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Lesson Plans (20) 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. Interactives/Games (8) 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)


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Biography Project: Exploring the Past in 21st Century Ways
Description: Through this project-based lesson, students will do research on and create an oral presentation based on the life of an influential Famous American. Students will utilize various means to glean information, from online databases, various websites, and age-appropriate biographical literature to prepare for the final product: a "Living Wax Museum." Students will determine the most relevant information to write a script presented in the form of an oral presentation. The presentations will also be recorded and published as a podcast for sharing on the teacher's website.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Second Grade Times: Students Write A Newspaper
Description: In this project-based language development lesson, English Language Learners learn about the newspaper publication and create their own newspaper that covers stories about their school year. The lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: On the Farm with Wilbur and Charlotte
Description: During this unit, students will explore many aspects of the book Charlotte's Web. Students will work as a group to develop a presentation, design a web page, and prepare a newsletter. They will also complete a WebQuest about Charlotte's Web and study farm animals.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: An Ocean Adventure
Description: Students will listen to a story and then, using the writing process, write their own story using word processing software. They will then create an ocean picture to illustrate their stories.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Legendary Lighthouses
Description: In this technology-based interdisciplinary lesson, students will discover many facts about lighthouses by navigating the Internet. Students have the opportunity to use the facts they learn to create their own stories about lighthouses.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Identifying and Using Action Verbs
Description: It is important to know how to use verbs correctly. This lesson will demonstrate how to use action verbs. Students will visit Internet sites to learn more about action verbs. They will have the opportunity to use newly-learned action verbs to write a story and act it out.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Traditions At Home and Around the World
Description: Each student will research his/her own family traditions and report findings to the class using presentation software. In partner groups, students will select a country to research. Their research will focus on traditions of a chosen country and will be compiled in brochure format.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Publishing a Book Report Using Word Processing
Description: This lesson provides students with the basic steps to using word processing. Students will use word processing software to publish a final copy of a book report. Students will review the main parts of a book report. This lesson will teach students technology skills they will use throughout their school career.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Luscious Layers of Life...A Walk Through the Rainforest
Description: This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about the animals and plant life that live in the various layers of the tropical rainforest. Students will view a slideshow with many different facts and pictures of the rainforest. They will also research animals and plants of the rainforest by searching Internet sites. Students will also share what they learn through an typed report.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Ants on a Log--A Language Experience Story
Description: This lesson will allow students to create a snack using celery, peanut butter, and raisins (called "Ants on a Log"). Then the students will write about the experience using transitional words. The teacher can adapt the lesson to any mode of writing desired.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Email Pals
Description: The students will participate in an Internet pen pals exchange. They will exchange email with students in other parts of the United States or in other countries. They will learn about the culture and climate in other states and countries through participating in this activity.


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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 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Action Verbs
Description: Students will use handheld computers and the Sketchy program to illustrate action verbs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nouns, Verbs, and Describing Words
Description: This language arts lesson uses technology to assess students' understanding of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Each student will use a digital camera to take a picture at school. He will then write a descriptive sentence about the picture using a word processor. Students will use a specified colored font to identify the nouns, verbs, and adjectives in the sentence.


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Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Transformation Creations
Description: The students will use critical thinking skills and artistic abilities to "transform" an image into something completely different. The original images can be taken with a digital camera and printed out or cut from old magazines.


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Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Monster Descriptions
Description: The class will participate in an Internet project called Monster Exchange. They will partner with another class to exchange directions on drawing a monster. They will then share the monsters drawn from the directions by posting them on the Monster Exchange website.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Hey Diddle, Diddle! Generating Rhymes for Analogy-Based Phonics Instruction     
Description: Students practice matching rhyming words, apply phonological awareness to analogy-based phonics, and use the interactive Construct-a-Word to create rhyming words by adding a beginning consonant to a word ending.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1



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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: 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: What's the Difference? Beginning Writers Compare E-mail with Letter Writing     
Description: Students compare e-mails to traditional letters, identifying style and intended audience for each. They then write both an e-mail and a letter about the same topic.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Title: Poppin' Procedural Text
Digital Tool: Prezi
Digital Tool Description: Prezi is an online program used to produce professional quality presentations. The students will use Prezi to create a presentation for an overview of their original procedural text. Using Prezi as a medium to display or present the procedural text helps to address technology standards as well as writing and language standards. 


ALEX Podcasts


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The Case of the Missing Noun
Overview:
This podcast is the second in a series to teach grammar topics. The noun episode teaches students to identify a noun through a fun and mysterious search for a missing noun.


Web Resources


Podcasts


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Its All About Pronouns
http://www.teachertu...
A song to help students remember pronouns. This song is a good way to introduce pronouns or to use in wrapping up a lesson.

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Linking Verbs Video
http://www.nextvista...
A video about linking verbs.

Interactives/Games


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Grammar Clean Up
http://www.missmaggi...
An interactive game for students to read words and categorize as nouns or verbs.

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Logging Tenses Game
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
Students complete tasks to identify verbs in and change verb tenses in a sentence. They are rewarded by going on a virtual treasure hunt.

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Basic Grammar Games
http://www.eduplace....
Grammar games for grades 2-5.

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Get Your Hands on the Parts of Speech
http://www.abcya.com...
This game is sure to engage students in reviewing the parts of speech.

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Parts of Speech for the Win!
http://www.harcourts...
Students travel along a virtual board game by picking out the correct parts of speech.

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Clean Up Your Grammar
http://www.missmaggi...
Sort nouns and verbs into labeled trash bins. There are two levels of play.

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Verbs in Space
http://www.sheppards...
This is an interactive game for students to choose the verb from a list of words.

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Wacky Web Tales
http://www.eduplace....
Students fill in the blanks to complete a story. Helps teach parts of speech and verb tense.

Learning Activities


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Making and Writing Words
http://www.readingon...
Making and Writing Words is a variation of Making Words, a popular spelling and word study instructional activity. In Making and Writing Words, students are guided by their teacher in writing and sorting words using a limited set of letters. Teachers have found that the activity is engaging and appears to be helpful in developing students' proficiency in word recognition and spelling.

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The Y Rule
http://www.epsbooks....
This spelling and phonics lesson pack contains several exercises on practicing the y rule for spelling. This pack of worksheets includes an explanation of the skill followed by exercises that can be used to practice understanding.

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Grammar Clean Up
http://www.missmaggi...
An interactive game for students to read words and categorize as nouns or verbs.

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Verbs in Space
http://www.sheppards...
This is an interactive game for students to choose the verb from a list of words.

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Wacky Web Tales
http://www.eduplace....
Students fill in the blanks to complete a story. Helps teach parts of speech and verb tense.

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