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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Writing a Friendly Letter
Description: In this lesson students will be introduced to the five parts of a friendly letter. Students will learn what is included in each part as well as its place in the friendly letter. This lesson plan includes a demonstration video clip.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Let's Describe! (Adjectives Lesson)
Description: Students will learn what an adjective is and how to categorize adjectives using an interactive sorting game. Students will compete with each other by categorizing adjectives by color, shape, size, and kind. Students will have to read and sort the adjective word cards. The student with no adjective word cards first, wins! Furthermore, students will use magazine photographs to describe nouns and write sentences. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Down with the Nouns
Description: Students will learn nouns by using an interactive sorting game. Students will compete with each other by putting noun cards down on the floor categorized by person, place, animal, or thing. Students will have to read and sort the cards. The student with no noun cards first, wins! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Adjectives Around Us
Description: Students will make a photo story book using Flickr pictures.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fun-Loving Frogs
Description: During this lesson students will use their imaginations and writing skills to write a story from a wordless picture book, Tuesday, by David Wiesner. They will work in pairs and write text to go along with the pictures. They will also view a website to learn facts about frogs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nifty Nouns
Description: This lesson will introduce students to nouns. Students will practice identifying nouns in a book and on the Internet. A noun quilt will be created at the end of the lesson to demonstrate students' understanding of nouns.


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Subject: 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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: 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: Action ABC's: Learning Vocabulary With Verbs     
Description: Creating an illustrated alphabet book of action words, from attack to zap, reinforces the definition of verbs as it stretches and expands students' vocabulary.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?     
Description: This lesson engages children in using writing to their families as a persuasive tool to get what they want and need.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Word Cloud Nouns!
Digital Tool: Word Cloud
Digital Tool Description: ABCya word cloud for kids is a graphical representation of word frequency. This would be used to present to students new and creative words in a fun, colorful way to engage them as they make connections between words, frequency.


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Title: Parts of Speech
Digital Tool: Sparklefish
Digital Tool Description: This educational app is a Mad libs type story creation game to reinforce parts of speech knowledge. 


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Title: Let's Find a Noun
Digital Tool: Tagxedo
Digital Tool Description: This website tool turns words into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.


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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. 


ALEX Podcasts


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The Case of the Missing Adjective
Overview:
This podcast is the first in a series to teach grammar topics. The adjective episode teaches student to identify an adjective through a fun and mysterious search.


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