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Lesson Plans (13) 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 (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (3) 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. Learning Assets (2)


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Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (K), or Science (K - 2)
Title: Camouflage (Predator vs Prey) at Little River Canyon National Preserve
Description: The hunter is the predator while the hunted is the prey. Both animals try to make themselves appear as part of their natural surroundings. Predators do not wish to be seen while hunting and prey want to hide when hunted. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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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: 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: 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: 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: Listen, Look, and Learn: An Information-Gathering Process     
Description: After listening to and discussing the story Score One for the Sloths, primary students research the sloth. Students use a variety of resources, including an information wheel graphic organizer.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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: Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World      
Description: Students are asked to '' talk'' with Kevin Henkes Julius, the Baby of the World by using open-ended questions to help them interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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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: 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: Language Arts
Title: Using a Predictable Text to Teach High-Frequency Words     
Description: After reading an engaging yet predictable text about a child looking for his cat, students use a similar format and high-frequency words to craft tales about their own lost pets.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Two Thumbs Up! Get Students Writing and Publishing Book Reviews     
Description: Students evaluate book reviews written by other children, discussing their components and effectiveness, and write reviews of favorite books to record on video or post online.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3



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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: Word Chomp
Digital Tool: Screen Chomp (iPad app)
Digital Tool Description: Students will use the iPad app ScreenChomp to improve sight word recognition and fluency reading skills.


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BEAT MY TIME
Overview:
This activity is a sight word relay.  The teacher and students read, spell, read the sight words.  The teacher times the students as they read the words.  Each student gets a chance to BEAT their TIME reading the words.


Web Resources


Interactives/Games


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Henry and the Sugarbugs Story
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An interactive story for emergent readers.

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Marvin and Sweetie Story
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An interactive book for emergent readers.

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Lilly, the Wild Cat Story
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An interactive story for emergent readers.

Learning Activities


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Henry and the Sugarbugs Story
http://www.abcya.com...
An interactive story for emergent readers.

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Marvin and Sweetie Story
http://www.abcya.com...
An interactive book for emergent readers.

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Lilly, the Wild Cat Story
http://www.abcya.com...
An interactive story for emergent readers.

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