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Using an Index Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has taught high school and college biology and has a master's degree in cancer biology.

Students will find that informational texts can be easy to use and a great resource once they understand how an index works. Use this lesson plan to teach your students more about using an index as they read and discuss a text lesson, play a game, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define index
  • Describe how to use an index
  • Locate information in different texts utilizing the index

Length

1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Materials

  • Copies of the Informational Texts: Indexes and Tables of Contents text lesson, one for each student
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Worksheets comprised of the list of terms and the books they are in prepared by you before class (It is also a good idea to create the key for this activity while you create the list), one for each small group

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