So What's New?
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Students write a story telling the news to someone who has not been around for three years.
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I Wanna New Room
A reading of Karen Kaufman Orloff's I Wanna New Room begins a unit on persuasive writing. Kids identify something they want, brainstorm reasons for their request, examples that support these reasons, anticipate objections, and provide...
2nd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
How Do You Lose a Colony? Exploring What Became of John White’s “Lost Colony”
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of John White's colonists on Roanoke Island is not only a fascinating feature of European colonization history, but is also a great way for your young historians to engage themselves in the story...
5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What Happens Next?
While your learners may not be psychics, that doesn't mean they can't predict what will happen next in a story. To hone this important reading comprehension skill, young learners read a series of three short passages before writing a...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Emperor’s New Clothes
The well-known fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes" is at the center of this exercise that asks learners to consider the nature of power and corruption. Class members read the tale and then respond to three questions related to the text.
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Rereading Portions of the Iroquois Constitution and Eagle Song: "Somebody In Wanted But So"
A new close reading approach is introduced as learners continue with the novel Eagle Song in the twelfth lesson of this unit. This reading comprehension strategy focuses on identifying the character, setting, motivation, problem, and...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
40 Intriguing Photos to Make Students Think
What's going on in this picture? That's the question posed to viewers of a 40-image slide show of photos that accompanies stories from the New York Times. Without captions or context clues, individuals use their close readings skills and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Pilgrims: Alliance with Massasoit’s People and the First Thanksgiving
Is the story of the First Thanksgiving actually all it's said to have been? Watch a video that sheds light on the event, who Samoset and Massasoit were, and what the First Thanksgiving was really all about.
5 mins 2nd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable