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Printable Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Grades 3–6

Reading comprehension skills and strategies help students stay engaged and think about what they are reading. By explicitly teaching reading...

Erin Lynch

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Memorial Day Worksheets for the K–5 Classroom

The week before Memorial Day, I always spend some time discussing this symbolic holiday with my students. My mini Memorial Day lesson is simple and yet...

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Printable End of Year Activities for Elementary Students!

As the school year comes to a close, it is important to honor our students' hard work and accomplishments. Here are a few of the end of year activities...

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Teaching Point of View; An Overview for Grades 3–5

Most state standards for English Language Arts require that students analyze the impact the point of view has on a text. Download a Point of View ...

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Mother's Day-Inspired Compare and Contrast Lesson, Grades 3–5

Review reading comprehension strategies with my Mother's Day-inspired compare and contrast lesson. Although this compare and contrast lesson was...

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Writing a Short Story Lesson Plan for Elementary Students –National Tell A Story Day

National Tell a Story Day is celebrated on April 27th. This is a day for people to get together to tell all kinds of different stories. These stories...

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Leprechaun Activities to Improve Students' Writing, Grades 1–5

Over the years I have created and acquired many St. Patrick's Day lessons and activities. Today I am sharing some of my favorite leprechaun activities...

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Women's History Month Research Activity, Grades 3–8

Every March, I make it a point to celebrate Women's History Month with my students. Instead of assigning a typical biography report, I make it a point...

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Classroom Debate Lesson Plan Inspired by March Madness, Grades 5+

Debates are a fun activity that demand students use a variety of literacy skills. Today I'm sharing a classroom debate lesson plan that is inspired by...

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Winter Olympics 5-Day Nonfiction Reading Strategy Lesson Plan, Grades 3–8

Use the 2018 Winter Olympics to engage students in a series of nonfiction reading strategy lessons! Use the lessons and printables below to teach (or...

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Super Bowl Commercials! Persuasive Writing Lesson for Grades 5+

The day after the Super Bowl, many of my students are tired from staying up to watch the big game, so I try to make my lessons for that day to be as...

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Free Printable New Year Activities for Students, Grades 1–5

The beginning of a New Year is a great time for reflecting and goal setting. Taking time to “reflect” on their experiences of the previous year gives...

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Winter Holidays Around the World– Lesson Plans for Elementary Students

Early in my teaching career, I taught third grade in Maryland for two years. The teachers I taught with were fantastic! In those two short years I...

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Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension Lesson Guide– Milly and the Macy's Parade

If you have visited my blog before you know that I try to incorporate my students' current interests into my lesson plans. I believe students learn...

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First Day of School Icebreakers for the K–5 Classroom

The start of a new school year stirs up many emotions within teachers and students often including excitement, anticipation and nervousness. My number...

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Elementary STEM Unit Your Students Will Love– Includes Shared Reading

Cross-curriculum work is an area that often receives a big push in school districts. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,...

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Earth Day Project: Growing Grassy Heads in the Elementary Classroom

Spring is a wonderful time to teach students about plants and what they need to survive. Use the Growing Grassy Heads Activity to explore plants in...

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How to Use a Dr. Seuss Book to Promote STEAM in the Classroom

STEM units and lessons are gaining popularity in many districts across the country. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics....

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Back-to-School Elementary Activity: Book Jacket & Table of Contents

A fun way for you to get to know your elementary students better and help them get to know each other is by having them create a book jacket cover and...

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Using Webb's DOK and Bloom's Taxonomy During Teacher/Student Conferences and Small Group Work

In a previous post, I have shared how I incorporate the DOK and Revised Bloom's Taxonomy into my 'shared reading lesson plans' and my 'unit plans.' In...

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Symbolism Lesson Plan Using Multiple Texts, Grades 3+

One of the benefits of being a literacy specialist is that I am able to work with several different grade levels. This gives me the opportunity to see...

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Presidents' Day Compare and Contrast Activity, Grades 3–5

Particular Standards of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that my students seem to struggle with across grade levels is Comparing and Contrasting ...

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The Year of the Dog; A Coming of Age Novel, Grades 4–6

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin is a great book to use with upper elementary grade-level students. The main character, Pacy, is trying to "find...

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"Do a Good Deed" Summarizing Activities, Grades 4+

"Teachers make a difference." When I see or hear that statement, I feel proud to be an educator, because I believe teachers do make a difference. To...

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Molly's Pilgrim Mini-Unit: On, Between, & Beyond the Lines

Students will perform better if they are interested in what they are doing. This is a statement I think about every time I begin to work on my reading...

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Part 4: Using the Text Rain Reign in a Disability Awareness Unit

This is the last post in my Disabilitiy Awareness Activities Unit series. Every day this week I've broken down how I use multiple texts, with...

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Part 3: Teaching Students About Disabilities Using The Book Out of My Mind

It is important for classrooms to be an environment where students can openly speak and learn about disabilities and what it means to be...

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Part 2: Wonder Lesson Plans That Teach Students About Acceptance

I have just read Wonder, by Raquel J. Palacio, again and I can easily understand why it remains on the New York Times Best Sellers List and a part of...

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Part 1: Disability Awareness Activities Unit for Grades 4–8

What is a disability? According to Webster's Dictionary it is: a condition (such as an illness or an injury) that damages or limits a person's physical...

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Patricia Polacco Continued... The Keeping Quilt Activities

You may have read a previous post of mine when I mentioned how much I enjoyed when Patricia Polacco came to visit my school. She spoke with grades K-1,...

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Teaching Students How To Choose A Just-Right Book

To foster reading independence, students need to be exposed to various reading strategies and tools to boost their confidence. This includes teaching...

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Wish Upon a Meteor Writing Activity Inspired by Patricia Polacco

I was so excited for my favorite children's author, Patricia Polacco, to come and visit my school ... and she did not disappoint! What an amazing...

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Compare and Contrast Lesson Plan Using Cinderella Stories, Grades 3+

As I mentioned in one of my posts in February, my colleagues and I have been working a lot this year on comparing and contrasting texts on a similar...

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Reading Strategy Lesson: Questioning, Grades 3 & 4

For the last two years, questioning has been a school-wide goal where I work. We started by looking at the types of questions we were asking students....

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Love Is an Open Door Writing Activity to Display, Grades 2–5

With Valentine's Day approaching you may be looking for fun writing activities to incorporate into your literacy block and decorate your classroom in a...

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Three Writing Activities to Start the New Year Right: Reflecting and Goal Setting, Grades K–5

The beginning of a new year is a great time for reflecting and goal setting. Taking time to “reflect” on their experiences of the previous year is one...

Erin Lynch

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Reading Lesson Plan: Winter Holiday Rotation

Early in my teaching career I taught third grade in Maryland for two years. The teachers I taught with were fantastic! I got many great ideas from them...

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Cooking the Perfect Turkey Sequence Writing Activity, Grades 1–3

One of my all time favorite Thanksgiving activities to do with my students is a sequence writing lesson entitled, 'Recipe for Cooking the Perfect...

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Mr. Turkey 5W's and 1H Graphic Organizer

Bring some holiday fun into the classroom with a simple Thanksgiving-inspired reading exercise! Below is a Thankgiving book and a 5W's & 1H reading...

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Activating Prior Knowledge Lesson Plans, Grades 3 & 4

As a literacy specialist, I believe one of the most important things I can do for my students is to teach them a myriad of strategies to interpret...

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Reading Strategy Lesson: Comparing & Contrasting Firsthand & Secondhand Texts, Grades 4–5

As a literacy specialist, I believe one of the most important things I can do for my students is to teach them a myriad of strategies to interpret...

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