Reading Comprehension (Robert Goddard)

4th - 5th

In this reading comprehension worksheet, learners explore the life of Robert Goddard. Students read a passage about Robert Goddard and answer four multiple choice questions.

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A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

An incredibly detailed and focused resource, this cross-curricular unit uses text dependent questions, primary sources, and close reading to help readers interpret and analyze the content and structure of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." The unit is composed of three sections, each of which covers a different aspect of the speech. For teachers, there are detailed descriptions of the purpose of each activity, guiding questions and responses, and appendices with additional activities.

Close Reading of Waiting for the Biblioburro: Finding the Main Message and Taking Notes

Expose your class to Waiting for the Biblioburro, narrative nonfiction that will act as the bridge between ficiton and informational texts to come. Class members do a close reading of the text, looking at excerpts instead of the whole text to make it more manageable. Pupils explain and discuss the main message of the story. The text is not included; however, handouts, suggestions for excerpts, and detailed procedures are outlined in the plan.

Typical Numeric Questions for Physics I - Forces

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Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Predators and Prey

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Close Reading of Excerpts from My Librarian Is a Camel: How Do People Access Books Around the World?

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Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades

While this first appears to be a description of 20 poetry activities, it is actually the introduction, rationale, and explanation of the activities and one sample lesson for "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost. After a copy of the poem, you will find a nice instructional sequence that focuses on sound, figurative language, and theme. Related poems are listed and a graphic organizer is provided to use in small groups. Tip: Pair this lesson with your study of The Outsiders.

The Odyssey and The Morte Darthur: Reading and Making Observations for Writing and Discussion

Young scholars read "The Odyssey" and "The Morte Darthur". In groups, they research the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology and the history of the places mentioned in the stories. Individually, they are to write a paper about a hero they know and their actions. To end the lesson, they discuss the importance of reading in their lives.

Observing Physical and Cultural Landscapes

There is a difference between the physical and cultural features of a place, and yet one is always influenced by the other. Middle schoolers begin to consider the differences between each and how they interact with a series of scaffolded activities. They start by viewing several photographs in order to determine if their personal views of Europe are the same or different than what the images portray. They complete a T-chart, make inferences about the photos, and confirm the location of the photos on a map. This is an excellent resource with everything needed, just print to teach.

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