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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Napping House
Description: During this lesson, children "wonder" when interacting with text. Instead of predicting what comes next in the story, students use their imaginations to wonder about what might happen. They create their own wondering multimedia slide about a new text. This is a great way to encourage creativity.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Star and a Wish
Description: In this lesson students will use the game "A Star and a Wish" to help develop better fluency in reading. After practicing the game as a whole group, students will be divided into pairs to continue playing the game and have the opportunity to remediate on "wish" items.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Pass the Punctuation, Please!
Description: During this lesson students will listen to the story, Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells and identify punctuation used in the story. Students will also play games to strengthen knowledge of punctuation usage. They will then use the Internet to practice what they learn during this lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Edible Edits
Description: During this lesson students will listen to the story Max's Wacky Taxi Day by Max Grover and edit capitalization and punctuation taken from the story. The students will have the opportunity to practice their new skills by working on the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: I Am Poems
Description: Students will write and illustrate I Am poems. An I Am poem is an 18-line, three-stanza poem which students write about themselves, or a real or fictitious character. When all students have presented their poems to their classmates, the poems will be compiled in a booklet and shared with others.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Reading Partners
Description: Students will read a story from their readers in pairs, alternating paragraphs.


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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: English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Looks Like Snow
Description: This lesson uses the book, The Jacket I Wear In The Snow, by Shirley Neitzel, to build writing skills as well as introduce students to the skills of alphabetizing, sequencing, and recognizing synonyms. This lesson could be used to integrate a winter weather unit into the Language Arts curriculum.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: 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: Using a Predictable Text to Teach High-Frequency Words     
Description: After reading an engaging yet predictable text about a child looking for his cat, students use a similar format and high-frequency words to craft tales about their own lost pets.
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: Shared Poetry Reading: Teaching Print Concepts, Rhyme, and Vocabulary     
Description: The rhyme and reason behind this lesson is that students will need to develop important reading skills to increase their reading fluency.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity     
Description: Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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: 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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Word Chomp
Digital Tool: Screen Chomp (iPad app)
Digital Tool Description: Students will use the iPad app ScreenChomp to improve sight word recognition and fluency reading skills.


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