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Conducting Research: Gathering Information

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Students in Ms. Gill’s Grade 6 social studies/ELA class are working on a research project. Each student has selected a specific topic relating to how the economic systems of different countries...

Context Clues: Vocabulary Building

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Standards: Language
Mr. Williams's 4th grade class has been studying the Middle Ages and is starting to explore the impact the Humanists had on society. To begin this lesson, the class will read a short text about...

Drafting: Possible Leads

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Standards: Writing • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Students in Mr. Bradford’s 5th grade class are creating a digital report about key women in the American Revolution. In this lesson, students will practice drafting possible leads to use in their...

Fluency #1: Repeated Reading

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Standards: Foundational Skills
Mr. Lam is addressing fluency on multiple levels: modeling and demonstration, repeated readings and paired readings, teaching strategies for word recognition in context, and the embedding of...

Fluency #2: Create Fluency Logs

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Standards: Foundational Skills
Ms. Talt’s 2nd grade class has been engaged in repeated readings. In this lesson, students will create a My Fluency Log PowerPoint slide and audio record repeated readings of the same text, leading...

Fluency #3: Formative Assessment

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Standards: Foundational Skills
Mr. Mepp is working with his 2nd grade class to help them with fluency, so he has introduced repeated reading and fluency logs. In this lesson, students will create a My Fluency Log PowerPoint slide...

Interacting With Peers: Surveying and Analyzing

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Standards: Construct Viable Arguments
Mr. Hapt’s seventh grade class has started a unit on statistics. In the previous lesson, the class discussed collecting data and making observations about the data. In this lesson, they will create...

Interacting with Peers: Talking About Fractions

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Standards: Construct Viable Arguments
Ms. Moore’s 4th grade class is doing a unit on equivalent fractions and adding fractions with like denominators. In this lesson, students will discuss ways to decompose fractions.

Modeling: Learn Multiplication

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Standards: Model with Mathematics
Ms. Howard’s 4th grade class is reviewing multiplication. She will use this lesson to begin teaching students the distributive property of multiplication over addition, using various supports to...

Organizing: Pairs of Factors

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Standards: Reason Abstractly
Mr. Rutter’s 6th graders are working on a multiplication unit that focuses on multiples and factors. In this lesson, he will focus on finding greatest common factors to prepare them for the upcoming...

Presenting: Presenting Research

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Standards: Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Ms. Lombardi’s Grade 6 class has been studying earthquakes and tectonic plates as part of an Earth Science unit. Thinking ahead to the upcoming sixth-grade science fair, Ms. Lombardi wants her...

Prewriting: Start Writing

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Standards: Writing • Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects
Ms. Cleary, a 4th grade teacher, encourages her students to write and to think like scientists. In this lesson, students will write about the experimental process by using a lab report template and...

Reviewing Writing: Edit and Revise

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Standards: Writing • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Ms. Nupak’s 6th graders are in the midst of a unit on Ancient Greece. In this lesson, students will revise and edit the first draft of the writing assignment, which compares and contrasts life in...

Self-Questioning: Types of Questions

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Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Ms. Raya's 4th grade class has been practicing self-questioning as a way to improve reading comprehension. In this lesson, Ms. Raya plans to help both her struggling and proficient students better...

Semantic Mapping: Connect Word Meanings

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Standards: Language • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Mr. Green's 5th grade class is studying American presidents. By exploring the personalities of America’s presidents in this lesson, students will expand their vocabulary by creating semantic maps to...

Summarizing: Capture Main Ideas and Details

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Standards: Literature
Ms. Shirley's 2nd grade class is concluding a unit on Sarah, Plain and Tall, a CCSS exemplar text. In this lesson students are learning how to craft summaries of narrative fiction using sequencing...

Summarizing: Informational Text

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Standards: Informational Text • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Ms. Bailey, a veteran 6th grade teacher, wants to help her students strengthen their reading comprehension across all subject areas. In this lesson, students will learn how to craft summaries of...

Supporting Science: Graphing Data

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Standards: Model with Mathematics
Mrs. Martin’s Grade 5 class is engaged in a science unit on matter. In the previous lesson, they conducted an experiment to study how physical and chemical changes affect the mass of various...

Thinking Aloud: Fractions Assessment

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Standards: Reason Abstractly
Mrs. Jackson’s Grade 6 class has been working on a fractions, rates, and ratios unit. Yesterday she gave the class a quiz to assess her students’ understanding. After reviewing the results, she wants...

Thinking Aloud: Number Crunching

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Standards: Reason Abstractly
Mrs. Jefferson’s 5th grade class can be reluctant to describe aloud the steps they follow to find an answer. In this lesson, students will begin practicing the thinking aloud strategy and learn the...