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April 2019 Grades 6-8 Lesson of the Month

Middle school students in all our classrooms are bouncing with spring fever, anxious to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. This month, in honor of Earth Day, let’s engage students with a little research about the consequences of producing too much trash.


March 2019 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

How do you teach types of sentences so that students are able to understand the concept and use them with fidelity in their compositions? This lesson is a great way to introduce the types of sentences and continue to spiral the concept throughout the school year, applying the skills to several personal experiences so that students see how to create a variety of sentences in their own writing. Use a selection of published examples either from the samples that are shared here or from a read aloud you are teaching with currently.


February 2019 Grades 6-8 Lesson of the Month

This amazing book about freedom is beautifully written with many teachable moments for your ELAR classroom, while making meaningful connections to our country’s history. Enjoy this book with your middle school students as you share the true meaning behind the sweet smell of roses.


January 2019 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

A great way to start back from a long break is by letting your students engage in a fun piece with research! Students will choose an Arctic animal to research and then write a suspenseful riddle using the facts and information from their research.



November 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month:  Summarizing an expository piece Objective: Students summarize an expository piece using the summarizing framework and write an extended summary statement using informative verbs. The verbs can also be used to write informative sentences for reading response journals. Materials: Possible expository books: What Happens in Autumn by Suzanne Venino As the Earth […]



October 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: Laying the Foundation: Why Good Writing Starts with the Teacher Many teachers, whether they’re new to the classroom or seasoned veterans, consider writing instruction to be one of the most difficult parts of their job. Why? Because writing is often taught “on the fly” without the formal training and methodologies that get results. Our […]


October 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month: Haunted House Objective: Students will apply detail generating questions to create a descriptive piece on a haunted house.  Materials: http://www.hauntedhouses.com/map.htm, https://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com http://www.cegesmith.com/2012/10/22/winchester-mystery-house-virtual-haunted-house-tour-stop-2/ The House that Drac Built by Judy Sierra In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman […]