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Lesson Plans (23) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (5) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (15) 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, 
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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 (K - 1), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Label It!
Description: During this lesson, students will work to create word cards or "labels" to identify parts of the computer. Students will use basic letter sounds to help spell the correct words. Students will demonstrate their new knowledge by labeling parts of a computer.


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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 (K - 3), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Word a Day
Description: Word a Day allows students to develop a bank of sight words that are meaningful to them. Each student picks words to add to his/her individual word bank. The teacher can specify particular categories or let the student choose any word. The student then finds a picture or symbol to illustrate each word using a variety of resources.


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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: Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity     
Description: Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



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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: 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: 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: Using Songwriting to Build Awareness of Beginning Letter Sounds     
Description: Bessie bird lives in a barn in this lesson in which students create alliterative animal songs to help them learn letter names and consonant sounds and build phonemic awareness.
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: 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: 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: Word Study with Henry and Mudge      
Description: Henry and Mudge is used in this lesson to build students' word recognition through rereading, high-frequency word banks, word studies, and writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3



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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 Podcasts


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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.


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First Grade Sight Word Practice
Overview:
My students and I created this podcast as a fun way to learn and teach 1st grade sight words.   The podcast includes audio and video to help all types of learner’s master first grade sight words.  I used this video as a whole group and on  ipods and computers at centers to help struggling readers.   


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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


Informational Materials


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Reading Three Letter Words
http://www.dorbooks....
This site includes instructions and an activity for adding consonants to the end of two-letter blends to build three-letter words.

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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Blending Sounds
http://pbskids.org/l...
This web page allows users to select beginning and ending sounds to blend into a new word using a fun interactive football game.

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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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Coconut Vowels
http://www.abcya.com...
Students use hand-eye coordination with spelling skills to interact with vowels spelling game.

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Spelling Match
http://www.eduplace....
This site contains spelling match games for grades 1-8.

Learning Activities


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Consonant Clusters (Blends)
http://www.firstscho...
This page contains worksheets and activities with initial and final consonant blends.

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Using Word Sorts
http://www.trcabc.co...
This resource provides information for teachers on how to create word sorts.

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Kids Pages - Flashcards
http://www.kids-page...
This Web site contains 68 flashcards with vocabulary and pictures for different categories of words.

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

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ABC Teach
http://www.abcteach....
The ABC Teach directory provides activity sheets for students learning to identify vowel sounds and cononant sounds.

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Reading High Frequency Words
http://www.carlscorn...
This site provides weekly word lists made up of high frequency 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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Reading Three Letter Words
http://www.dorbooks....
This site includes instructions and an activity for adding consonants to the end of two-letter blends to build three-letter words.

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Consonants and Two Letter Blends
http://www.dorbooks....
This site includes instructions and an activity for combining consonants with vowels to make two-letter blends.

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Starfall - Learn to Read
http://www.starfall....
Starfall is an interactive website that provides valuable information about alphabet, letter sounds, upper/lower case letters, long/short vowel sounds, beginning ending sounds, letter blends, sight words, and other pre-reading activities. "Learn to Read" is a directory of phonics activities including letter blends (sh, wh, th, ch) and initial and final sounds.

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Irregular Word Activities
http://www.freereadi...
This page contains activities for irregular words. They are divided into sequenced activities and supplemental activities.

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Dolch Sight Word Activities
http://www.learningb...
This site offers many resources for teaching Dolch sight words.

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The School Bell - High Frequency Words
http://www.theschool...
Printable worksheets, assessment forms, word cards, etc. on Dolch Lists #1-11.

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Blending Sounds
http://pbskids.org/l...
This web page allows users to select beginning and ending sounds to blend into a new word using a fun interactive football game.

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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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