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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 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: What Will I Be When I Grow Up?
Description: During this lesson students have the opportunity to explore different types of community helpers. Students begin to identify activities and tools associated with these community helpers. Students also begin to identify helping careers they might enjoy.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Cookies and Rhyme
Description: This lesson will help students reinforce reading readiness skills (rhyming) with a chant and activities. After reading the story,Who Took The Cookies From The Cookie Jar, the students will recite the word that rhymes with a word from the line in the story. A puppet activity and Internet games will reinforce rhyming skills.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K)
Title: Celebrating Seuss!
Description: In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday students will explore and develop a love of the literature of Dr. Seuss through read-alouds and activities such as a birthday party, rhyming word matching, and graphing.


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Subject: Arts Education (K), or English Language Arts (K)
Title: Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own
Description: Students will summarize a Leo Lionni story through drawing and writing. Students will also mix the three primary colors to make secondary colors.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Cooking Experience with Blueberries For Sal
Description: This lesson will enhance the study of the color blue by providing a story, cooking experience and writing activity.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: What Can We Learn From Pigs?
Description: This thematic language arts lesson uses a variety of beginning reading books about pigs to help special education/early elementary students learn about character traits and concepts. The wide use of graphic organizers introduces beginning readers to early reading strategies.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K)
Title: There's Magic In Green Eggs and Ham
Description: As a part of a unit about Dr. Suess, students will learn about sequential order. Student understanding will be aided by the use of hands-on preparation of green eggs and ham, dictation, flannel board, sentence strips, and a living center.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 2)
Title: Reading and Writing about Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo by Kelly Graves
Description: This lesson provides literature-based reading and writing activities for special education and early elementary students. This lesson may also be used to illustrate the character education traits tolerance, self-respect and compassion.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (K - 2)
Title: The Four Seasons
Description: This is a reading and writing lesson for special education/early elementary about the four seasons.


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Beautiful Blue Nile     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the Blue Nile and compare it to a river in the United States. They discuss their experience with rivers, see a demonstration of a river running over flat versus mountainous terrain, explore the Blue Nile, and create brochures for people considering a journey down the Blue Nile and along a river in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Life in the Mountains     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the idea that people in different parts of the world have different customs and habits of daily life, even if they live in similar landscapes. They view pictures of and discuss life in the mountains of Colorado and Nepal and write stories describing what it might be like to live in the mountains of Nepal.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography Skills and Your Town     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students relate the five themes of geography (location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions) to their own home town. Students first gather information about their town and then create books, Web sites, or multimedia presentations showcasing their town's unique features.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Relations
Title: What's Your Territory?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider how they, their parents, and even their pets define and defend their personal spaces or territory. They discuss the reasons that countries sometimes fight over territories. Students conclude by drawing pictures and by writing sentences describing scenarios in which territories are threatened.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where in the U.S. Would You Want to Live?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson challenges students to think about why objects, in the classroom and in their community, are placed where they are, and how their placement affects our daily lives. In the process, they come to understand the benefits one geographic location might have over another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Trade and Transportation in the United States     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students imagine what it would be like to operate a plane, train, or truck along a trade route across the United States. They also look at maps of major U.S. transportation networks and explain how specific products might get from one place to another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Workshop: Helping Writers Choose and Focus on a Topic     
Description: Students engage in writing workshop, using a timeline to focus in on and write about a specific event.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Write Right Back: Recognizing Readers Needs and Expectations for E-mail Replies     
Description: Students who know how to compose and send simple e-mail messages learn to use the reply function with audience needs and expectations in mind.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: What's the Difference? Beginning Writers Compare E-mail with Letter Writing     
Description: Students compare e-mails to traditional letters, identifying style and intended audience for each. They then write both an e-mail and a letter about the same topic.
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: Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things     
Description: Students create acrostic poems using their names and the names of things that are important to them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Sorting: Using Observation and Comprehension to Categorize Books     
Description: Students utilize their reading and writing skills as they think critically in order to sort books in multiple ways.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study     
Description: In this author study, students listen to and discuss four books by Leo Lionni. They identify similarities and differences in the stories and then compare two stories of their choice.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Collaborative Stories 1: Prewriting and Drafting     
Description: Students hone their teamwork skills and play off each other's writing strengths as they participate in prewriting activities for a story to be written collaboratively by the whole class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Collaborative Stories 2: Revising     
Description: Using a collaborative story written by students, the teacher leads a shared-revising activity to help students consider content when revising, with students participating in the marking of text revisions.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Creating Class Rules: A Beginning to Creating Community     
Description: Students work together to create classroom rules by brainstorming why they are at school and what they need while they are there.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Draw a Math Story: From the Concrete to the Symbolic     
Description: Students create math stories by first drawing, then writing, and finally using math symbols to show addition or subtraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Draw a Story: Stepping from Pictures to Writing     
Description: Students draw a series of pictures that tell a story, including character action, problem and solution. They '' read their story to others, transcribe it into writing, and create an accordion book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: From Fact to Fiction: Drawing and Writing Stories     
Description: Students gather factual information about frogs and toads to create nonfiction and fiction stories. Drawing is used for prewriting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Weekend News! A Weekly Writing Activity     
Description: On Monday mornings, you re likely to be asked, What did you do this weekend? In this lesson, students respond to this question in a self-assessed writing assignment about their weekend adventures.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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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: Have Journal...Will Travel: Promoting Family Involvement in Literacy     
Description: Students build positive memories of literacy activities when they take turns taking home a book bag stuffed with items to encourage literacy interactions with their families.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: It Doesn't Have to End That Way: Using Prediction Strategies with Literature     
Description: After listening to the beginning of a story, students use details in the text, personal experience, and prior knowledge to predict the way the story will end.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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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: Let's Build a Snowman     
Description: In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness     
Description: This lesson provides the action piece for any study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this project, students participate in Dr. King's dream by doing 100 acts of kindness.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Note Writing in the Primary Classroom     
Description: This lesson provides a wealth of ideas for using notes in the classroom to promote authentic writing among children.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?     
Description: This lesson engages children in using writing to their families as a persuasive tool to get what they want and need.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss     
Description: Young readers create a classroom book modeled after Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to celebrate all the places they can read
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Sentence Quest: Using Parts of Speech to Write Descriptive Sentences     
Description: Students learn about sentences by listing verbs, nouns, and adjectives. They use word cards to create descriptive sentences and work in groups to create the longest sentences they can.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Portrait of a Hero     
Description: Through the series of interactive activities in this EDSITEment unit, students explore their beliefs about heroes and heroism. They share names of familiar figures they consider to be heroes, and then closely examine their reasons for believing each one is a hero. Students then view portraits of heroes from American history and glean a bit of background information on each one. They identify the heroic personality traits and characteristics of each hero. Students also broaden their understanding of what makes a hero, enabling them to identify the real-life heroes who surround them each day. Finally, students consider ways they, too, may become everyday heroes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Social Studies
Title: The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Communicating with the President     
Description: This collection of two lessons, from EDSITEment, encourages students to consider the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy. They learn about the different means the president uses to communicate with the public and then express their views on a particular issue in a letter to the president.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Understanding the President's Job     
Description: This unit of two lessons, from EDSITEment, encourages students to consider the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy. In this unit, they review the structure of the U.S. government, discuss the different tasks undertaken by the president, and participate in an interactive online activity simulating a typical day on the job for the president. Offline alternatives are given for those who do not have access to an Internet connection in their classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Is History? Timelines and Oral Histories     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, aims to help students understand history and recognize that the past is different depending on who is remembering and retelling it. There are four activities, in which students construct a timeline based on events from their own lives and family histories, construct a class timeline through comparison with each other's histories, research oral history by interviewing family members, and study primary sources to write their own history of the Great Chicago Fire.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Phoenicians and the Beginnings of the Alphabet      
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the ancient Mediterranean civilization of Phoenicia. They then identify some of the letters in the Phoenician alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Greek Alphabet: More Familiar Than You Think!     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the culture and history of Ancient Greece. They then identify letters from the Greek alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, and Us      
Description: In this lesson, the last of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students consolidate the knowledge gained in the three previous lessons concerning the origins and development of the alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Audience Through Interactive Writing     
Description: Through interactive writing, students work together and then independently to create invitation letters for a group of their peers and their families.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Blast Off! Vocabulary Instruction Using a Virtual Moon Trip     
Description: 3, 2, 1... Blast off! Students learn new vocabulary by taking a virtual field trip to the moon, read-alouds, creating a picture dictionary, and completing a final writing activity.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Author Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in 1953.     
Description: Using one of Numeroff's books as a model, students use the circle plot structure as a culminating project for a unit of study completed in the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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