive. A great lesson for teaching students how to read and comprehend expository text.  
In this ninth lesson in a larger beginning-of-the-year unit, close reading skills are used independently to find the gist of the story That Book Woman. Rereading for important details is the targeted skill to unlock a deeper understanding of the story and create a richer learning experience. Learners end the activity with the a collaborative discussion of the insightful question, "NOW what do think the lesson of the story is?" Third grade classes will enjoy the diversity of the Appalachian dialect written into the story. Teachers will enjoy the explicit language of the lesson plan that is designed to bring out engaging classroom learning. 
Delve into Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan with close reading and evidence-based, text-dependent questions. Part of a unit series, this well-sequenced, Common Core designed activity draws on material from the previous day and from homework so that pupils begin the day with prior knowledge, and then move into more complex response work. The focus is on multiple readings, small group work, and close reading. Class members discuss the text, respond to questions, and continue to mark evidence with sticky notes.
As your class nears the end of the book Eagle Song, young readers stop to self-assess their progress toward the learning goals of this unit before continuing on with the story. This short, but effective self-assessment requires learners to describe in writing what they have done in order to meet each of the four learning targets. From there, the teacher reads aloud the first few pages of chapter 7 before providing independent reading time, during which students identify supporting evidence as they answer the chapter's text-dependent questions. Unfortunately, there are some typos and formatting errors with the included supporting materials. If you follow the link provided in the additional materials for this resource, you can download the lesson as a Word document and correct those mistakes yourself.
Make connections between Esperanza Rising and human rights with the activities outlined here. The lesson starts out with a brief quiz and review of the novel. After that, pupils circulate and share quote strips that you give to them. The goal is to match quotes from the novel with quotes about human rights. Class members will also learn what a strike is and connect that knowledge to the novel by completing a note-catcher and discussing the text. All materials are included in an engaging Common Core designed lesson.
Explore multiple perspectives through a jigsaw activity that will improve your pupils' understanding of the characters in Esperanza Rising as well as their understanding of strikes and human rights. Tapping into prior knowledge, and previous notes taken on these topics, class members will first add to their information about their assigned character, then meet in expert groups, and last, but not least, get together with their original group of three and cross-share information. Wrap up with an exit ticket that asks learners to take a stance and use evidence to support their answers.
Do you remember the days when a cup of coffee cost five cents? At A.W. Dennett restaurant in 1894, you could buy a five-cent cup of coffee and as well as a five-cent slice of pie to accompany it. The menu from that year is a primary source for an interesting lesson plan that could be a fun English language arts or social studies addition to a math unit about money. First or second graders will enjoy the activities that include: reading aloud a food-themed picture book, reading a historical menu, and designing a menu. The resulting menus could be used in a learning center or make a fetching classroom display. 
Decipher Franklin D. Roosevelt's message to congress concerning a declaration of war through a close reading and a series of text-dependent questions. The message is included and has academic vocabulary defined on the page. Specific directions are given, and it is very clear how many times to read the text and when to ask the provided questions. A strong Common Core designed resource that will aid readers in understanding the text and the power of word choice.
"The Gettysburg Address" is the basis of a series of activities that not only model for learners how to conduct a close reading of a text, but also how a close reading can help them comprehend a difficult text. The detailed, step-by-step plan includes an appendix of supplemental activities, other versions of the speech, a vocabulary list, and guiding questions with instructional commentary.
What a skillful way to incorporate Shel Silverstein, a wonderful author, into the classroom. Composed of three tasks, children are led through a series of text-dependent questions that force them to unveil the meaning of Silverstein's words, "WhatIf." Through class discussion, learners display their understanding of the text, culminating into an in-depth reading of the poem. Lastly, individuals write about certain portions of the text in order to demonstrate their understanding of the author's use of language. This is a great lesson to use in whole-class instruction or even in small, guided reading groups. Can be completed over the course of two days.
Explore the structure of narrative writing with this fun, collaborative lesson. Start by reading aloud a short story, asking small groups of learners to fill in key events on a large story board prepared on the class whiteboard. Introduce transitional words and phrases that can be used to connect each event and describe the order they occurred. Finally, young writers create individual story boards in response to a creative writing prompt, serving as their guide for writing short narratives. This lesson may be stretched out over multiple days, depending on how much time you want to spend on student writing
How far would your pupils go to be able to have access to books? Revisit Heather Henson and David Small's That Book Woman and challenge class members to take on the role of Cal or the Book Woman. By putting themselves in someone else's place, learners will discover different perspectives and understand better the envrionmental difficulties that Cal and the Book Woman face. After role-playing, transition into a brief informational text about physical envrionments. An engaging beginning to this Common Core desgined unit.
Third graders continue to practice the close reading skills of capturing the gist and reading again for important details in the sixth lesson in a larger unit. This is a great beginning-of-the-year unit for establishing visible thinking routines and norms in the classroom. Using the realistic and emotionally moving story Nasreen's Secret School, learners independently practice the technique of using sticky notes to record vocabulary words and collect important details about the main message of the text. Learners then transition to a whole-class circle activity with their notes, and create a classroom anchor reading chart to highlight patterns in the details. An assessment chart is provided for teachers to complete a mid-unit assessment of speaking and listening skills.  
Third graders practice the skills of identifying the main message in a story, describing the main character, and sorting the key details of a story into specific categories. The story they read is, The Boy Who Loved Words. Using a guiding worksheet embedded in the plan, pupils read specific excerpts from the book, then get together as a class to discuss their meaning. They also discuss the main message found in the book, and brainstorm the things they can all learn from the book. An intelligent, and thoughtful language arts lesson plan.
Expose your class to Waiting for the Biblioburro, narrative nonfiction that will act as the bridge between ficiton and informational texts to come. Class members do a close reading of the text, looking at excerpts instead of the whole text to make it more manageable. Pupils explain and discuss the main message of the story. The text is not included; however, handouts, suggestions for excerpts, and detailed procedures are outlined in the plan.
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. 
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. Although the text of the book is not available, this plan includes great instruction on how to systematically lead a class through becoming efficient note-takers. This ELA lesson is part of a bigger unit that is designed to supplement the social studies curriculum for teachers in New York state. 
Third graders continue to develop their reading fluency in preparation for their assessment in the tenth lesson of this unit. Young readers are provided with a short passage on Helen Keller, which they use while working in pairs reading and providing feedback on each other's fluency. During this practice time, the teacher selects kids to read the passage aloud in order to make audio recordings for their fluency assessment. A great opportunity is provided for documenting your class's growth as readers. If using this resource with upper graders, be sure to supplement a passage more appropriate to their reading level.
“What were some of the good changes that the Europeans brought to the Iroquois?” “What were some of the difficult changes the Europeans brought to the Iroquois?” Learners use details from The Iroquois to identify the main idea of a text and to draw inferences using specific details from the text. Although part of a complete unit study of the Iroquois, the approach detailed and the activities suggested could be used with any nonfiction text.
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.

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