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A Reader's Theater Script for Clever Jack Takes the Cake

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Breathe life into a reading of the children's story Clever Jack Takes the Cake with this Reader's Theater script. Offering speaking roles for nine students plus a sound effects chorus, this is a great activity that engages the whole...
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Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up?

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Engage young historians in learning about America's sixteenth president with this fun Reader's Theater script. The second play in this series puts a modern spin on learning about history, involving a game show where three contestants try...
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The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Pay tribute to the sixteenth president of the United States with this fun song and activity. From his birth in a Kentucky log cabin and childhood in Indiana, to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and his eventual assassination,...
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“I Can” Common Core! 2nd Grade Reading

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Simplify the Common Core reading standards for your second graders with this checklist of I can statements. A great tool that provides second graders with clear learning objectives related to their reading skills.
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Agriculture Counts

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Agricultural survey and the documentation of livestock or goods was the basis for the first written language. Youngsters discuss sorting and counting, and how these skills have been used for thousands of years. They accent their class...
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Powerful Passwords

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Invite little learners to consider the use, function, and creation of Internet passwords. They start by discussing why keeping personal information secure online is important. A fun and functional exercise is used to help them understand...
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Lesson 3: Idioms

For Teachers 2nd Standards
You're as cute as a bug. But are you really as cute as a bug? Bugs aren't cute! Idioms are fun nonliteral phrases that mean something different than the words they contain. Second graders learn about idioms as they read the book, More...
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Good Grapes! A Math Lesson

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th Standards
As the title says, the lesson presented focuses mostly on math; however, pupils also complete related language arts activities. Learners read about the history, domestication, and transport of grapes, and then use actual grapes to...
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Poems

For Students 1st - 2nd Standards
Thud! Squiff! Create sound effects with words. Introduce your youngsters to onomatopoeia with these fun, rainy-day poems. They write down sound words, discussing rhythm and rhyme. You can also incorporate the author's use of capital...
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Using Compare and Contrast Key Words

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Compare and contrast while challenging your class with this higher-level thinking and reading comprehension lesson. After observing the teacher model comparing and contrasting bats and birds, learners read passages about two towns. They...
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Lesson 2:Context Clues

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Using The Life Cycle of an Emperor Penguin by Bobbie Kalman, second graders practice defining unfamilar words with context clues.  They come across new vocabulary words and read the entire sentence and the sentence before to find the...
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Abraham Lincoln: Holding the Nation Together

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Put on your stove pipe hat and step into the shoes of Abraham Lincoln with the first in this series of three reader's theater scripts. From a press conference and personal conversation with his wife, to his famous "Gettysburg Address,"...
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As the Kids Come and Go: Mapping a Classroom

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Map the classroom with your kids to help them understand how maps work and how to read them. The instructional activity starts off with a story about animals living and moving around the globe, and then kids create maps of their...
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Sending Email

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Kindergarten young scholars discuss how they can send email messages to other people as forms of communication. This instructional activity helps students see that the Internet provides a means of communicating with real people through a...
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No Foot, No Horse

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Why do horses wear shoes? Why do people wear shoes? Using worksheets, which are embedded in the plan, learners write descriptive paragraphs about their own shoes, classify a pile of shoes, and also engage in math games about the variety...
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Presenting Information

For Students 1st - 2nd Standards
How do you make a pizza? Scholars examine a recipe for one of their favorite dishes. After reading the eight steps, they must re-write the steps in order. Although this offers great printing practice, younger writers may find the narrow...
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Language Play

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Can you say it 10 times fast? Tongue twisters are a fun way to practice reading fluency. Learners read five common twisters, then make up one of their own! Discuss why some words and phrases are difficult to say quickly, and be sure to...
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Stone Soup Readers' Theater

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Readers' Theater is a great way to get pupils engaged in story elements, oral reading, and expression in a fun setting! Using the story Stone Soup, actors discuss the story, review difficult vocabulary, rehearse lines, and incorporate...
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Icky Insect Is In Icky Sticky Ink

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Practice the strategy of letter-sound correspondence when identifying the short vowel /i/ sound in written and spoken words. The teacher recites the tongue twister "Icky insect is in icky sticky ink," while listeners repeat. Letter boxes...
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Writing Good Emails

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Is there a difference between a written letter and an email? Prepare little learners for a life of online communication with a lesson on what makes an email, email etiquette, and letter writing. First they determine the differences...
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Follow the Digital Trail

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Any information you put online leads to a trail called a digital footprint. Youngsters follow the digital information trails of two fictional animals. They make observations about the size and content of each trail, and discuss the kind...
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Things For Sale

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Students research online products and the sites that try to sell them. In this online advertising lesson, students see that the main purpose of product sites is to encourage viewers to buy the product. Students create their own product...
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Cause and Effect Relationships

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Cause and effect relationships can be found in life and in literature. Enthusiastic readers will find and discuss all of the cause and effect relationships in the story, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The...
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Distinguish Fact from Opinion in Passage

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Is it a fact or is it an opinion; readers need to know. Second graders learn a new technique to determine if a sentence or reading passage is fact based or opinion based. They read and then ask evidence based questions to determine if...