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Lesson Plans (22) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 4), or English Language Arts (2)
Title: "Antonym Bingo"
Description: The students will demonstrate knowledge of antonyms after an introduction done by the teacher. After the introduction, the students will play "antonym bingo" to reinforce the skill.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Distance Learning Collaborative Literature Circles: Because of Winn Dixie
Description: During this lesson, two classes in different locations will participate separately in literature circles using Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. The discussion of the book will be a collaborative project using distance learning.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making Predictions
Description: This lesson will use the trade book, Balto, the Dog Who Saved Nome, to teach making predictions. Students will also learn the true story of Balto and create their own fictional story of Balto.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Literary Elements in Jan Brett's The Mitten
Description: Students will analyze such literary elements as plot, cause-effect relationships, sequence, and prediction in Jan Brett's The Mitten. Students will enjoy predicting upcoming story events and retelling the story from a dialogue that shows a text-to-self relationship.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Composers Then and Now
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research the following composers: Kenny G, W.C. Handy, Johannes Brahms, and Amadeus Mozart. Students will learn to navigate the Internet to locate important facts. They will also learn to use publishing software to create a brochure from the information they collect.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dividing Words Into Syllables to Develop Reading Fluency
Description: Students will develop reading fluency using vocabulary from the book Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Leo and Diane Dillon. Students will participate in reading the story using the reader's theatre strategy. After being introduced to multiple-syllable words students, will practice building fluency by reading those words in the context of the story.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Native American Style
Description: In this lesson students will reinforce their knowledge about Native Americans and their culture. They will also be introduced to Native American writing. The students will read The Legend of The Indian Paintbrush by Tomie de Paolo to aid their learning. Finally, students will create their own writing using Native American pictographs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Honey Bees
Description: The students will do research to learn the various functions of bees within the hive and understand the process of making honey. Students will use numerous resources to find their information including the Internet, library books, encyclopedias, and their science textbooks.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "Dear Santa, It's Me!"
Description: In this lesson students will become familiar with a digital camera and will increase word processing and keyboarding skills by writing a friendly letter to Santa.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: Synonym/Antonym Bingo
Description: Students will learn to identify synonyms and antonyms by playing a bingo game.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: My World of Words: Building Vocabulary Lists     
Description: Working in small groups, students select vocabulary words and research their meanings. In a culminating activity that uses text and illustration, each student creates a '' My World of Words Journal.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Sort, Hunt, Write: A Weekly Spelling Program     
Description: It's easy to make spelling fun. Using a variety of activities from sorting to using words in context will help deepen students' understanding of word patterns.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Word Storms to Explore Vocabulary and Encourage Critical Thinking     
Description: Students learn that dogs are more than just pets in this lesson, which teaches them to use research and vocabulary-acquisition strategies to learn and write about working dogs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Oh Say Can You See What the Star Spangled Banner Means?     
Description: This unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, is designed to explore the symbolic, historical, and literary background of the American flag, beginning with Francis Scott Key's poetic account of the bombardment of Fort McHenry. Using archival documents and images, students associate Key's words with historic events and recognize the sentiment those words inspired. In the second part of the unit, students review the symbols within the flag and look at some historic images of the flag that have become part of American national consciousness.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Acquiring New Vocabulary Through Book Discussion Groups     
Description: This lesson employs direct instruction and small-group discussion to help students learn new vocabulary skills while reading Patricia Polacco's Pink and Say.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Delicious, Tasty, Yummy: Enriching Writing with Adjectives and Synonyms     
Description: Students thoroughly explore identifying synonyms and adjectives before using them to add variety and interest to their own writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Spelling Cheerleading: Integrating Movement and Spelling Generalizations     
Description: 2-4-6-8, students will be spelling great in this lesson that teaches the y rule for adding suffixes through cheering the spelling of words aloud, word sorts, and writing stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Notes, Quotes, and Fact Fragments     
Description: Students are guided through the process of taking notes while reading factual information, then turning those notes into new sentences and paragraphs written in their own words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Two Voices of the ow Spelling Pattern     
Description: Variable vowels are the focus of this lesson; students use nursery rhymes and ow to study how vowels can change their sounds according to different spelling patterns.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Schema-Building Study With Patricia Polacco     
Description: Students use the Semantic Impressions and Possible Sentences strategies to write about Patricia Polacco's books Chicken Sunday and Rechenka's Egg, complete a character study, and write using a WebQuest.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning to Learn with Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster      
Description: Modeled on the activities in Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, a picture book, students combine vocabulary exploration with word play by planning their own vocabulary parade.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: EDSITEment     
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment Web site offers the best of the humanities on the Web. The site includes subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans and at-home activities, and additional learning activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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The Case of the Missing Suffix
Overview:
This podcast is the fourth in a series to teach grammar topics. The suffix episode teaches students to identify a suffix as a group of students realize that the suffix from the lesson is missing.


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The Case of the Missing Prefix
Overview:
This podcast is the third in a series to teach grammar topics. The prefix episode teaches students to identify prefixes through a search around the classroom for the missing prefix.


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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All Words Dictionary & Thesaurus
http://www.allwords....
Online dictionary and thesaurus.

Interactives/Games


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Synonyms and Antonyms
http://www2.smarttut...
An interactive website that allows students to sort words into categories of synonyms and antonyms. A fun review website for upper elementary.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: EDSITEment     
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment Web site offers the best of the humanities on the Web. The site includes subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans and at-home activities, and additional learning activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: EDSITEment     
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment Web site offers the best of the humanities on the Web. The site includes subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans and at-home activities, and additional learning activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Dictionary author Noah Webster was born in 1758.     
Description: Students play a variation of the game Balderdash to practice vocabulary.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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