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Lesson Plans (21) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) 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.
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Hansel and Gretel: Tell Me About it!
Description: From this lesson, students will learn the five elements of a short story (characters, setting, plot, theme, and conflict). Students will then watch a video of a short story and identify those five elements. Afterward, students will work creatively and collaboratively to come up with an alternate ending to the story.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Just Make a Mark and See Where it Takes You 
Description: In this lesson the teacher will need a copy of the story “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. The lesson incorporates several skills associated with the College- and Career Ready-Standards.  This lesson is great if a teacher wants to incorporate several skills at one time into a lesson. The story is about a reluctant learner who lacked self-confidence.  A teacher encourages the learner to believe in herself and believe she can draw. The teacher asks the learner to, “just make a mark and see where it takes you.” This lesson is hands-on, inquiry, whole group, and small group aspects. The lesson is designed to be completed in 3 days.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Fantastic Fairy-tale Characters
Description: Students will work in groups to describe character's actions and points of view in specific fairy tales. Students will continue working in groups to fill out an open-mind portrait on two different characters in the story.  The students will come together in a whole group setting and discuss their characters from the story.  The students will then develop their own characters in a fairy tale and produce their story on an iPad.  This lesson should take place over a 2-3 day period.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Listening Comprehension Read Aloud- Who Was Ruby Bridges?
Description: Listening to narrative text offers students a chance to go beyond decoding and word meaning. Listening as the teacher reads a story gives gives students an opportunity to appreciate, draw significance and meaning as well as informal practice using  story elements. Listening to read-a-louds gives the teacher the opportunity to model "close" reading skills as well as model thinking. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (1 - 3), or English Language Arts (1 - 3)
Title: Where Did My Sunflowers Van Gogh?
Description: Students will read about the life of Vincent Van Gogh and observe how the events of his life shaped his art.  Students will view various works by the artist and evaluate the changes in them.  Students will then create a still life sunflower portrait interpretation based on the works of Vincent Van Gogh. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: The Life and Contributions of George Washington Carver
Description: This cross curricular lesson is a look into the life of George Washington Carver and the difficulties he overcame to be an important figure in Alabama and United States history. The students will explore and discuss the contributions he made through his studies and inventions. Students will also explore the structure and parts of a sweet potato plant and a peanut plant.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: 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: 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,Social Studies
Title: What Is History? Timelines and Oral Histories     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, aims to help students understand history and recognize that the past is different depending on who is remembering and retelling it. There are four activities, in which students construct a timeline based on events from their own lives and family histories, construct a class timeline through comparison with each other's histories, research oral history by interviewing family members, and study primary sources to write their own history of the Great Chicago Fire.
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: 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: Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon      
Description: Using names and high-frequency words from nursery rhymes and the Big Book The Enormous Watermelon, students engage in word recognition activities such as character identification and a word matching game.
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: A Schema-Building Study With Patricia Polacco     
Description: Students use the Semantic Impressions and Possible Sentences strategies to write about Patricia Polacco's books Chicken Sunday and Rechenka's Egg, complete a character study, and write using a WebQuest.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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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. 


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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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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Graphic Organizers - Literary Elements
http://www.readwrite...
This page provides graphic organizers for setting and character.

Learning Activities


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Graphic Organizers - Literary Elements
http://www.readwrite...
This page provides graphic organizers for setting and character.

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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