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Commemorative Coin Poetry
Students discuss and research an individual or event that has been memorialized on a commemorative coin. They use the information they found to write acrostics, creating stand-up accordion books to display the poems.
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Maniac Magee: Fishbowl Discussion
Split the class into two groups for a fishbowl discussion using of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. The first group initiates the conversation by reviewing the important points of Chapter thirteen while group two members are listening,...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Vocabulary Games for Middle School
Spice up your vocabulary instruction with some games! Here is a collection of various game descriptions, organized into three different groups. You will definitely be able to find a game or two to assist your pupils with that tricky task...
3rd - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Wrinkle in Time Discussion and Activity Guide
As you work through Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, try out some or all of the 20 questions and activities included here. Useful for discussion questions, group assignments, or individual projects, this resource covers plot as...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Because of Winn-Dixie
Readers analyze an excerpt from Kate DiCamillo's novel Because of Winn-Dixie. They read silently, and then hear it read aloud. Definitions for underlined vocabulary words are in the margin, and other potentially difficult words are in...
3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Stand in My Shoes
Stand in My Shoes, a story by Bob Sornson, is an effective way to teach young learners about empathy and making friends. Once pupils read through the story, they answer a series of discussion questions and complete reading activities...
Pre-K - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Lightning Thief: During Reading Strategy
After reading up to page 371 of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, get insight into how Percy felt making a major decision through active discussion strategies that enable both academic and thoughtful...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
2 Finalists Vie to Be ‘Master Chef Junior’
What does it take to be a teenage chef? Learn about the final two contestants in a cooking competition in an interview with both youngsters. After your class reads the four-page interview, they answer a series of questions based on the...
5th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Civil War Personalities Lesson Plan
Caring, trustworthiness, and responsibility—these are only a few character traits in focus of a lesson based on stories from the Civil War era. Class members explore several influential lives while reading biographies that highlight...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
POW! A Peanuts Collection
Make a study of Charles M. Scultz's famous comic strip Peanuts in your language arts class. Class members read and discuss the baseball-themed book POW! A Peanuts Collection. After talking about themes and vocabulary, they complete...
6 mins 3rd - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Small Group Discussion Questions
Support a class reading of the novel Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor with this series of discussion questions. Covering a variety of topics from character and setting to historical accuracy and symbolism, these questions challenge...
3rd - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable