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Lesson Plans (27) 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 (2) 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 (4)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Three Little Pigs vs. The Wolf
Description: In this lesson, students will listen to "The Three Little Pigs" and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs". They will identify who is telling the two stories. Students will identify the narrator, characters, setting, problem, and solution in both stories. They will then compare and contrast the "The Three Little Pigs" and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" using a Venn Diagram. Students will decide which narrator is most believable and collect student data. Students will use iPads to create a bar graph with the class opinion data. 


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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 (1), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Pat Brisson's Benny's Pennies
Description: Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: 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: It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr     
Description: All kinds of characters will enjoy this lesson that celebrates diversity by discussing what makes everyone unique and special.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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: 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: 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: 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: Junie B. Jones Introduces Literacy Mystery Boxes     
Description: Like Junie B. Jones, students will be saying '' Wait till you hear this'' after listening to a Junie B. story and creating mystery boxes to help retell the story.
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
Title: Integrating Language Arts: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie      
Description: This lesson integrates reading, writing, listening, and speaking to boost students' comprehension skills. Students explore Laura Joffe Numeroff 's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie using a variety of techniques, beginning with a picture walk and ending with the creation and publication of their own versions of the text.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Fairy Tales Around the World     
Description: In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students become familiar with fairy tales. They read and learn to understand fairy tales so that they can better comprehend the structures of literature, as well as for the sake of the wonder, pleasure, and human understanding these stories can provide in their own right.
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: The Frog Beyond the Fairy Tale Character: Searching Informational Texts     
Description: Frogs often appear as the main character in fiction stories, but what do students really know about frogs? Students find out in this lesson in which they research real-life frogs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Educational Technology,Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Dr. King's Dream     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, hear a portion of King's '' I Have a Dream'' speech, and discuss what King's words mean to them. Finally, they create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: 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



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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
Title: It Doesn't Have to End That Way: Using Prediction Strategies with Literature     
Description: After listening to the beginning of a story, students use details in the text, personal experience, and prior knowledge to predict the way the story will end.
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: Let's Make a Cartoon Story!
Digital Tool: Toontastic
Digital Tool Description: Toontastic is a fun animation app on iPad which can be used for educational purposes. With Toontastic you can create your very own cartoon story. The user has total control of the character selection, setting and story arc. 


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Title: Dear Junie B...Advice for First Grade
Digital Tool: Letter Generator
Digital Tool Description: The Letter Generator Tool guides students through the process of creating a friendly or business style letter that looks professional and is formatted correctly. 


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Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Digital Tool: Plot Diagram
Digital Tool Description: This organizational tool for grades K-12 uses the plot diagram pyramid to map events in a story.  You can choose beginning, middle, and end for younger learners or exposition, climax, and resolution for older learners.  The mapping tool allows readers to recreate a story you have taught in class, or writers to map out the ideas for an original piece. 


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


Lesson Plans


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Reading Lesson, Story Map
http://www.lessonpla...
This website uses a story map to chart the events in a story.

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Story Stew - Teaching Character, Plot, and Setting
http://teachers.net/...
This is a lesson plan for teaching character, plot, and setting.

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Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study
http://www.readwrite...
This site focuses on books by Leo Lionni. These lessons teach literary elements and comparing characters and plots. A matrix is included that helps students review and retell each story.

Interactives/Games


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About Face: Mood of Characters
http://pbskids.org/a...
Student distinguishes the mood of a character based on the information given.

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Character Scrapbook
http://www.scholasti...
The interactive "Character Scrapbook" is a great way to engage students and help them form a deeper understanding of a book's characters. It works with almost any fiction or nonfiction book, and can be used individually or as a whole class.

Learning Activities


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About Face: Mood of Characters
http://pbskids.org/a...
Student distinguishes the mood of a character based on the information given.

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Brain Pop, Jr. - Setting
http://www.brainpopj...
This webpage includes background information and lesson ideas for teaching setting.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices.     
Description: Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a '' Top Picks'' class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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