Reading Lesson Plans and Resources
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Site Index: Sites with Many Reading Lesson Plans, Phonics, Sight-Words, Reading Comprehension, Reader's Theater, Literature-Based Lesson Plans, Whole Language, Reading in Content Areas, Struggling  Readers/Dyslexia, Reading Articles and Resources

Sites with Many Reading Lesson Plans 
partnership 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.

Lessons and Ideas
Many high-quality lesson plans from Scholastic.

ILA Bridges
Instructional units from the International Literacy Association organized by grade level.

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

100s of  Reading Lesson Plans
From a reading specialist, these lesson plans are organized by grade level.

Lesson Plans for Reading
Three "interactive reading lessons" from

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

Ready Jet Go!
Learning resources from PBS.

Many lesson plans and units. - Reading/Writing Lesson Plans

Another site offering many lesson plans.

Achieve the Core
Several Close Reading Model lessons.

Phonics Lesson Plans
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: Developing Pnonemic Awareness for other primary-grade lesson plans from this source.

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

Phonics Lesson Plans

From See also Collection: Phonics for more from Scholastic.

Clifford's Phonics Fun Unit Plan
A K-2 unit from Scholastic.

Phonemic Awareness
Curriculum, teaching tips, and more.

Phonics and Decoding Strategies for Struggling Readers Using Core Knowledge Poems
A unit for emergent readers. See also Teaching Phonics through Poetry.

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.

Consonants - Phonics
A Kindergarten lesson plan.

Domino Phonics Lesson Plan
From Crayola.

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

The Letterbox Lesson: A hands-on approach to teaching decoding
 An excellent article from Read-Write-Think.

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 Units
From See also Dolch Word List - Kindergarten and Mrs. Perkins Dolch Words.

Sight Words Teaching Strategy
Several activities from Sight Words.

Sight Words Lesson Plan with Kwik Stix
For first Grade.
Free stuff including flash cards, games, and information.

Kindergarten Sight Words: Zoom
A lesson plan from Education World.

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

Sight Word Wingo
Another K-2 lesson plan.

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

Sight Word Soup
An elementary-grade lesson plan.

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

Focused Reading Comprehension Worksheets

From Teachnology.

Reading Comprehension
More worksheets.

Conquering Comprehension
A 2nd-grade unit 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.

lifford Guided Reading Comprehension 4 Blocks
An elementary lesson plan.

Reading Comprehension
Monthly reading packets from

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.

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 Scholastic.

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.

Reciprocal Teaching
An overview of this strategy to improve 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.

Directed Reading lesson: Dear Mr. Blueberry
A reading/thinking activity for grades 2-3

Literature-Based Lessons
From Pinterest. Membership required, but signing up is free.

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

Inferencing Wonder
A lesson plan using this book by R. J. Palacio.

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 and A Guide to Reader's Theater for additional information.

Readers' Theatre Lesson Plan
Lesson plan and worksheet from Capstone Interactive Library.

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

Readers Radio Theater
An elaborate lesson plan.

Readers Theater: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
An elaborate activity for "advanced intermediate" grades.

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 recurring 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.

Content Area Reading Lesson Plans and Resources
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.

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.

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.

Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
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.

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

Daily Lesson Plan for a Struggling Reader
Five-steps, 45 minutes, four days a week..

Guided Reading
Many 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.

Struggling Readers
Information from Reading Rockets.

FAQ: About Dyslexia

Guidance for Creating Reading Lessons for Dyslexic Students
From Beating Dyslexia.

Many lesson plans from Digital Wish. They may not all be specifically for students with dyslexia.

Teaching Students with Dyslexia: 4 Effective Lesson Plans
From Capterra.

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

Reading Resources and Articles
International Reading Association
Their home page.

Reading Strategies: Everything You Need
From Scholastic.

National Council of Teachers of English
Their home page.

Many resources from this site which is a partnership of the NCTE and IRA.

Reading Rockets
Resources for teachers including Today's Literacy News, Classroom Strategies, and a Reading Glossary.

The Reading Matrix
An international online journal.

Reading and Dyslexia
Many articles from LD Online.

Research that teachers Can Trust
From Reading Rockets.

Nation's Report Card
Student performance across subjects.

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

Making Friends with Phonemes
A helpful article.

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


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