Utilize the Week 15 Exercises to Help Kids Learn about Healthy Food and Animals that Help with Healing

Week 15 preview

The objective for our Week 15 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Quinn on Nutrition: ABCs of good-for-you-foods” (Level 1 lesson) and “‘Co-therapist’ dogs and ponies to help boost mental health of pediatric patients” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of the exercises of this week’s Level 1 lesson … Read more

Use Week 14 Lessons to Teach Students Socializing Tips and Whether You Should Lick Envelopes During the Pandemic

Week 14 Preview

The objective for our Week 14 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Barton Goldsmith: Some socializing tips to improve your online connections” (Level 1 lesson) and “Balancing Act: Should you avoid licking your holiday card envelopes during a COVID-19 pandemic? We asked an expert” (Level 2 lesson).  … Read more

Week 13 is about Healthy Holiday Meals plus Not to Yell at Dogs

Week 13 preview

The objective for our Week 13 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Mayo Clinic Minute: A healthy approach to holiday meals” (Level 1 lesson) and “Commentary: For dogs’ sake, please stop yelling” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of the exercises of this week’s Level 1 lesson include: Vocabulary: … Read more

Week 12 Teaches Students about Holiday Gatherings Despite COVID plus Bee Stings

Week 12 preview

The objective for our Week 12 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Many Americans likely to attend large holiday gatherings despite COVID-19, survey finds” (Level 1 lesson) and “Mayo Clinic Q And A: Bee sting allergy — here’s what you need to know” (Level 2 lesson).  Some … Read more

Learn More about the Critical Reading lessons in Week 11 about Face Masks plus Teaching Kids Respect

Week 11 preview

The goal for our Week 11 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “This retiree has made nearly 8,000 masks for community members since April, and she’s still going” (Level 1 lesson) and “Person to Person: Teaching your kids to respect other people” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of … Read more

Discover the Critical Reading lessons in Week 10 about Routine Vaccinations and Senior Volunteers

Week 10 Preview

The goal for our Week 10 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Why routine vaccinations for kids are especially important this year” (Level 1 lesson) and “Many older volunteers waiting out COVID-19 and looking forward to serving again” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of the exercises of this … Read more

Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2019-20: Pet Themes

XTRA Weekly Pet Themes

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Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2019-20: Science Themes

Top Lessons - Science Themes

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Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2019-20: Home Themes

XTRA Weekly - Home Themes

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Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2019-20: Health Themes

Top Critical Reading - Health Issues

Envision a solution that teaches students critical reading of a newspaper article, engages readers in higher-order thinking, and provides step-by-step directions for the instructor to deliver the lesson plan. Now, imagine that it’s budget-friendly and has 32 weekly lessons for the entire school year. You’re not dreaming, the solution is available and it’s called XTRA … Read more