Listening Skills (Grade 9-12) The purpose of this activity is to increase the students' ability to listen and to understand what is being read and/or told to them.
Pictures: Following Oral Directions
Make Me a
Copy Please (Grade 5-6) Often times students are not able to communicate clearly what they would like to say. It is the purpose of this lesson to help
student understand the need to be articulate and precise when explain steps to another student. In addition the student listening
will learn to be a more effective listener.
Pictures (Following Oral Directions) Many children have difficulty accurately giving or following verbal instructions. To encourage students to focus
on the importance of clear, oral communication.
In this lesson, students will hone their group communication skills by role-playing the parts of tour guides at Yellowstone National Park.
Convince Me! In this lesson students go to the Internet to learn the art of persuasive speaking in order to present a speech in a convincing manner.
Grade: 1 - 3
Aboard Grade: 2
Autobiography Grade: 7 - 12
Egypt Grade: 6 - 8
Adjectives Grade: 4 - 8
for Your Thoughts Grade: 4 - 6
in Poetry: Teaching the Imagists Grade: 9 - 12
Poem Grade: 3 - 12
Grammar Review Using Jabberwocky Grade: 7 - 12
a Logophile Grade: 4 - 8
of Virtues Grade: 5
Letter Grade: 7 - 8
as a Bee Grade: 3 - 6
Using Antonyms To Write Short Stories Grade: 2 - 3
Directory Grade: 7 - 12
an Autobiography Using a Web Grade: 1 - 4
Meaning Through Drawing Pictures Grade: 5 - 7
a Newspaper Grade: 3 - 5
a Story Grade: 6 - 8
your own grammar exercise Grade: 10 - 12
Writing - Collaborative Stories Grade: 1 - 12
Writing - Rainbow Fish Grade: 1
Writing - What Would Happen If? Grade: 6 - 8
Writing Using Comics Grade: 4 - 8
Writing with Newspaper Photos Grade: 5 - 12
Grade: 8 - 12
Tale Journey Grade: 3 - 4
(happy, sad, silly, angry, scared) Grade: 1 - 2
Poetry Grade: 6 - 12
on Summarizing Information Grade: 2 - 8
Grade: 3 - 5
Outlining Grade: 10 - 12
Grade: 1 - 3
Review - My Favorite Author Grade: 12, Adult/Continuing
Kiss Discovery Grade: 3 - 8
Books Grade: 5
Homophones Grade: 6 - 8
to Write a Biopoem Grade: 3 - 4
Trees Could Speak, What Would They Say? Grade: 3 - 6
Postman--Improved by Your Students! Grade: 1 - 4
Sandwiches Grade: 2
Ourselves and Others through Poetry Grade: 6 - 12
Tennessee - Poem Model Grade: 6 - 12
Guide Lesson Plan Grade: 6
Synonyms and Antonyms in Pairs Grade: 6
Writing/ Introduction to Autobiography or Journal Writing
Grade: 8 - 12
the Back of My Hand Grade: 9 - 12
Letter/Syllables and Punctuation Grade: kindergarten - 2
Pyramid: Preparing for a Journey Grade: 4 - 8
Year With ______(Specific author's name is written in the blank)
Grade: 4 - 12
Activities Grade: kindergarten - 1
Being a Successful Learner: Setting Goals Grade: 9 - 12
Upon A Time . . . Grade: 4 - 6
Describes Both Grade: 2 - 6
Pals Grade: 5 - 8
Touch: A Lesson in Expository Writing Grade: 4 - 12
Essay Grade: 2 - 4
Lesson Grade: 6 - 12, Adult/Continuing education
Endings Grade: 1 - 3
a trip by creating an itinerary or brochure Grade:
kindergarten - 12
Gifts Grade: 9 - 12
Me for the Horror: The Feminist Way Grade: 12
Grade: kindergarten - 6
Scrapbook Grade: 12
Lesson Plan (The Sequencing Monster) Grade: 3 - 5
Creation Magic: Character, Setting, and Plot Grade:
kindergarten - 6
Pops Grade: kindergarten - 12
Biographers Grade: 5 - 8
Paragraphs Grade: 4 - 6
Tales: A Study of Perspective Grade: 7 - 12
Mouse Country Mouse: Recognizing Story Grammar Grade: 1 -
of Sentences Grade: 3 - 5
the Sea Grade: kindergarten - 1
Some Adjectives! Grade: 1
Star Trek to Enhance Critical Thinking Skills Grade: 10 -
Poetry Using Poems by Langston Hughes Grade: 9
W Poems Grade: 4 - 5
Your Spelling Words
Grade: 1 - 3
Learning spelling words does not have to be all drill. In this activity the students will be rhyming and playing with
their own names and then doing the same things for their spelling words.
- A Spelling Game
Grade: 1 - 5
Student will play a game that challenges their spelling skills.
Go Fish Grade:
This lesson allows students to learn their spelling words for the week and enjoy it. The students play the game as enjoyment and end up learning their spelling
words meanwhile without it being noticed.
As American as apple pie, the weekly spelling list is a "cornerstone" of education! Admit it or not, we all use lists
(by choice or by administrative mandate!), and drilling and practicing for Friday's test can be pretty boring! The following are
three ideas I use with my third graders, though I feel each could be used with any grade.
Grade: 3 - 6
Children are encouraged to see words/learning as something fun and challenging; the good spellers are an important
part of the team rather than being looked down on as "bookworms". Natural leaders surface helping the group form the words.
Group cooperation becomes important and a reachable, seeable, profitable entity rather than some teacher's unimportant
(Grade 4) There are no manipulatives to reinforce the language arts curriculum. Creative dramatics is a method of providing practice in the
for Your Thoughts (Middle grade) Students in writing classes are given apples and are asked to examine them closely for unique characteristics that will serve as
the basis for a descriptive paragraph.
Introduction to Similes (Grade 1) A direct lesson about similes and their use to facilitate comprehension of text that uses similes.
Adjectives (Grades 4-8) Have students redesign a restaurant menu. The students will use adjectives to make the menus more appetzing.
Poem (Grade 3-12) In this lesson, the writer analyzes self to provide an introduction to the rest of the class.
Grammar Review (Grade 7-12) The purpose of this activity, used at the beginning of the year is to help students identify where they are weak in their grammar
skills (in a fun fashion). From there, the teacher can choose to emphasize the various areas of grammar that need to be
Logophile (Grade 4-8) The purpose is to provide a variety of pre-writing activities which will encourage students to manipulate, explore, discover and
fall in love with words.
Busy as a
Bee (Grade 3-6) The purpose of this activity is to expose students to similes and how they can be used in writing. This activity will allow students
to "write" their own similes without the pressure that is often found when we ask students to write for us.
Using Antonyms to Write Short Stories (Grade 2-3) Children will write short stories about themselves using antonyms and comparisons of themselves to animals. By the end of the
lesson children will understand the meaning of antonym and will have enhanced their writing abilities.
Directory (Grade 7-12) A class directory is a booklet of stories written by the students in a given class about other students in the class. By doing this
project, students become better acquainted and bond as a class. When done at the beginning of the year it not only
"breaks the ice", it serves as a diagnostic tool for the teacher. I can quickly assess where each student is in social skills, language, reading,
writing, spelling, etc. Writing skills, such as asking for complete information, following up on questions, organizing information
on a variety of topics, and making generalizations based on specific bits of information, are also developed.
An Autobiography Using A Web (Grade 1-4) Composing an
autobiography for the first time can be difficult. Through using a web layout the students will be able to pick out
the interesting and important facts about themselves.
Meaning by Drawing Pictures (N/A) 1. The learner will sketch a picture to represent their understanding of the key concepts.
2. The learner will interact with peers to construct meaning.
Newspaper (Grade 3-5) In this lesson, children will create a newspaper on the web. They can choose their own links to news sources, comics, local
events, etc. They will be able to modify the paper whenever they like. The students may add their own links and can use their
paper as a personalized homepage.
Writing (Grade 1-12) This is a creative writing time that takes a minimum of 25 minutes. During this time students are beginning their
own story, reading another's beginning and creating the middle section, reading yet another story and finally developing a
conclusion for that story.
Writing - Rainbow Fish (Grade 1) A creative writing exercise on the story The Rainbow Fish. An activity to deal with feelings.
Writing Using Comics To use comics to foster creative writing and vocabulary skills
A Class Newspaper To develop students' writing skills through production of a class newspaper
Tale Journey (grade 3-4) In this creative writing process, the student will assume the role of the main character in the fairy tale. The student will use
fantasy to change the ending of a familiar fairy tale.
Books (Grade 5) To write, illustrate, and publish a book fora specific audience.
Homonyms (Grade 6-8) When writing, students at the junior high level often confuse and misuse words that sound alike but have different meanings.
Words pairs such as your-you're, whose- who's, there-their, and past-passed are examples of these "horrid
homonyms" where mistakes are not evident in speech but are only too evident in writing! This activity is designed to remind students of the specific
meanings and correct usage of some of these often confused words.
Sandwiches (Grade 5-8) This lesson is useful as a prewriting activity. Sandwiches have likely been a dietary mainstay of your students. Likewise, most of
them have some experience with eating in a restaurant. This lesson will ask students to design sandwiches for all meals, courses,
Ourselves and Others Through Poetry (Grade 6-12) Getting to know students and getting them to know themselves through writing.
Guide Lesson Plan (Grade 6) The purpose of this learning guide is to reinforce the writing process and to teach good proofreading skills. The writing process
is information that the students have seen before. The dreaded errors are ten words that many people misuse when they are
Synonyms and Antonyms in Pairs Grades 6 In this lesson students will work cooperatively to learn about synonyms and antonyms and how to use them. They will do this
by matching word cards that have the same meaning and word cards with different meanings and using the words in sentences.
Writing (Grade 8-12) This lesson plan serves as an introduction to a study of autobiography (such as Frederick Douglass') and/or journal
writing. In addition, students will learn to distinguish between "facts" they know, sensory detail, and their imagination, and
practice applying all three to their writing.
Back of my Hand (Grade 9-12) The purpose of this exercise is to introduce students to writing for fun.
Pyramid - Preparing for a Journey (Grade 6-9)
The students will write a three paragraph paper describing the treasures they would stock in their
pyramid and explaining why their Ka would want and/or need these items on its journey.
A Time . . . (Grade Intermediate) This writing activity uses the fairy tale structure to demonstrate all of the elements of a short story.
Personal Touch: A Lesson In Expository Writing (Grade 7-12) In addition to providing an opportunity to practice clarity and thoroughness in writing, students are made
aware of some of the subtle non-verbal messages in common social situations involving hand touching.
Essay (Grade 2-4) 1.Understand the purpose of a photo essay. 2.Sequence a series of events. 3.Understand the format in creating a photo essay which includes a caption for each picture. 4.Complete a photo essay as a creative activity by using photos, magazine pictures or drawings to illustrate a story. 5.Read and enjoy a photo essay.
Endings (Grade 1-3) This lesson plan allows students to become familar with fairy tale genre through personal writing practices and
computer software programs.
a trip by creating an itinerary or brochure (Grade - any level) The students will be planning an itinerary or brochure for a trip to a place of their choice. Through previous lessons and
research, they will choose which area they would like to visit . In their itinerary/brochure, the students will
state where they are going (including a map of the location), sites they will see there and information that would be helpful for a
of View Point of View-writing from 5 different characters point of view. Using language to show emotion and description.
The importance of good hand-writing.
(Grade k-6) This project covers many language arts concepts and skills at each learner's level
of competency. It inspires joy in reading books to a captive audience and pride in work well done. Older students discover the need to write
purposefully, descriptively and
clearly for a younger audience.
Lesson Plan (Grade 3-5) This lesson provides a visual experience in which students develop a better understanding of sequencing, while further
developing their writing skills.
Biographers To Teach students how to be a biographer. This will include what types of questions to have the
biography answer, and the kinds of problems which biographers run into when on assignment.
Paragraphs (Grade 4-6) This activity guides students through the writing process for a successful five-sentence
paragraph with varied sentence beginnings. Repeating this process frequently with many, varied topics teaches students to use
variety to create interesting paragraphs.
Mouse Country Mouse: Recognizing Story Grammar (Grade: any primary)
1. Using a Venn diagram students will verbally compare and contrast the experiences of the country mice and the town mice.
2. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the basic parts of a story by successfully completing a story map of Town
Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett.
for Audiences (Grade 7-12) To write 4 letters for 4 different audiences with the appropriate language and style for each. Using correct letter conventions.
Prompt for Audience, Persuation, and Point of View (Grade 9-12) To develop an awareness of audience, methods of persuasion, and the proper tone or mood to
achieve writer's goal as well as point of view. To practice letter writing.
Poems (Grades 4-5) This lesson is designed to give students a new or different way to write a poem. It is more structured than just telling students to
write a poem, so some students may find they like this type of poem writing.
The Art of Reading Poetry
In this lesson students go on the Internet to collect poems written by other young
people, then practice expressing the feelings in the poems by reading them aloud. Students discover that the end of a line in poetry doesn't always call for a pause. The poet's thought is the important thing and punctuation is the clue.
Fun with The Alphabet
To review and reinforce the sounds and symbols of the alphabet
Walk in Their Shoes
In this lesson students have a chance to live out this fantasy. First they investigate the lives of some intriguing personalities and make notes about biographical information. Then students write first-person memoirs for
the personalities and read them aloud to the class.
Puppets 'n' Plays
In this lesson students reinforce communication skills, create the puppets, write or improvise dialog for them, and put on a play. This procedure allows a student to put words into the mouth of a character he or she created, which in turn makes the student feel even more secure about being in the puppet play!
The Way They Are
This lesson requires students to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they read about the
animals, hypothesize how they might have changed, isolate animal
characteristics, and write stories about new and unusual animals.
It's News to Me!
In this lesson, students learn what the standard sections of a newspaper are. Then students go to the Internet to learn how to create their own online newspaper in the same way more than 120,000 other people have already done! Finally, students prepare a mock-up of a class newspaper, complete with original art and important sections like "What's for Lunch?"
Language - ARTS Elementary (K-5)
Successful Paragraphs (4-6)
Creative writing; multi-author story writing (1-12)
'School News' using writing, speaking and/or questioning skills (3-12)
Whole language experience using "Casey at the Bat" (3-5)
Vocabulary & language concept development (PreK-2)
Descriptive/Persuasive writing 'My Pyramid - Preparing for a Journey"
Increasing vocabulary for primary students (1-3)
Sounding-out CVC words, 'The Blending Slide' (K-1)
Using popcorn to create a reading book (K-3)
Creative Writing; turn on inventiveness with 'Potato Possibilities' (4-6)
Color Code Writing; forming letters and numbers with colors (K-3)
Integrated vocabulary, listening and creative writing exercise (K-12)
Writing - a photo essay (2-4)
Whole language story for developmental activities (K)
Writing 'Auto-Bio' poems (4-12)
Spelling; three great techniques for weekly spelling lists (3-6)
Literature; activity to understand character's personality (K-12)
Learn a topic through research & drawing - Alphabet Book (K-12)
Vocabulary & language comprehension using "Land Before Time"
Reinforcing alphabet names/sounds (K-1)
Whole Language; Oklahoma Indian History: Spiro Mounds (3-6)
Working with syllables using music patterns (2-4)
Inferring Character Traits (all grades)
Reading, Whole Language; Story Pyramid
Adverbily, practicing the use of adverbs (4)
'Busy As A Bee', working with similes (3-6)
Creative thinking, writing, reading & character analysis using
"Frog and Toad are Friends" (2)
Bibliotherapy, studying the perils of prejudice (3-6)
Following oral directions using 'Mystery Pictures' (1-6)
'Read In'; Unique story writing involving two grade levels (K-6)
'Poetry Cubes', develop an appreciation for different styles of poetry
'An Irritating Creature' - poetry lesson (3-4)
Writing activity using fairy tale structure to identify elements of a
short story (4-6)
Enigmas - 'Mysteries in...'; activity to encourage research & creative
thinking skills (4-5)
'Zoo Animal Poetry',activity involving field trip and video (K-3)
'Let Me Tell You About My State', activity involving Amateur Radio
'American Experiences Abroad -- An Interview', activity involving Amateur
Radio services (4-6)
'Just Sandwiches', creative language arts activity (4-9)
Use of literature in SDMPS (3-5)
'Parts of Speech Review', hands-on activity (3-6)
Stories That Grow on Trees", creative writing activity (4-8)
Appropriate Use of Helping Verbs, (3-12)
'Invent A Holiday' (4-6)
'Apples Are A....Peeling', activity filled lesson involving all subject
The Middle Ages and Children's Literature", (Gifted, 2-5)
Language - ARTS Intermediate
Creative writing activity using shopping mall personalities (7-9)
Basic Grammar; review with fun using "Jabberwocky" (7-12)
Writing poems with photographs (6-12)
Vocabulary - unfolding meaning (6-7)
Creative Writing; 'Becoming a Logophil (4-8)
Activities for descriptive character analysis (K-12)
Reading; learning propaganda techniques through advertisements (5-12)
Activity to stimulate thought and verbal participation of students (4-12)
Learning nursery rhymes through many activities (4-7)
Learning vocabulary words with core curriculum (5-7)
Writing, Poetry: Knowing Ourselves and Others Through Poetry (6-12)
Vocabulary, The Dictionary Game, "Balderdash" (4-12)
Expository Writing, "The Personal Touch" (6-12)
Story Starters, introduction to story telling (all grades)
'What? You want me to read AND enjoy it?' activity to encourage reading
'Horrid Homonyms' - confusing word pairs/homonyms (6-8)
Mass Media - Magazine ads and You, the Teenager (6-12)
'What You See Isn't Always What You Get!', reading comprehension activity
'Cooperation Blocks', practice in effective communications and cooperation
'Review Basketball', learning to use reading material to find information
Password" vocabulary review activity (4-12)
'Make A Statement!', using environmental bumper stickers (6-8)
"The 'Real' Fairy Tales", fun creative writing activity (5-8)
'Paragraph Unity', writing activity (7-9)
'Book Review', pre-writing activity (8-9)
'Reading..Try It, You Might Like It!', activity to enjoy reading (6-7)
'Decimal Search', working with the Dewey Decimal System (4-8)
'Novel Partners', independent reading activity toward a structured whole
class reading activity (5-8)
'Vocabulary Stumpers', activity to increase vocabulary (6-12)
'Adjective? What's An Adjective?' (5-8)
Indexing and writing skills activity (5-12)
Create "Who Did It" mysteries with the computer (5-12)
Reference Book of the Year", fun research/library skills activity,
Language - ARTS High School
Creative writing - writing for fun (9-12)
Increase listening skill activity (9-12)
Literature Review; using knowledge, interpretation & judgement
Writing, Creating a 'Class Directory' (9-12)
'MacBeth' made easy (6-12)
'Junk Mail Explosion' - activity to increase student awareness of
persuasion tactics (7-10)
'Symbols of Language', understanding written communication (6-11)
Introduction to American Literature, creative freewriting activity (11)
Using prominent personalities with identifiable social causes to stimulate
'Map of Ship Trap Island', reading for detail (9)
'Inventions', understanding the relationships between things and
'Write? No Way!', "re-newed" writing activity (7-12)
'Olympic Shadow Boxes', learning to use reference materials (9-12)
Timelines", using research activites to discover history of city,
state and self, (9-12)
Life After the Fact", creative culmination activity after reading
"Lord of the Flies", (9-12)
Family Feud" fun format to review "Romeo and Juliet",
Teaching Shakespeare", a different approach, (9-12)
Spotting Details", creative writing activity, (9-12)