Animals That Start With "A"
This simple worksheet includes a word search, an animal to color, and two short writing activities.
*Not suitable for beginners.
"Summarizing the Plot and Determining the Theme and Moral of the Story" Direct Instruction Lesson Plan
"Summarizing the Plot and Determining the Theme and Moral of the Story Using Julia Donaldson Children's Picture Books" Direct Instruction Lesson Plan
This complete, detailed lesson plan includes instructions for an anticipatory set, modeling, guided practice, independent group practice, and a culminating activity. It includes vocabulary words, assessments (including both a formative assessment and a summative assessment), as well as the accompanying blank plot diagram and grading rubric.
Though it was designed with English Language Learners in mind and contains 8th-grade standards, this lesson plan can be used for any elementary or middle school class in which students are learning about the plot, theme, and moral of a story.
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Resources to Help You Find the Right EdTech Tools
Another fantastic resource for educators who are looking to up their educational technology game is Tutorful's 101 Hottest EdTech Tools According to Education Experts. With a brief description of each tool, this comprehensive list was updated in 2020 and is a wealth of information compiled by educators, for educators. The list includes tools for assessments, virtual field trips, gamified lessons, interactive maps, blogs and websites, video and other media creators and editors, and so much more.
If you are considering using e-portfolios for a student showcase, a summative assessment, or both, take a look at Common Sense Education's top picks for Student Portfolio Apps and Websites. Seeing a final product of their work over the course of an entire semester allows students to see where they started and how far they have come, with a reminder of what all they learned over the past few months. Having the opportunity to share their portfolio with, at the very least, their closest loved ones gives them a chance to shine and allows their loved ones to take part in celebrating their achievements.
Technology Resources to Encourage Self-Directed Learning
By using an online journaling tool like Penzu, students are able to reflect on what they have learned. Was the lesson difficult or was it easy? Did they enjoy the class activities or did they find the activities tedious? How can they apply what they learned today to something in their own lives? By encouraging students to answer questions like these, teachers can foster self-directed learning in their students.
Assistive Technology Resources
Another fantastic example of a commonly-used assistive technology is audiobooks. For those who are visually impaired or who have a specific learning disability like dyslexia, audiobooks are wonderful for supporting students in their reading. As an English teacher, I have a special place in my heart for audiobooks and for the humans who narrate those books. (Shout out to Tom Hanks who narrates a number of books. He is a fabulous narrator!)