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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1)
Title: Exploring Owls
Description: During this lesson, students will visit Internet sites to research facts about owls and food chains. They will use this information to complete a picture of an owl food chain, dissect owl pellets, and write a class book about owls.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), or English Language Arts (K - 2), or Science (3 - 12)
Title: A Journey Through the Trees
Description: The teacher will discuss the importance of trees with the students. The teacher will provide photographs of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area. The teacher will discuss significant features of each tree and pertinent ways to identify them. The collection may include: Dogwood, various Oak, Hickory, Pine, Maple, Cedar, Beech, Elm, and Birch trees. The teacher will take a nature walk with the students in order for each child to choose a tree and do a bark rub. The students will compare their art and write a journal entry in order to describe something they learned about their particular tree. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1)
Title: I Want My Half- An Interactive Lesson Introducing Fractions
Description: In this lesson, the children will identify parts of a whole using modeling clay, participate in an interactive web lesson, participate in an interactive web game, and construct a fraction poster. The activities are used as instructional plans to help students better understand shapes and parts of a shape up to a whole. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (2), or Science (1)
Title: Tiger Math Graphing
Description: Students will listen and respond to the book Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger. Students will also create a pictograph based on the data collected from the book.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: An Ocean Adventure
Description: Students will listen to a story and then, using the writing process, write their own story using word processing software. They will then create an ocean picture to illustrate their stories.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: WANTED: A Few Of Our Favorite Authors
Description: This unit is designed to spotlight the work of one children's author each month. Students explore the life and writing styles of each author studied, as well as incorporating studies of story elements in the various works.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Cheese, Peas, and Chocolate Pudding---Please
Description: This lesson will introduce the importance of a good diet. Students will work in groups to create sample menus with healthy food choices. Finally, students will participate in making chocolate pudding, fingerpainting with it, and eating it.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Helen Keller
Description: During this lesson students learn about the life of Helen Keller and how she communicated with others. Students have the opportunity to use sign language to communicate with others. Students gain an appreciation for their sight and hearing, as well as admiration for those who do not have these senses.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Our Summer Vacation
Description: This lesson will be used after a study of Alabama. It will incorporate the theme of vacationing into information learned about state parks in Alabama. Students will make a book about favorite state parks in Alabama and favorite things to do in them.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
Description: This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Butterfly Tales
Description: During this lesson, students will recall events from a story and describe the life cycle of the butterfly. Students will use their imaginations, writing, and computer skills to create a butterfly tale. They will discuss and integrate words that describe butterflies in their butterfly tale.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fun-Loving Frogs
Description: During this lesson students will use their imaginations and writing skills to write a story from a wordless picture book, Tuesday, by David Wiesner. They will work in pairs and write text to go along with the pictures. They will also view a website to learn facts about frogs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or 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: Arts Education (K - 2), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Class Portrait: An Anthology In Words and Pictures
Description: Students will use a digital camera and word processor to produce an illustrated anthology of original poetry.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or 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), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Very Quiet Cricket
Description: During this lesson, students will write a sequel to The Very Quiet Cricket. The students will discuss and demonstrate the use of personification in the story. The class will also complete a WebQuest about The Very Quiet Cricket.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Fabulous Four
Description: In this lesson, first grade students will learn about each of the four seasons. They will learn about different activities we engage in during each of the seasons. Students will also learn about the appropriate attire for each seasonal activity.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: African Internet Safari
Description: During this lesson, students read and listen to poems about African animals and try to guess which animal is being described. Students will use the information they already know to identify the animals. Students will have the opportunity to write a mystery poem about an animal. They will get to share their poems and have the class guess the animal.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Vibrations We Can See, Feel and Hear
Description: This four-part lesson allows students to explore the question of how sounds are made. Using wooden rulers, tongue depressors and tuning forks, students will explore and experience sound. Students will use what they have learned to create instruments. Throughout the unit students will use technology to record their thoughts and observations.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nocturnal Animals Lesson #4: Owls
Description: During this lesson, students will visit various Internet sites to learn facts about owls. They will use this information to draw a picture of the owl food chain, dissect owl pellets, and write a poem about owls.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Writing Process: Brainstorming
Description: This lesson will be used to introduce the writing process. Students will learn about the first step, brainstorming, through webbing activities. Students will also view other students' work on the Internet. Students will learn how to use Kidspiration software to begin the writing process.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Talk!!
Description: This hands-on, inquiry-based unit combines language and social studies skills in order to encourage communication between verbal and non-verbal students. Students in early elementary classes are paired with students who are non-verbal and multi- handicapped and challenged to explore ways to communicate with and learn things about each other.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Go To The Zoo
Description: Students will create their favorite zoo animals using play dough. Using a word processor, students will create a sentence or short story about their animals.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Changing "Now" Words to "Then" Words
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson teaches first graders to use the inflectional ending -ed to create past tense verbs from present tense verbs. As children learn to use the -ed pattern, they change familiar root words into longer words to denote past time. These words are recognized in reading comprehension as past time, in personal writing, and spelling with the -ed ending.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Butterfly Life Cycles
Description: This unit introduces students to a study of life cycles by having them examine the life cycle of a butterfly. The students will observe, record and describe the changes in caterpillars as they become butterflies. The teacher will conclude the unit by having each student prepare a slide about a butterfly he/she has researched for a class slideshow presentation about butterflies.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1)
Title: Nocturnal Animals Lesson #1: Introduction to Nocturnal Animals
Description: This lesson can be part of a two-week integrated thematic unit on nocturnal animals. During this lesson, students will be introduced to nocturnal animals. They will have an opportunity to navigate web sites to learn more about nocturnal animals. The students will also use the writing process to share what they learn about their favorite nocturnal animal.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Spine Labels - What are they and why are they there?
Description: This is a first or second grade library skills unit, conducted by the librarian with help from the art, computer, and homeroom teachers. Students will create: their own book cover and title page containing title, author & slideshow template; and one part of a class web page. It is possible to use only certain parts of this unit as a stand-alone lesson for use in the library, however, standards addressed assume completion of entire unit.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts!! (Writing)
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will describe the characteristics of a peanut and peanut butter (using their five senses) and record their observations/descriptions on a graphic organizer. Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Batty" About Bats!! (Reading)
Description: As a part of a week-long unit about bats, the students will identify the characteristics of a bat and organize the facts using Think-sheets. Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, poems, lectures, discussions, individual booklets, and the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Batty" About Bats!! (Writing)
Description: As a part of a week-long unit about bats, the students will identify the characteristics of a bat and write an essay about bats. Student understanding will be enhanced through the use of books, poems, lectures, discussions, individual “flip books”, an art project, and the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts! (Reading)
Description: The lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will learn about the growth cycle of a peanut and use a Five-Step Sequence Think-sheet to sequence the steps. They will also make predictions and complete activities to check their predictions/draw conclusions (including math skills of graphing and comparing). Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 2), 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 - 2), or 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 English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Leo Lionni’s Little Blue and Little Yellow
Description: Students will use Leo Lionni’s literature and his website to learn about the author, mix primary colors, summarize and rewrite a story, and use graphing skills to determine the classes’ favorite color.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or 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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 3), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Word a Day
Description: Word a Day allows students to develop a bank of sight words that are meaningful to them. Each student picks words to add to his/her individual word bank. The teacher can specify particular categories or let the student choose any word. The student then finds a picture or symbol to illustrate each word using a variety of resources.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Social Studies (K)
Title: President's Day for Special Education/Early Elementary
Description: This lesson helps special education/early elementary students learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and discuss how each demonstrated the character trait of honesty.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies
Description: Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1 - 2)
Title: Compound Words
Description: Students will listen to the story Once There Was A Bull... (frog) and identify the compound words in the story, then work with a partner to think of additional examples of compound words.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: From Stop Signs to the Golden Arches: Environmental Print     
Description: Students bring the print-rich environment of the community into the classroom through the use of environmental print, enabling emergent readers to delight in the realization that they are indeed readers.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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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: 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: It's Too Loud in Here! Teamwork in the Classroom     
Description: Students work with their peers to develop classroom rules.
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: 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: 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: 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: Family Message Journals Teach Many Purposes for Writing     
Description: This lesson encourages children to explore authentic reasons for writing by writing messages to their family in a family message journal.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A-Hunting We Will Go: Teaching Rhyming Through Musical Verse     
Description: Adapting the song '' A-Hunting We Will Go,'' students put a whale in a pail and even '' take a little bear and hug it if we dare.''
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: 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: 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: Language Arts
Title: Predicting and Gathering Information With Nonfiction Texts     
Description: Students take a walk on the wild side when they develop an understanding of nonfiction texts with hands-on experiences and intense analysis.
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: Launching Family Message Journals     
Description: This lesson introduces Family Message Journals teacher-tested tool for encouraging family involvement and supporting writing to reflect and to learn.
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: 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: 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: Mathematics
Title: Counting to Find Sums     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses on the counting model for addition and begins with reading a counting book. Students model the numbers with counters as the book is read. Then they count the spots on each side of a domino and write in vertical and horizontal format the sums suggested by dominoes. Finally, the students illustrate a domino and record a sum it represents for their portfolio. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together     
Description: Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child is the author, illustrator, and editor.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing     
Description: This unit of three lessons from EDSITEment makes poetry exciting for students as they listen to, write, and recite poems that are sure to please. By the end of the unit, students should be able to create lines of poetry in response to poems read aloud, identify musical elements of literary language, and recite short poems or excerpts.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts     
Description: Students listen to fiction and nonfiction read-alouds and explore selected Websites to identify factual information about animals. This lesson focuses on ants, but can be adapted to any animal.
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: Social Studies - Geography
Title: 'Adopt'' a Geographic News Story     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some stories from National Geographic News and then invited to discuss the reasons why it is a good idea to follow the news. The class adopts a geographic news story, designs posters to illustrate it, and researches related topics.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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: 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: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero     
Description: This lesson provides ideas for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by encouraging students to explore the connections between Dr. King and themselves through journaling and inquiry-based research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading and Writing About Whales Using Fiction and Nonfiction Texts     
Description: Students will have a whale of a good time in this lesson in which they use fiction and nonfiction texts to write a letter to an online scientist.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Stories in Quilts     
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, explores the history and culture of quilt-making. Quilts can be works of art as well as tell stories through pictures. Quilts tell stories that reflect the lives of the people who create them, and they record the cultural history of a particular place and time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature     
Description: Connect home and school, literature and life, as students take a storybook character home with them and take turns writing stories about his visit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey     
Description: Students are guided through an informal exploration of nonfiction texts and child-oriented Websites, learning browsing and skimming techniques for the purpose of gathering interesting information.
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: 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,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: 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: 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: 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 - Literature - Language Arts - Story Telling - Social Studies - Geography
Title: New Takes on Old Tales     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students revamp a classic fairy tale so that it takes place in today's world. They base their stories on original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.
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: 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



ALEX Podcasts


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Arctic Foxes
Overview:
Students in Ms. Roby's first grade class chose an animal to research.  Each student found a book about the animal they chose, read and found interesting facts, and found pictures and videos of the animal.  The students then created a podcast to share with other students.  This student chose to research Arctic Foxes.


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The Octopus
Overview:
Students in Ms. Roby's first grade class chose an animal to research.  Each student found a book about the animal they chose, read and found interesting facts, and found pictures and videos of the animal.  The students then created a podcast to share with other students.  This student chose to research the octopus.


Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Language Arts - Story Telling - Social Studies - Geography
Title: New Takes on Old Tales     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students revamp a classic fairy tale so that it takes place in today's world. They base their stories on original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.
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: Language Arts
Title: On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act.     
Description: A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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