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Students listen to the poem The Fourth from the book Where The Sidewalk Ends, and explore the literary technique of onomatopoeia. In this literary devices lesson, students discuss the meaning of the word onomatopoeia, then create a list of onomatopoeia words to use in an original poem.
Third graders compare various voices. In this author's voice lesson students read poems from two books, Spooky ABC and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Students choose words that indicate the voice of the author.
Students explore ways in which they are smart. In this "getting to know you" classroom team building lesson, students discuss various ways people can be smart and describe ways in which they are smart. Students listen to "Smart" from Where the Sidewalk Ends, then break into groups to plan a method by which to teach their classmates a vocabulary word from a "Words that Describe Me" chart made previously.
Second graders write rhyming poems. In this poetry writing lesson, 2nd graders discuss the meaning of the word "funny." They use word tiles to create a rhyming poem which they transpose into their writing journals. They listen to readings from Shel Silverstein's, Where the Sidewalk Ends." They use the tiles to compose a quatrain which they also write in their journals.
Third graders examine the author's voice. In this author's voice lesson students read poems by Shel Silverstein. Students choose words and phrases that indicate the author's voice.
Young scholars use titles of Shel Silverstein poems to generate their own poetry for Students. Each student then compares his or her poem to the Shel Silverstein poem of the same title.
Students listen to a book and then examine a quarter. They find sets of coins equivalent to a quarter using pennies, nickels and dimes. They count by fives and tens using actual and online calculators and create and answer coin puzzles.
Sixth graders complete a worksheet.  In this poetry instructional activity, 6th graders learn about the differences between narrative poetry and lyric poetry.  Students read poems and determine which form of poetry they are as well as identify characters, settings, plot problems and plot solutions.  Students complete a worksheet on the types of poetry.
Fourth graders engage withh the fun poem, Jimmy Jett and His TV, to explain the iimportance of assuming responsibility for personal health.
Students explore garbage. In this landfill lesson, students investigate how much garbage is collected in landfills on average each day. Students discover hazardous materials that are disposed of improperly and the effects of these materials on our environment.
Writers explore language arts by identifying proper sentence structure. They identify several key concepts which lead to grammatically correct sentence writing. Then examine sample sentences and identify the incorrect uses of words and grammar.
Students listen to limericks and write their own about a favorite insect.
Sixth graders explore narrative poetry. In this language arts lesson, 6th graders create a group story. Students discuss the characteristics of narrative poetry and use a story elements checklist to determine which poems are narrative poetry.
Second graders study money amounts less than a dollar. In this math instructional activity, 2nd graders practice counting coins. Students read various stories and discuss how money was used in the stories.
Fifth graders explore cause and effect by moving around the room and matching up with other students.
Young scholars review examples of alliteration in Shel Silverstein's poems. They are assigned a letter of the alphabet and then write an original alliterative poem using that letter.
Good readers visualize. And in our image-rich culture it is imperative that children are provided with opportunities to practice this important skill. A selection from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, are among the resources suggested here to use for visualization practice.  Pupils listen to the text and then draw what they see in their mind’s eye.
Improve readers' comprehension with a pair of visualization opportunities. First they listen, eyes closed, as you read a description from Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, and discuss ideas about what they "see." After you read Shel Silverstein's poem "Sick," pupils draw what they visualized from the text and share with group members to compare/contrast their work.
Students review and practice the four most important skills for becoming more fluent readers: reading silently, smoothly, with speed and with expression. They practice reading, "Penelope Jane," by Roseanne Cash with various tones, pitches and speeds.
Middle schoolers use the terms: ratio, proportion, and measurement in their description of the life of a person one inch tall.

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