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.

Paragraph Matching grades 3 – 5

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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

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1st – 3rd Grades

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

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Oddity Rhyming Strips

Language Arts Skill-Builders for 12-18year olds

Language Arts Skill-Builders

Help your teen polish her reading and writing skills.

Creating Mental Pictures with Metaphors
Seeing Logic in Analogies
Literary Terms
Checklist of Reading Study Skills
Practicing Point of View
Counting Strong Words in Poetry
Be Clear
The Case of the Curious Symbols
More Reading Printables

Ages 12-18

Read-O-Meter Form

I use this form in the classroom to keep track of the number of minutes student spend reading for the Pizza Hut Book It program.

This form is customizable. Simply write your student’s names in the space provided. Color in the appropriate number of squares per 15 minutes of reading. Start at the bottom just like a real thermometer would. When the student has read 300 minutes (or whatever the goal is), its pizza time!

For example, if a student read for 30 minutes for the entire week, then color in 2 squares only. If read for 60 minutes, then color from the bottom up to the square with the number “60” in it.

Posting this form on a wall helps students know exactly how many minutes they have currently read. Update weekly.

Download  Read O Meter here!



Free Reading Comprehension Tests

Reading Comprehension Test for Grades 6 and 7 is an online interactive test simulation designed to improve reading comprehension.

Reading Comprehension Connection for Grades 4 thru 11 is a collection of interactive lessons. Students can choose from vocab, reading strategies, and understanding.

Reading Comprehension Grade 4 to 6 is a collection of worksheets followed by multi-choice quizzes and discussion based questions.

Brainchild Online Assessment Grade 5 to 7 is an online interactive comprehension assessment.

Into the Book Grade K to 6 is an interactive site about teaching reading comprehension.

Starfall Grade K to 2 interactive reading activities.

Cheryl Sigmon’s Four-Blocks Literacy

Four-Blocks is a balanced literacy framework  where the main focus  is on reading but includes all of the language arts. It is for teachers; it shows “the HOW not the WHAT”.

One of the two guiding principles behind Four Blocks is that there is not just one way to teach children to read.

“Although Four Blocks was originally created for first grade, teachers have learned to modify it appropriately to improve instruction at many grade levels. Generally, grades 1-3 adhere to the same basic formats with greater modifications necessary for upper grades, 4-8.

At kindergarten, a framework called Building Blocks provides the developmentally appropriate foundation for language, print and literacy.”

I use two of the Four Blocks concepts –the Laptop Laptop and Snap-n-Clap– as spelling activities.

I hope you find one of the many printables and handouts on the 4Blocks Literacy site useful in your classroom.

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