Elementary Level English Language Arts Lesson Plans

  • 3-D Spelling - Students will bring their spelling words to life as they use their classmates' bodies to make letters and spell words.
  • Act It Out - The poetry of Shel Silverstein is funny, quirky and whimsical. Students will enjoy putting his words into action!
  1. "A Picture Is Worth A 1000 Words" - Summarizing a story through illustrations.
  2. Adjective Circles - The student will be able to name an adjective that describes a noun.
  3. Adjectives, Anyone - Extending vocabulary through the use of adjectives.
  4. Adverb Charades - It will be interesting to see how your students will interpret the verb/adverb cards they draw in the following activity.
  5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Everyone has bad days, but Alexander's seems to be just awful. In this activity, students create their own bad day by describing a series of events that go wrong for them.
  6. Basketball Vocabulary - Coupling a basketball challenge with this vocabulary lesson will help make learning fun for your students!
  7. "Bud, Not Buddy" Can You Draw Me - Students will analyze the first chapter of "Bud, Not Buddy" and be able to draw a mental picture of a story character by drawing on their personal, literacy, or cultural understanding.
  8. Buy Me! - This is a lesson in persuasive writing. Students will create an ad using pictures, words and a Power Point.
  9. "Character Trait" Paragraph - Students will write a paragraph about a character from a book, either fiction or nonfiction.
  10. Clouds of Main Ideas - When it rains, it pours! Once students get the hang of the following activity, the ideas and details about the story will flow like water.
  11. Coloring Sentences - Students will be able to compose and write sentences following the conventions of the English language.
  12. Comparing and Contrasting With A Venn Diagram - Introducing the use of a Venn diagram.
  13. Comprehending Recipes - The learner will be able to correctly sequence steps in a recipe, and use information to answer comprehension questions.
  14. Creating Compound Words - Given a list of words, students will be able to identify and create compound words by writing the correct word pairs with 95% accuracy.
  15. Describe my toy! - Students will use a toy to better understand adjectives and adverbs.
  16. Fact or Opinion? - Students will generate ideas about what a fact and what an opinion is while the teacher records their ideas on a T-chart.
  17. Finding Yourself In A Story - After listening to the story, "I Like Me!" by Nancy Carlson, students will discover attributes about themselves and use them to make a "Me Web".
  18. Friendly Letter Writing / Asking ?'s - Students will understand the components that make up a friendly letter.
  19. Guided Reading Strategy - Students will learn to be metacognitive with their reading and demonstrate literal comprehension of leveled material.
  20. How to Build a Burger - Identify the main idea of an expository text.
  21. How to Edit a Paper - Apply grammar and language conventions to communicate effectively.
  22. How To Write a Biography - Children should be able to go on their own and write their own versions of biographies by the end of this unit.
  23. Jambo means Hello - Students will be able to identify different ways of using books to help others learn.
  24. It's all about organization - Students will work on an art project or a picture that they will then describe in a paragraph to help with organization.
  25. Learning Literary Genres - Students will be able to identify the aspects of each genre.
  26. Letters from Rifka - The student will be able to read Letters from Rifka and write a response as Tovah to three of Rifka's letters.
  27. Lie or Lay and Sit or Set - Help your students understand when to use lie, lay, sit, and set with this mnemonic technique.
  28. Lily Pad Letters - Incorporating game play with spelling words can make this lesson more exciting for students!
  29. Mad Lib Story Time - The student will be able to write a creative story using the appropriate part of speech that is prompted.
  30. Magazine Hunt - Can you picture that? This lesson will help your students make a connection between their vocabulary words and real world objects.
  31. Making Inferences and Conclusions - Students will make inferences based on the text that they have read.
  32. Making Inferences In Work - Students will be able to create their own inferences from pieces of art and from literature.
  33. Old Fashioned Radio Program - This lesson allows students to work together to create a program by only using sounds and their limitless imagination and creativity.
  34. Parts of Speech: Nouns - Students will be able to identify nouns in a sentence.
  35. Point of View - This lesson will challenge students to look at a story from multiple points of view and compare the differences.
  36. Pronoun Hunt - The student will be able to highlight all the pronouns in a newspaper article.
  37. Slap It Down - Students have a chance to get "slap happy" during this lesson! Vocabulary words and definitions will have them buzzing!
  38. Sentence Basics - Students will be able to write complete sentences with appropriate use of the Nouns, pronouns, and verbs.
  39. Spelling Race - Get ready, get set, SPELL! The adrenaline will be high as students battle it out at the white board to see who can spell the words the fastest.
  40. Story Race - Whether it is a mystery or a fairytale, students will have fun putting the words they have learned into a story!
  41. Sturdy Paragraphs - The students will formulate a six sentence paragraph with a main idea, four supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence.
  42. Subjects vs. Predicates - Recognizing subjects and predicates of a sentence Creating sentences with subjects and predicates.
  43. Tinker Toy Diagrams - Diagramming sentences has just become fun! Students use Tinker Toys to help them diagram sentences.
  44. The Whipping Boy - The Whipping Boy is a story of Jemmy, a boy who must take the place of Prince Brat every time the Prince should be whipped. This is a high action book that has scenes that are easy to act out. In this activity, students create a short play by acting out various scenes from the book.
  45. Thank You Mr. Restaurant - Letter writing is an important task for students to learn to master. This lesson helps students begin this process.
  46. Tongue Twist Mania - This lesson introduces students to the concept of alliteration through tongue twisters.
  47. True or False - Close, but not enough... This lesson challenges students to discern between what is true and what is not quite right about three similar vocabulary definitions.
  48. Twenty Questions - In this activity, students are put on the 'hot seat'. They have to give one to three sentence answers to questions asked by their classmates. The classmates are trying to find out as much about the book as possible by asking one question each.
  49. Understanding Idioms - This lesson will have students "chomping at the bit" to learn more about idioms!
  50. Using Characterization - Characterization based on weekly story read.
  51. Using (p, f, r, w, and h) Consonants - Given sufficient materials, students will complete a chart using a letter assigned by the teacher and present this project to the class through an oral presentation.
  52. Verb Tenses - To learn past, present, and future tenses of verbs, and to use them correctly in sentences. To use correct subject/verb agreement.
  53. Vocabulary Bingo - Students will learn new vocabulary words by using synonyms and context clues through the use of bingo game.
  54. Vocabulary Comprehension Strategy - After initial introduction of ten new vocabulary words, students will use this activity to broaden their understanding of how these words are used in sentences.
  55. Wondrous Words - Students will learn new vocabulary and understand that words may have more than one definition.
  56. Wordless Books: Creating a Storyline - This is a fun activity for kids. Stories use their own imagination from visual cues to create a story. This really helps with grammar and prediction skills. It is also a very useful creative writing exercise.
  57. Word Seek - Puzzles, un-puzzled... In this activity, students will make a puzzle with their spelling words for their classmates to decipher.
  58. Word Wall Madness - Students will be racing to see who is able to "shed some light" on any misspelled words they see on the word wall. Who can spell them correctly?
  59. Write me a Picture - Students will pick out pictures that relate to each other, write captions, and create a photo essay.
  60. Writing A Letter - Students will know the proper way to address and format a letter.
  61. Writing a Five Paragraph Essay - Students will create a graphic organizer which they will use to organize their thoughts and writing process.
  62. Writing a Research Paper Unit - Note taking techniques to be used in the completion of a research paper.

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