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.
In Definition Detectives, students use a non-fiction book on their favorite subject to practice defining words and phrases. They first develop their own definition for a word before using context clues, dictionaries, or other resources to write the correct definition which they then use in context. When they finish, they can repeat the activity using a different book.
17 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 weather, space and sharks (see complete list below), which all require students to work with different information linked to their selected edition.
NOTE: The full list of editions included is:
* Simple Machines
* Plant Life Cycles
* Animal Life Cycles
* The Human Body
* The United States
NOTE: Get in touch if you would like to see other topics covered by this Essential.
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