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Tuck Everlasting Novel Study

For Teachers 5th Standards
The broad ideas included here provide clear ideas on how to use brain-targeted learning, what activities work best with Tuck Everlasting, how to apply the knowledge gained from their reading, and ideas for evaluation.  Not teaching Tuck...
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Genre Lesson: Historical Fiction

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Take a trip through history with a lesson plan on historical fiction. With instructions for games, reading activities, and literary analysis assignments, this resource would be a great addition to any reading unit with a historical...
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A Poem's Theme

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Show young poets how to use the main idea and voice to determine the theme of a poem. Model the steps using Listen Children. Lucille Clifton’s This Morning provides guided practice. Finally, class members use Nikki Giovanni’s Legacies...
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My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Although this legislative process lesson plan is designed to accompany a specific text, it is valuable independently. Young learners participate in a picture walk (worksheet included) through My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of...
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Lesson 5: Theme Matters

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Young scholars explore themes in fiction with this literacy comprehension lesson plan. They generate ideas for possible themes developed in the fairy tale of The Ant and the Cricket. Next, they examine the plot of The Great Gilly Hopkins...
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Identifying Plot Conflicts

For Teachers 5th Standards
Examine the conflicts in The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. The strategy outlined here, which could be used for a variety of texts, focuses on the type of conflict, who is involved, and what causes the conflict. Class members...
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Lesson 5: Character and Relationship Changes

For Teachers 5th Standards
In this reading comprehension instructional activity, 5th graders, after reading the novel, Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli analyze characters and their roles in other peoples lives. Students interact with plot conflicts and character...
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Realistic Fiction

For Teachers 5th Standards
How do you that you are reading a realistic fiction story? Help your pupils discover the answer to this question by providing a series of situations for them to relate to and analyze. The lesson is meant as a build-up to Bridge to...
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Character and Relationship Changes

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders examine how characters and relationships can change in a text. In this realistic fiction lesson, 5th graders identify changes in the characters and relationships while reading The Great Gilly Hopkins. Students record their...
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Analyzing Plot Conflict

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders examine plot conflict. In this plot analysis lesson students study conflict between two characters in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Students imagine themselves as a news reporter watching the combating in Narnia.
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The Tone of a Poem

For Teachers 5th Standards
Pupils are often confused by the literary terms tone and voice. Focus on tone by analyzing the poems suggested here, which are all from Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art. While reading through each poem,...
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Author's Purpose

For Teachers 5th Standards
Determining an author's purpose can help readers understand a text more deeply. Using a PIES chart (persuade, inform, entertain, share) and poems from Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems by Barbara Rogasky, class members organize lines that show...
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Oklahoma's Berry Best

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Ask your learners to complete activities related to Oklahoma's agriculture, berries in particular. The lesson is cross-curricular and has class members investigate an article about berries, write an acrostic poem, and discuss new...
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Pizza for Everyone

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Pizza is the inspiration for the cross-curricular lesson detailed here. Start out with a poem about pizza and move into a discussion about balanced eating. To close the language arts portion of the lesson, ask your pupils to write...
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Historical Effects

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Students listen as teacher role plays how major events impact our lives. In this history lesson, students complete guided and independent practice activities about how the Gold Rush impacted characters in Riding Freedom. Students...
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Analyzing Relationships

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders analyze relationships between characters in a story. In this language arts instructional activity, 5th graders use photographs of family and friend to discuss relationships. Students read a story and discuss the...
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Character and Relationship Changes

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders read a text and provide examples of why the characters in the book had a change in their relationship. In this character lesson plan, 5th graders write about the relationship in the beginning of the story and in the end of...
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Realistic Fiction

For Teachers 5th Standards
What makes a story seem real? Have your pupils record the realistic elements of the story Dogs Don't Tell Jokes in order to find out. They can focus elements of the characters, setting, and plot. Learners are asked to use textual...
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The Tone of a Poem

For Teachers 5th Standards
Tone and poetry are closely tied. Show your class how to determine the tone of a poem by noting your reactions and marking lines that bring out feelings. Next, work as a class to work through a second poem. Finally, have individuals read...
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Analyzing Relationships

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders analyze the relationships among characters in a story. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders read Maniac Magee and discuss how the relationships between the characters change throughout the story.
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A Story of Philanthropy

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Help your class define philanthropy and recognize philanthropic activities. Ask them to identify examples of philanthropy in literature and explore the philanthropic deeds of themselves and others. To wrap up, create a class display with...
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The Beet Goes On

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Root vegetables inspire the series of activities included here. Class members participate in activities related to language arts, social studies, science, visual art, and math. At first, the long list might feel overwhelming; however,...
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Just Lookin' For a Home

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What is a boll weevil? Your class can find out that and more by following the activities included here. Pupils read an article, sing a boll weevil song, add to the song with their own original lyrics, illustrate the song, study the...