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Teach your class about the necessities of life using the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun. After a teacher-read-aloud, students make puppets depicting different plants and animals from the story and illustrating the habitat in which they live. The puppets are shared with the class and facilitate a discussion about the similarities and differences between plants and animals. The lesson plan calls for a two-column chart to record ideas from the discussion, but consider using a Venn diagram to better highlight comparisons. As an extension, take a nature walk with your class and have them record different plants and animals they observe.
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of Susan Jeffers’ Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, listed as a book to avoid by the Oyate website. The plan details how to direct readers’ attention to the messages sent by illustrations and how to check the facts of a story. As a contrast, class members are introduced to Joseph Bruchac’s Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places and create their own compass rose.
Teach your class about a naturally engaging and real-world style of writing: postcards! Begin your lesson with a lot of model postcards, careful directed reading, and labeling of the various parts of a postcard. Young readers can then attempt to read sample postcards on their own. Because this lesson deals with simple reading, it would be most appropriate for the younger elementary school grades or beginning ESL classes. Also, as this lesson is primarily a reading lesson, it does not call for individuals to write their own postcards. All materials are provided here, including some excellent sample postcards.  
Students use pictures to develop an understanding of what is going on in a story. In this theater/reading instructional activity, students use the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and perform a tableau to increase their understanding of the story.
Train your eyes and brain to read faster and more accurately. A brief reading test finds out how many words you can read per minute and how much information you retain. It uses this information to choose the appropriate level of difficulty for you to start out on in the app. Once started, you are provided a program of engaging games to improve reading ability.
Map the classroom with your kids to help them understand how maps work and how to read them. The lesson plan starts off with a story about animals living and moving around the globe, and then kids create maps of their classroom to show how they come and go, just like the animals. They'll draw and label their maps then practice giving each other directions. Note: If your teaching Common Core be sure to double check the standards listed, the lesson plan may not meet them all, fully.
Fourth graders explore nonfiction text. They read and respond to a nonfiction selection. Students explore the use of context clues to define vocabulary and practice finding the main idea of the passage. They practice their comprehension strategies and analyze test questions. Students complete the reading and responding worksheet.
First graders read the book, Confetti Eggs. Working in guided reading groups, they discuss making crafts with eggs and preview the book by looking at the pictures and making predictions. After reading the book aloud, they discuss how to make confetti eggs and follow the sequence of steps involved.
Learners participate in a guided reading of Leslie Johnson's, Fancy Dance and discover how to sequence events. This lesson stresses word recognition, suffixes and prefixes, and sentence structure. Cross-curricular activities involve art, science, social studies, and math.
Students investigate the concept of reading comprehension using Fish Print. They practice reading skills with using picture clues, using context clues, and sight word recognition for simple sentences. The teacher guides the instructional activity with using open-ended questions.
Second graders read independently to find out what happens when the bus moves on its route. Students are given strategies to help with words they aren't sure how to read. Students whisper read with a partner on the second reading. As an extension activity, 2nd graders sing "The Wheels on the Bus," or draw a picture of themselves riding a bus.
Students discuss eating and picking peaches and participate in other pre-reading activities before reading the book, Juicy Peach. They read the book independently, but are guided by directive questions from their teacher. A discussion follows, as well as repeated readings for mastery.
Young scholars participate in pre-reading activities before reading the book, Pran's Week of Adventure. They read the book independently, but are guided by directive questions from their teacher. A discussion follows, as well as repeated readings for mastery.
Pupils participate in pre-reading activities before reading the book, Twister's Tricks. They read the book independently, but are guided by directive questions from their teacher. A discussion follows, as well as repeated readings for mastery.
First graders read the book, Where Is My Puppy? Working in guided reading groups, they discuss having a puppy and predict what might occur in the story. After reading the book aloud, they retell the story and locate the puppy on each page.
Students read patterned sentences. In this guided reading lesson, young readers explore patterned sentences based on familiar word families. Students generate predictions based on picture clues.
Students blend phonemes. In this guided reading instructional activity, students create words by blending isolated phonemes. Students read a book discussing families.
Young readers consider text-to-self connections. Learners discover the text-to-self connection as they read Flora's Box by Tina Althaide. They practice high frequency words, prepositions, and 1:1 correspondence.
Students discover basic concepts of print. In this early literacy lesson, students discover basic high frequency words. Students make predictions as they read. Cross-curricular activities provided.
Students blend phonemes to decode words. For this guided reading lesson, students evaluate different comprehension strategies to aid reading.  Students make predictions based on picture clues and use patterned sentences to facilitate reading success.

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