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Lesson Plans (39) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Sense Suspense
Description: In this language development lesson, Kindergarten ELLs learn the five senses, classify objects using the five senses, and create an ABC book modeled after Bruce McMillan's Sense Suspense in which they demonstrate their learning.


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Subject: Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Five Senses
Description: In this lesson students discover the five senses through literature and the Internet. Student create a presentation to demonstrate the five senses. Students also become aware that not everyone has all five senses.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Pumpkins
Description: During this lesson students will be involved in hands-on discovery activities using pumpkins and pumpkin seeds. They will compare the size and weight of their pumpkins. They will also have an opportunity to taste pumpkin seeds. Students will also learn how to create a simple illustration using a graphics software program on the computer or the Internet.


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Reason for the Season     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the changing of the seasons. They learn why the season change and then test their knowledge using a cosmic map.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Spice World     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students create a map showing the origins of the spices and herbs that help flavor their favorite dishes. Related activities for parents to do with their children are also found on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science, Mathematics
Title: It Counts     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is designed to help students understand and reinforce how numbers are assigned to objects, as well as encourage them to think about more, less, or equal values. In the lesson, students are asked to describe, compare, and classify plants. Students should be able to use numbers concretely and descriptively to count as they make specific observations about plants.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: Ready, Set, Let's Dough! It's a Matter of System     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students look at a complex system when they create their own play dough by taking several parts and creating a whole. Through their constructions, students gain an understanding that individual parts are used to make a whole.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Build a Better Pencil      
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to engage students in planning, making, evaluating, and modifying designs, and to develop an understanding of constraints such as safety, time, cost, space, and availability of materials. At this level, students should be given many opportunities to design and make things using a variety of materials and simple tools. This investigation uses a pencil as a vehicle for introducing the idea of planning and evaluating designs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Investigating Local Ecosystems     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use Internet resources to investigate the habitats of local plants and animals and to explore some of the ways animals depend on plants and each other. In the lesson, students observe living organisms in a local ecosystem and create detailed drawings and descriptions of them.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: Sampling Rocks     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is for students to learn about sampling through an investigation of rocks found in the schoolyard. In this lesson, students collect and analyze a sampling of rocks from the schoolyard. They sort the collected rocks by characteristics such as size, weight, and color, to see if any generalizations can be made about the types of rocks that can be found in the schoolyard.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Materials and Manufacturing     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to look at different kinds of materials and identify their properties and their suitability for different purposes. In this investigation, the familiar tale of The Three Little Pigs is used as an introduction to materials and manufacturing. Students examine the properties, limitations and durability of a variety of materials, then evaluate which of the materials would be best for building a model house.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Recycled Materials     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students are introduced to the idea that some materials can be recycled. They investigate the types of materials that can be reused, as well as potential uses for each type of recyclable material.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Sink or Float?     
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students make predictions about which objects will float in water. Students then test the objects and observe whether they sink or float. Finally, students use the activity sheet provided to classify objects according to their buoyancy. Related literature and on-line activities are also incorporated into the lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Sorting     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to develop the idea that information can be more easily managed and retrieved if it is logically sorted and stored, using the example of books in a library. The activities in this lesson focus on sorting and ordering things so that they can be easily retrieved at a later date.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Entomology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Insects We Love and Hate     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson is about insects rather than parasites, but it teaches students about some insect parasites (e.g. mosquitoes and lice) as well as about insects in general. They see pictures of insects that bite and sting, and others of insects that don t bother people. They then classify insects into likeable and not-so-likeable categories and draw pictures of insects that people like and don t like.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Putting It All Together     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students create, design, and evaluate different structures. They use Lego blocks to create several different designs and evaluate the various steps involved in creating their structures. Then, they think about possible alternative steps for building their structures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why It's Essential     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine the differences between seasons in their region. In addition to temperature variations and seasonal household chores, students explore subtle differences, such as changes in foods available at the market and the length of the days.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Insect Models     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore insects by making models of insects of their choice. When the models are completed, students can compare their models to the insects themselves and to pictures of the insects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Look at Those Leaves!     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson has students observe, measure, and sort tree leaves. They examine leaves individually, in groups, and in relationship to the entire tree.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!     
Description: This lesson encourages young students to see themselves as writers with a message to convey. Three types of reports are provided to show what kindergartners and emergent writers can do.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Little Red Riding Hood Meets--A Golden Retriever?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how dogs evolved from wolves and study the similarities and differences between dogs and wolves. They conduct some basic research on wolves and two dog breeds and fill in a chart to show what they have learned. Students conclude by rewriting Little Red Riding Hood as if the main character had encountered a Maltese or a Golden Retriever instead of a wolf.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Forest Features     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about different types of forests--temperate deciduous forests, temperate evergreen forests, and tropical rain forests. Students concentrate on the tropical rain forest and learn about explorer Michael Fay's Congo Trek through the African rain forest.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Dinosaur Bodies     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to think about the ways in which living animals use their bodies and the ways in which dinosaurs might have used their bodies, based on fossil evidence and our best educated guesses. They draw pictures of dinosaurs engaging in realistic activities and write explanations as to how the dinosaurs are using their bodies in these activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Pacific Salmon     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about pacific salmon, including the salmon migration route and the fact that salmon are able to return to the streams where they were born after spending years swimming in the ocean. They see photographs of salmon at different stages of their lives and illustrate maps with salmon pictures. Students conclude by performing skits showing the salmon life cycle and migration.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Frog Beyond the Fairy Tale Character: Searching Informational Texts     
Description: Frogs often appear as the main character in fiction stories, but what do students really know about frogs? Students find out in this lesson in which they research real-life frogs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Arctic Terns from North to South     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students map the arctic tern's migration route and consider why it migrates so far. They conclude by writing paragraphs describing the arctic tern's migration route and explaining how they think it knows when it's time to migrate.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Caribou Migration     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to caribou and their migratory behavior. Students learn some basic facts about caribou and map the migration route of the Porcupine caribou herd of Alaska and northwestern Canada. They conclude by drawing pictures of scenes along this migration route and writing captions to describe their drawings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Elephant Seals on the Beach     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the fact that northern elephant seals, like many animals, select very different locations for different activities. Adult seals spend most of their time swimming around the northeastern Pacific and feeding in deep waters, but they come to shore twice a year to breed, give birth, and molt. Since it's much easier to observe and record elephant seals on the beach than in the ocean, students concentrate on some of these beach activities by viewing photographs and videos of elephant seals. They draw pictures pretending they have visited one of the rookery beaches.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Science
Title: Under the Deep Blue Sea     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students have the opportunity to explore oceans and ocean life. After locating the earth's major oceans on a world map, students dive underwater to discover the plants and animals that live in the sea. Students listen to stories and poems with oceanic settings and learn about the forms of sea life featured in each. They can add their own artwork and text about ocean animals and plants to a cut-away ocean display. Finally, students engage in various forms of creative writing about the ocean and ocean life.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Whooping Cranes and Their Human Friends     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson shows students how people are helping endangered whooping cranes by teaching cranes raised in captivity how to live in the wild and how to migrate. Students view videos or photographs of whooping cranes being raised by mechanical crane-like puppets and being led in their first migration journeys by piloted ultralight aircraft disguised as birds. They conclude by creating timelines showing the process by which whooping cranes are raised in captivity and taught migration routes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Wildebeest Migration     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students make maps of the wildebeest migration route in eastern Africa. They look at wildebeest photographs and write stories about wildebeests and their migration.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Groups We Belong To     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students begin to think about and identify different kinds of groups. They see that people are born into certain groups and that they join others. They also explore the circumstances that surround group affiliation and participation.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Magnify It!     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students view objects of various sizes from several viewing distances to discover that their visual field is limited. Students record what they see and compare their observations with classmates in an open, nonjudgmental forum. They have the opportunity to speculate about and experiment freely with magnifying glasses and also conduct more structured experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Who Am I?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about many different animals that live in deserts. They learn what the animals look like and about characteristics that enable them to live in the harsh environment of desert habitats.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Incredible Prairie Picture Show     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the incredible biodiversity of the prairies. They identify characteristics and species of the prairie ecosystem and create classroom murals and reports about what they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Fish Aren't Afraid of the Dark!     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to the concept of bioluminescence and consider how animals benefit from having their own light sources. They look at pictures of bioluminescent marine animals and conclude by making collages or writing stories pretending they have just seen bioluminescent animals from a deep sea vehicle.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: What Were Dinosaurs Like?     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on dinosaurs. Activities and discussions in this lesson revolve around comparing and contrasting dinosaurs to animals with which students are familiar. Students consider likenesses and differences through researching various questions and documenting their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Rock Hunters     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson centers on students making detailed observations of rocks. Through their observations, students begin to develop an understanding that there are many types of rocks with a multitude of different attributes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research     
Description: Inspired by their curiosity about animals, students work together to research an animal of their choice and present the information they gather to an authentic audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Rocks     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, presents a slide show of different types of rocks and minerals.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Reason for the Season     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the changing of the seasons. They learn why the season change and then test their knowledge using a cosmic map.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Spice World     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students create a map showing the origins of the spices and herbs that help flavor their favorite dishes. Related activities for parents to do with their children are also found on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks     
Description: The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science NetLinks strives to be a comprehensive ''homepage'' for K-12 science educators. At the heart of Science NetLinks are standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as student sheets (student reproducibles) or E-Sheets (online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities). Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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