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Lesson Plans

 

Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers

Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.

 

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.

 

 

Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth Day

Students discover that they can make a world of difference when they participate in the online Earth Day bag program.

 

 

ABC Match

ABC Match

ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.

 
 

 

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things

Students create acrostic poems using their names and the names of things that are important to them.

 

 

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Persuasive Writing

Persuasive Writing

This strategy guide focuses on persuasive writing and offers specific methods on how you can help your students use it to improve their critical writing and thinking skills.

 

Beyond Reading and Writing: Inquiry, Curriculum, and Multiple Ways of Knowing

Beyond Reading and Writing: Inquiry, Curriculum, and Multiple Ways of Knowing

The authors offer theory-into-practice techniques, insight into how such a curriculum actually worked on a day-to-day basis, suggestions on how educators can better support and understand their students, and, insights the authors gained by undertaking this inquiry.

 

 

Community Stories  

Beth Dunning

"S" Is for Poetry

Beth Dunning | Teacher | Denton, TX

Each year our first-grade students research different ocean animals; this year we decided to research seals