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Lesson Plans

Bridging Literature and Mathematics by Visualizing Mathematical Concepts (Gr. 3-5)
During interactive read-aloud sessions, students identify how an author conveys mathematical information about animals’ sizes and abilities. They then conduct research projects focusing on the same mathematical concepts. 

Exploring Sets through Math-Related Book Pairs (Gr. K-2)
After reading two math-related books, students investigate their home and school environments to find examples of objects that come in sets and then create their own books on sets. 

Talking, Writing, and Reasoning: Making Thinking Visible with Math Journals (Gr. 3-5)
Students explore how their problem-solving strategies work by writing in math journals as they work in small groups to solve a math puzzle with multiple solutions.

What If We Changed the Book? Problem-Posing with Sixteen Cows (Gr. 3-5)
After reading a piece of math-related children’s literature aloud, students pose and solve new problems by asking what-if questions about the events in the story.

Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists (Gr. K-2) Students use their emerging writing skills to write shopping lists. They work within a budget, use problem-solving skills to create lists, and buy their favorite treats at the class store.

Bringing Economic Vocabulary to Life Through Video Posters (Gr. 2-5)
Imagine if vocabulary could come alive with the click of a button! Students create video posters to demonstrate knowledge of new economics vocabulary.

Glogging About Natural Disasters  (Gr. 5-8)
After researching various natural disasters, students share their findings with each other using glogs, or through poster presentations.

What’s Under the Slide? Making Inferences Using Microscopes (Gr. 3-5)
Students hone their critical thinking skills by learning how to make inferences from textual clues.

Making History Come Alive Through Poetry and Song (Gr. 6-12)
Students compare the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald with the song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” then create their own poetry about a historical event.

Chasing the Dream: Researching the Meaning of the American Dream (Gr. 9-12)
By conducting interviews, sharing and assessing data, and writing papers based on their authentic research, students reach their own conclusions on the meaning of the American Dream.

Blending the Past with Today’s Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction (Gr. 6-10)
To prepare for literature circles featuring historical novels, students research the decades of the 1930s to the 1990s and share their information using Prezi, a web application for creating multimedia presentations.

What Did George Post Today? Learning About People of the American Revolution Through Facebook (Gr. 6-12)
After researching famous people of the American Revolution, students create Facebook-like PowerPoint presentations to share their knowledge with classmates.


Strategy Guides

Supporting Student Comprehension in Content Area Reading (Gr. 6-12)
In this strategy guide, you’ll learn a few simple, yet powerful, techniques to encourage students to use peer talk and writing to enhance their understanding of content area texts.

Preparing Students for Success with Reading in the Content Areas (Gr. 6-12)
In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to determine the level and type of support you need to provide students based on careful preparation as a content area expert.

Reading with Purpose in the Content Areas (Gr. 6-12) In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to organize students and instruction to establish a sense of purpose for reading authentic texts in the content areas.


Science Books for Teens from Text Messages (Gr. 6-12)
Books about science allow readers to encounter new concepts, ask new questions, and discover what we can learn simply by paying close attention to our surroundings. You’ll hear about ecology and climate change, food production, infectious disease, ancient human history, the universe, and our power as humans for both ingenuity and destruction.

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