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Article Review Sheets

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
This is a straightforward handout for your class members to use when reviewing an article. It includes spaces to identify basic article information, summarize the article's contents, and construct a final critique. 
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Written Response to a Scary Statistic

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
How many acts of televised violence do you think your pupils have watched? The scary statistic that is the inspiration for a brief persuasive piece is that by the sixth grade, the average American child has watched 100,000 acts of...
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Paragraph Review: Topic Sentences and Supporting Details

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Distinguishing between topic sentences and supporting details is the challenge presented here. Learners examine pairs of sentences and label one the topic sentence and the other a supporting detail sentence. The exercise could be used as...
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Should We Give Homework?

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
Use Jack Prelutsky's poem "Homework" to spark a debate about homework. Should kids be assigned homework? If so, how often? There are some schools that do not send their kids home with work. What are the possible benefits? After...
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Making an Argument: Effective use of Transition Words

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
Work on using transition words in context by prompting elementary and middle schoolers to write their own persuasive essays using transition words. They explore new forms of transition words and examine how they are used in an editorial...
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More Details and Transitions

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Use details and transition words to enhance writing. Sixth graders examine their own writing and insert more details and transition words provided by their teacher. There is a list of 11 "Terrific Transitions," but brainstorm several...
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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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Clothesline Sleuth

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What fabrics are our clothes made of? Where do those fabrics from? Lead your pupils to discover the answers to these questions and more. Class members have a chance to play with various fabrics, invesitgating the materials and labels...
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Make Mine Turkey

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young scholars compare foods available for the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving with contemporary Thanksgiving foods. After reading information about the first Thanksgiving, pupils create a menu and compute the cost of a turkey dinner, using...
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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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Wheat: From Field to Oven

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
How does wheat go from the seed to the table? While focusing on main ideas and supporting statements, class members read an excerpt about wheat production and complete a worksheet. The end goal is a display that shows the different...
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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...