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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Spotting Sounds All Around
Description: This is both a hands-on and technology based lesson where students can apply their knowledge of letter/sound relationships while incorporating the use of classroom technology. This Language Arts activity will allow for the students to work with a partner to find objects in the classroom that begin with the initial sounds of selected letters of the alphabet. The partners will use the classroom digital camera to photograph each of the items. The images will then be downloaded to the classroom computer to create a class Power Point presentation about letter/sound relationships.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Read Well Letter Chant Podcast
Description: This lesson guides students through creating a Podcast that provides video and audio of the Read Well Letter Chant.   Students take pictures of the cards and record the chant to go along with the cards.


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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: Arts Education (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Science (K)
Title: The Very Hungry Class
Description: Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is a great trade book to teach many concepts across the curriculum. This lesson has activities to excite your students in all subject areas. Students will be familiar with the metamorphsis process and will enrich skills in other curriculium areas.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fun on the Farm
Description: During this lesson, students will navigate the Internet to learn about farm animals. Students will take a virtual field trip with the teacher to explore a farm. They will also visit a website and explore farm animals and their sounds.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Upper and Lower Case Match-up
Description: This technology-based lesson has students navigate Internet sites to assist them with learning the letter names and sounds. Students also use slideshow presentations to identify letter matches and learn beginning sounds.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonological Awareness/Beginning Sounds
Description: During this lesson students will develop phonological awareness through activities that focus on beginning sounds. Students will go on a scavenger hunt, make a picture book, and play games on the Internet in order to help them learn to identify beginning sounds.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Meet Miss E
Description: Students will be introduced to the letter E. They will learn both the long and short vowel sound, as well as learn to recognize the capital and lowercase letter. They will also put Miss E in the middle of two consonants to sound out one syllable words. They will learn through different types of literature and the Internet.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme     
Description: This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Big Green Monster Teaches Phonics in Reading and Writing     
Description: A big green monster helps students build their reading fluency and word recognition skills through choral reading, literacy center activities, and writing stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Play with Words: Rhyme and Verse     
Description: In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students use their senses to experience poetry. Students listen to poems and rhymes, clap out syllables, and sing along with familiar tunes. They also use puppets and crafts to help recall and retell favorite poems. Finally, students experience the joy of crafting their own original poems.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Recognition Strategies Using Nursery Rhymes     
Description: Whether you sing or recite familiar nursery rhymes in this standard lesson, students will learn how to create and categorize words that have similar endings.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: What's in a Name? Teaching Concepts of Letter and Word     
Description: In this recurring activity, the process of choosing a helper for the day becomes a literacy activity, with the helper's name as a starting place for reading and writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Folk Tales: Vowel Influences on the Letter G      
Description: Gentle, gigantic, graceful do these g words describe the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk? Students will explore the hard and soft g sounds by studying fairy tales and animals.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Student of the Day: Create Sound/Letter Understanding With Names     
Description: Name games make learning letters fun and interactive in this lesson where students get to know more about each other as they spell out their classmates names.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Repetition and Picture Cues to Foster Independent Young Readers     
Description: Kindergartners share their knowledge of letters and sounds in a large group setting, giving teachers an assessment opportunity. Each student contributes a page to make a repetitive classroom book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Growing Readers and Writers with Help from Mother Goose     
Description: Watch Mother Goose work her magic! This lesson uses nursery rhymes to help emergent readers remember the letters and their sounds and identify word chunks.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Short-Vowel Discrimination Using Dr. Seuss Rhymes     
Description: Through the contrast of short-vowel patterns and use of Dr. Seuss rhymes, students apply their knowledge of vowel sounds in reading and spelling new words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Dr. Seuss's Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling     
Description: Boom! Br-r-ring! Cluck! Moo!?Everywhere you turn, you find exciting sounds. Students use these sounds to write their own poems based on Dr. Seuss's Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Getting the ig in Pig: Helping Children Discover Onset and Rime     
Description: Students will need their language-building hard hats as they construct words using onset and rime, building vocabulary and phonics comprehension.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Building Phonemic Awareness With Phoneme Isolation     
Description: Students improve phonemic awareness through games and chants that help them isolate beginning and ending sounds and connect them with their written symbols (graphemes).
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Generating Rhymes: Developing Phonemic Awareness     
Description: Traditional chants and songs are adapted to help young students recognize and generate rhymes. The word and letter patterns involved in rhymes provide a stepping stone to reading skills.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading     
Description: Teach your students about sentence structure, rhyming words, sight words, vocabulary, and print concepts using a weekly poem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Wizards: Students Making Words     
Description: The Word Wizard activities in this lesson transform phonics from drudgery into delight! Students manipulate letters to make different words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Whole-to-Parts Phonics Instruction: Teaching Letter-Sound Correspondences     
Description: Students will find that learning onset and rime is a handy skill when they read the Jack and Jill rhyme.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Phonics Through Literature: Learning About the Letter M      
Description: Students learn about phonics by focusing on the letter m and participating in an integrated array of activities, including reading, writing, mathematics, music, art, and technology.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Songwriting to Build Awareness of Beginning Letter Sounds     
Description: Bessie bird lives in a barn in this lesson in which students create alliterative animal songs to help them learn letter names and consonant sounds and build phonemic awareness.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning Vocabulary Down By the Bay     
Description: Students sing a popular children's song, follow along with a picture book that contains the lyrics and illustrations, and then participate in activities to reinforce learning of the vocabulary words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Phonics In Context     
Description: Use an engaging, authentic text to build students knowledge of phonic elements and give them a taste of Japanese culture.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Hey Diddle, Diddle! Generating Rhymes for Analogy-Based Phonics Instruction     
Description: Students practice matching rhyming words, apply phonological awareness to analogy-based phonics, and use the interactive Construct-a-Word to create rhyming words by adding a beginning consonant to a word ending.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning Centers: From Shared to Independent Practice     
Description: Seven blind mice see how they spend each day of the week in this lesson that uses the book Seven Blind Mice to guide students through shared reading, writing, and listening activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Name Talk: Exploring Letter-Sound Knowledge in the Primary Classroom     
Description: Students demonstrate their letter/sound knowledge by working with name cards and sharing observations about their classmates names, giving teachers an opportunity to assess knowledge in a meaningful context.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Phonic Generalizations in Chrysanthemum      
Description: Students learn about word families by reading Kevin Henkes's book Chrysanthemum, identifying words with certain vowel pair endings, and reading words with similar endings.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Literature Circles with Primary Students Using Self-Selected Reading     
Description: Students respond to self-selected books in journals, and talk about their books daily in small groups. The teacher guides students by offering suggestions and writing with them in dialogue journals.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Roman Alphabet Is Our Alphabet      
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the culture and history of Ancient Rome. They then compare Roman letters to their own alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: ReadWriteThink Picture Match
Digital Tool: Picture Match Interactive
Digital Tool Description:  The Picture Match interactive is designed to give new readers practice with identifying beginning-letter and short- and long-vowel sounds through a fun, simple game.


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