Title: Getting to Know Characters: Lilly and Other Kevin Henkes Friends
In this language development lesson using the books by Kevin Henkes English Language Learners learn vocabulary and language structures to express feelings, make text-to-self connections, and practice the reading strategy of analyzing characters. In the final project students create a character of their own. This lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).
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Title: Who Do You Think You Are?
Students will demonstrate an understanding of character through improvisation. Students will imagine and clearly describe their characters through performance. They will relate a character's actions and emotions and create a setting.
Title: Celebrating Seuss!
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday students will explore and develop a love of the literature of Dr. Seuss through read-alouds and activities such as a birthday party, rhyming word matching, and graphing.
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Title: Let's Get to Know Big Al
During this lesson the students will read and discuss the story Big Al, by Andrew Clements. Students will identify the story elements of Big Al and complete a story element map. Students will also do a character analysis of Big Al.
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Title: Reading and Writing about Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo by Kelly Graves
This lesson provides literature-based reading and writing activities for special education and early elementary students. This lesson may also be used to illustrate the character education traits tolerance, self-respect and compassion.
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Title: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
This is a reading lesson for special education/early elementary students. This lesson helps students with their reading skills as they learn about generosity.
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Title: Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm
Students often believe that fiction writers make everything up, seldom realizing how research worms its way into entertaining writing. In this lesson, students read Diary of a Worm to find out how fact merges with fiction.
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Title: Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study
In this author study, students listen to and discuss four books by Leo Lionni. They identify similarities and differences in the stories and then compare two stories of their choice.
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Title: Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction with '' Little Red Riding Hood Text'' Sets
Students discuss and compare differing versions of '' Little Red Riding Hood'' and other tales about wolves in cumulative read-aloud sessions and text set explorations.
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Title: Learning About Word Families with Click, Clack, Moo
Using text from Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type as shared readings, first-grade students learn word families and how to decode new words in a word family.
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Title: Summertime Favorites 2005
Relating to summer reading, and presents information about NEH's Summertime Favorites reading list. Learn more about how to engage students in reading by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans referenced on this page.
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Title: It's Too Loud in Here! Teamwork in the Classroom
Students work with their peers to develop classroom rules.
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Title: A Getting-Acquainted Activity Using My Teacher's Secret Life
Students build classroom community as they get to know each other and their teacher better by sharing what they like to do outside school.
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Title: Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research
Inspired by their curiosity about animals, students work together to research an animal of their choice and present the information they gather to an authentic audience.
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Title: Shhh! Bear's Sleeping: Learning About Nonfiction and Fiction Using Read-Alouds
Students explore the distinction between the fiction story Bear Snores On and the nonfiction book Every Autumn Comes the Bear.
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Title: Junie B. Jones Introduces Literacy Mystery Boxes
Like Junie B. Jones, students will be saying '' Wait till you hear this'' after listening to a Junie B. story and creating mystery boxes to help retell the story.
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Title: 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.
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Title: Fairy Tales Around the World
In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students become familiar with fairy tales. They read and learn to understand fairy tales so that they can better comprehend the structures of literature, as well as for the sake of the wonder, pleasure, and human understanding these stories can provide in their own right.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 11:
Title: The Frog Beyond the Fairy Tale Character: Searching Informational Texts
Frogs often appear as the main character in fiction stories, but what do students really know about frogs? Students find out in this lesson in which they research real-life frogs.
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Title: Let's Build a Snowman
In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
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Title: Let's Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace
Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.
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Title: It Doesn't Have to End That Way: Using Prediction Strategies with Literature
After listening to the beginning of a story, students use details in the text, personal experience, and prior knowledge to predict the way the story will end.
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Title: Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images
Students will be monkeying around in this lesson when they create a digital class book in which they imagine what Curious George would do if he visited their school.
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Title: Fairy Tales
Venn Diagram App Web Address URL:
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Title: Give a mouse a cookie read-aloud
Online Storytime - Barnes & Noble (Accessed on YouTube) Web Address URL:
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Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Plot Diagram Web Address URL:
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Title: Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices.
Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a '' Top Picks'' class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (8) 26: