Same Theme, Different Story Using Fox by Margaret WildCorbett Harrison
5th - 7th
Middle schoolers work with themes in this lesson, which is based on Fox by Margaret Wild. Because the book has multiple themes, it is a great way to transition into exploring literary analysis and writing stories. A Six Trait writing activity takes them through the writing process, and an attached link allows them to post their work online (if desired).
Shared Reading and Writing Gregory Cool
Shared reading is a great way to engage in guided critical thinking and analysis. Using the book Gregory Cool, your class participates in week-long shared reading and writing activities. Comparison activities, word work, and story elements are focused throughout the experience.
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Looking for an easy way to encourage youngsters to write about a variety of different topics? Users simply choose an image to write about from a large selection of beautiful photographs and then compose original opinion pieces and narratives.
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Second graders use literature journals and discussion groups to summarize and improve their reading comprehension. In this reading skills lesson, 2nd graders discuss animals they've loved and read the story The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Students complete a character analysis group activity and a computer writing activity.
How do you throw a ball? How do you make a peanut butter sandwich? How do you draw a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Pairs of learners write directions for a simple activity and partners follow the directions exactly. A fun way to encourage writers to craft precise, exact, and complete directions.
A Work Of Faith
Students study about different types of religious art; they then select representative works from different faiths to create their own exhibit. They research a specific religious art tradition and create an exhibit of works of art from this faith.
I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a basket. Use the included worksheets, pictures, and research activities to get your class further exploring this style of creative writing. By the end of these four days of planned activities, your young writers will be able to tackle their own first-person narrative!
Writing About Winter
Students investigate the concept of winter as a season and they write an essay as a reflection upon the acquiring of new information. The class should have a list of vocabulary or a word wall available for observation to aid in the writing of the papers.
Writing in a Foreign Language
It seems that this presentation was designed for future educators, particularly those teaching a foreign language. Basic reading, writing, and organizational skills are presented, encouraging a discussion of strategies amongst your viewers. Unfortunately, you cannot skip slides or start the presentation at any point besides the beginning, so you'll have to watch the 95-slide presentation in its entirety.
Recurring Themes - the Lives of Nanavi and Neeraj
Students analyze recurring themes. For this recurring themes lesson, students discuss the theme of a text using Dr. Seuss texts. Students complete a finding a recurring theme worksheet and use the worksheet of Nanavi and Neeraj to practice the skills. students watch a related video and list the themes as a class.
Introduction to the Five Themes of Geography
A rap, a song, an activity, a presentation, and teaching notes are yours for the taking! Teaching the five themes of geography will be a snap with a handy resource like this one. Learners will be introduced to the importance of understanding geography through movement, people, locations, places, and regions by engaging in two fun small group activities. Everything needed is embedded or easily downloadable.