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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA Module 1A, Unit 2

For Teachers 4th Standards
This is the second of three units in this fourth grade module, and learners focus on the Haudenosaunee through informational text, note-taking, and drawing conclusions. Consider extending the unit through the text Eagle Song by Joseph...
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EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 1, Unit 2: Esperanza's Story

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders dive into real-world concepts such as human rights, difficult life circumstances, immigration, and personal growth as they read the novel Esperanza Rising. They will compare and contrast characters, pen a two-voice poem,...
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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA Module 1A, Unit 1

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth grade teachers, you've found your starting line for ELA modules and units! Your class will begin a visual literacy exploration, where they will interpret main ideas from oral traditions and written texts. They interpret the texts...
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EngageNY Grade 5 ELA: Module 1, Unit 1 - Building Background Knowledge on Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders explore human rights- what are they and why do we have them? As a class, explore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and incorporate close readings of selected articles. This 11-part unit is very detailed,...
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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA: Module 2A, Unit 2 - Case Study - Conducting Research on Colonial Americans

For Teachers 4th Standards
Use these 16 lessons to help fourth graders comprehend informational text as they read about different roles colonial Americans played on settlements. The class specifically studies the "wheelwright" trade and then break into groups to...
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Celebrate Earth Day!

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
April 22nd is Earth Day! Celebrate the Earth with these resources and activities. From math to writing and straight into science, all of the resources in this collection promote Earth loving learners in your class!
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Informative & Expository Writing Prompts

For Students K - 12th Standards
Good writing prompts are hard to find, especially those for informative writing such as research reports, how-to instructions, and letters. The colorfully illustrated templates in a seven-prompt collection include lines to write on, as...
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Teaching Nonviolent Direct Action through Children’s Literature

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
A five-part lesson collection introduces young learners to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s principles of  Non-violent Direct Action. Through children's literature, photographs, first-person narratives, and songs. as well as links to...
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Reading Lessons: Townsend Press

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Enhance your literacy unit with a set of videos featuring textual analysis and reading comprehension strategies. From discerning the main idea of a text to evaluating an author's purpose and tone, the ten-part series engages upper...
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Sight Word Fluency Lists

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Reading takes place one word at a time. Increase scholar's word recognition fluency and create better readers with a collection of sight word fluency lists. Lists offer both new and review words and include space for teachers to record...
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Reading Informational Text: 4th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 4th Standards
Tackle fourth grade's English language arts Common Core informational text standards with a collection compiled of lesson plans, worksheets, and an app. Check out the notes section of each resource to discover the standards that are...
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Homophones: Is it They're, Their, or There?

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Discern between common homophones with lessons, worksheets, and other resources designed for upper elementary learners.
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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Life in Colonial America

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders delve into a variety of informational text types to begin building background knowledge on life in Colonial America. The unit engages learners in researching what life was like during this time by exploring how colonists...
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Reading Literature: 4th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 4th Standards
Tackle literature instruction with the help of a collection designed to meet every Common Core English language arts standard. Included is a unit, a video, and a variety of lesson plans and worksheets ready to drive, enhance, and support...
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Fourth Grade Emergency Sub Plans

For Teachers 4th Standards
Never be without a substitute lesson plan with a collection equipped with a day-long plan and seven activities designed to reinforce fourth grade skills in math, reading, writing, and word work. 
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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Celebrate Read Across America Day or Dr. Seuss's birthday with a collection of reading comprehension materials. Versatile for any Dr. Seuss book, the worksheets and activities promote both foundational reading skills and critical thining...
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In, Under, Of: Preposition Worksheets

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Identify location, position, and movement with a collection of helpful worksheets on prepositions. The resources include fill-in-the-blanks, reference pages, parts of speech, and fun grammar puzzles.
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Adverbs: Turn Happy into Happily

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Get kids moving — or at least writing about moving — with a collection of grammar activities about adverbs.
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Speaking & Listening: 4th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 4th Standards
Reinforce speaking and listening skills with a collection created for the fourth grade scholar in mind. Pupils take part in an assortment of lesson plans designed to meet Common Core's speaking and listening standards. Be sure to check...
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Developing Research Skills for Elementary Learners

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Engage young learners in the research process. From how to use the Internet to perform searches, to investigating research topics and writing about them, this collection is sure to get beginning researchers on their way. Most of the...
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All About Pronouns!

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Make pronouns fun using some or all of these 21 worksheets and activities. Practice the basics including pronoun-antecedent agreement, indirect objects, reflexive pronouns, and much more. You'll definitely find something you can use in...
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All About Adverbs!

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Looking for an adverbs worksheet? How about 19? Check out this collection that offers plenty of options to choose from (and they're all Common Core aligned, too!).
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Literacy Beyond the Language Arts Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Celebrate reading across the curriculum with a collection of lessons and worksheets that bring literature and informational text to life in math, science, social studies, and music. Each resource prompts interdisciplinary instruction...
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St. Patrick's Day Story Starters

For Teachers 1st - 4th Standards
Let me tell you about the day I caught a leprechaun....Kids will love the whimsy of these story starters as they imagine they found the mystical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and weave a tale of the luck a 4-Leaf Clover brought...
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STEM: Elementary Inquiry

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Encourage scholars to investigate and think critically with a collection of 14 STEM lesson plans. The following inquiry-based lessons explore the concepts of life cycles of plants and animals, measurement, magnets, evaporation,...
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Rockin' English Lessons

For Teachers 1st - 8th Standards
Add some rockin' tunes to your grammar instruction with a collection of videos addressing the grammar needs of first to eighth graders. Each video provides the song's lyrics, so prepare your scholars to sing loud and proud.
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Grammar Presentations: Gerunds, Superlatives, and More

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Express yourself in the correct tense, verbal phrase, and sentence structure with a series of illustrative grammar presentations. Helpful for elementary and middle school writers alike, the slideshows are a strong instructional guide for...
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Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Give scholars the opportunity to discover their past with a collection from the Museum of Tolerance that highlights the uniqueness of every family's story. Learners gain insight through interviews, family tress, heirlooms, and oral...
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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA: Module 2A, Unit 3

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders continue their research on colonial life in America and build on knowledge gained in the first two units of the module. Taking that knowledge and putting it into a historical fiction narrative is the focus of this final...
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Possessive Nouns: Yours, Mine, and the Smiths'

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Where do you put that apostrophe when a noun becomes possessive? Use a set of lessons and worksheets on possessive nouns in your elementary grammar unit.
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Synonyms and Antonyms: Beyond the Thesaurus

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Using the same words over and over? Vary your vocabulary and your writing with a collection of lessons, activities, and worksheets focusing on synonyms and antonyms.
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How Will You Describe Me?

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
There are many ways to describe people. Their physical appearances, personality traits, and behaviors are a few examples. This also applies to characters in literature, and it is important for our children to be able to identify obvious...
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Dictionary Skills

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Learning how to use a dictionary takes practice. Here, you'll find an anchor chart, activities, worksheets, and creative lesson plans to enhance your scholars' dictionary skills.
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So Many Similes

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th Standards
Take your simile instruction to the next level with this collection of videos, posters, webpages, presentations, and more. Designed for a range of skill levels and learning styles, the collection has an array of resources that fit the...
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Poetry is Not a Chryme

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
A poem: Here's a collection to share your love and affection of poetry. Steer your students in the direction of this collection on poetry. Incorporate this collection on poetry in the classroom, or during April to celebrate National...
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Parts of Speech Video Series

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Give grammar instruction a boost with a collection of videos by E Reading Worksheets; each one is packed with useful information, engaging graphics, sound effects, an interactive pop quiz, and a review to check for understanding. 
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How Do You Organize a Space Party? You Planet! (Reading Comprehension)

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are the eight planets in our solar system. Use this collection of reading comprehension worksheets to check young astronomers' understanding of reading informational text....
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Verb Is the Word

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Action, linking, irregular verbs, subject-verb agreement, and verb tenses are the topics of learning in this collection. Use these resources to support teaching verbs to elementary students through practice worksheets, a learning game,...
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Spelling Games

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Add some F-U-N to your spelling instruction with a collection designed to get your learners moving, thinking, and spelling through activities that go beyond pen and paper. Here, you'll find a presentation, an app, and games specified to...
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Folder: Main Idea and Details

For Students 5th Standards
Contains 5 samples of work.  You may complete them in any order you choose.  Keep work in a folder or personal binder.  
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Summer Vacation

For Teachers 4th Standards
These activities are lessons used under the theme of Summer. It contains lessons in various subjects.
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Where the Red Fern Grows Worksheet Collection

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
If your class is reading Where the Red Fern Grows, make sure you have this set of worksheets to help with comprehension, deeper thinking, and literary device application. Whether you print these and hand them out or just use them as...
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How Do You Compare and Contrast?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
How do you compare and contrast? This collection provides you with the tools to meet the many different needs your scholars have to perform successfully. With four worksheets of various compare and contrast tools, two general lesson...
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The Civil Rights Movement: Grades K-5

For Teachers K - 5th
The Civil Rights Movement is the focus of a collection created for young scholars, kindergarten through fifth grade. The unit begins with an introductory lesson that sets the stage for discussion, written assignments, interactives,...
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Poetry Power Printables

For Students 3rd - 7th
A collection of lessons calls kids to craft clever creations. Each of the 10 resources focuses on a single poetry form and includes an explanation of the form, rules to use when writing the form, and examples. Poems and poetry planning...
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End of year Activities K-5

For Students Pre-K - 5th
Use this collection of digital and print resources to wrap up the school year. Activites include resources to use in the virtual classroom!
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Literature Circles

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Bring literature circles to life with a collection of lesson plans, worksheets, and reading lists. Literature circles, or book clubs, are fun and engaging for readers, especially those that don't find reading all that fun. The collection...
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Animal Masks

For Students Pre-K - 4th
Use these fun animal masks for a literature act-it-out, class play, or just for fun! There are a few lesson ideas as well as printable mask templates to choose from. Great for the very youngest classes up to 3rd or 4th grade! 
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Lunar New Year

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Although often called Chinese New Year, Chinese people refer to this holiday as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. People in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, South Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam also have traditions associated...
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Chinese New Year

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Kung-hsi Fa-ts' ai! Enrich your Chinese New Year celebration with the resources in this collection. The wealth of materials include background information on the 15-day holiday, also know as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival,...
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Fall Resources Grades 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
It's that time of year, the leaves are changing, the air is crisp—it's fall! Add a touch of season-related whimsy to your classroom with a collection of festive resources created to support grades third through fifth. Here, you will find...
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Songwriting Skills

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Check out these detailed lessons using popular music across genres to explain songwriting concepts such as figurative language, elaboration, and tone. Learners examine lyrics to the songs from different musical genres and practice...
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The Secret Garden Grammar Exercises

For Teachers 4th - 7th
While your students read The Secret Garden, use these seven grammar worksheets to help apply concepts such as synonyms, verbs, capital letters, and proper nouns.
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Teaching Children with Autism—Content Area Resources

For Teachers K - 12th
Browse a collection designed to meet the needs of scholars with autism in kindergarten through 12th grade. Here, you'll find a variety of resources—lesson plans, printables, activities, worksheets, and an app—spanning a range of content...
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Teaching and Learning About Autism

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately "1 in 88 American children are on the autism spectrum." The teacher guides and other professional development materials in this collection offer information...
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Halloween for Upper Elementary

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Celebrate Halloween with the help of a collection consisting of a variety of resources covering multiple subjects. Take a look at the notes section to discover which subject is addressed—math, English language arts, arts and crafts,...
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Who's Your Hero?

For Teachers 4th
Who is your hero? Kids will love to dive into this theme as you work through the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt unit on heroes. The materials can be used with the textbook or without, and come with options for English Language Learners, as...
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James and the Giant Peach Activities

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Add some whim and fancy to your daily vocabulary lessons by pairing them with James and the Giant Peach! This trio of lessons has kids using their imaginations to create board games, graph moments of excitement, and infer characters'...
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Characterization

For Teachers 5th
In this collection, students learn about direct and indirect characterization through a series of lessons, worksheets,  and graphic organizers.Students will also use Waggle Learning Goals' adaptive practice to work at their own pace....
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A Pale Blue Dot: That's Here. That's Home. That's Us.

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
21st-century learners live in such a visual world that many are unused to letting their minds imagine the picture that words create. An excerpt from Carl Sagan's lecture, "The Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space,"...
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A Christmas Carol - The Story

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Thirty-six pages familiarize scholars with the story and vocabulary of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. After reading and listening to an abbreviated version of the holiday tale learners show what they know about the sequence of...
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Why Is the Declaration of Independence Important?

For Students 5th Standards
Fair or unfair? To begin a study of the American Revolution, class members review the treatment of the people of the American Colonies by the King of England and decide which were fair and which were unfair. Class members then annotate a...
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Socratic Seminar Format Overview

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Whether new to the Socratic seminar format or an experienced veteran of the popular discussion technique, you'll find much to like in a five-page, richly detailed packet that not only details the prep necessary, the process, and the...
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
You can't read Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without craving the rich treats described in Dahl's vivid prose. Young writers try their hands at sensory language with a lesson plan that prompts them to write about their...
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Leader

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Expand class members' appreciation of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A powerful resource examines King's speeches, writings, and actions that reveal his deep commitment to a nonviolent approach to Civil Rights. Learners watch a...
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Malcolm X: Minister and Civil Rights Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Any study of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement would be incomplete without an examination of the life of Malcolm X. Class members view a short biographical video and analyze primary source documents to gain an understanding of the...
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Muhammad Ali: Boxer and Civil Rights Activist

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Many young people today know Muhammad Ali as the aging boxer who lit the torch at the 1996 Olympics. Introduce young historians to Ali the boxer, the Civil Rights activist, the war protestor, and the humanitarian with a powerful lesson...
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Abraham Lincoln Reading Comprehension—The Middle Years (Part 2)

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Abraham Lincoln's face may only be worth one cent, but the online reading passage and questions about his life are an invaluable resource. Pupils read a passage about Lincoln's experience with the Illinois Legislature, earning his law...
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Abraham Lincoln Reading Comprehension—The Middle Years (Part 3)

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
How did Abraham Lincoln begin to change the minds of American citizens? Join him in his quest with a reading passage about Lincoln's experiences as a congressman and public denouncement of slavery. The resource contains reading...
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Abraham Lincoln Reading Comprehension—The Middle Years (Part 1)

For Students 5th - 7th
Learn more about Honest Abe with an informative passage that details his life chronologically. As learners read sections of the text, they answer multiple choice questions that draw on their ability to recall details from the passage.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory unit is a golden ticket for teachers looking for nicely written plans. Elementary and middle schoolers draw their impressions of characters, design and market their own candy creations, and use...
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The Twits - The Monkeys Escape

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Houses come in all shapes and sizes, but not all houses are safe from Mr. and Mrs. Twit. The 10th instructional activity in a unit designed to accompany The Twits by Roald Dahl turns learners into architects. While designing houses for...
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The Twits - The Furniture Goes Up

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Work gets done faster when people work as a team. The ninth installment of an 11-lesson unit designed to accompany The Twits by Roald Dahl combines character education with research skills and creative writing activities. The lesson ends...
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A Reading Guide to A Wrinkle in Time

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Accompany a reading of Madeleine L'Engle's classic tale, A Wrinkle in Time, with a detailed guide equipped with 15 informative and useful chapters. Scholars discover who the author is, why she wrote the book, and crucial story elements...
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A Selection of Stories from The Æsop for Children

For Students K - 8th Standards
Read and incorporate a variety of Aesop's Fables into a fable genre study with an eBook produced by the Library of Congress. The interactive eBook contains 146 fables written by Aesop and includes colorful interactive illustrations by...
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Disaster Preparedness Activity Book

For Students K - 5th Standards
Join the American Red Cross as well as Mickey and friends as they help to prepare young scholars for natural disasters. After reading brief informational passages about earthquakes, floods, fires, storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes,...
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Native American Literature

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Celebrate and honor Native American culture with this set of graphic organizers that showcases literature like The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses and A Boy Called Slow as well as three other Native American literature books. Learners compare...
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Read Across America Classroom Activity Guide

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th Standards
Celebrate the legendary Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day with a plethora of activities set to five stories—The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and Green Eggs and Ham. Activities include...
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Advanced Phonics: Variant Correspondences

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Phonics don't just have to be a daily routine for class members. Spruce up their phonemic awareness with a few exciting activities. Young grammarians participate in a variety of activity-based games centered around homophones,...
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Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A picture is worth a thousand words, but a comic strip combines both images and words for the ultimate narrative effect. After reading The Three Little Pigs and deciphering the plot elements, elementary readers work through four...
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Power Pack: Lessons in Civics, Math, and Fine Arts

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Newspaper in Education (NIE) Week honors the contributions of the newspaper and is celebrated in the resource within a civics, mathematics, and fine arts setting. The resource represents every grade from 3rd to 12th with questions and...
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Out of the Dust: Narrative Essay

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
To conclude their study of Out of the Dust, the 1998 Newbery Medal winning verse novel, individuals craft a narrative essay based on one of the themes in Karen Hesse's novel.
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Peer Critique: Historical Accuracy of Ideas and Vocabulary

For Teachers 4th Standards
Promotes collaboration in the classroom with a historical fiction instructional activity. Fourth graders partner up and read the other's narrative, in order to give feedback on vocabulary choice and accuracy of historical information....
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Magical Musical Tour: Using Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Language arts learners don't need a lecture about poetry; they listen to poetry every day on the radio! Apply skills from literary analysis to famous songs and beautiful lyrics with a lesson about literary devices. As class...
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Literature Circles: Getting Started

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Make reading more enjoyable and interactive with literature circles! Here you'll find detailed lessons to begin the literature circle process. Ten lessons introduce each role learners take on. Literature circle roles include...
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Getting the Most out of Teaching with Newspapers

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
No matter what subject you're teaching, you'll find some fun and innovative ideas for using newspapers in your classroom with a helpful resource. Based on Getting the Most Out of Teaching with Newspapers by Rebecca Olien, the series of...
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Daily Warm-Ups: Grammar and Usage

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
If grammar practice is anywhere in your curriculum, you must check out an extensive collection of warm-up activities for language arts! Each page focuses on a different concept, from parts of speech to verbals, and provides review...
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Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics

For Students 5th - 6th Standards
If you're planning on teaching grammar in your fifth or sixth grade class, take a look at a packet of language arts activities that would be perfect for any grammar lesson. Covering skills such as parts of speech, sentence and paragraph...
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Character Builder

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Characters in a story are more than a name to remember. Use a character builder worksheet to write out a character's appearance, background, personality, attributes, and story relevance, including whether they are a main or minor...
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SuccessMaker® Reading Comprehension

For Students 4th Standards
A collection of reading passages is packed with various skills to enhance fourth graders reading comprehension. From distinguishing between fact and opinion to describing character's feelings and recognizing elements of plot, the...
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Persuasive Writing - Introductory Paragraph Review

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Master a well-organized thesis statement with a short activity for a persuasive writing unit. Young writers read five different introductory paragraphs about various topics, find the main ideas addressed in each thesis statement, and jot...
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On Target: Strategies to Help Readers Make Meaning through Inferences

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Here's a resource that explicitly teaches, models, and provides readers with opportunities to practice the process of drawing inferences from text. Packed with strategies elementary, middle, and high school teachers can use, the resource...
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Cats in the Catacombs

For Students 4th Standards
Fourth graders read a short story and then answer questions based on what they read. Learners are asked to support their answers with evidence from the text.
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Falling for Jazz

For Students 5th Standards
Fifth graders read a short story and answer questions based on what they read.
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Eyewitness to History: Storm Warning

For Students 5th Standards
Fifth graders read an informational passage and answer questions based on what they read. The focus skill in the resource is making predictions.
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Dr. Seuss Book Report - Solution

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
A great way to incorporate a beloved author into the classroom. This book report learning exercise requires young readers to write a short summary of their favorite Dr. Seuss book. It's up to you to decide how long the summary should be....
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Dr. Seuss Book Report - Problem

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
A simple book report worksheet requires young readers to write a short summary of their favorite Dr. Seuss book. It's up to you to decide how long the summary should be. Lastly, individuals illustrate the problem in the book.
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Dr. Seuss Book Report - Setting

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
A great way to incorporate a beloved author into the classroom, especially during the month of March. This book report worksheet requires young authors to write a short summary of their favorite Dr. Seuss book. It's up to you to decide...
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Dr. Seuss Book Report - Scene

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
A one-page book report activity requires young readers to write a short summary of their favorite Dr. Seuss book. It's up to you to decide how long the summary should be. Lastly, individuals draw an illustration of their favorite...
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How Water Pollution Is Cleaned Up

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
As a follow-up from the previous lesson, young environmentalists discuss the benefits of water filtration and whether or not it's the best option. Other alternatives including air stripping, bioremediation, and phytoremediation are...
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When to Use "Me", "Myself" and "I"

For Students 2nd - 7th Standards
Clarify your kids' writing with a video about pronouns, specifically me, myself, and I. As kids watch the short video, they see cute robots demonstrate the proper use of each pronoun, as well as the definitions of reflexive and intensive...
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Summarizing Text

For Students 5th - 6th Standards
Help learners find the most important information in a text with a lesson on summarizing. As kids read through a passage about Johannes Gutenberg, they summarize small excerpts, put events in sequential order, and respond to two longer...
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Comprehension During Independent Reading

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Ideal for a language arts class, literary unit, or independent reading assignment, a set of reading worksheets address a wide array of skills. From poetic elements to nonfiction text features, you can surely find a valuable resource in...
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Japanese Folktales (Asian Odyssey)

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
The Cleveland Museum of Art presents this interdisciplinary model unit that asks class members to explore how the same themes are presented in the folktales and art of several cultures.
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Summary of Fiction and Non-Fiction Text

For Students 3rd - 6th
Somebody Wanted But So Then (SWBST)? Yes! Here's a great strategy for teaching young readers how to summarize narrative text. In addition, the packet includes exercises that show kids how to summarize nonfiction text using the classic...
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The Fisherman and His Wife

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Engage conversation and explore the journey as you challenge young readers to interpret the german folktale, "The Fisherman and His Wife" written by literary brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
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A Close Look at Close Reading

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Take a close look at this 14-page resource that contains everything you want to know about close reading, from what it is and is not, to suggestions for how to choose a text and craft text-dependent questions that encourage readers to...
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Narrative Writing: An Imagined Story Unit Introduction

For Teachers 4th Standards
Let's pretend! Ben Bova's short story "Moonwalk" is used as a mentor text in a unit that shows kids how to create their own imaginative narratives. A great resource that deserves a special place in your curriculum library.
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Opinion: Persuasive Essay Unit Introduction

For Teachers 4th Standards
Opinion, audience, purpose. Fourth graders are introduced to the three characteristics of persuasive writing in the third unit of a year-long writing program. The 98-page packet is complete with plans, model essays, graphic organizers,...
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Informative/Explanatory: Informative Article Unit Introduction

For Teachers 4th Standards
Here is everything you need to teach fourth graders to write informative/explanatory articles in one unit plan. This carefully crafted resource packet includes lessons, exercises, and activities based on the writing process, that enable...
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Opinion: Literary Analysis Unit Introduction

For Teachers 4th Standards
Julia Alvarez's How Tia Lola Came to Stay is the mentor text used in an expository writing unit that teaches fourth graders how to write critically and thoughtfully about text.
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Launching Writing Workshop Unit Introduction

For Teachers 4th Standards
Launch a year-long writing program with a narrative writing unit that introduces young writers to the systems, routines, and procedures of the writing workshop.
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When Pigs Fly: A Lesson Plan on Idioms

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Not to keep you on pins and needles, but don't jump the gun on this idiom resource. Instead, keep from barking up the wrong tree by previewing the entire resource before beginning. The detailed instructions make presenting the activity a...
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Detailed Writing Lessons for The Personal Narrative

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Memories of persons, places, and objects provide the seeds for the personal narratives kids craft during a 19-day, personal narrative writing unit. Beautifully crafted and carefully scaffolded so that all writers can be successful, the...
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Self-Control Meters for Volume, Space and Levels of Formality

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
If your pupils have difficulty producing the appropriate voice volume in various settings or respecting personal space, refer to this "control-o-meter" device. This resource includes materials to create three meters for you to clearly...
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Voices of the Revolution: Challenge Activities (Theme 3)

For Teachers 5th Standards
Paul Revere, Mercy Otis Warren, James Forten, Henry Knox. The voices of the American Revolution come alive in this enrichment packet designed to challenge learners who have mastered the basic concepts in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...
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Reading Skills Profile

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
Assess your young learners' reading skills, from sounding out words to general comprehension and identifying facts vs. opinions, with this excellent worksheet. The resource also includes a goal-setting worksheet that focuses...
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Making Judgments Practice

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Encourage young learners to identify persuasive writing techniques in a text with this resource, which includes two multiple-choice worksheets with advertisements for students to analyze.
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Proofreading, Revising, & Editing Skills Success

For Students 3rd - 6th
Some self-paced writing resources are just better than others. This one is great. The 205-page packet includes exercises on every aspect of the writing process, from crafting sentences and paragraphs, to proofreading, revising, and...
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Think-Pair-Share

For Students 2nd - 12th Standards
Ever ask students to share their thoughts with a partner, but then hear them only talking about their weekend plans? Nip that common classroom practice in the bud with this worksheet, in which class members log the content of their...
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Hoot Activities

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
If you're looking for engaging, cross-curricular, inquiry-based activities and projects to support your class reading of Carl Hiaasen's Hoot, you've come to the right place!
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Irresistible Irregular Verbs

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Four fun games for practicing irregular verbs? How fabulous!
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Mini Games

For Teachers 3rd - 10th Standards
You've got a few minutes left at the end of class to practice vocabulary, but what can you do other than call out a word and ask for definitions? Play one of these 12 quick games! Each game is explained in detail and easy to modify for...
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Children’s Choices 2014

For Teachers K - 6th
Books for kids, chosen by kids! What could be better? This packet is made up of book lists, each with approximately 30 books included, organized by age group. Kids will enjoy the summer reading materials they choose from this resource!
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Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
How tall is the Empire State Building? Lead your class through a collaborative estimation activity to determine the number of quarters it would take to reach the top and teach the following concepts: human capital, human resources,...
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My Famous Person Report

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Here is a must-have, comprehensive resource of project guidelines for any teacher looking to assign a famous person report or biography project. It includes a fantastic list of suggested activities that learners can complete for their...
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Famous Person Book Project

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What a great adaptation of your traditional famous person project! After selecting and reading a biography of a famous person, pupils design a "book" that includes a doll/action figure printable of the famous person, written summary, and...
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Teaching Spelling

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
"Spelling is a thinking activity, not a rote learning activity." This packet contains everything from research information and diagnostic tools to teaching strategies and activities. A must-have for your curriculum library.
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The President’s Desk

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
What stories can a desk paperweight and picture frame possibly tell us about the president of the United States? Pupils are transported to the desk of President John F. Kennedy through an engaging interactive site. The guide offers a...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Here's a richly detailed unit, designed for second graders, that focuses on decoding figurative language, including similes, metaphors, personification and idioms.
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Identifying Author's Purpose

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
The multi-lesson, 47-page packet contains everything you need to ensure kids can recognize the clues provided to identify the type of text, the intended audience, and the author's purpose in writing the passage.
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Harriet Jabocs and Elizabeth Keckly: The Material and Emotional Realities of Childhood in Slavery

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Through the journals written by Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly, young readers gain insight into the lives of two enslaved children on nineteenth-century plantations.
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EdTech Tuesdays: A Class Set of Chromebooks with Veronica Tadeo

For Teachers K - 12th
Middle school teacher Veronica Tadeo discusses successes she has had using Chromebooks, Kidblog, and other online software and online web pages to differentiate instruction for her English language learners.
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EdTech Tuesdays: Writing Club & Technology with Linda Edwards

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Linda Edwards reveals how she uses technology to support her grade school writing club. Club members use Pages, a production presentation program, to create a newsletter that is sent to parents and iMovie to create video newscasts.
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Writing Goes Wild

For Teachers 4th Standards
Young scientists develop their observation and writing skills as they craft and then post a detailed description of a plant or animal they have spotted and photographed.
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Vocabulary Morphemic Elements: Affix Game

For Teachers 1st - 4th Standards
How well do you know your affixes? Find out how proficient your learners are with a game that requires them not only to define various affixes, but also to use them to create words that they then use in sentences.
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At the Improv. SIX drama speaking activities for the EFL/ESL Classroom

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Improv for EFL/ESL? Indeed! The six improvisation exercises detailed in this resource are intended to provide fluency practice and boost the confidence of all levels of language learners but can be used in drama classes as well.
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EdTech Tuesdays: Make Beliefs Comix

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
An iPad, a free app, or a free website are all kids need to create comic strips that tell stories, recount events, or express feelings. Rich and Jennifer discuss the strengths and weakness of the app, as well as model how to use this...
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Applying the SOAPS Method of Analyzing Historical Documents

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Young historians use the SOAPS (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject) method of questioning to determine the historical value of primary source documents. The third in a series of five lessons that model for learners how...
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How do Poets Use Language?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Why do writers choose the language they do? Here's a resource that has the poet himself answer that very question. Joseph Coelho explains why he chose the words and images he used in his poem, "If All the World Were Paper."
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Tanka

For Students 3rd - 7th
The Tanka, another fix from of Japanese poetry, is featured in the final exercise in a 10-part series of poetry writing activities.
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Diamonte (dee-a-MON-tay)

For Students 3rd - 7th
Did you say a diamonte? Ask your young poets to craft and polish this gem of a form poem. The fifth in a series of ten poetry writing exercises.
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Cinquain (sink-ain)

For Students 3rd - 7th
The cinquain, a five line, fixed-form poem that features one subject, is the focus of the third exercise in a series of ten poetry writing resources.
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Alliteration

For Students 3rd - 7th
Calliope calls kids to craft clever creations in this, the second in a series of ten poetry sessions.
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Super Sentences & Perfect Paragraphs

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
An extensive collection of lessons and activities includes many writing, grammar, and proofreading exercises. With templates and worksheets that cover several steps in the writing process, from sentence to paragraph to essay, this...
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Murder in the School

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Whodunnit? That is the question young sleuths must answer as they use their deductive reasoning skill and assume the identity of various persons attending a party where Miss McGowan is murdered. The ninth lesson plan in a ten-part series.
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Whodunnit? The Case of the Missing Poodle

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Who purloined the poodle? Class groups read police reports and theorize whodunnit. The sixth of a ten-lesson series on mysteries.
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Mystery Story Starters

For Students 3rd - 12th
"It was a dark and stormy night . . " Here's a great way to get kids started on their who-done-its—a whole packet of story starters awaits young mystery writers.
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Narrative Essay Worksheets

For Students 2nd - 10th
Finding a good sample narrative essay can be a challenge. Here's a fine resource that models for young writers how to hook readers' attention and how to use words that show rather than tell. A great addition to your curriculum library.
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Summer Journal Ideas

For Students 2nd - 12th
Twenty prompts, fifteen starters, and ten situations. What more could you ask for from a list of journal ideas?
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25 Graphic Organizers

For Students 3rd - 12th
Here's a must-have for your curriculum library. A packet of every kind of graphic organizer. There's even an index!
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Will He See His Shadow? Groundhog Day Activities

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th Standards
What a fantastic collection of activities for celebrating Groundhog Day! This resource includes a variety of holiday reading selections, groundhog facts, links to printables, story comprehension lessons, and much more!
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EdTech Tuesdays: Integrating Technology in the Classroom with Erin Klein

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th Standards
Possibilities abound with technology in the classroom! Discover how one educator fostered an incredible learning experience for her students using a digital platform called Storybird for a collaborative writing project. 
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EdTech Tuesdays: Student-Driven Apps & Social Media with Brad Wilson

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th Standards
You've heard of apps for students, but have you heard of an app made by students? Listen as 4th grade teacher and EdTech consultant Brad Wilson discusses a student-driven app of writing prompts called Things to Think About, as well as...
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501 Writing Prompts

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Never again will you need to worry about coming up with a writing prompt! This packet contains, as it says, 501 prompts that are suitable for fourth graders on up. The prompts are paired into four categories (persuasive, expository,...
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Academic Vocabulary Building Activities

For Teachers K - 9th Standards
Suggestions for using Roberto Marzano's six-step approach to academic vocabulary instruction are detailed in a packet that includes graphic organizers, worksheets, and activities.
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Analyzing Character Traits

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Character analysis becomes easy with a 24-page packet packed with mini-lessons, graphic organizers, and activities. A must-have for your curriculum library.
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The Backpack Travel Journals

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Strap on those backpacks, it's time to travel through history with this literature unit based on the first four books of The Magic Tree House series. While reading through these fun stories, children create story maps, record interesting...
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Narrative Writing

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
If you're looking to start a unit based around narrative writing, make sure to consider this resource while you're planning. This book covers five topics: writing personal narratives, writing narratives about others, writing narratives...
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Dinosaurs Before Dark

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young readers travel back to the time of the dinosaurs in this literature unit based on the story Dinosaurs Before Dark. Intended for use with upper-elementary special education learners, this resource provides reading comprehension,...
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Mummies in the Morning Egyptian pyramids, hieroglyphics

For Teachers 1st - 4th Standards
Visit the Magic Treehouse and take your class on a trip through time with a reading of the children's book Mummies in the Morning. Using the story to spark an investigation into Egyptian culture, this literature unit engages...
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A Reading Guide to Sarah, Plain and Tall

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Eliminate the hard work of creating an entire literature unit with this reading guide for the novel Sarah, Plain and Tall. From background information about the author and her motivation for writing the story to reading comprehension...
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Charlie Brown and Friends

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Charles Schulz' Charlie Brown and Friends, a collection of Peanuts comic strips, provides young readers with an opportunity to engage in full-class discussions, work in groups to examine how Schulz develops his characters, and...
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EdTech Tuesdays: A+ Writing Prompts

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Thousands of prompts? Great! Rich and Jennifer tell you all about how to use this prompt-generating app, which can enhance your curriculum and provide a fabulous variety of topics for your class to write about. Listen for application...
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EdTech Tuesdays: The Opposites

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
Looking for an app that will help develop vocabulary? Watch this video to find out about The Opposites. Jennifer and Rich show you just how to use the app and provide ideas for using it in your classroom. After viewing the video, you'll...
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Literature Circle Guide: The Sign of the Beaver

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
A thorough, straightforward guide for organizing literature circles in your unit on Elizabeth George Speare's The Sign of the Beaver is both enriching and educational. It includes activities that activate prior knowledge, discussion...
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Elements of Fiction

For Teachers 1st - 8th
The metaphor of a pot of soup and a series of colorful templates remind young writers of the elements that make for a rich story. Pepper the plot with carrot/character, potato/point of view, corn/conflict, tomato/theme, and season with...
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Youth Emergency Preparedness

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Preparation is key when it comes to dealing with disasters. Starting with a lesson series centered around researching the facts about different types of emergencies, children go on to create preparedness plans and learn how to respond in...
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Recommended Reading: Elementary

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Early readers will be so excited to begin their new literary adventures with this reading list! Titles are organized according to grade level (K-5), and each include the title's author as well as a brief plot summary.
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Phrases to Outlaw in Students' Writing

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
If your writing classroom was the Wild West, what phrases would be "outlawed"? Here is one poster that every writing instructor, and really, any teacher of communication, should have in their classroom!
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Helen Keller: An Inspiring Life (Biography Mini-Book)

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Inspire young readers with this printable biography of Helen Keller. Including a timeline, glossary, and realistic illustrations with supporting captions, this is a great resource for not only teaching children about this amazing...
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Main Idea and Supporting Details

For Teachers 5th - 8th
What's the big idea? A short reading passage describes for learners how to identify the main idea of a passage and distinguish the details that support this idea. Templates for nonfiction or expository text, as well as fiction or...
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Dictionary Cube

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young scholars investigate new vocabulary words with a fun, collaborative activity. Given a deck of word cards, pairs of learners flip over one at a time and independently look up the term in a dictionary. They then take turns rolling a...
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Thrilling Information: Music and Reading

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Here’s a cross-curricular program music activity that uses Peer Gynt to engage class members. Groups take one section of “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” choreograph their section of the tune to represent the story as they imagine it,...
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Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
Wow, a resource that includes over 50 graphic organizers designed for reading comprehension! From story maps and plot elements to character traits and compare and contrast activities, this resource is sure to have the graphic organizer...
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Summarize

For Teachers 4th
Drop everything and check out this amazing resource! It includes everything a teacher would need to teach a child how to summarize text and compose written summaries. It begins with goals and vocabulary and then provides page after page...
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Writer's Toolbox

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Present the class with a slide show that will give them a great head start in writing expository and narrative texts. The information is highlighted for easy note taking, well organized, and presented in a kid-friendly manner. It...
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Support and Develop a Topic Using Details and Information

For Students 4th Standards
In the second of five videos, young writers get insight into how to support an expository response with close reading to find concrete details. A summary of a four-part writing process begins the lesson, and identifies that what they'll...
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Write an Introduction for an Informational Text

For Students 4th Standards
Start your informational essay off right with a strong introduction, the focus of the sixth of nine videos on using text resources to write an essay. In particular, it discusses how to structure the paragraph around a great hook to make...
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Geothermal Energy

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
With Earth Day quickly approaching, as well as many science fairs, why not challenge your class to investigate geothermal energy or other renewable energy resources? There are five driving questions explored in depth here, as well as...
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Oral History Interview Questions Worksheet

For Students 4th - 8th
What is an oral history interview? What goes into the planning and what should be said? Why is it important that we know and learn from oral history? This is an excellent worksheet to support your young historians as they conduct...
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Write an Introductory Paragraph for an Argumentative Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
In an argumentative essay, the introductory paragraph is the primary opportunity to get your readers' attention and tell them why the issue you are discussing is important. Demonstrate to your young writers how to construct an organized...
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Draft a Concluding Paragraph for an Argumentative Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
"A weak conclusion leaves the reader with an unfinished argument." Don't let your young writers fall into this trap! This is a great method for writing a concluding paragraph to an argumentative essay, which includes summarizing the main...
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Draft Body Paragraphs for Argumentative Writing

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
After compiling the necessary research and organizing information in an outline, your young writers will learn how to add context and quality to details in order to construct a well developed paragraph. This is the sixth video in a...
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Develop Support for an Argument in Opinion Writing

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
This resource provides an excellent explanation of how to begin developing support for main ideas in a writing piece. Young writers will work through a step-by-step process of developing supporting details that serve to prove the topic...
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Central Conflict in Eagle Song (Revisit Chapter 1, Begin Chapter 2)

For Teachers 4th Standards
While continuing to read the book Eagle Song, your class learns to cite specific details when answering questions and to use context clues when encountering unknown words. Learners begin by listening as the teacher reads aloud the first...
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Comparing "The (Really) Great Law of Peace" and Chapter 3 of Eagle Song

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders gain experience comparing multiple versions of a story as they continue reading the book Eagle Song. After first revisiting the article "The (Really) Great Law of Peace" from the previous unit, the class independently...
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Rereading Portions of the Iroquois Constitution and Eagle Song: "Somebody In Wanted But So"

For Teachers 4th Standards
A new close reading approach is introduced as learners continue with the novel Eagle Song in the twelfth instructional activity of this unit. This reading comprehension strategy focuses on identifying the character, setting, motivation,...
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Learning from Aionwahta and Danny's Father (Chapter 4, "The Visit")

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders continue reading and discussing Eagle Song in the thirteenth lesson of a literature unit. Starting with small group discussions about different aspects of Native American culture, readers analyze the beliefs held by...
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How Danny Responds to Conflict (Chapter 5, "The Longest Day")

For Teachers 4th Standards
As they continue to read Eagle Song, learners further develop their reading comprehension skills while working collaboratively with their peers. Following a similar format to previous lessons in this unit, the teacher reads aloud the...
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Explaining the Themes of Eagle Song: (Chapter 8, "Peace")

For Teachers 4th Standards
Your class reaches the end of the novel Eagle Song as young readers focus on determining the theme of this story. Similar to previous lessons in the unit, the teacher begins with a read aloud of the first few pages of chapter 8, before...
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Planning and Drafting Explanatory Paragraphs

For Teachers 4th Standards
"I love it when a plan comes together." Building on the previous activity in this unit, young writers use their graphic organizers to create a draft of their constitution explanatory paragraphs. The teacher models this process for the...
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Organizing the Sections of Our Constitution

For Teachers 4th Standards
Young writers use the Iroquois Constitution as a model to help them organize their own class constitution in the seventh lesson of this unit. Using this historic text helps students better understand the structure of this type of...
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Identify the Different Parts of an Opinion Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
This is an excellent resource to begin your next essay writing venture! Your young writers will not only learn to identify the key parts of a thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting details, and elaboration, but most importantly,...
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Synthesizing Research: How Colonists Were Interdependent

For Teachers 4th Standards
Following the formative assessment of this unit, young scholars present the information they gathered on their specific colonial trade to the rest of the class. Working in groups, learners create posters describing the particular job...
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End of Unit Assessment: On-Demand Paragraph Writing

For Teachers 4th Standards
In a two-part instructional activity, fourth graders are first assessed on their ability to produce an explanatory paragraph and then participate in a gallery walk, presenting their final constitution paragraphs to their peers. To...
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Examining Models: Criteria for Success for Our Explanatory Paragraphs

For Teachers 4th Standards
Following up their writing of a school constitution, fourth graders prepare to write a paragraph explaining the document to their peers. After looking at two writing samples, the teacher assists learners in developing their own criteria...
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Our Constitution: Linking Words and Phrases

For Teachers 4th Standards
Working with the organized class constitution created in the previous lesson, fourth graders learn how certain words and phrases can be used to improve the flow of a piece of writing. By reading aloud their writing, learners notice how...
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Close Read: Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues...
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Creating Our Parts of the Constitution

For Teachers 4th Standards
After rereading parts of the Iroquois Constitution from previous lessons as well as articles on conflict resolution and bullying, fourth graders work in pairs to write sections of their school constitution. Using the provided writing...