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Lesson Plans (25) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (6) 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. Teacher Tools (2) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: Those Sneaky Poets!!  
Description: This lesson integrates the area of science and english language arts. Students will analyze figurative language in the poem A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney and work collaboratively to create a poster of the water cycle that demonstrates their knowledge of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation in the water cycle. Students will then individually produce a paragraph that demonstrates their knowledge of the water cycle using the key words evaporation, condensation and precipitation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: It's Not Hard to Make a Card!
Description: This lesson on poetry and rhyming integrates technology and student creativity.  The students will use what they have learned about poetry to create their own piece of work through a project.  This lesson can be facilitated in flip classroom style, in class flip classroom, style, and classical lecture style.  In this lesson plan I am choosing to facilitate it using in class flip classroom style through stations.  Students will be able to view a presentation that I have created on poetry using the Educreations application, create a card including a poem written by them using Greeting Card Maker, an application available on Android devices, and then send the card to a parent or friend of their choice.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Analyzing Text:  What is the Author really saying? We Better Take This Thing Apart!
Description: Critical thinking skills such as analyzing text requires a true understanding of the text. Analyzing requires the students to break the text apart and looking carefully "closely" at the different components and making sense of the text. Students must be lead to break the text into it's components and then reorganize the text.  Teachers can teach analyzing skills by modeling their thinking through questioning the text and making students aware of the authors purpose. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Showing the Difference Between Erosion and Weathering
Description: In the lesson the students will be learning about weathering and erosion. They will see examples of weathering and erosion and the difference between the two. They will be performing experiments that show weathering and erosion. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Tornadoes
Description: Students answer KWL questions on tornadoes before watching two short videos of a tornado, its formation, and its damage. Using a tornado simulation experiment, students discuss tornado facts. Students read and evaluate a list of safety rules and procedures to produce a poster of the effects of a tornado. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Bird Migration
Description: This lesson teaches bird migration by using the award winning Caldecott Medal honor book: Make Way for Ducklings. It accesses a website to give a history of the book and the plot. It promotes student interaction through discussion, internet information and activities to include computer games, videos, and color sheets.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Reptile Adventure
Description: During this lesson, students work with small groups and partners on reptile research. They will have the opportunity to use books and the Internet for research. They will also go on a reptile adventure searching for new information about reptiles.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Readers' Theatre for Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Description: This readers' theatre of Verna Aardema's Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain crosses the curriculum to incorporate language arts, social studies, and science objectives. Students will become familiar with the text of the story and then present the story as a play with parts.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wonderful Wolves
Description: In this lesson students learn about wolves through literature and research. Students learn the truth about wolves by completing a WebQuest examining wolf myths. Then students have the opportunity to locate information about wolves through a variety of print resources and the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Once Upon A Time: Using a Fairy Tale to Teach the Elements of a Story
Description: Students will hear and read different versions of a familiar fairy tale and identify what elements a story must have (character, plot, setting) for the story to be interesting and make sense. Using a Venn diagram, students will then compare the differences and similarities between various versions of the story. Next, students in small groups will create their own versions of the story. Finally, students will also participate in a videoconference, "Fractured Fairy Tales", from the Museum of Television and Radio.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Little Bear's Adventure
Description: During this lesson, students will read about Little Bear's adventure in the book Little Bear by Elsie Minarik. Students will learn about the elements of a story and then explore Little Bear through a WebQuest on the Internet. Students will also navigate a website to complete several tasks to learn more about Little Bear.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Habitats
Description: What is a habitat? In this lesson, students will identify that a habitat has four elements, food, water, shelter, and space. Students will identify their own habitat and create a brochure describing the habitat in terms of food, water, shelter, and space. They will work in cooperative groups to create a multimedia presentation describing the food, water, shelter, and space needs of one animal.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Description: Students will read and discuss Janet Stevens' book, Tops & Bottoms, and use it as a stepping stone to understanding character analysis, sequence of events, and main ideas and supporting details.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 3)
Title: Glorious Sunflowers
Description: In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Very Busy Spiders
Description: The students will work from a computer and a specified Webquest to complete a unit on spiders. The lessons will incorporate literature, writing, science, art, and graphing.


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: It's Too Loud in Here! Teamwork in the Classroom     
Description: Students work with their peers to develop classroom rules.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme     
Description: This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.
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: Listen, Look, and Learn: An Information-Gathering Process     
Description: After listening to and discussing the story Score One for the Sloths, primary students research the sloth. Students use a variety of resources, including an information wheel graphic organizer.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World      
Description: Students are asked to '' talk'' with Kevin Henkes Julius, the Baby of the World by using open-ended questions to help them interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.
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: Literature Circles with Primary Students Using Self-Selected Reading     
Description: Students respond to self-selected books in journals, and talk about their books daily in small groups. The teacher guides students by offering suggestions and writing with them in dialogue journals.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading     
Description: Teach your students about sentence structure, rhyming words, sight words, vocabulary, and print concepts using a weekly poem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring the Subtext Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Text     
Description: What is it like to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Students find out in this lesson in which they become the characters in Judith Viorst's book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4



Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Poetry Soup
http://poetrysoup.co...
This site provides teachers and students with multiple poems, articles, blogs, poetry terms, lyrics, resources, rhyming dictionary, syllable counter and publishing.

Interactives/Games


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Marvin and Sweetie Story
http://www.abcya.com...
An interactive book for emergent readers.

Learning Activities


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Stories for Children
http://www.vtaide.co...
Good short stories that you can use with literary elements, etc. The movements on the pages of some of the stories can be quite distracting so you may want to print hard copies.

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House of English Nursery Rhymes
http://www.mamalisa....
On this page you can find classic Mother Goose and other traditional poems and lullabies from English speaking countries.

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Rhymes for Children
http://www.love-poem...
This is an index of rhymes for children. Scroll down to click in a rhyme of your choice.

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Poetry Soup
http://poetrysoup.co...
This site provides teachers and students with multiple poems, articles, blogs, poetry terms, lyrics, resources, rhyming dictionary, syllable counter and publishing.

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Favorite Books File
http://www.readwrite...
This student reproducible, from a ReadWriteThink lesson, guides students as they write reviews of their favorite books.

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Marvin and Sweetie Story
http://www.abcya.com...
An interactive book for emergent readers.

Teacher Tools


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Poetry Soup
http://poetrysoup.co...
This site provides teachers and students with multiple poems, articles, blogs, poetry terms, lyrics, resources, rhyming dictionary, syllable counter and publishing.

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Storia - online reading resource
http://store.scholas...
Storia is a free ereader for students. Can be downloaded to any device including computer. 5 free books when set up.

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