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Connecting with Ruby Bridges

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
When Ruby Bridges entered an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960, she also entered history. Scholars consider what the experience must have been like for the young girl using two books that document her experience as well as a double...
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Little Red Riding Hood

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The Little Red Riding Hood is the focus of a lesson that challenges scholars to compare and contrast two different versions. After writing a summary, readers listen carefully to both versions of the tale then complete a Venn diagram—a...
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The New Colossus

For Students 4th Standards
Over two days, an assessment tests scholars' skills as they read, discuss, and write. Learners read a poem, discuss their findings with their peers, then write an explanatory essay detailing the theme of the poem. 
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Secret Garden

For Teachers 4th Standards
An assessment examines scholars' comprehension of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Pupils read an excerpt from the novel, tag key details then complete a two-column notes page. Peers discuss their findings and reflect on...
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Bud Not Buddy

For Students 4th Standards
A two-day assessment challenges scholars to read an excerpt from the story, Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis then complete a series of exercises in preparation for a writing assignment. Day one includes an independent reading...
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Tuck Everlasting

For Students 4th Standards
An assessment takes a close look at the story, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, and tests writing abilities. Over the course of two days, scholars read an excerpt, answer questions on a worksheet pertaining to the author's purpose...
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Sometimes We Need Large Numbers to Describe Small Things

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
String the class along to help them understand large numbers. A multi-disciplinary lesson plan uses literature, science, and math to look at very large numbers. Pupils conceptualize how much a million is using literature before...
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Great Summarizing with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
That's not rain, it's ... meatballs! Young readers retell the story of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett with both a verbal and written summary of the plot, characters, conflict, setting, and solution.
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Empathy, Friendship, and Support

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Everyone is different—which is a great reason to teach empathy to everyone. Teach neurotypical learners about autism, including a definition and how students with autism sometimes act in the classroom, with a language arts lesson about...
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Narrative STEM Lessons

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Read on if engineering interests you. Instructors peruse a set of narrative STEM lessons for grades K-6. All activities are based on reading a children's book and then solving a problem using the engineering design process.
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STEM Narrative Curriculum Design Challenges

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Picture books provide great learning opportunities for STEM. A curriculum resource document gives several lessons in each grade level for K-6. The activities have learners read a book before applying the engineering design process to...
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Text Analysis

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Seven activities boost reading comprehension skills. Working independently and collaboratively, scholars analyze fiction and nonfiction text. Participants identify the author's purpose, determine and produce facts and opinions, as well...
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Monitoring for Understanding

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Thirteen activities promote reading comprehension. Discussion and worksheets challenge readers to analyze a text of their choice while activating prior knowledge, making predictions, asking and answering questions. Scholars enforce...
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Narrative Text Structure

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Thirteen activities work alongside a narrative text of your choice. With reading comprehension at its focus, readers complete worksheets covering character descriptions, similarities, and differences between characters, the sequence of...
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Light – Just Right!

For Teachers 4th Standards
What does it mean to be resistant to electricity? Scholars answer the question in a six-part STEM instructional activity on electricity. They begin by assessing the conductivity of several different materials and progress to designing...
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Roald Dahl Day

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Who's your favorite Roald Dahl character? What book by Roald Dahl is the most exciting for you? Explore the wacky world of Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, and more with a helpful resource pack for...
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Pollution

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Over the course of 10 days, scholars take a pre-assessment to place them in one of three leveled groups. Whole-class and in small groups, pupils take part in read-alouds, field trips, hands-on activities, and complete learning contracts...
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Paul Bunyan, an American Folk Tale

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Paul Bunyan was a big guy—but not as big as his story has grown to be! Young readers listen and read along to the enjoyable story of Paul Bunyan, his big blue ox Babe, and the amazing imprint they left along the American landscape.
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The Long Wall of China

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
While some aspects of the Great Wall of China are known, other parts of its story are obscured by time. A research lesson asks scholars to consider what we know and don't understand about this wonder of the world. The class then compiles...
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The Great Wall of China

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The Great Wall of China is a wonder of the world. Learners explore the history and construction of the incredible feat using both non-fiction and fictional works. The resource includes multi-day lesson plans that contains ideas for...
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Publishing Writing

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Scholars become familiar with tagline literature with the help of the story, Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Terrible Day by Judith Viort. After a read-aloud and whole-class discussion, leveled groups complete several...
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Genres in Literature

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Enthusiastic readers take part in a book club unit that focuses on genre, particularly historical fiction, fantasy, and adventure. Over the course of 10 days, groups read a variety of stories and choose leveled activities from a learning...
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Romeo and Juliet

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
An engaging video featuring William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is accompanied by six activities designed to reinforce vocabulary, story elements, and comprehension. Scholars match words to pictures, place events in sequential order,...
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Twelfth Night

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Scholars experience Shakespeare's, Twelfth Night, with an engaging interactive. After watching the story, six activities extend the learning experience. Topics include characters, vocabulary, a sequence of events, comprehension, and...