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Expository Text Activities

By Meghan Kyne


Learning to navigate instructional and expository texts can be a challenge for beginning readers. Students with limited exposure to formal education, students with learning disabilities, and English Language Learners may also have a difficult time identifying the structure of the text and comprehending material with content-specific vocabulary. Providing students with direct instruction, as well as scaffolded instruction in these skills, will increase comprehension, improve recall of material, prepare students for note-taking, and aid in the development of research skills.

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The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Lesson Plans by Ashley Trudeau


The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles is a true story about one of the first African-American girls to attend an all-white school in New Orleans after desegregation. Through Coles’ words and George Ford’s illustrations, readers are enticed by Ruby’s courage and willingness to face adversity.

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Where Do Polar Bears Live? by Sarah Thomson

Lesson Plans by Ashley Trudeau


Where Do Polar Bears Live? by Sarah Thomson is a great reference book for children learning about polar bears and the Arctic. With a somewhat fiction feel, this book entices the reader with illustrations and many facts about polar bears and their cubs. Students will learn about these fascinating creatures and also about the future of the Arctic and its inhabitants.

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A Medieval Feast by Aliki Brandenberg

Lesson Plans by Ashley Trudeau


The King announces he will make the long journey to Camdenton Manor. The lord of the manor knows that it takes a lot to prepare for the King and his men, so he sets off to work immediately. The lord and his men hunt for animals and fish for the great feast. The lord’s serfs help pick vegetables and fruits, clean the manor and ready the rooms, set up for the horses and horsemen, and cook the food for the feast. Lots of work goes into this preparation and when the King arrives, it does not go unnoticed. The great feast goes well and the King and his people enjoy many great dishes like boar’s head, cow’s tongue, pudding, meat pies, and fish tarts.

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Volcanoes by Seymour Simon

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro


Volcanoes may be dormant for many years, but if they do erupt they can cause serious destruction. Volcanoes are found in areas where the Earth’s plates meet. Some underwater volcanoes have grown so high that they create islands. Lava cools and hardens to create either a tangle of sharp rocks or a smooth, billowy surface. This lava destroys plants and animals living in the area, but also brings new mountains, new islands, and new soil to the land.

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Seeing Eye to Eye by Leslie Hall

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro


Working together, the eyes and brains of animals and people use surrounding light to see their environment. Light can come from several sources and is able to reflect or bounce off objects. After the light reflects off an object, some of the light travels into the cornea at the front of the eyeball. The cornea refracts, or bends, the light, directing it to the pupil. The light enters the pupil and passes through the lens, which bends the light again, allowing for a more focused image. The image then appears on the retina, but it is upside down. The brain works to flip the image right-side up.

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Good Pet, Bad Pet by Elizabeth Schleichert

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro


“Good Pet, Bad Pet” by Elizabeth Schleichert is an informational text about possible pets and the pros and cons of owning them. The text examines the differences between owning certain animals, including caring for them and feeding them! These student activities make great lesson plans for elementary school teachers.

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We are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro


We are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson tells the story of this historic organization from the very beginning. From the 1920s through the late 1940s, this baseball league gave rise to Jackie Robinson and many other notable players.

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