Lesson Plan: The Story of Jeans

The Story of Jeans
(nonfiction), 720 words, Level M (Grade 2)

“Blue jeans are as American as it gets, but do you know who invented them, how they became fashionable, or how they are made? The Story of Jeans answers these questions, taking the reader from the San Francisco Gold Rush to modern-day closets.”

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Lesson Plan for Story of Jeans

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This is a great book for students. I’ve used it with older students as non-fictional filler material. They enjoyed learning a bit of history.


Reading Responses: The Double Entry Journal

The goal of the double-entry journal response is to deepen a student’s understanding. This type of reader response can be used in any subject area.

It’s quite easy to implement the double-entry journal in the classroom. A piece of paper is folded in half to form two columns. Students write a passage in one column. Then they are asked to think about the passage and write their thoughts, feelings, reactions, etc to the passage in the other column.

Some ideas for passages can be a line from a poem, a sentence or paragraph, or some other type of text. Students can even paste a picture, an article from a newspaper, magazine, or something printed from the Internet into the first column.

Click here for the Double Entry Journal Reading Response lesson plan.

[Teach the Teacher] + Free nature reader eBook

The ebook is an scanned copy of actual material written by the St. Paul Teacher’s Training school. It’s from way back when, but it’s an excellent resource! It begins with plan for teaching this particular material. This plan would be such a great help for new teachers/homeschoolers. It can be adapted to fit any material.

Some of the stories –such as myths– are not appropriate for our Muslim children. But the rest seem okay.

Method of instruction
Materials. — The teacher goes out with her pupils to collect enough material referred to in the lessons, gathering enough to allow each pupil one specimen. Animals and plants are kept alive in the schoolroom to enable all to study their growth and habits.

After the material is at hand, the development of a specific lesson is divided (though not formally and rigidly) into five parts.

I. Morning Talk
II. Drawing
III. Spelling
IV. Reading
V. Language

There is an explanation of what the teacher can do for each of these five parts.

The method of instruction is designed to stimulate thought, enlarge vocabulary, and open the eyes of children to the wonders of the world around them.

This book is for second graders but it can also be used for third and fourth graders as well.

FREE: All the Year Round: Autumn Nature Reader (PDF ebook)
Here’s a classic nature reader compiled by Frances L. Strong way back in 1895, filled with engaging stories and poetry about plants, animals and insects as they go through the fall season, preparing for wintertime. Lovely illustrations, gentle text, great for read-alouds & nature study! Highly recommended!

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Early childhood education resources:

Early education resources:

activity_logo.jpgEarly Childhood Activity Bank
New for the 2009-2010 school year, find 400+ activities perfect for the early childhood setting. These activities have been culled from previous issues of our Early Childhood Newsletter. Search by month for timely activities, or search the Activity Bank by subject.

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Sue LaBella, Education World’s early childhood editor, has written fun rhymes to fit many themes. Scan her list of poems by month. Don’t miss her "Poems for Anytime" too.

Early Childhood Teaching Themes
Our early childhood editor, Sue LaBella, offers hundreds of activities on dozens of classroom teaching themes. Check out our archive today. Since the archive is updated infrequently, we suggest you signup to receive our Early Childhood Newsletter [see sidebar]. That way, you will receive Sue’s fresh ideas as they are published.

Castaldo’s Corner: Early Childhood Activities
Educator Nancy Castaldo shares timely activities throughout the school year for engaging young children in discovery and learning. Each link will take you to a hands-on activity and ideas for extending that activity.

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Professional Development: Five Steps to Teaching Any Character Trait

I have found myself having to teach good character along with teaching reading, writing, and spelling. Having articles like the ones below helped a lot!
" . . . far too many of their students do not know the meaning of critical character traits."
" . . . students learn character traits is by watching others do things right."

Read full article here: Five Steps to Teaching Any Character Trait

Related Articles

Good Character.com
Lesson plans, guides, and essays designed to help children make good choices.

Better World Project
Free printable resources that address such issues as conflict resolution, citizenship, human rights, and volunteering.

Cyber Nation
An interactive online simulation game where users can create and manage their own nation.

Paragraph Matching grades 3 – 5

From Classroom Zoom

Paragraph Matching

3rd – 5th Grades

Students match topic sentence cards to cards with appropriate body-of-the-paragraph sentences.

Oddity Rhyming Strips: grades 1 thru 3

From Classroom Zoom

1st – 3rd Grades

Students will practice identification of rhyming sounds by comparing and contrasting sets of 3 pictures.

Free Lesson

Oddity Rhyming Strips

Geography and Maps for 12-18 year olds

Geography and Maps

Bolster geography skills with printable maps.

U.S. Map with Physiography
U.S. Map with State Capitals
U.S. Place Names Word Search
Outline Map of North America
Outline Map of Asia
Outline Map of Europe
Outline Map of South America
Outline Map of Australia
Outline Map of Antarctica
More Geography and Printable Maps

Ages 12-18

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