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Comprised of 12 short stories, The Long Valley is a collection published by author John Steinbeck. The graphic organizer provided here can be used with any of the 12 stories. Readers record characters, powerful quotations, a setting description, and other details as they read the short story selected. 
Students study the cultural and geographic characteristics of the continents by examining stories and images. They describe geographic characteristics and identify each continent.
Students write and illustrate a story to describe the habitat and life cycle of a selected animal. They write and publish their story, and create a picture of the animal on a wooden board.
Students read and analyze Appalachian folktales. In this Appalachian folktale lesson, students locate the Appalachian area on maps before reading and determining the characteristics of these folktales. They complete comprehension and interpretation questions. This lesson contains many extension activities.
Young scholars investigate the lifestyle of Gandhi by creating a Venn Diagram.  In this biographical lesson plan, students compare the philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi while discussing their teaching methods.  Young scholars utilize the web to research Pakistan and Afghanistan before creating a Venn Diagram based on Gandhi and MLK.
Students read about an immigrant family and participate in reading activities related to the book.  In this immigration book lesson, students answer question related to immigration and the book.
Fourth graders examine moral choices faced by Gentiles during the Holocaust and the role of the rescuer.
Students explore fall leaves. For this leaf lesson, students collect leaves to investigate. Students also measure, compare and contrast, draw and look at leaves through a magnifying glass. Students sing songs and use movement in this interactive lesson.
Learners examine the epic poem form and epic hero cycle. They identify stories that fit the epic hero cycle, complete a chart, read excerpts from various epic poems, and in small groups analyze a fable or fairy tale.
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.  In 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.
Students read and discuss the vocabulary related to a news article about the new version of the Seven Wonders of the world. They read the article, define key vocabulary terms, identify relative clauses from the article, and complete comprehension worksheets.
In this Meet Samantha Word worksheet, 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.
In this comprehension worksheet, students read "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and sequence 4 events, answer 14 short answer questions, and complete a story element chart. This packet also includes a parent note listing 2 home projects, vocabulary and spelling list.
Students listen to the story, Earth Day - Hooray!, and discuss the story as it is being read.  In this Earth Day activity, students discuss incentives and penalties in regards to taking care of the Earth.  This lesson plan also includes worksheets for students to complete independently. 
Write narratives that include ideas, observations, or memories of an event or experience, and be sure to use concrete sensory details! Groups utilize a few of the famous I Spy books in order to create narratives that utilize sensory details. An engaging activity!
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 activity by using books to fit your unit.

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