Engage your students and practice core ELA skills with these engaging, relevant tasks!
What is an Essential?
Essentials are short activities linked to basic reading, writing or language skills. In these activities, students practice these basic skills in authentic situations that feature topics they know and love. We include final questions that help students develop critical thinking skills.
Each Essential also includes a complete teacher guide, answer key and rubric.
Spot the Difference
In Spot the Difference, students use their favorite stories to practice explaining the differences between books that tell stories and books that give information. They compare the different text features of each book using a chart. When they finish, they can repeat the activity using books about a different topic.
27 different editions or versions of this Essential are included so students can work with the edition they are most interested in, an appropriate edition can be chosen to match the interests of the class, or the editions can be used at classroom stations. Some of the editions included are stories about school, baseball, and elephants, as well as a blank template to customize (see complete list below), which all require students to work with different information linked to their selected edition.
The full list of editions included is:
* Chinese New Year
* Sea Otters
NOTE: Get in touch if you would like to see other topics covered by this Essential.
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