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Lesson Plans (29) 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. Learning Activities (4) 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, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards). Learning Assets (3)


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Subject: English Language Arts (K)
Title: Paper Chase Vocabulary
Description: Students will exhibit an awareness on the concept of the story. Students will gain an understanding of the vocabulary, extend the vocabulary, and use it while speaking and writing. Students will become familiar with vocabulary as it is placed within a text.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K)
Title: Getting to Know Characters: Lilly and Other Kevin Henkes Friends
Description: In this language development lesson using the books by Kevin Henkes English Language Learners learn vocabulary and language structures to express feelings, make text-to-self connections, and practice the reading strategy of analyzing characters. In the final project students create a character of their own. This lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).


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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: Language Arts
Title: Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm      
Description: Students often believe that fiction writers make everything up, seldom realizing how research worms its way into entertaining writing. In this lesson, students read Diary of a Worm to find out how fact merges with fiction.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Going on a Shape Hunt: Integrating Math and Literacy     
Description: Students participate in a scavenger hunt for shapes; reading, writing, and discussion of shapes encourage literacy and math skills.
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: Connect With Low-Literate Families: A Three-Tiered Approach     
Description: Parents and caregivers take a page from the teacher's book when they listen to students take-home poems or stories and discuss the ideas within.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Diagram It! Identifying, Comparing, and Writing About Nonfiction Texts     
Description: Students compare the traits fact and fiction by using a Venn diagram to compare fiction and nonfiction books about Native Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction with '' Little Red Riding Hood Text'' Sets     
Description: Students discuss and compare differing versions of '' Little Red Riding Hood'' and other tales about wolves in cumulative read-aloud sessions and text set explorations.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning About Word Families with Click, Clack, Moo      
Description: Using text from Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type as shared readings, first-grade students learn word families and how to decode new words in a word family.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein's Sick      
Description: Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Summertime Favorites 2005     
Description: Relating to summer reading, and presents information about NEH's Summertime Favorites reading list. Learn more about how to engage students in reading by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans referenced on this page.
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: 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: 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: A Getting-Acquainted Activity Using My Teacher's Secret Life      
Description: Students build classroom community as they get to know each other and their teacher better by sharing what they like to do outside school.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Shapes Using Read-Alouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch     
Description: Visual clues in winter-themed books used in this lesson encourage students to make real-world math connections.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Sorts for Beginning and Struggling Readers     
Description: Students are introduced to short-vowel word families and learn to sort words alone and with a partner using the Word Family Sort activity.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research     
Description: Inspired by their curiosity about animals, students work together to research an animal of their choice and present the information they gather to an authentic audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Shhh! Bear's Sleeping: Learning About Nonfiction and Fiction Using Read-Alouds     
Description: Students explore the distinction between the fiction story Bear Snores On and the nonfiction book Every Autumn Comes the Bear.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Improving Fluency through Group Literary Performance     
Description: Students participate in shared reading, choral reading, and readers theater, using books by Bill Martin, Jr. Repeated readings and literary performances help students with their reading accuracy, expression, and rate.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers     
Description: Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Is History? Timelines and Oral Histories     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, aims to help students understand history and recognize that the past is different depending on who is remembering and retelling it. There are four activities, in which students construct a timeline based on events from their own lives and family histories, construct a class timeline through comparison with each other's histories, research oral history by interviewing family members, and study primary sources to write their own history of the Great Chicago Fire.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds     
Description: Students learn about story structure, new vocabulary, and a variety of reading strategies by participating in an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Let's Build a Snowman     
Description: In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Play with Words: Rhyme and Verse     
Description: In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students use their senses to experience poetry. Students listen to poems and rhymes, clap out syllables, and sing along with familiar tunes. They also use puppets and crafts to help recall and retell favorite poems. Finally, students experience the joy of crafting their own original poems.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists     
Description: Students use their emerging writing skills to write shopping lists. They work within a budget, use problem-solving skills to create lists, and buy their favorite treats at the class store.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images     
Description: Students will be monkeying around in this lesson when they create a digital class book in which they imagine what Curious George would do if he visited their school.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Interactive Character Scrapbooking
Digital Tool: Character Scrapbook
Digital Tool Description: The interactive "Character Scrapbook" is a great way to engage students and form a deeper understanding of a book's characters. This interactive activity allows students to create an image of the character being studied and identify and list important characteristic traits. 


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Title: Give a mouse a cookie read-aloud
Digital Tool: Online Storytime - Barnes & Noble (Accessed on YouTube)
Digital Tool Description: Online Storytime is resource produced by Barnes & Noble available on their website or on YouTube. This tool would be used in the classroom as an interactive read-aloud which the students can listen to instead of the teacher reading the story aloud. This tool can also be used as a center for students to sit and listen to various stories on their devices or through other technology in the classroom. The use of this tool will enhance the standards by modeling prosody in the narrator's reading as well as engage students and keep them involved with the storyline.


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Title: We're Going On A Name Talk
Digital Tool: Voki
Digital Tool Description: Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone. Voki lives on your blog, social network profile and will soon be integrated in various instant messaging platforms. You will also be able to download it to most video supported phones.


ALEX Podcasts


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4 Levels of Questions for Analyzing Text
Overview:
The podcast identifies 4 levels of questions to ask when reading text. There are example questions for each level of question.  The questions help readers break down different elements of text and structure questions for teachers to support readers.  The questions also are applicable as students read complex text. 


Web Resources


Teacher Tools


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Storia - online reading resource
http://store.scholas...
Storia is a free ereader for students. Can be downloaded to any device including computer. 5 free books when set up.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Take part in the African American Read-In!     
Description: Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Ezra Jack Keats was born on this day in 1916.     
Description: In celebration of Keats' birthday, students write stories that include some characters from Keats' books and practice using collage techniques with the Collage Machine.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is St. Patrick's Day.     
Description: St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by reading Irish folk tales and using the Story Map tool to create a graphic organizer and see what characteristics are unique to Irish tales.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974.     
Description: Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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