Lesson files are in Smart Notebook Express format and have the file extension .notebook.

To utilize these files:

  • Download the Lesson file to a local folder/directory on your device.
  • If you already have the Smart Notebook Express program, simply click on the downloaded file from the previous step. If you don’t have the program start the Smart Notebook Express program using this link: Smart Notebook Express
  • Click on "Open an existing Notebook file" and browse to the folder location in step #1.
  • Open the Lesson file downloaded and saved in step #1.

Browser Notes:

Chrome and Firefox will save the lesson files with the .notebook extension.
For Internet Explorer rename the extension from .zip to .notebook before saving.


Phonemic Awareness

LESSON: Mr. Backward

LESSON: Tongue Twisters

Sound Boxes - .pdf .jpg


Predictable rhyming text template  -  .pdf  .jpg

LESSON:   Magical E! cards

Flip book  -  .pdf   .jpg

Word Recognition & Vocabulary

LESSON:  Double meaning sentences

LESSON:  Schoolyard Safari template

LESSON:  Sample Analogies

Sample word-web  -  .pdf  .jpg

Organizer of Greek gods, semi-gods, monsters, and heroes  -  .pdf  .jpg

Language concepts and examples  -  .pdf  .jpg

Semantic gradient word chart  -  .pdf  .jpg

Sample vocabulary bookmark  -  .pdf  .jpg

Possible sentences based on new vocabulary  -  .pdf  .jpg


LESSON:   Classic literature quotes

"Sad" story face  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer and retelling of Patricia Polacco's The Butterfly (2000)  -  .pdf  .jpg

Text mapping example  -  .pdf  .jpg

Multiple perspective diary entries  -  .pdf  .jpg1  .jpg2

Story web  -  .pdf  .jpg

Story map  -  .pdf  .jpg

Student journal using Question Connect Transform  -  .pdf  .jpg

Character perspective chart  -  .pdf  .jpg

Venn diagram  -  .pdf  .jpg

Key words associated with text structures  -  .pdf  .jpg

Chart for comparing multiple sources for a topic  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer: Timeline  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer: Sequence for life cycle  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer: Description or Enumeration  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer: Classification  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer: Comparison/contrast  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer: Cause/effect  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer: Problem/solution  -  .pdf  .jpg

Graphic organizer: Persuasion  -  .pdf  .jpg

Sample K-T-W-L-E chart  -  .pdf  .jpg

Think-aloud  -  .pdf  .jpg

Learning log entry and analysis  -  .pdf  .jpg

Sample science log (second grade)  -  .pdf  .jpg

Sample response to Question Connect Transform  -  .pdf  .jpg


LESSON:  Sample opinion piece (second grade)

LESSON:  Graphic organizer for an argument

Partial checklist used for students' evaluation of their presentation of an argument   -  .pdf  .jpg

Checklist for proofreading (second grade)   -  .pdf  .jpg

Thank you notes written (first grade)   -  .pdf  .jpg1  .jpg2  .jpg3

Excerpt from "Through a Dragon's Eyes by Garath Half-Elven"   -  .pdf  .jpg

Sample expository text frame for sequence   -  .pdf  .jpg

Sample expository text frame for comparison/contrast   -  .pdf  .jpg

Sample expository text frame for enumeration   -  .pdf  .jpg

Acrostic poems   -  .pdf  .jpg

Biopoems   -  .pdf  .jpg

Cinquain poems   -  .pdf  .jpg

Diamante poems   -  .pdf  .jpg

Fibbin poems   -  .pdf  .jpg

Sample friendly letter (Response to the Three Little Pigs' invitation)   -  .pdf  .jpg

Storyboard example   -  .pdf  .jpg

Storyboard template   -  .pdf  .jpg

Example argumentative essay   -  .pdf  .jpg

POW model   -  .pdf  .jpg

TREE model   -  .pdf  .jpg


Sample poem with marked phrases   -  .pdf  .jpg

Readers theatre script   -  .pdf  .jpg

Example poem for choral reading  -  .pdf  .jpg