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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: Don't get lost in story writing: Follow the map!
Description: In this lesson, teachers will guide the students, as a group, through the process of writing a meaningful story using a story map. First the teacher will review the parts that make up a successful story. Then, the students will be guided through the planning process in which they will make selections for each part of the story. At the end of the exercise, the students will experience how each selection they made as a group, combines to make one cohesive story. Once the group activity is complete, students will have the opportunity to plan and write stories individually using the same story map.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "What do we do? Natural Disasters in the United States"
Description: During the course of this lesson, the students will research various forms of natural disasters that occur in the United States and what someone should do in the event of that disaster. The teacher and library media specialist will collaborate during the planning, instruction, and research phases of this lesson. The students will take the information they collected and place it on a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class. This information should include several pictures that will be located on the Internet. The Library Media Specialist will guide the students through the process of obtaining permission for the use of various images.


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Subject: Arts Education (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3)
Title: The Causes of Pollution
Description: In this lesson, the students will identify the types of pollution found in communities by viewing a video. After discussing the types of pollution, the students will discuss ways pollution can be controlled. Students will also explain why it is important to keep communities free of pollution by creating a poster.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Rockin' Rock Cycle: Metamorphic Rocks
Description: The rock cycle consists of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. This lesson will focus on metamorphic rocks and how they form.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 (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making and Observing Life in a Terrarium
Description: In this lesson, the students will learn what a terrarium is, the layers of a terrarium, and the function of these layers. They will see how these components work together to create an ecosystem. 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 (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 Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Preparing for Natural Disasters
Description: This social studies lesson provides information and safety tips for different natural disasters. It integrates technology, writing, and art activities. The included slideshow may be presented to the whole group, or students may navigate it independently or in small groups.


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Subject: 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 Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Adjectives in a Bag!
Description: During this hands-on lesson, students learn to describe unknown objects by using adjectives. Students have the opportunity to practice using adjectives by exploring an Internet site.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: My Bad Day
Description: During this writing lesson students go step by step through the writing process to create a story about a bad day. Students use graphic organizers and Internet resources to help improve their writing skills.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Narrative Writing: "A Day in the Life of ..."
Description: In this lesson, students will use what they have learned about narrative writing in an authentic situation. This is part of a welcome packet for students who are new to the school. Students will work in groups to conduct research and compose narrative essays telling about a typical day in the life of a kindergartner, first grader, etc. The project will culminate in the creation of a brochure and slideshow presentation that can be used by teachers to introduce new students to their class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing with Presentation Software
Description: During this lesson students use their imaginations to create short stories. Then they create alternative endings to their classmates' stories. Students present their stories using presentation software.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Newberry Award
Description: This unit will introduce the history of the Newberry Award to students. The selection process will be discussed. Students will also visit websites and the library to select a Newberry book to read. Finally, students will give book talks to accompany slideshows they have created.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 12), 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 Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Kids Search In The Classroom
Description: This is a technology-based lesson that will focus on using the Kids Search database in the Alabama Virtual Library. Students will work in teams to access information about animals. This lesson will allow students to research a particular animal and write a report on the information they collected.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Proper Noun Race
Description: During this lesson, students will review nouns and identify common and proper nouns in context. A short story will be written using both types of nouns. An interactive Internet site will be used to reinforce the lesson.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3)
Title: Rumpelstiltskin by the Grimm Brothers: A Reading and Writing Lesson
Description: This lesson provides literature-based reading and writing activities for special education and early elementary students. Using a simple story, special education/early elementary students develop reading and writing skills and learn about honesty, thoughtfulness, greed, promise-keeping and fairness. A persuasive letter will demonstrate what they have learned.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sandwich Story Starters
Description: These simple activities actively reinforce the importance of writing a story that is complete: one that has a good, solid beginning; a middle of substance, detail, and high interest; and a satisfying ending.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Quotations and Commas
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to learn the proper way to use quotations and commas. They will view information on the Internet and participate in online activities to help them master this concept.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Friendly Letters
Description: This lesson teaches students the five parts of a friendly letter. Students will be able to write friendly letters utilizing the writing process. Students will visit various websites to learn more about writing friendly letters. Students will also create a letter by navigating a website on the Internet. The students will use a word processing program to develop their finished products.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3)
Title: Dr. Seuss on the Loose: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
Description: In Dr. Seuss’ first published children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Marco, inspired by the passing of a horse and wagon, imagines a series of increasingly incredible sights on his way home from school. This story provides a springboard for discussing the concepts of honesty, imagination, and creativity and for exploring the difference between dishonesty and creativity. Students will learn to recognize when it is appropriate to weave an elaborate tale and when it is not.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Time Flies
Description: This lesson plan is one of the first in a unit on telling time which addresses the following content areas: language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. Students will read several resource books to gather information. They will then sequence information in a timeline. The final project will be a slideshow presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Just Plain Living
Description: Students work through a teacher-prepared Webquest in order to learn about the art, food, shelter, clothing, etc. of the Plains Indians. Internet resources are used to collect information in order to make group presentations to the class. Students have the opportunity to decide among several projects to complete in order to demonstrate what they have learned.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Because of Winn-Dixie: A New Point of View
Description: This is a language arts lesson concentrating on point of view and narrative writing. Using the novel Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, students practice retelling part of a story from another point of view.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creating State Brochures
Description: Students will work in pairs to research online and/or in print a chosen state and create a travel brochure incorporating the information gathered.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: Hershey Kiss Descriptive Essay
Description: This is a fun lesson to demonstrate the power of words to describe a simple chocolate treat prior to writing a five-paragraph descriptive essay.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Landforms Acrostic Poetry
Description: Students will write acrostic poems using scientific information about various landforms. These poems will reinforce concepts learned in science.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Parts of a Friendly Letter
Description: The teacher will use charts, worksheets, and websites to orient students about the five parts of a friendly letter.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3)
Title: Expository Writing: What kind of friend do you prefer?
Description: This is an expository writing activity using the Makes Sense Writing Strategies.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: Gummy Worm Writing
Description: This activity is designed to introduce descriptive writing. It can be used in grades 3-5.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 4)
Title: Descriptive Essay
Description: Students learn to use one-main-idea think-sheets when producing simple descriptive essays.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3)
Title: Persuasive Writing: You Are What You Eat
Description: Students will write a persuasive essay trying to convince their audience to eat healthy. Students will use the Makes Sense Strategies to complete the lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Picturing Parts of Speech
Description: For this lesson students use digital cameras to take pictures which illustrate various parts of speech, then insert the pictures into a digital slideshow presentation and write sentences about the pictures.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Thank-You Notes
Description: This lesson teaches students to write thank-you note using the writing process. Students will draft, revise, edit, and publish their thank-you notes. They will use a computer to view examples of thank-you notes and insert graphics into their own published thank-you notes.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Look at me!
Description: Students will write an autobiography and use pictures of themselves from past and present to illustrate it.


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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: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3)
Title: Inch by Inch
Description: In this lesson students will do a variety of learning activities while they meet many math, science, and language arts objectives. Students will measure items, analyze and record data, listen to instructions, and follow directions. They will also follow a recipe to make a creative dessert.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing with Technology
Description: The students will use technology (portable keyboards) to write a narrative.


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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: Language Arts
Title: Choosing Clear and Varied Dialogue Tags: A Minilesson     
Description: In this minilesson, students explore the use of dialogue tags such as he said or she answered in picture books and novels, discussing their purpose, form, and style.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching the Compare and Contrast Essay through Modeling     
Description: The compare and contrast essay is taught through modeling from the brainstorming phase through the first draft.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Blending Fiction and Nonfiction to Improve Comprehension and Writing Skills     
Description: Students use a text set to increase understanding of content area material and demonstrate what they have learned by writing an original piece that blends together narrative and expository elements.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Behind the Scenes With Cinderella     
Description: Cinderella without castles, coaches, or ball gowns? Students use versions of Cinderella to explore how the setting of a story time, place, and culture affects the characters and plot.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes     
Description: Students analyze a photograph, brainstorm words to describe the characters' senses and feelings, work in pairs to describe a character's experience, and create a poem using their ideas and similes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Guided Comprehension: Visualizing Using the Sketch-to-Stretch Strategy     
Description: Guided comprehension moves your middle-grade students beyond decoding to become successful, independent readers. The sketch-to-stretch strategy encourages students to use '' brain TV'' to help them understand a text through visualization.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Guided Comprehension: Self-Questioning Using Question-Answer Relationships     
Description: Guided comprehension moves your students beyond decoding to become independent readers. Generating questions to guide reading helps readers make connections with the text and supports independent comprehension of new texts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Guided Comprehension: Making Connections Using a Double-Entry Journal     
Description: Based on the Guided Comprehension Model by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson helps students learn three types of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world) using a double-entry journal.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure     
Description: This lesson uses comic strip frames to define plot and reinforce the structure that underlies a narrative. Students finish by writing their own original narratives.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Writing and Role-Play to Engage the Reluctant Writer     
Description: What does the world look like through a javelina's eyes? Students become javelinas in this lesson when they analyze a character and write from his or her perspective.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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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 Report Alternative: The Elements of Fiction     
Description: Students identify the elements of fiction in a book they have read and share summaries of them by writing and illustrating their own mini-book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Writing Resumes for Characters in Historical Fiction     
Description: Students write resumes for historical fiction characters. They first explore help wanted ads to see what employers want, and then draft resumes for the characters they've chosen.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Powerful Writing: Description in Creating Monster Trading Cards     
Description: Students create their own monster trading cards using '' powerful,'' vivid language to describe their creatures.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Road with Marco Polo: Homecoming     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about events in Venice after Marco Polo's return. They discover how Marco Polo came to publish the story of his adventures.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Road with Marco Polo: A Boy in 13th Century Venice     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about life in medieval Venice and explore possible motivations behind Marco Polo's interest in travel and trade. They use maps to learn more about the geography of Venice and of medieval Europe.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slave Narratives: Constructing U.S. History Through Analyzing Primary Sources     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students research narratives from the Federal Writers Project and describe the lives of former African slaves in the U.S., both before and after Emancipation. From varied stories, students sample the breadth of individual experiences, make generalizations about the effects of slavery and Reconstruction on African Americans, and evaluate primary source documents.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Someone a Letter     
Description: This EDSITEment lesson introduces students to the correspondence of the famous, the infamous, and the ordinary, some of whom lived through extraordinary times. Teachers can use these fascinating letters as a starting point for discussion of and practice in the conventions and purposes of letter writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Where I Come From     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students take research into their heritage a step beyond the construction of a family tree, traveling through cyberspace to find out what's happening in their ancestral homelands today and explore their sense of connection to these places in their past.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Makes a Hero?     
Description: In this unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, students explore heroes and the traits that make them heroic. Students begin by thinking about their own heroes and list the character traits their heroes possess. Students then explore kid heroes, adults heroes, local heroes, and heroes from history, before completing one of several suggested culminating activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Language Arts - Story Telling - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Fairy Tales, Then and Now     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students read an old fairy tale or story and list the geographical features and characters described in the story. They then think about how the story might be updated to reflect their own modern setting and culture and conclude by performing an updated version of the story.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Let Freedom Ring: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students listen to a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., view photographs of the March on Washington, and study King's use of imagery and allusion in his I Have a Dream speech. After studying King's use of imagery and allusion, they create original poetic phrases about freedom and illustrate them with symbols representing the forms of freedom that have yet to be realized in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Who's Got Mail? Using Literature to Promote Authentic Letter Writing     
Description: Students discuss and chart letter elements and write their own letters to adults at school, reinforcing letter-writing skills beyond the classroom lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Title: Book Report? Let's Travel There Instead!
Digital Tool: Read Write Think Printing Press
Digital Tool Description: The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. 


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