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How to Use CAFÉ: Involving Students in Building Essential Reading Skills
 
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As an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary, CAFE provides students with an opportunity to set reading-related goals in order to understand and develop different strategies used by successful readers. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00159/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Sing Those Strategies!:  Engaging Students in Reading Comprehension Strategies
 
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Engaging students through song is a motivating approach for students to learn about comprehension strategies. Go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in Second Grade
 
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A series of independent and guided literacy tasks fosters literacy independence and growth in reading and writing skills. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00158/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/12MM.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Attack that Word: Reviewing Decoding Strategies
 
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Students build skills in reading and spelling by reviewing strategies for decoding words, including finding little words in big words and looking for prefixes and suffixes. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00086/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in Pre-K and Kindergarten
 
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A series of independent and guided literacy tasks fosters literacy independence and growth in reading and writing skills. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00158/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Five Senses Fun: Developing Beginning Descriptive Language
 
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Students identify and describe objects using their five senses. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50580/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Read to Someone: A Component Of The Daily Five
 
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Explicit modeling of how to read to someone fosters literacy independence and growth in reading fluency and comprehension. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00155/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Pound and Sound: Helping Students Hear and Blend Phonemes
 
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Students use a fun kinesthetic strategy to isolate and blend phonemes in words. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00120/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Think Alouds: Modeling Ways to Think About Text (Virtual Tour)
 
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A teacher think aloud is an effective technique to model how to use comprehension strategies before, during and after reading. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50104/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/56EHB.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Stretching Out a Small Moment: Adding Details to Writing
 
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Students practice adding details to a small moment as they share their stories orally with a partner. Go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Question Chart: Improving Reading Comprehension through Questioning
 
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Students generate and answer questions as they read a story to facilitate deep thinking and comprehension. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00060/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Before, During and After Questions: Promoting Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking
 
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Students ask questions pertaining to a text before, during and after reading to build comprehension. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00189/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
The Dice Game: A Cooperative Story Writing Activity
 
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Students write a story together by completing sentences. Go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in Second Grade (Virtual Tour)
 
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A series of independent and guided literacy tasks fosters literacy independence and growth in reading and writing skills. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50071/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/12TD.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Powerful Predictions: A Pre-Reading Strategy to Build Knowledge and Support Comprehension
 
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Students use a list of given words to make predictions about a book. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50634/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Drive-Thru Blending in First Grade: Practicing Early Decoding Skills
 
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By simultaneously driving through and sounding out the letters of a word, students will practice early decoding skills. Go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Wheel of Fortune: A Word Wall Activity
 
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Having students guess letters to identify and spell new words is a fun and engaging way to introduce students to spelling patterns, words and word meanings. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00053/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Silly Names Song: Building Phonemic Awareness
 
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Changing sounds at the beginning of students' names creates a fun and silly song! For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00172/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Sentence Starters: Making Text-to-Self Connections
 
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Students build essential skills in reading comprehension by using sentence starters to help them make text-to-self connections to books they are reading. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00096/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Blooming Prefixes and Suffixes: Developing Word Knowledge by Looking at Word Parts
 
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Students gain a deeper understanding of words by creating word flowers that bloom from a prefix or suffix they know! For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00122/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Alphabet In My Mouth!: Reviewing Alphabet Letter-Sounds with a Fun Song
 
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Students practice alphabet letter-sounds by "putting them in their mouth" in this fun song! For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00161/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Running Records: Assessing and Improving Students' Reading Fluency and Comprehension
 
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Assessing students' reading fluency and comprehension during a one-on-one meeting provides meaningful information about each student's reading development. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00154/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Mystery Bag: Developing Oral Language Skills in Pre-Kindergarten
 
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Students develop oral language skills when they share clues about an object brought from home. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50588/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
CAFE: Engaging Third and Fourth Grade Students in Assessment and Instruction (Virtual Tour)
 
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As an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary, CAFÉ provides students with an opportunity to set reading-related goals in order to understand and develop different strategies used by successful readers. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50134/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/34PB.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
What Rhymes with this Picture?: Exploring Rhymes Orally and in Writing
 
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Students decide if their objects rhyme with a picture, and then compare written rhyming words. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00170/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
The Daily 5 in First Grade: Engaging Students with a Balanced Literacy Approach (Virtual Tour)
 
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A well-organized daily reading and writing program balances variation and routine to maintain student engagement and learning. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50479/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher's classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/12EMP.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Drive-Thru Blending in Kindergarten: Practicing Early Decoding Skills
 
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By simultaneously driving through and sounding out the letters of a word, students will practice early decoding skills. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00214/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Letter-Sound Hokey Pokey: Motivating Children with Songs and Actions
 
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Students do the "Hokey Pokey" to review letter-sound correspondences. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00113/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Literature Circles: Fostering Critical Thinking and Oral Communication (Virtual Tour)
 
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Thoughtful discussion about a selected text provides students with opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking and comprehension. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50098/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/56EHB.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Party Invitations: Motivating Students to Write Informatively
 
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Writing party invitations is a motivating way to teach informative writing and the structure of written invitations. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00107/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
How Many Beats: Clapping Out Students' Names
 
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Students learn the concept of syllables in words by clapping out the syllables in their own names. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00038/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Five Senses Story Reading: Building Reading Comprehension
 
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Students gain a deeper understanding of a story by using their five senses to experience each part. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00089/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in Third and Fourth Grade (Virtual Tour)
 
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A series of independent and guided literacy tasks fosters literacy independence and growth in reading and writing skills. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50133/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/34PB.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
The Hungry Hungry Rhyming Monster: Foundations for Phonemic Awareness
 
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Having students generate rhymes to feed a hungry monster is a fun way to build awareness of the sound structure of spoken language. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00063/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Word Cheers: A Word Wall Activity
 
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Using actions, clapping and chanting while spelling words listed on the word wall helps students to commit the spelling of high frequency words to memory.For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00140/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Five Senses Graphic Organizer: A Planning Strategy for Descriptive Writing
 
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Students use their five senses and a graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas for writing a report on a recent school event and to help them think about interesting words to include in their report. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00097/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Four Square Writing Method: A Graphic Organizer to Support Paragraph Writing
 
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Students learn to prove main points using facts, and then create a paragraph using a graphic organizer. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00052/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Non-Fiction Fun: Identifying the Features of Non-Fiction Books
 
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Students discuss features of non-fiction texts and practice identifying them in a variety of books they read. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50626/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Literacy Centers: Promoting Literacy Independence in Kindergarten (Virtual Tour)
 
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Students practice a variety of literacy skills and develop independence during literacy centers. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50214/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/JKTA.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Bubble Diagram: A Pre-Writing Strategy for Stories
 
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Modeling how to plan a story using a bubble diagram and the "5 W's" and "How" provides students with a strategy to help them organize and plan their writing. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00098/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
The Game of Jeopardy: Reviewing Information (Virtual Tour)
 
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The Jeopardy game is a fun and engaging way for students to review a unit of study. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50179/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/34AR.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Writer's Workshop: Modeling and Guiding the Writing Process in Kindergarten (Virtual Tour)
 
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Students learn about the writing process and what good writer's do during a weekly writer's workshop. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50271/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/JKLC.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Silly Sound Attendance: Building Phonemic Awareness
 
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Changing the first sound in students' names is a fun and silly way to take attendance that builds phonemic awareness. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00171/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Lucy Calkin's Writing Approach: Developing Writing Skills in First Grade
 
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Providing opportunities for students to become engaged in the various stages of the writing process through a daily writing workshop fosters literacy independence and growth in writing skills. Go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Story Bits: Retelling Stories to Build Strategies in Real Reading and Real Writing
 
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Students build skills essential to reading comprehension by retelling the story of a book read aloud. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50633/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Literacy Centers: Developing Skills in Reading and Writing (Virtual Tour)
 
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Literacy centers allow students to practice skills in reading and writing and provide opportunities for individual and small group instruction. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50086/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/12ABLD.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Making and Breaking Compound Words: Building Students' Word Knowledge
 
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Students practice composing and decomposing compound words. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00071/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Success Criteria: Assessment for Learning in Second Grade (Virtual Tour)
 
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Identifying and displaying the expectations for a given task guides learning and helps students understand what they need to do in order to achieve the learning goal. See the lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/50070/ and do a virtual tour of this teacher’s classroom at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/12TD.html. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for more free teaching activities and virtual classroom tours.
Where's the Sound?: Listening for Beginning, Middle, and End Sounds
 
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Students build essential skills in phonemic awareness by listening to individual sounds in spoken words and identifying the sound of the week in a given word during the playing of a game. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00093/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.
Sound Skills Review: Building Up to Phonemic Awareness
 
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Reviewing various sounds skills including rhyming, syllable identification, and phonemic awareness skills (blending and segmenting individual sounds in words) solidifies students' understanding of the sound structure of spoken words. For more information go to full lesson plan at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/balancedliteracydiet/Recipe/00150/. Also go to http://www.LitDiet.org for hundreds of additional free lesson plans and for virtual tours of classrooms.