Students connect their lives to a story or nonfiction text. In this reading connections lesson, students make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections as they complete connections stems based on a story.
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Hatchet: Vocabulary Strategy
Want your class to use critical thinking when discussing vocabulary? Go beyond the dictionary with a vocabulary activity based on Gary Paulsen's Hatchet. Kids write the word in the center of a graphic organizer that also provides places...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Planning and Drafting Explanatory Paragraphs
"I love it when a plan comes together." Building on the previous lesson in this unit, young writers use their graphic organizers to create a draft of their constitution explanatory paragraphs. The teacher models this process for the...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
There's no doubt the city described in the story, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, has incredible weather, but looking at the town as a whole, how does it compare to a real-life town? Listen carefully and view the...
K - 2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Learning Numbers with Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Kindergartners listen to a rhyme in an ordinal and cardinal numbers lesson. After listening to the "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" song, they practice ordinal and cardinal numbers by matching flower tops to the correct stems. Next, they...
Pre-K - 1st English Language Arts CCSS: Designed