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Lesson Plans (48) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (2) 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 (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Biography Project: Exploring the Past in 21st Century Ways
Description: Through this project-based lesson, students will do research on and create an oral presentation based on the life of an influential Famous American. Students will utilize various means to glean information, from online databases, various websites, and age-appropriate biographical literature to prepare for the final product: a "Living Wax Museum." Students will determine the most relevant information to write a script presented in the form of an oral presentation. The presentations will also be recorded and published as a podcast for sharing on the teacher's website.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fortune Cookie Verbs
Description: During this lesson students have the opportunity to create fortune cookies and identify the verbs in the fortunes.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: On the Farm with Wilbur and Charlotte
Description: During this unit, students will explore many aspects of the book Charlotte's Web. Students will work as a group to develop a presentation, design a web page, and prepare a newsletter. They will also complete a WebQuest about Charlotte's Web and study farm animals.


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Subject: 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 (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Johnny Appleseed
Description: During this lesson, students will learn about Johnny Appleseed through a variety of sources. From the information, students will distinguish between fact and fiction. Students will use the writing process to create their own stories about Johnny Appleseed. They will have the opportunity to publish their work and share it with the class.


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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 (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Writing Poems that Rhyme
Description: This lesson uses technology in the presentation and publication of student poems. A slideshow examples of poems that rhyme and practice poems to finish with the students. It also outlines and models the steps of the writing process used to write a poem. The students may publish their poems by typing them on a slide and/or a newsletter template.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Mexico
Description: In this lesson, students explore Mexico by navigating the Internet and reading a variety of literature. Traditions, holidays, clothing, etc., of Mexico will be compared to American culture. A newsletter creates a way for students to share and educate family members about Mexico.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Move Over: A Sequencing Lesson
Description: During this lesson students will learn about the sequencing of stories. Students will have the opportunity to retell stories using sequencing words they learn. They will also navigate an Internet site to reinforce the skills they learn during the lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Traditions At Home and Around the World
Description: Each student will research his/her own family traditions and report findings to the class using presentation software. In partner groups, students will select a country to research. Their research will focus on traditions of a chosen country and will be compiled in brochure format.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Little Bear's Adventure
Description: During this lesson, students will read about Little Bear's adventure in the book Little Bear by Elsie Minarik. Students will learn about the elements of a story and then explore Little Bear through a WebQuest on the Internet. Students will also navigate a website to complete several tasks to learn more about Little Bear.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Publishing a Book Report Using Word Processing
Description: This lesson provides students with the basic steps to using word processing. Students will use word processing software to publish a final copy of a book report. Students will review the main parts of a book report. This lesson will teach students technology skills they will use throughout their school career.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Luscious Layers of Life...A Walk Through the Rainforest
Description: This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about the animals and plant life that live in the various layers of the tropical rainforest. Students will view a slideshow with many different facts and pictures of the rainforest. They will also research animals and plants of the rainforest by searching Internet sites. Students will also share what they learn through an typed report.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Ants on a Log--A Language Experience Story
Description: This lesson will allow students to create a snack using celery, peanut butter, and raisins (called "Ants on a Log"). Then the students will write about the experience using transitional words. The teacher can adapt the lesson to any mode of writing desired.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Persuasive Writing with Second Graders
Description: During this lesson students will search a piece of persuasive writing to find details supporting their position. They will participate in a group activity involving brainstorming and writing a persuasive letter, and will then complete their own individual piece of persuasive writing.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Email Pals
Description: The students will participate in an Internet pen pals exchange. They will exchange email with students in other parts of the United States or in other countries. They will learn about the culture and climate in other states and countries through participating in this activity.


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Subject: 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 (2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Habitats
Description: What is a habitat? In this lesson, students will identify that a habitat has four elements, food, water, shelter, and space. Students will identify their own habitat and create a brochure describing the habitat in terms of food, water, shelter, and space. They will work in cooperative groups to create a multimedia presentation describing the food, water, shelter, and space needs of one animal.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!
Description: Students will read and discuss the story, Ira Sleeps Over, by Bernard Waber and write a persuasive paragraph about the story, using a Think-sheet to guide the writing.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 3)
Title: Glorious Sunflowers
Description: In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.


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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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 2)
Title: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Description: This is a reading lesson for special education/early elementary students. This lesson helps students with their reading skills as they learn about generosity.


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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 (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Sounds: What We Hear!
Description: Students will create a descriptive writing about the sounds they hear in a favorite place. This is a good follow-up to a science unit on sound.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nouns, Verbs, and Describing Words
Description: This language arts lesson uses technology to assess students' understanding of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Each student will use a digital camera to take a picture at school. He will then write a descriptive sentence about the picture using a word processor. Students will use a specified colored font to identify the nouns, verbs, and adjectives in the sentence.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2 - 4)
Title: Money Management
Description: This month-long experience educates students in differentiating between needs and wants, how to budget resources, and to gain an understanding of the workings of a capitalist society.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Welcome to our Classroom
Description: Students will create a classroom resource book for substitutes to help them feel more comfortable and familiar with faces and procedures in our classroom and school.


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Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Monster Descriptions
Description: The class will participate in an Internet project called Monster Exchange. They will partner with another class to exchange directions on drawing a monster. They will then share the monsters drawn from the directions by posting them on the Monster Exchange website.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Sharks: Should They Be Afraid of Us?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn some interesting facts about different kinds of sharks and discuss the reasons why people are both afraid of and interested in sharks. They consider sharks importance in nature and create brochures to educate beach visitors about sharks. Students participate in an online quiz in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of shark behavior.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Let's Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace      
Description: Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.
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: 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 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: 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
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: 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



Web Resources


Interactives/Games


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Magical Capitals
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This is an early elementary interactive game on capitalization of letters.

Learning Activities


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Magical Capitals
http://www.sheppards...
This is an early elementary interactive game on capitalization of letters.

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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