Go For It! Lesson Plan

Academic Standards


Reading Objective:

Children will get back-to-school tips from Camdyn Cole, a BMX star.


SEL Focus:



ELA Skills:

key details, vocabulary, text features


Page 4 Skill:

text features



BMX, frustrated, goal



RI.2.1 key details; RI.2.2 identify the main topic; RI.2.4 determine meanings of words; RI.2.5 use text features; RI.2.10 read informational texts; SL.2.1 collaborative conversations; SL.2.3 ask and answer questions


Guided Reading Level: 



Lexile Level:


Provide students with some background on Camdyn Cole..

Build background knowledge (10 min.)

Watch our video “On Track With Camdyn Cole.” After children have finished watching the video, discuss the following question:

  • What is one way Camdyn stays on track?

Preview vocabulary (3 min.)

Next, play the online vocabulary slideshow. This issue’s featured words are BMX, frustrated, and goal.

Set a purpose for reading (5 min.)

  • Pass out the issue, and discuss the cover. What do kids think Camdyn is like? What might she have to say about school?
  • Next, read the As You Read prompt on page 2: “Think about why Camdyn says BMX racing is like school.” Encourage children to think about this prompt as they read.

Read together (20 min.)

Pass out the Read and Think printable. Use it to check comprehension as you read the issue together, pausing to ask the questions. 

Assessment: Reading Quiz

Pass out the Reading Quiz to review key concepts from the issue and assess students’ proficiency on key nonfiction reading skills.

  • Use the online game show to gauge comprehension and reinforce the issue’s content. Students can play by themselves or in teams. For each question they answer correctly, they win a point.

You can use our printable worksheets to focus on important SEL and ELA skills. Here’s how.

ELA Focus: Vocabulary (15 min.)

  • Use the Word Work printable to deepen students’ understanding of the words BMX, frustrated, and goal.

Editor’s Pick: Self-Management (15 min.)

  • The Go for Your Goals! skill sheet helps kids develop a growth mindset as they track their goals.

ELA Focus: Text Features (15 min.)

  • The Text Feature Hunt skill sheet gives children practice with headlines, sidebars, bold words, and more.

 Here are two past issues you can use to extend your lesson:

You can find a higher-Lexile-level and a lower-Lexile-level version of the article online here:

  • Higher-Lexile level: 550L
  • Lower-Lexile level: 470L