Students use the internet to gain information about foundations. They ask questions to a foundation representative who visits the classroom. They write thank you notes to the speaker summarizing his/her key points.
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Identifying an Author’s Purpose - Part 2
The ability of young readers to cite textual evidence when discussing a piece of writing is essential to the development of their reading comprehension skills. The second lesson in this series allows learners to practice this technique...
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
We all love to be entertained by the books we read, but how do we as readers know if that is the author's true intent? The first lesson in this series begins with a class reading of the children's book The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra...
1st - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Heart of Your Paper: 11 Methods for Writing a Topic Sentence (or a Thesis Statement)
Help your young writers produce high-quality topic and thesis statements that go beyond basic wording and really illustrate complex ideas and critical thinking skills. From however and compound sentence statements to using rhetorical...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
How to Summarize a Non-Fiction Passage
After reading a text, one way to find out how much your class comprehended is to ask your pupils to summarize. This instructional activity helps class members prepare for writing a summary of a nonfiction text. They note down the topic,...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Young community members explore philanthropic foundations. They discuss the work of community foundations, and then they listen to a guest speaker describe the vision and activities of a local foundation. Is there a way they can join the...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Comparing The Density of Liquids, Solids, And Gases
Students compare the relative densities of different liquids, first by layering them on top of each other, and then by weighing equal amounts of the liquids. They explore the density of air versus the density of water.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
EdTech Tuesdays: Write About This
Learn all about how to get your class writing with this quick video tutorial for the app Write About This. Watch as Rich and Jennifer preview the app and show you how to use its features. After viewing this video, you'll have a solid...
4 mins 4th - 6th English Language Arts
E-e-e-e-eggs in Be-e-ed???????
Students practice techniques and strategies to form a solid foundation of phonemic awareness with the vowel sound of e=/e/. They explore the correspondence between the written letters and their phonemes through the book, "A New Bed," by...
K - 4th English Language Arts