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Lesson Plans

 

Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading

The game Bingo is transformed in this lesson in which students use symbols and images to make connections to environmental print through the use of personalized Bingo cards.

 

Student Interactives

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 

 

Getting the ig in Pig: Helping Children Discover Onset and Rime

Students will need their language-building hard hats as they construct words using onset and rime, building vocabulary and phonics comprehension.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein's "Sick"

Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.

 

 

Word Wizard

Word Wizard

Word Wizard uses themes from four popular U.S. children's books to create word puzzles that students solve by unscrambling letters and considering related clues.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Implementing Readers Theatre as an approach to classroom fluency instruction

Implementing Readers Theatre as an approach to classroom fluency instruction

This article describes how Readers Theatre was implemented as an engaging means for reading fluency instruction in a second-grade classroom.

 

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

With full recognition that writing is an increasingly multifaceted activity, we offer several principles that should guide effective teaching practice.

 

 

Community Stories  

Karen Griffin

Helping Phonics Flower in the Elementary Classroom

Karen Griffin | Student Teacher | Morrison, TN

As a student teacher in a first-grade classroom, I struggled with ways to make phonics fun