Elementary English Language Arts Lesson Plans

Elementary English Language Arts Lesson Plans
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Time4Learning’s award-winning online curriculum offers standards-based language arts for elementary students. Students rise to the challenge of reading fluently, writing proficiently, and building vocabulary and comprehension when their lessons are engaging and fun. Interactive lessons and assessments guide elementary learners from phonemic awareness (reading readiness) all the way to fluency, while also developing skills in sight reading, grammar, the writing process, and reading for understanding.

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English Language Arts Lesson Plans for Elementary By Grade

Kindergarten language arts lesson plans: Time4Learning’s kindergarten language arts curriculum includes 217 activities with the goal of helping kindergarteners make connections between letters and the sounds they represent as well as build vocabulary and basic sight word fluency.

1st grade language arts lesson plans: Time4Learning’s 1st grade language arts curriculum is broken up into two parts: 392 language arts lessons and 334 language arts extensions.  At the end of this coursework, 1st grade students should be using phonics principles to decode words, discovering the main point and key ideas from a written text, and beginning to share information in writing as well as make simple edits to something they have written.

2nd grade language arts lesson plans: Time4Learning’s 2nd grade language arts curriculum is broken up into two parts: 210 language arts lessons and 315 language arts extensions. At the end of this coursework, 2nd graders should be able to read more complex words in a variety of genres, write longer and more detailed texts, and be able to identify the who, what, when, where, and why of content.

3rd grade language arts lesson plans: Time4Learning’s 3rd grade language arts curriculum is broken up into two parts: 197 language arts lessons and 157 language arts extensions. At the end of this coursework, 3rd grade students should become more independent readers with the ability to read chapter-length fiction books. They should also be able to develop their own point of view and opinion about written text as well as write with more structure by using transitions to connect their main points.

4th grade language arts lesson plans: Time4Learning’s 4th grade language arts curriculum is broken up into two parts: 161 language arts lessons and 168 language arts extensions. At the end of this coursework, 4th graders should be able to make connections between the text they read and their own lives by analyzing content.  They will also start being able to decode the meaning of words from their context and go beyond writing facts to writing ideas, observations, and opinions.

5th grade language arts lesson plans: Time4Learning’s 5th grade language arts curriculum is broken up into two parts: 159 language arts lessons and 210  language arts extensions. At the end of this coursework students will be able to compare multiple perspectives on the same piece of text, gather information from multiple sources about a topic, and develop many different types of writing about a variety of topics.

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Elementary Language Arts Concepts Covered

Time4Learning’s language arts curriculum correlates to state standards and uses individual learning paths for teaching elementary language arts. Because reading and writing is the foundation for every other school subject, it is incredibly important that students lay a comprehensive groundwork for these proficiencies in the early elementary years.

Using a combination of animated lessons, instructional videos, worksheets, quizzes, and tests, Time4Learning’s elementary language arts lesson plans cover the following strands of instruction in grades PreK through five.

Phonics and Fluency – The reading process can be broken down into a series of skills, with each skill building on the others until fluency is complete. Phonemic awareness is the understanding that words are made up of sounds which can be put together in different ways to make different words. This early reading skill is bolstered by further exploration of phonics, including blending and decoding sounds. Time4Learning uses a combination of visual and auditory lessons and activities so that students aren’t just reading, but interacting with text to gain reading fluency.

Grammar and Mechanics – While phonics and fluency focus on the decoding of words, grammar helps students understand the relationships that words and conventions have with one another. Time4Learning’s interactive, online environment is the perfect place for students to learn, practice, and review the rules that will govern how they write for the rest of their lives.

Reading Comprehension – As indicated by how many standardized tests assess it, reading comprehension is vital to a student’s overall educational success. Learning to read is the beginning of literacy, but reading to understand is what brings text to life and creates reading enjoyment and satisfaction. The reading comprehension strategies used in Time4Learning’s curriculum focus on helping students monitor their understanding of a passage as they read.

Vocabulary – Another, all-important strand of language arts is the growth of a student’s word bank. In grades 3 through 12, students will acquire approximately 3,000 new vocabulary words per year! The Time4Learning vocabulary approach emphasizes vocabulary both within context of literature and as a dedicated study.

Writing – As you might expect, teaching writing incorporates each of the previous strands of language arts knowledge. Time4Learning approaches writing both as an individual process and as a response to literature. While Time4Learning does not grade individual writing assignments, our Odyssey Writer software includes rubrics that allow parents and students to easily evaluate the completeness and correctness of their writing efforts.

Additional Elementary Language Arts Resources

While the Time4Learning curriculum of language arts for elementary students constitutes a comprehensive, standards-based program, many parents have asked about additional resources for achieving specific goals. We are happy to share other resources that would be beneficial to families needing additional support for special learning needs or acceleration for gifted learners.

While Time4Learning teaches the essential elements of the writing process via interactive lessons and practice activities, many parents have reported that they want more. Some parents are intimidated by the idea of grading their child’s writing efforts. Other parents find that weighing in on their student’s compositions creates power struggles and frustration. To help with these difficulties, Time4Learning created a supplemental writing program called Time4Writing. Time4Writing offers 8-week courses in targeted writing skills led by certified writing teachers who handle all aspects of assignments, grading, and personalized feedback. Registered Time4Learning students even receive a 10% discount on course sign-ups! Find out more about Time4Writing courses for elementary students.

Likewise, many parents have requested additional practice in spelling and vocabulary. Time4Learning is proud to partner with the award-winning VocabularySpellingCity site used by thousands of schools and families around the world. This game-based program uses custom word lists to enhance the skills of spelling, vocabulary, handwriting, writing, fluency, and phonics. Time4Learning users report that it is the perfect complement to their grade-level language arts lessons. VocabularySpellingCity gives your children immediate feedback, and records activities so you can see their progress. Active Time4Learning subscribers can purchase a premium subscription for the discounted price of $20.99 through their parent dashboard. Find out more about VocabularySpellingCity for elementary language arts.

Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use

While T4L’s elementary school lesson plans are used by thousands of homeschoolers across the U.S. and the world, many public school students are using our lesson plans to improve their language arts skills after school or during summer to always excel/stay ahead in school.

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