Encourage self-esteem by teaching students to look at their unique qualities and how they are physically and emotionally changing in a positive light.
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Use these lesson plans for teaching the Black History in America online activity. Plus, ideas for incorporating them into your classroom or computer lab lesson.
Introduces lesson plans in which students research and collect data about their city and state.
Teach students to recognize and appreciate differences in people's perspectives with these lessons, including a letter writing exercise that allows students to put themselves in others' shoes.
In this unit, students act as reading detectives to discover the elements of a mystery.
Lesson plans for using the Writing With Writers student activity to improve student writing skills in eight genres: biography, descriptive, folktale, mystery, myth, news, poetry, speech, and book review writing.
Students work together and learn about one other as they conduct interviews and create biographical posters of themselves.
Demonstrates science lessons about owls and raptors. These lessons incorporate reading, hands-on research, and cooperative problem solving, and culminate with a field trip and report.
Presents an integrated approach to teaching colors while exposing students to literature. The unit plan also applies science, math, drama, art, and movement to learning about colors.
Students will learn firsthand how Earthwatch teams study animals in their environment and work to preserve these endangered ecosystems.
Calm children's nerves on the first day of kindergarten with these self-esteem building exercises that center on sharing feelings, identifying their unique traits, and learning about the five senses.
Introduces a unit focused on improving reading comprehension through the use of several effective reading habits and strategies, such as text coding and note taking.
Lesson plans, activities, and other resources to help you teach about and reflect upon the Holocaust
Use the beloved novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan as inspiration to improve students' writing skills. Students use story starters and historical fiction journal writing as a background.
The interactive elements of the Charlotte's Web Flashlight Readers activity and the lessons in this teaching guide build and reinforce readers' vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Presents easy-to-read stories featuring every day community workers.
Includes vocabulary activities for two commonly taught short stories The Gift of the Magi and The Interlopers, which can be adapted to any short story to help identify and understand irony and conflict and to use fiction for increasing student vocabulary.
Students will read excerpts from memoirs written by Gary Paulsen as examples of how to write a narrative piece.
Expose your students to biographies of inspiring historical figures who have triumphed against difficult odds. This unit is packed with enriching interactive activities.
Geometry teaching gets three-dimensional with physical movement, songs, and cross-curricular connections in geography. Teaching geometry has never been so much fun!
Share these self-esteem building exercises with your students. They involve writing personal narratives and forming peer conference groups, ultimately fostering a sense of community among classmates.
With a hands-on approach, grow your students' knowledge of plants, from plant structure to life cycle to oxygen production.
After viewing and discussing videos of contemporary poets, including Naomi Shihab Nye and Arthur Sze, sharing their poetry, students create and perform their own poems.
Use these lesson plans and other resources for teaching the Women's Suffrage online activity
Students will become active participants in a classroom reading community. They will learn the importance of sharing their interests in literature with others, and they will realize the social aspect of reading.
Students examine soil, create a prism, and make their own landforms in this environmental unit plan about geology, landforms, and the atmosphere.
In this unit, your students will engage in creative ways to respond to literature, including writing their own presentation, while using important reading skills.
Engage your new students in sharing about themselves, their families, and their summer vacations through a variety of learning activities.
Students build their knowledge of plot, character, setting, and theme as well as the writing process by participating in activities related to the book Because of Winn-Dixie.
The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to discuss the term "community" and what it means to be a responsible citizen.
This unit plan has students act as journalists and write a news story about the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912.
Students study economics and economic principles by maintaining a class bank and store.
Students draw inspiration to discuss, research, and write about important issues from Carl Hiassen's book Hoot. They also pay special attention to plot elements and incoporate them into their own writing.
Students learn about the genres of myths, folktales, and fairy tales through participation in a variety of online activities.
An innovative unit plan for studying Amelia Earhart and practicing the step-by-step expository writing process.
Teach your students all about teeth and use this unit as a guide. Students also discuss their experiences at the dentist.
Children learn the fascinating characteristics and behaviors of animals all over the planet with this interactive, comparative unit plan.
This unit combines current events with traditional math skills, and uses open-ended math questions for constructed response, challenging students' writing and problem solving skills.
In this lesson unit on ancient Greece, students compare three myths and create their own original myth.
Lesson plans and additional resources for using the "Writing With Scientists" student activity in the classroom
Use literature circles to get your reluctant readers excited about literature.
Explains how to teach children firsthand about plant parts, plant growth, and plant care.
This integrated curriculum unit helps students better understand the importance of good nutrition.
Since students are more engaged in the content being taught when it is related to their own lives, this unit makes connections between typical teen issues and essential writing skills, the rules of subject-verb agreement.
This unit teaches students concepts of rhyme, measurement, graphing, and comparison through exploration of classic nursery rhymes.
Students brainstorm the evolution of communication, explore folktales and their elements, and study and create cryptology (secret codes).
Use this graphing unit to develop students' math skills as they discover the characteristics that make them unique and the traits they share with classmates.
Let your students share stories about their own unique families with an underlying theme of all families, whether traditional or not, as loving and caring ensembles.
Students study how humans impact dolphins and sea turtles with the Ocean Life student activity.
Presents a lesson unit that introduces students to researching, writing, and performing organized and engaging oral presentations.
Students will develop basic public speaking skills, creativity, and cooperative learning skills.
Students explore simple machines through research, then apply knowledge to complete a model and brainstorm applications for simple machines in a new invention.
Students interview relatives about their heritage, make a family tree, and map their ancestors' migration in this lesson unit on America's cultural diversity.
Students utilize math and language arts skills as they plan a presidential campaign for a fictional character.
Presents organized steps to providing thorough, hands-on lessons in literary analysis, including research, discussion, graphing, and writing.
Introduce students to historical fiction, a tricky genre with fiction and nonfiction elements. This unit plan, written for use with Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, focuses on the Renaissance Period of English culture.
A unit plan for teaching the "Lewis and Clark" student activity that explores Lewis and Clark's exciting journey west from 1803 to 1806.
Students learn about weather and division by recording air temperatures, calculating averages, and building a glider to observe how far the wind will carry its weight.
Distinguish between elements of fiction and nonfiction through a comparative study and a writing workshop.
Second graders experience the joy and richness of literature as their teacher introduces them to The Tale of Despereaux.
Reviews and enhances student's understanding of literary elements in plays and asks them to write a script and play bill using those elements.
Teach your students to use their five senses to learn about their local community, including their homes and neighborhoods.
Explore cultural and geographical aspects of China through literature.
Students create three-dimensional clouds and label them with facts, diagrams of the water cycle, and vocabulary words.
Foster students'self-expression though journaling. Students use a graphic timeline, brainstorming sessions, and personal goal setting to prompt thoughtful journal entries in this 3-lesson unit plan.
This is a unit that investigates things with shells. The students take an in-depth look at animals with shells and the different types of shells.
Students observe weather, build an operational weather station, collect and compare data, create an "extreme" weather forecast, and write first-person accounts of a storm. Older students research and write reports about extreme weather.
In this unit, students explore various plotlines and cause-and-effect relationships from the book. Plus, they learn about author Louis Sachar, and transform a scene from the book into an original screenplay.
Encourages students to learn about ancient Japanese Samurai through reading, repsonding to, and writing haiku.
With this unit plan, teach about the courage of our veterans and the freedoms granted by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Details a unique plan for teaching students about the varied aesthetic styles of well-known visual artists and illustrators.
This unit focuses on the censorship of music that may be considered offensive. Students have multiple opportunities to voice their opinions and view firsthand, the perspectives of others on the various forms of censorship.
Use this exciting writing prompt to get kids to voice their opinion, and to provide a means of reading and writing assessment. Students write brochures about themselves and brainstorm about class improvements.
This teacher's guide, which focuses on the book A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin, challenges students to create stories from a first- or third-person point of view, make plot decisions, and examine the author's writing process.
Use these lesson plans to provide students with a strong foundation for reading, writing, and using nonfiction.
A unit to help students understand the cycle of water, where water is sourced, and how it is used in our communities
Discuss the challenges of, and motivations for, exploration in this multi-dimensional unit plan. These lessons can also incorporate scientific discovery and mapping.
Break the ice and let your new students get to know their classmates through oral storytelling of their family histories.
Students will become researchers and scientists as they learn about animal adaptations with owls.
Present students with an in-depth introduction to water in all its forms.
Challenge your students to shape the course of this unit by posing their own questions about prominent figures and events in the history of aviation.
This unit, designed to promote the study of racial integration, begins with learning about the true story of Ruby Bridges.
Early readers practice important phonemic awareness and phonics skills as they actively listen to words read aloud. Online activities engage students in building storybooks, help students connect sounds to letters, and enhance students' reading vocabulary.
Lesson plans and other resources on the growth and decomposition of pumpkins, pumpkins as a food source, and more!
Students will learn about the causes of animal extinction and more about the animals that are, and have been, affected by them.
Tarry Linquist, a social studies columnist for Teacher magazine, offers a complete guide to teaching about elections and citizenship.
Students develop their own career portfolio as they practice writing resumes (one for an author or character and one for themselves), complete job applications, and participate in mock interviews.
Introduce young students to the food pyramid, the food groups, and the relationship between nutrition and a healthy body.
Students develop problem solving skills while exploring fine art and learning about creative expression in relation to the book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
Students explore the history, science and adventure of humankind's journey through the air. They build their own virtual planes, write newspaper articles, createa timeline, and more.
This unit plan from the Academy of American Poets encourages students to explore poems by historical and contemporary poets.
Encourage students to boost their confidence by writing about what they know through personal experience.
Tie in a fun and memorable bear theme when introducing your students to the classroom rules, creating a class book, and practicing math skills.
Teaches students to recognize and read nonfiction. Students compare nonfiction to fiction, plus make important observations about common nonfiction elements.
This unit gives ideas to get your Writer's Workshop started effectively. Ideas include interviewing writers, discovering where writers get their ideas, and beginning the process of notebook writing.
Displays a lesson unit about farms and the resources they provide. Students also learn to write descriptively, while focusing on their audience.
Simple lessons and activities that will teach students about the solar system as well as teaching the scientific process.
Utilize this lesson unit plan to teach students about the poetic devices used in musical lyrics, and to help them identify and analyze the effects of such devices.
Focuses on Cornelia Flunke's Inkheart and taps into students' critical reading, thinking, and expressive writing skills.
Use this lesson to teach your students the value of friendship and community. Discuss friendship and introduce students to the community around them with walks and mapping and modeling projects.
This lesson plan promotes effective word choice with a fun and exciting introduction of connotation through an examination of sports team names.
Students learn that Asian immigrants were not quickly or easily accepted into the American way of life. This lesson teaches how Asian Americans overcame obstacles and contributed to our nation's history.
Read about this lesson unit on proper nutrition incorporating reading and game play.
This lesson plan prompts students to write persuasive letters and lobby for issues they feel strongly about.
The diagnostics in this unit will help teachers get to know their students both academically and personally.
Students combine their journalistic skills with their knowledge of Greek myth to write a fictional article about mythical characters taking over modern L.A.
Students will discover Mexican culture, crafts, and cuisine with hands-on projects.
In this unit, students are paired with similar readers in their class to engage in meaningful reading partnerships.
Presents a unit of interactive activities with disciplines ranging fron speed practice of basic math facts to practice in applying the correct inflectional word endings.
Students will learn about the art, culture, traditions, and people of Mexico with these lessons and classroom craft ideas, like skeleton puppets and Frida Kahlo-styled self portraits.
Students will learn how to care for the planet and investigate the effects of over-consumption and pollution of natural resources.
Offer your class a comprehensive view of dinosaurs, including what they ate and how they lived, with this lesson unit incorporating science, math, literature, poetry, and the arts.
Students identify and practice writing in different genres as they compare traditional fairy tales and fractured fairy tales.
Students write letters to their new teachers and to the students replacing them. Plus, they preserve their favorite memories from the school year!
Offers a clever exercise in reading comprehension and writing about personal experiences. Students discuss Clifford's First Day of School, and then create a book about their own first day of school.
This unit provides students with a creative hands-ons approach to learn how the different seasons affect the earth and its inhabitants.
Find out how you can pair students with younger readers in book buddy sessions to improve the reading and social skills of all involved.
Students interview each other and make a short film with the goal of fostering teamwork and creating a sense of community.
Use these lesson plans to introduce research and reading skills as part of a unit on oceans.
In this unit plan from veteran teacher Kechia Williams, students read poems on change and growth and contemplate the idea of belonging, while learning the distinguishing features of poetry.
With this interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the transition to the New World, students give oral presentations from the perspective of colonial tradesman.