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3rd graders will learn how to use four types of reference materials (Atlas, Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus). Each slide includes the purpose for using that specific reference. There are challenge questions included that give mock situations where students must decide what correct reference material they would use.
3rd Language Arts 10 Views 57 Downloads
Word Reference Materials
A class discussion on reference materials opens up a lesson on how to use these important resources. They discover that dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses are called word reference resources, and they practice using them. The class is divided up into three groups.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 34 Views 63 Downloads
The Heritage Project
Writers create several interesting and informative pieces related to their family history. They assemble those pieces together in an attractive display. Students use reference material to locate flags from each country in their family background.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 4 Views 81 Downloads
Covering the News
Learners compare the coverage of two crime stories Using local or national newspapers, news magazines and other reference materials, each group trace the "unfolding" of two crime stories: The Laci Peterson investigation plus one students
6th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
Medieval Times to Colonization
Fifth graders examine historical reference material to understand the life an times of Medieval Europe in terms of the feudal system and religious persecution. They gain the understanding of why, some English gave up everything to come to the new land for religious freedom.
5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 26 Downloads
Jim Crow Laws
Students examine the Civil Rights movement and use mapping as a reading to learn strategy. In this Jim Crow Laws lesson, students read material regarding the civil rights movement. Students explore reference materials to gather relevant information.
5th - 8th Language Arts 18 Views 84 Downloads
Learning Vocabulary by Using Reference Materials
Finding engaging ways to help your middle schoolers build their vocabulary is not easy to do. The instructional activity presented here offers a great way to motivate them to build vocabulary by making it into a game. Teams of pupils use a dictionary and vocabulary scavenger hunt worksheets, embedded in the plan, to work on adding unfamiliar words to their repertoire.
6th - 8th Language Arts 17 Views 50 Downloads
After a class discussion where kids share how they find answers to their questions, learners explore the world of reference materials such as, an atlas, an almanac, and an encyclopedia. The Internet is also discussed as a way to access many reference materials quickly.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 22 Views 36 Downloads
Spelling: Nouns, Proper Nouns, Reference Materials, Action Verbs
In this spelling unit worksheet, learners explore nouns, proper nouns, reference materials, and action verbs as they study the 72 words listed and complete a variety of activities using the words correctly.
3rd - 4th Language Arts 3 Views 62 Downloads
“I Can” Common Core! 6th Grade Language
Help your sixth graders know exactly what is expected of them when it comes to Common Core language standards. Distribute the checklist, which is written in kid-friendly "I can" language, to each child. While most of these standards are ongoing throughout the year, be sure to point out which standards are being focused on during any given lesson.
6th Language Arts 15 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Understanding the Modern Olympic Games
Do you know when and where the first Olympic Games were held? Do you know what each of the five rings in the Olympic symbol represent? Your pupils will learn about the birth and development of the modern Olympic Games, and will conclude by writing brief essays considering the perspective of an Olympic athlete.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 34 Views 45 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Poetry is a wonderful way to explore language, express topical understanding, and incite creative thinking. After a trip to the local natural history museum (or zoo), learners write an acrostic or a cinquain poem describing one of their favorite African animals.
3rd - 5th Science 6 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring an Atlas
Teaching kids how to use reference material can be fun! After a brief discussion on the type of information and ways to use an Atlas, learners go on an Atlas scavenger hunt. They break into teams and try to find as many items listed on the worksheet in the shortest amount of time.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 33 Views 185 Downloads
The Works Cited Page
Ninth graders analyze the formation and purpose of a "Works Cited Page" placed at the end of a research paper. A variety of bibliographic entries are evaluated to format the correct usage of order, spacing, punctuation, and abbreviation in the citings.
9th Language Arts 17 Views 47 Downloads
What's Your Reference
In this reference material worksheet, learners choose the correct reference for each question given. Students discover the differences in the materials found in the dictionary, the almanac, the atlas, the newspaper, and the thesaurus.
7th - 9th Language Arts 4 Views 68 Downloads
Top Secret Sensitive Information
Bring the multiple cultural perspectives of a state to life in a lesson designed to challenge assumptions. Learners develop criteria to evaluate different cities, looking to find the one that should be "the heart of Florida capital." A playful element involves using "Top Secret" folders with informational texts from which the class will draw their conclusions.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 4 Views 135 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable