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Close Reading of Waiting for the Biblioburro: Finding the Main Message and Taking Notes
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.
Fourth graders write a sentence for the verb on the index card they receive to increase their knowledge of action verbs. They then orally identify the verbs in the sentences from the index cards when read aloud and complete the Action Verb and Challenge worksheets.
Compound Words: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Students create compound words by combining two words chosen from the board. After listening to the read-aloud of the book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, each student responds to the story by drawing a picture, and listing his/her favorite foods.
Introduction to Reference Materials
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.
Bound for Oregon
Fifth graders participate in a variety of activities surrounding pioneer life. They listen to and read aloud Bound for Oregon and utilize the Oregon Trail CD-ROM, charting their journey on a classroom map.
"Now I Can Read"
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.
Second graders listen to a teacher read aloud introducing a unit about how water changes state. They investigate the state of water as it changes from a solid, to a liquid to a gas.
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. 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 instructional activity is part of a bigger unit that is designed to supplement the social studies curriculum for teachers in New York state.
Capturing Main Ideas and Details: How Life is Changing for The Iroquois
“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.
Transportation and Environmental Sustainability
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.
NASA Plans Moon Base
Students react to statements about the moon, then read a news article about NASA's plans to build a permanent base on the moon. For 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.
Baby Elephant Orphans Get New Home, Families
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.
Deep Sea Ecosystems: Extreme Living
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.
New! Creating Story with Music
In Bali, the term gotong royong means working together. Children will see firsthand how two cultural music pieces can work together to create something new, while also understanding the importance of collaborative effort. They are broken into two groups, one group chants the words to "Mary Had a Little Lamb," while the other group chants a common Balinese rhythm. Then, they engage in a freeze dance activity to show the main idea from the epic Story of Rama. The lesson concludes with a class discussion.
Checking Account- Read Aloud Activity
In this ESL read aloud worksheet, 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.
Bus Stop: Read Aloud
In this ESL read aloud activity, students read a short text about a woman who will figure out the bus schedule to get to work on time. There are no questions to answer here.
Memorial Day: ESL Read Aloud Activity
For this Memorial Day read aloud worksheet, students read a short text about the observance of Memorial Day. There are no questions to answer here.
New York City: ESL Read Aloud
In this ESL read aloud worksheet, students read a short text about the city of New York City. There are no questions to answer on this page.
Identifying Plot Conflicts
Examine the conflicts in The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. The strategy outlined here, which could be used for a variety of texts, focuses on the type of conflict, who is involved, and what causes the conflict. Class members watch as the teacher demonstrates how to identify conflict, and then practice on their own. They are asked to differentiate between types of conflict and explain each situation. Materials are included. The site requests that you make a free account to view them full size.
Plain Talk with Poe:"The Fall of the House of Usher"
Class groups conclude a study of “The Fall of the House of Usher” by scripting in modern language, and performing scenes from the Poe’s short story. Designed for those who struggle with reading and writing, the procedure would work well with any class.