Lesson Plan Suggestions for Common Core Standards

Grades 3-5

Reading and Critical Thinking Skills

  • Ask students to read a particular current event article for homework or take turns reading aloud in class.
  • Start a class discussion around this article; ask about the central theme and why the author thought it was important to write about the event. Do they agree or disagree? If so why?
  • Use the article to start a class discussion by asking students the central theme and why the author thought it was important to write about the event. Do they think Agree/ Disagree? If so why?

Vocabulary

  • Identify unfamiliar and challenging words from the Vocab list at the end of the article and discuss meanings with the class.
  • Create spelling lists and tests around the Vocab words.
  • Ask students to seek out the synonyms and antonyms of the Vocab words.

Speaking and Listening

  • Have students read the article aloud to the classroom and initiate a discussion. Ask peers to explain any confusing sentences or words to one another.
  • Ask students to discuss the highlight of the news event and narrate their feelings about what occurred.
  • Assign an article for homework for a collaborative discussion in class. Assignment could include an impromptu quiz about the student’s understanding of the event.