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(Comprehension): Students understand, interpret, and analyze narrative and informational grade level text.
 
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  • Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tale
    In this lesson from EDSITEment, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions. They will explore how folktales employ animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and how this wisdom is passed down from one generation to the next. These lessons introduce students to the world of folklore and explore how folktales convey the perspectives of world cultures.
  • All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing
    This set of 3 lesson plans from EDSITEment makes poetry exciting for students as they listen to, write, and recite poems that are sure to please. By the end of these lessons, students should be able to create lines of poetry in response to poems read aloud, identify musical elements of literary language, and recite short poems or excerpts.
  • Ancient Flood Stories
    In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students will discuss ancient flood stories, including the story of Noah's Ark. They will also discuss the evidence of a flood that's been found in the Black Sea. Students will then write stories about what it might have been like immediately before and during this flood.
  • Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Hieroglyphs
    This lesson plan from EDSITEment introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. The lesson plan is in two parts. In this first lesson, the class creates a pictorial alphabet of its own and then learns and uses the symbols of the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet. In the second lesson, Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Scroll Painting, students identify and represent in their own drawings figures from the Book of the Dead, a funeral text written on papyrus and carved on the walls of tombs to help guide the deceased through the afterlife.
  • Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Scroll Paintings
    This lesson plan from EDSITEment introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. The lesson plan is in two parts. In this second lesson, students identify and represent in their own drawings figures from the Book of the Dead, a funeral text written on papyrus and carved on the walls of tombs to help guide the deceased through the afterlife. In the first lesson, Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Hieroglyphs, the class creates a pictorial alphabet of its own and then learns and uses the symbols of the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet.
  • Eyewitness to History
    Families connect us to our own history and to the history of the world around us. In this lesson from EDSITEment, students explore this second set of connections, talking with family members about landmark events they have witnessed in their lifetimes to learn how history touches our lives.
  • If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
    In this lesson from EDSITEment, students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers. After creating, as a class, oral stories about contemporary cross-country journeys, students learn about the experiences of the emigrants who traveled on the Oregon Trail. They then create works of historical fiction in the form of picture books, drawing upon the information they have learned.
  • Let's Talk About Stories
    This lesson from ReadWriteThink develops students' reading comprehension and understanding through a variety of interpretive activities. Students become more aware of their personal reactions as they read, develop sensitivity to language, and come to value their own curiosity about a text.
  • Modern Culture
    In this lesson from the National Geographic Xpeditions website, students examine their own modern culture and compare it to other cultures around the world. Students draw pictures of themselves and their parents in their daily lives and write paragraphs discussing the items that are important to their culture as compared to the cultures of others.
  • Numbers and Language
    In the following lesson, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in real-world situations. Students are asked to discuss, describe, read and write about numbers they find in familiar real-world situations. The emphasis on using components of language helps students build a broader vocabulary of numbers than the traditional symbolic representation of numbers. The activities also help develop good number sense. These lessons include an individual activity for four different levels plus one for parents to complete with their child at home. The grade levels for the four activities are: K-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.
  • Shadows
    This lesson is part of a four-lesson series in which students observe the daytime and nighttime sky regularly to identify sequences of changes and to look for patterns in these changes. At the K-2 level, learning about objects in the sky should be entirely observational and qualitative. The priority is to get students noticing and describing what objects in the sky look like at different times.
  • Sky 3: Modeling Shadows
    This lesson is part of a four-lesson series in which students observe the daytime and nighttime sky regularly to identify sequences of changes and to look for patterns in these changes. At the K-2 level, learning about objects in the sky should be entirely observational and qualitative. The priority is to get students noticing and describing what objects in the sky look like at different times.
  • Stars and Stripes Forever: Flag Facts for Flag Day
    In this unit from EDSITEment, students learn what a symbol is while developing their understanding of how one particular symbol, the American Flag, plays an important role in the everyday lives of American citizens. An additional lesson, geared specifically to grade 2 students, focuses on the words and phrases contained within the Pledge of Allegiance. From this introductory page, teachers can access archival images needed to complete the unit.
  • Stories in Quilts
    Heighten your students' awareness of how quilts tell stories that reflect the lives of the people who create them, and that record the cultural history of a particular place and time. Students will be able to understand how quilts and other cloth-based art forms are used to preserve family and community traditions and recognize that people of different countries and cultures use cloth-based art forms to pass down their traditions and history.
  • Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World
    This lesson from ReadWritethink helps young readers interact with and interpret text using "Julius, the Baby of the World" by Kevin Henkes. The text talk strategy provides students with open-ended questions, which allow them to interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.
  • The Frog Beyond the Fairy Tale Character
    In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students consider their prior knowledge about frogs by predicting whether eight statements are true or false. Students verify their predictions through the guided use of the website "The Somewhat Amusing World of Frogs." This lesson is best used for grades 1 and 2 and can be connected to the study of amphibians or to the reading of Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" series.
  • The Meaning Behind the Mask
    Students explore the cultural significance of masks, discuss the use of masks in stories, and then investigate the role masks play in ceremonies and on special occasions in various African cultures. After students have studied these masks, they are then given an opportunity to choose a familiar story and make simple masks to perform the story.
  • The Wonder of Leo Lionni: Increasing Comprehension with Prediction Statements
    Each session of this lesson plan focuses on the strategy of "wonder" statements, asking students to stop, think, and write about what may be happening in the text periodically as they read a story. This strategy helps students think about what they are reading and helps increase reading comprehension.
  • Trade and Transporation in the United States
    In this lesson, students will imagine what it would be like to operate a plane, train, or truck along a trade route across the United States. They will also look at maps of major U.S. transportation networks and will explain how specific products might get from one place to another.
  • Tricks for Treats
    In this lesson, for grades PreK to 2, students access an interactive online storybook that helps them to explore reasons why their pets perform tricks. Students will discuss that people as well as pets are motivated by positive incentives.
  • Wonderful Waves
    In this Science NetLinks lesson, students create a wave model using two different types of simple models. The purpose of this lesson is to demonstrate that simple models can be used to represent real world objects that are not easily brought into a classroom.
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