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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. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Interactives/Games (4) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) 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 (1)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Reading Foundations (Intervention) Lesson: Short /u/
Description: If you have been looking for a template to keep your small group instruction explicit, effective, yet rigorous, you have found the right lesson. This lesson has been developed according to the ARI- Intervention Module. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1)
Title: Let’s plant a garden with Frog and Toad
Description: Interdisciplinary ELA and science lesson where students explore the social ethics and dynamics of friendship. Students will also discuss, compare and contrast the differences of toads attempt to plant a garden to the actual needs of a developing seed.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Computer Alphabet Book
Description: During this lesson, students will use the computer to make an alphabet book using word processing software. Students will demonstrate their ability to list pictures with the same beginning sound as the letters of the alphabet and learn how to insert clip art and type words in a document.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonemic Awareness with Technology
Description: This lesson allows students to use the Internet to manipulate words by changing initial sounds. Students will use computer skills while learning how to change words by changing the initial sound.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonics Lesson: The ir, er, and ur Girls
Description: This phonics lesson will introduce the ir, er, and ur girls, but will focus on the /er/ sound. Students will learn that when found together the letters e and r make the /er/ sound instead of two separate sounds. Students will have the opportunity to make words with "er" on a dry erase board (or AlphaSmart) and will reinforce the lesson on the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Long and Short Vowel Sounds
Description: During this lesson, students will learn the different sounds vowels make. They will view a slideshow presentation that teaches them the different sounds. Once they have learned the sounds, students will create a document of pictures representing the different vowel sounds. Students will also navigate the Internet to practice identifying the different vowel sounds.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Reading Partners
Description: Students will read a story from their readers in pairs, alternating paragraphs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Looks Like Snow
Description: This lesson uses the book, The Jacket I Wear In The Snow, by Shirley Neitzel, to build writing skills as well as introduce students to the skills of alphabetizing, sequencing, and recognizing synonyms. This lesson could be used to integrate a winter weather unit into the Language Arts curriculum.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for -ew and -oo
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow up lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for the "-ick" Word Family
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow up lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for the "-ar" sound
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow-up lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for "sh"
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow-up lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: Explicit Phonics Lesson for the -unk Sound
Description: This lesson covers phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, spelling patterns, and dictation. It can be used as an introduction or a follow-up lesson.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Name Talk: Exploring Letter-Sound Knowledge in the Primary Classroom     
Description: Students demonstrate their letter/sound knowledge by working with name cards and sharing observations about their classmates names, giving teachers an opportunity to assess knowledge in a meaningful context.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A-Hunting We Will Go: Teaching Rhyming Through Musical Verse     
Description: Adapting the song '' A-Hunting We Will Go,'' students put a whale in a pail and even '' take a little bear and hug it if we dare.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Short-Vowel Discrimination Using Dr. Seuss Rhymes     
Description: Through the contrast of short-vowel patterns and use of Dr. Seuss rhymes, students apply their knowledge of vowel sounds in reading and spelling new words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Building Phonemic Awareness With Phoneme Isolation     
Description: Students improve phonemic awareness through games and chants that help them isolate beginning and ending sounds and connect them with their written symbols (graphemes).
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Stop Signs, McDonald's, and Cheerios: Writing With Environmental Print     
Description: Students use logos from everyday life to identify individual letters and then create their own captions for the images.
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: Dr. Seuss's Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling     
Description: Boom! Br-r-ring! Cluck! Moo!?Everywhere you turn, you find exciting sounds. Students use these sounds to write their own poems based on Dr. Seuss's Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading     
Description: The game Bingo is transformed in this lesson in which students use symbols and images to make connections to environmental print through the use of personalized Bingo cards.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Wizards: Students Making Words     
Description: The Word Wizard activities in this lesson transform phonics from drudgery into delight! Students manipulate letters to make different words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Recognition Strategies Using Nursery Rhymes     
Description: Whether you sing or recite familiar nursery rhymes in this standard lesson, students will learn how to create and categorize words that have similar endings.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Student of the Day: Create Sound/Letter Understanding With Names     
Description: Name games make learning letters fun and interactive in this lesson where students get to know more about each other as they spell out their classmates names.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Getting the ig in Pig: Helping Children Discover Onset and Rime     
Description: Students will need their language-building hard hats as they construct words using onset and rime, building vocabulary and phonics comprehension.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: What's in a Name? Teaching Concepts of Letter and Word     
Description: In this recurring activity, the process of choosing a helper for the day becomes a literacy activity, with the helper's name as a starting place for reading and writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



ALEX Learning Assets


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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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Oral Reading Fluency- Dr. Seuss Day
Overview:
In this podcast students will orally read Dr. Seuss' "Cat in the Hat". Students will discuss their favorite parts of the story. Teacher will discuss oral reading fluency and how reading aloud can improve fluency. Teacher suggests recording students while reading aloud and allowing playback in a listening center.  This lesson plan is located at the following link: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/improving-fluency-through-group-793.html


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Initial and Final Sounds
http://www.lessonpla...
This site provides a lesson on initial and final sounds using Dr. Seuss' Hop on Pop.

Podcasts


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YouTube: ABC Phonics Song
http://www.youtube.c...
This phonics song provides the letter name, the letter sound, and a word that begins with the letter.

Assessments


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Auburn University School of Education - Phoneme Identities
http://www.auburn.ed...
This page contains a pretest of phoneme identities.

Interactives/Games


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Recognize Blends
http://www.sadlier-o...
Students are asked to find the blend that matches the picture.

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Word Sort
http://www.readwrite...
Student sort words by vowel sounds. Students can print a paper copy of the word sort after they have completed it.

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ABC Memory Match
http://www.abcya.com...
Students will play a memory game matching alphabet cards.

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Farm Your Way Around Phonemes
http://www.professor...
A fun farm website that has several interactive games that introduce phoneme sounds and ends with phoneme manipulation, taking away the beginning sounds and the students find the sounds that is left. It could be used for intervention groups.

Learning Activities


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Initial Sound Accuracy, Guess What I'm Thinking Game
http://www.freereadi...
This page includes directions for an activity where students are asked to isolate the initial sound in words.

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Phonics Activity Sheets
http://www.beenleigs...
This site provides activities with c-v-c words.

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Recognize Blends
http://www.sadlier-o...
Students are asked to find the blend that matches the picture.

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Auburn University School of Education - Phoneme Identities
http://www.auburn.ed...
This page contains a pretest of phoneme identities.

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Starfall - Cut Up/Take Home Books
http://www.starfall....
"Cut Up/Take Home Books" offers stories to that may be printed. The same stories are read aloud on the "Learn to Read" section of Starfall.

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