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Third graders examine how to change sounds within words and read a "What Is It?" poem. They analyze words phonetically with the teacher and use colored squares of paper to cover up or add letter sounds to make new words. Students then read a "What is it?" poem and write a short paragraph describing what they think the poem is talking about.
Second graders are able to compare versions of the same stories from different cultures. They read a version of Cinderalla that is familiar to students. Students make a list of the acts of kindness or goodness from the story they just read. On the second day, they read alound another version of Cinderlla. Students identify the acts of goodness/kindness if the central character and add them to the list.
Fifth graders read from their textbook a story about the pioneer settlement of the Western Frontier. They review the pioneer standpoint, but also discuss how the Homestead Act of 1862 affected Native Americans. They write another story for their textbook, this time from the viewpoint of the Native Americans.
Students explore the Choctaw Native American tribe. For this cross curriculum literacy and U.S. history lesson, students locate where the Choctaw Indians lived on a United States map. Students listen to When Turtle Grew Feathers and respond to comprehension questions. Students write a revised version of the story, complete common animal similes, and create a related board game.
Hook your learners with a great project. They research the underground railroad and civil rights movement through literature, view the video The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery, and read the book House of Dies Drear in their classroom. They create a PowerPoint presentation which links their research subject to literature.
Twelfth graders explore Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In this reading and writing lesson, 12th graders read the book and think of five books to save from the fire. Students write an essay explaining why they'd save them. The essay becomes the basis for a discussion about various themes in the novel, including censorship and conformity vs. individuality.
In this Meet Samantha Word activity, students solve a word scramble, a word search, answer 51 reading comprehension questions, complete a crossword puzzle, write their opinion about an event from the book, write an acrostic poem, complete a venn diagram, write about their favorite part, and write a report.
Differentiated reading groups will investigate various vocabulary words in the Houghton Mifflin books in order to fill out the worksheet provided. They must also identify the different elements of a story: setting, characters, plot, etc. After this activity, 5th graders will complete a writing assignment or create a podcast in the form of a diary or interview. Tip: Modify this lesson by using books to fit your unit.
Explore genre, subgenre, and author's purpose in this helpful worksheet. Middle schoolers read several summaries of books and short stories, and identify the genre and subgenre. They also determine if the author's purpose is to entertain, persuade, or entertain. Use this activity as a class activity or homework assignment.
Students discover the anatomy of a fish by identifying its body parts. In this oceanography lesson, students view a live fish in their classroom and draw a poster of the fish one body part at a time while identifying it. Students attend a field trip to an aquarium and complete an observation worksheet when they return.