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Reading Lesson Plans and Resources
All lesson plans and links on this page were checked and updated December 7, 2013.
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Sites with Many Reading Lesson Plans 
Read-Write-Think
A
pa
rtnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation, this site offers many lesson plans organized by grade level. Most seem to be of high quality.

Reading Lesson Plans and Activities
From Jump Start.

Literature-Based Reading Lessons
From Garden of Praise, a site
created by a veteran classroom teacher to provide free online and printable teaching materials.

Reading Lesson Plans for K-12 Classrooms
Many lesson plans and worksheets from TeAchnology.

Reading Lesson Plans
From Teachers.net, this site consists of a huge number of lesson plans and ideas for activities.

Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Scholastic.

Raising Readers
Lesson ideas and curriculum from the PBS Raising Readers Program.

ReadWorks
Many lesson plans and units.

Achieve the Core
Several Close Reading Model lessons.

McGraw-Hill Reading/Language Arts
Activities tied to the McGraw-Hill Language Arts Series.

Phonics Lesson Plans
A Model Lesson Plan for Teaching Phonics
From Teachnology. See also Phonics Lesson Plans for more from this site.

Starfall
Free resource for teaching phonics. See also Phonics Printables and Worksheets, and Downloadable Read and Color Books.

Lesson Plans and Activities for Teaching Phonics
Resources, online activities, and lesson plans from Scholastic.com.

Phonological Awareness.org
Many activities organized in a hierarchy of phonemic awareness tasks.

Phonics Lessons
Fourteen lessons from Casa Grande Elementary School District.

Phonics and Decoding Strategies for Struggling Readers Using Core Knowledge Poems
A unit for emergent readers.

Dr. Seuss’s Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling
A K-2 lesson plan.

What's It Say?
A phonics-based first-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

Whole-to-Parts Phonics Instruction: Teaching Letter-Sound Correspondence
A K-2 lesson plan from Read-Write-Think. See also
Phonic Generalizations in Chrysanthemum, Phoneme Isolation: Building Phonemic Awareness, Gingerbread Phonics, Phonics Through Literature: Learning About the Letter M, and Generating Rhymes for other primary-grade lesson plans from this source.

Consonants - Phonics
A Kindergarten lesson plan.

Domino Phonics Lesson Plan
From Crayola.

Making Words: Cardboard Letters
A K-1 hands-on activity in which children discover sound-letter relationships.

Phonemic Awareness Activities
Several activities for grades K-1.

Phonics and Writing
Another K-1 lesson plan.

The Silent E
A first of second-grade lesson plan.

Basic Phonics Integrated with Body Language, Spoken Language, and Written Language
A lesson plan for grades PreK - 3.

Letter Slide
A primary-grade lesson plan teaching children to blend sounds into words.

The Blending Slide
Another primary-grade phonics lesson plan similar to the one above.

The Letterbox Lesson
A lesson plan in which students analyze the phoneme sequence in a word.

Sing Your Way through Phonics
Eighteen primary-grade lesson plans that use music and rhythm to engage young readers.

Sight Word Lesson Plans
Dolch Site Word Printables and Worksheets
From edHelper.com. See also Dolch Word List - Kindergarten, Mrs. Perkins Dolch Words, Dolch Sight Word Activities, and Dolch Kit.

Sight Words
A 1st-grade lesson plan from Hot Chalk.

Activities to Reinforce and Teach Sight Words
Several activities from Teachers.net. See also Sight Word Soup for another lesson plan from this site.

Reading Functional Recreation Sight Words
Students learn to read the words in community settings.

Soaring into Sight Words
A WebQuest for grades K-2.

Teaching Sight Words - 
Effective Strategies For Reading Success
Several ideas for sight-word activities.

Reading Bingo
A 6th-grade reading activity.


Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans
ReadWorks.org:
The Solution to Reading Comprehension
Hundreds of lesson plans from this site, but I doubt that they have "the solution" to reading comprehension.

Conquering Comprehension
A 2nd-grade unit in pdf format from Core Knowledge.

Out of Many One: Reading Comprehension and Writing through the Study of Immigration
A ten-lesson unit for grade 2 from Core Knowledge.

C
lifford Guided Reading Comprehension 4 Blocks
An elementary lesson  plan.

Reading Comprehension
Lesson plans including daily reading comprehension themes from edHelper.com.

Creating Question and Answer Books through Guided Research
A K-2 lesson plan from Read-Write-Think in which students use a KWL chart. See also KWL Creator.
 
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plan - Inference
For second grade.

Celebrate Reading
A year-long program from Core Knowledge to encourage daily reading at home. It include six lesson plans to set up the program and teach the required skills.

General Reading Comprehension
A learning activity from the PBS Now Classroom.

Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension
Lesson ideas from Scolastic.

Building Reading Comprehension Through Think-Alouds
A lesson p;lan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think.

Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension
From Reading Rockets.

What is Reciprocal Teaching?
An overview of this instructional procedure designed to enhance students' reading comprehension. See also Reciprocal Teaching Model Lesson and Reciprocal Revision: Making Peer Feedback Meaningful.

Whole Language Lesson Plans and Resources
Whole language reading: Pumpkin pie baking activity
A K-1 lesson plan.

Arctic Animals
A 1st-grade lesson plan from Learn NC.

Whole Language Lesson
On YouTube!

What is Whole Language Instruction?
Article from Teachnology.

Whole Language and Phonics: Can They Work Together?
Interesting article from Education World.

Literature-Based Reading Lesson Plans
Literature-Based Reading Lesson Plans
Twenty 2nd-grade lesson plans developed from Garden of Praise.

Introducing 'Communication Talent' with Casey at the Bat
A whole-language lesson plan for grades 3, 4, or 5.

Online Elementary Economics Lessons
Many lesson plans integrating children's literature and economics.


Literature Circles Guided Reading Lesson Plans
An annotated list of lesson plans for elementary and middle school.

Inferencing Mini Lessons
Many brief lessons from a literature-based unit.

A Literature-Based Lesson Plan
For ESL students.

Using Poetry in Teaching Reading to Special Education Students

A unit intended for middle school students with limited reading skills.

Literature-Based Instruction
An overview from Lesson Sense.

Go to my Children's Literature page for many lesson plans using children's books.


Reader's Theatre Lesson Plans and Resources
The Power of Reader's Theater
An article from Scholastic. See also Reader's Theater Tips, Implementing Reader's Theater, and A Guide to Reader's Theater for additional information.

Teaching Heart
Reader's theater scripts and plays for K-3.

Reader's Theater Editions
Scripts for 40 books. Read About the Scripts before you begin.

Reader's Theater
Links to scripts and resources from Web English Teacher

Reader's Theatre
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think. See also Reader's Theatre with Jan Brett.

Reader's Theater: Asian Folktales
Activities adaptable to a variety of grade levels from Education World. See also Reader's Theatre Tacky the Penguin.

Around the Water Circle
An elementary reader's theater from Teachers.net. Search their site for many more reader's theater activities including Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, Ruby the Copycat, and The Whipping Boy.

Columbus Day
Reader's theater from Teacher Link.

Quiet on the Set
A grades 4-6 readers theater for the Great Race of 1908.

Content Area Reading Lesson Plans and Resources
Topic: Content Area Reading
Round the Garden
A lesson plan for grades 1-2 from Scholastic.

Prepare to Read Non-Fiction
a lesson plan for grades 2-4 from the above site.

Immigration
A lesson plan for grades 6-8, also from Scholastic.

Out of Many One: Reading Comprehension and Writing through the Study of Immigration
A 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
A 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

New York Times Learning Network
Daily lesson plans
that use recent New York Times articles as springboards for examining important curricular topics.

Viking Voyages: Navigating Online Content Area Reading
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think.

Children's Literature and U.S. History
Good source for lesson plans and children's books integrating literature and history.

The Civil War
An upper-elementary or middle grade unit using trade books to integrate history and literature.

World War II as Seen Through the Eyes of Children's Literature
An elaborate unit.


Anticipation Guides Improve Reading Comprehension
An activity from Education World to increase reading comprehension in the content areas.

Content Area Reading Strategies
Twenty thinking strategies to comprehend non-fiction text. See also
Supporting Student Comprehension in Content Area Reading.

Lesson Plans and Resources for Teaching Struggling Readers and those with Dyslexia
Classroom Reading Instruction That Supports Struggling Readers: Key Components for Effective Teaching
From the RTI Action Network.

How Can I Help My Struggling Readers?
From Scholastic.

Teaching Reading Fluency to Struggling Readers – Method, Materials, and Evidence
A research article.

Phonics Lessons and Teaching Tools for Struggling Readers
From Really Great Reading.

Daily Lesson Plan for a Struggling Reader
A seven-step program.

Guided Reading
Detailed information, a lesson plan template, and sample lesson. See also Guided Reading Lesson Plans.

Sample Lesson Plans for Struggling Students
Elementary and middle school lesson plans.

Word Sorts for Beginning and Struggling Readers
For grades K-2.

Activities for Struggling Readers
From Reading Rockets.

What is Dyslexia?
Information from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Working with Dyslexia
Also from the NCLD.

Understanding and Recognizing Dyslexia
From Dyslexia.com.

Guidance for Creating Reading Lessons for Dyslexic Students
From Beating Dyslexia. See also
Teaching Students With Dyslexia: A Guide For Educators.

Letter Blends - A Lesson Plan for Students with Dyslexia
Also for grades K-2.


Reading Resources and Articles
Reading Today Online
Daily literacy news from the International Reading Association.

Reading Strategies: Everything You Need
From Scholastic.

International Reading Association
Their home page.

National Council of Teachers of English
Their home page.

Read-Write-Think
Many resources from this site which is a partnership of the NCTE and IRA.

Reading Rockets
Resources for teachers including Today's Reading News, The ABCs of Teaching Reading, Classroom Strategies, and a Reading Glossary.

Reading Lady.com
This site is maintained by a PreK-5 literacy coach. Includes reading news and a blog as well as other resources.

Reading Comprehension
Free worksheets from RHL School.

Reading Online
From IRA, this website offers hundreds of articles on reading education.

The Reading Teacher
Reading journal from IRA.

Reading Research Quarterly
Another IRA journal.

Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
One more IRA journal.

The Reading Matrix
An international online journal.

Reading and Dyslexia
Many articles from LD Online.

Reading Research and Reports
Federal reports on various aspects of reading. See also 2007 Nation's Report Card: Reading.

Handbook of Reading Research: Volume III

Classroom Reading Instruction That Supports Struggling Readers: Key Components for Effective Teaching.

Research Regarding Phonics
See also Making Friends with Phonemes.

No One Strategy Is Best for Teaching Reading
An article from Science Daily. See also National Panel Reports Combination of
Phonics, Word Sounds, Giving Feedback on Oral Reading Most Effective Way to Teach Reading.

 

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