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The Learning Network: Re-envisioning Classic Stories

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Readers reflect on enjoyable stories they know, brainstorm criteria that make a story "good," analyze a New York Times article about innovative children's performances, re-envision classics on their own, and peer edit drafts. Use this as...
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Predicting Events in Realistic Fiction

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
How do you make a prediction? Practice active reading comprehension strategies, like making predictions, with your readers. Learners make predictions during the independent reading of Dogs Don't Tell Jokes by Louis Sacher. They observe...
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Red Dirt Groundbreakers

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Discover Oklahoma's first farmers. Read about 14 different agriculture workers and their contribution to Oklahoma's farming. After reading, have your class complete several activities such as researching an agriculturist, writing a...
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Picture the Word

For Teachers K - 1st
This is an excellent way to make onset and rime visual for beginning readers. They examine CVC-word picture cards that are all missing the first letter. Using plastic letters (or whatever you have), they complete each word and record it...
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Canned Sort

For Teachers K - 1st
Give your budding readers practice with vowel sounds using this sorting activity which will especially appeal to kinesthetic learners. They examine two cans, each with a header card attached. The header card words have the same vowel...
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Dear Diary

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Work on narrative writing with this instructional activity, in which middle schoolers analyze the characters from a selected piece of literature and write narrative diary pieces as the character. They work to understand the point of view...
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Medial Phoneme Find

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Help kids isolate medial sounds using this listening activity. They use a visual graphic organizer (included) to match medial phonemes to corresponding pictures. They can do this at a listening center or with a live speaker. There is a...
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Onset and Rime Slide

For Teachers K - 1st
Discover onset and rime blends using this interactive activity which will appeal to your kinesthetic learners. Using the sliding templates provided, budding readers try different onsets with each rime. They practice reading skills by...
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Childhood Lost: Child Labor in the United States, 1830-1930

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Working in groups, middle and high schoolers describe and discuss photographs depicting working conditions experienced by child laborers in the 19th century. They then write a persuasive paragraph supporting an amendment to regulate the...
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Insides and Outsides

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Give small groups handfuls of unit cubes and then dare them to build as many rectangular prisms as possible using only 12 cubes. This engaging activity serves as an introduction to the volume of solid figures. In addition to volume,...
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Word Steps

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Blending basic CVC letters to make words is one of the first steps to independent reading. Provided here are several images of stairs and several letters to cut and arrange. The learner rearranges the letters to form CVC patterns, sounds...
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Personal Unit Tape Measure

For Teachers 2nd
A fantastic unit on measurement and fractions! With full background information, instructional procedures, and several learning activities, you'll be set for teaching your second graders all about basic measurement concepts. This...
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Native Americans in Arkansas: The Quapaw

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
The Quapaw Indians of Arkansas are the focus of this American history lesson. Learners discover many aspects of the Quapaw culture, such as their dwellings, social organization, food, and how the tribe was eventually driven out of...
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Arkansas is Our State: Differentiating Between a State and a Country

For Teachers K
An ambitious geography lesson plan is geared toward kindergartners. They discover what the differences are between states and countries. They look at maps of Arkansas, and learn what the shapes and lines mean. Additionally, they create a...
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The Responsibility of Preservation

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Upper elementary and middle schoolers study the case of the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that was once-thought to be extinct. Learners explore the responsibility of people to preserve habitats, and take care of the animals who live in...
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Expository Writing (Informational Brochure)

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Design an informational brochure to urge people to move to a specific community. The purpose of this activity is to expose pupils to expository writing. After creating the brochure, they write a three-paragraph persuasive or...