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End of Unit Assessment: Individual Sections of Readers Theater Script

For Teachers 5th Standards
Let's play! Pupils create titles for their readers theater scripts and act them out in a fun game of charades. Next, as part of their end of unit assessment, they write final copies of their individual scripts.
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Drafting Individual Readers Theater Scripts for a Specific Scene: Rephrasing, Narrator Introduction, and Identifying Characters

For Teachers 5th Standards
Read, revise, refine! Scholars refine their readers theater scripts by rephrasing some of the lines. Next, they write drafts of their narrator introductions and share their work with peers to give and receive feedback. 
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The Polar Express Newspaper

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Boost writing skills and reading comprehension with a lesson plan that combines the art of journalistic writing and a favorite children's story. Young journalists compose an article referencing an event from the story, The Polar Express...
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Thank You, Mr. Falker

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Thank You Mister Falker by Patricia Polacco is the focus of a instructional activity that promotes perseverance. Following a reading of the story, scholars discuss story elements, paying special attention to the main characters. A...
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Sensory Language in Owl Moon

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars share a favorite memory then take part in a read-aloud of the story, Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Learners discuss thoughts and experiences the main characters found memorable. Pupils rummage through copies of the book to locate...
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Life in the Middle Ages Compared to Today

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Life for serfs and peasants during the Middle Ages wasn't easy. Even knights, monks, and nobles faced challenges. To better understand the lives of the various classes during the time period, young historians research and then craft an...
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Comic Strip Stories

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars use their knowledge of plot and sequencing of events to compose a narrative story using a comic strip. To begin, learners look at and listen to a comic strip then write a summary. The class brainstorms ideas for a comic strip...
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Benefits of Connecting with Nature

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Feel the healing effects of nature. Individuals learn about the benefits of nature using imagery. They begin by defining words to express how they feel emotionally and then practice using those words with hands-on activities. Once they...
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Seneca Falls and Suffrage: Teaching Women's History with Comics

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
As part of the study of women's history, young scholars examine Chester Comix's strips about the Seneca Falls Convention and four 19th century leaders in the struggle for equal rights. After researching other elements of the Suffrage...
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Being Kind

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A whole-class discussion starts a instructional activity all about kindness. Scholars complete a kindness web and finish sentences to describe how showing kindness is helpful to others. Participants reflect on their practices and make a...
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Trees of the Midwest

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
All trees are not created equal. A set of three wildlife conservation lessons has learners examine the characteristics of individual trees. They look at the life cycle of the tree using a story and reference a field guide to identify...
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Flat Stanley–Flat ME!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
After reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, scholars test their comprehension by answering questions about the story's beginning, middle, and end. Participants craft a flat replica of themselves then compose a story where they are mailed...
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Create a Superhero

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
What would your super power be? After a discussion on superheroes and how they help their fictional communities, young writers write stories and comic strips about themselves as superheroes with the power to help others.
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Analyzing Gender Stereotypes in Media

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Why might toy advertisers use gender stereotypes to sell their products? Young people think critically about media messages and its role in gender stereotyping with a thought-provoking activity.
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The Rights of Migrants in the United States Lesson Plan: Traveling Suitcases

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Two activities bridge English language arts and social studies to take an inside look into immigration. Scholars interview a family member or someone they know who immigrated here. A crafted suitcase features information obtained in the...
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Celebrating Women’s History Month

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Examine the lives of four women—Blanche Stuart Scott, Madeleine L'Engle, Margaret Evans Price, and Sybil Ludington—in a 23-page activity packet. Each profile comes with a set of vocabulary and reading comprehension questions. Further...
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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Children in foster care face a lot of uncertainty in their lives. A guide for the novel One for the Murphys introduces a main character, Carley, who is thrust into the foster care system. Chapter-by-chapter questions cover key details in...
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Core Curriculum Lesson Plans for Jefferson's Sons

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Thomas Jefferson lived a controversial life. A series of lesson plans shares information about Jefferson's Sons, a novel about the infamous founding father. Discussion questions and other tasks explore different points of view and cover...
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Core Curriculum Lesson Plans for The Lions of Little Rock

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Schools in the 1950s and 60s looked very different from the schools we know today. An educator's guide explores the civil rights movement and, specifically, the process of integrating schools. Questions cover key themes in the novel and...
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The Curriculum Guide for The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
The death of a parent can turn a child's world upside down. A curriculum guide for The Secret Hum of a Daisy explores defining moments in the main character's life, including the loss of her mother. Chapter-by-chapter discussion...
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An Educator's Guide to The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
A lot of secrecy shrouded the creation of the atomic bomb. Readers uncover some of that secrecy using an educator's guide for the novel The Green Glass Sea. Three weeks of lesson plans feature discussion questions and reading...
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An Educator's Guide to Al Capone Does My Shirts

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
It's hard to imagine that life on Alcatraz could be dull. A series of intriguing lessons take readers through the novel Al Capone Does my Shirts. Pre-reading questions introduce the text and a range of suggestions, from comic strips to...
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An Educator’s Guide to Savvy by Ingrid Law

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Literature circles give learners a chance to explore a novel in a unique way. An educator's guide for the book Savvy uses literature circles as part of the novel study. Additional activities cover elements of figurative language and...
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Folklore and Fairytales: A Guide to Using Traditional Tales and Reimagined Classics

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Every culture has its own stories to tell. An interesting educator's guide shares a large collection of fairytales and folktales, some from different cultures and some re-creations of classics. A summary and brief teaching ideas...