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Lesson Plans (5) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
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Subject: English Language Arts (3)
Title: Hear! Here! Homophones
Description: Students will be shown an online slideshow to teach homophones. Students will practice correctly identifying and using homophones to enrich their vocabulary. Students will participate in learning activities that promote a better understanding of the correct spellings and meanings of homophones. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dividing Words Into Syllables to Develop Reading Fluency
Description: Students will develop reading fluency using vocabulary from the book Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Leo and Diane Dillon. Students will participate in reading the story using the reader's theatre strategy. After being introduced to multiple-syllable words students, will practice building fluency by reading those words in the context of the story.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Spelling Cheerleading: Integrating Movement and Spelling Generalizations     
Description: 2-4-6-8, students will be spelling great in this lesson that teaches the y rule for adding suffixes through cheering the spelling of words aloud, word sorts, and writing stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Two Voices of the ow Spelling Pattern     
Description: Variable vowels are the focus of this lesson; students use nursery rhymes and ow to study how vowels can change their sounds according to different spelling patterns.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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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



ALEX Podcasts


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The Case of the Missing Suffix
Overview:
This podcast is the fourth in a series to teach grammar topics. The suffix episode teaches students to identify a suffix as a group of students realize that the suffix from the lesson is missing.


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The Case of the Missing Prefix
Overview:
This podcast is the third in a series to teach grammar topics. The prefix episode teaches students to identify prefixes through a search around the classroom for the missing prefix.


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Vocabulary Rap Song (Grade 3)
http://www.flocabula...
This song includes third grade vocabulary words that students are likely to encounter on state tests. It teaches the following words: adopt, arrange, border, deed, fan, flutter, mystify, ordeal, outcome and respect. For teachers, there are links to song lyrics, activities, and questions. Many Flocabulary videos are only accessible through a paid subscription. *This particular video is available for free and without the need for an account sign-up.

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Alphabet Soup
http://pbskids.org/l...
Each word is taken from the beginning of a joke. Unscramble the word, and you get the punchline. With joke words missing, kids have an incentive to use context and spelling knowledge to unscramble the letters.

Learning Activities


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Alphabet Soup
http://pbskids.org/l...
Each word is taken from the beginning of a joke. Unscramble the word, and you get the punchline. With joke words missing, kids have an incentive to use context and spelling knowledge to unscramble the letters.

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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.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974.     
Description: Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day.     
Description: Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O .
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Walt Disney was born in 1901.     
Description: Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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