Category Archive: Lesson Plan

Feb 16

Teaching Cause and Effect with Songs

  For February, I am creating a series of four blog posts on songs to use while teaching text structures. Cause and effect was one of the more difficult to think of songs. If you know of any classroom friendly songs, please include them in the “Comment Section” at the bottom of the post. When You …

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Feb 13

The Castle in the Attic

  William has used the magical Janus medal to shrink Mrs. Phillips, his beloved nanny, down to the size of his index finger. He thinks this is the only way to keep her from leaving him and returning to her home in England. William takes her to the attic to live in a magical toy castle. Sir Simon …

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Feb 02

Teaching Compare and Contrast with Songs

  If you wish to wake up students a bit and get them participating in class, try using songs. Songs are a great way to teach a large number of Common Core skills. Right away, you’re probably thinking that you can teach figurative language and other poetic elements; however, you can do much more. Teaching …

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Jan 12

Sentence Problems Unit (Combining Sentences and Correcting Run-Ons)

This Sentence Writing Unit includes a PowerPoint and set of graphic organizers that teach students about sentence problems, combining sentences, and correcting run-on sentences.  Inclusion Classroom Activity As an inclusion teacher, I was responsible for creating/planning every other unit. One unit I created was a series of lessons on sentences. I used themes and sample sentences …

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Jan 01

Where the Red Fern Grows – A Winter Mentor Text

  Welcome to the Reading Crew Winter Mentor Text Blog Linkup When thinking about a winter related book to use as a mentor text, I immediately thought of Where the Red Fern Grows. In the novel, Billy has to battle the winter weather in life and death situations twice. In Chapter 10, Little Ann falls …

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Dec 22

Analogy Lesson

  In this post, I am sharing an analogy lesson I created for a planned observation with a class of fourth graders. The lesson went extremely well. Students were on task which really impressed the supervisor. The full lesson can be downloaded for free at Teachers Pay Teachers.   Activity #1 I love using response cards …

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Dec 15

Reference Materials Mini Lesson

  This free Reference Materials Mini Lesson contains three activities designed to help students determine which reference materials are needed to locate specific types of information. The lesson goes over six types of reference materials. These include dictionaries, thesauri, manuals, encyclopedias, atlases, and almanacs.  Activity #1 In the first activity, students create a foldable graphic …

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Aug 18

Teaching Humor Devices

Understanding humor devices will not only improve students’ writing skills and comprehension, but will help students understand how to respond in social situations. Lessons This lesson focuses on three humor devices: An understatement is when something is stated or presented with modesty or restraint, as to create a subtle or ironic effect. A hyperbole is an obvious …

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May 19

Teaching Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

One important skill for fourth and fifth graders is to know the differences in firsthand and secondhand accounts. This skill is not difficult for students to understand with a little practice. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.6 Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.6 …

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May 12

Teaching Comma Rules

This anchor chart covers the 5th grade Common Core comma rules: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.A Use punctuation to separate items in a series.* CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.B Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.C Use a comma to …

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