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Lesson Plans (20) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (4) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (11) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (15) 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 (2)


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are You Down with Describing Nouns?
Description: This unit is a fun, exciting, and engaging unit that uses many 21st century tools to help students working in collaborative groups understand what an adjective is and how adjective use is vital to making writing interesting.  Furthermore, students will use technology to research and explore the use of adjectives in their daily writings, readings, and environment and determine how adjective use can influence consumers.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sharing Original Nursery Rhymes (Distance Learning)
Description: Collaboration of creative writing/creative dramatics using Distance Learning. With a partner, students will write an original nursery rhyme and share/present with another class (Distance Learning) through presentations (dramatization, puppet show, illustration/book, PowerPoint, etc.).


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "What do we do? Natural Disasters in the United States"
Description: During the course of this lesson, the students will research various forms of natural disasters that occur in the United States and what someone should do in the event of that disaster. The teacher and library media specialist will collaborate during the planning, instruction, and research phases of this lesson. The students will take the information they collected and place it on a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class. This information should include several pictures that will be located on the Internet. The Library Media Specialist will guide the students through the process of obtaining permission for the use of various images.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Pollution in the Air and the Water Pollution Solution
Description: Students will conduct an experiment to see if there is more pollution in the air outside or inside the classroom. The effects and causes of pollution will be discussed. Students will also test different methods of purifying water and learn the health hazards of non-purified water. 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 (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who Am I? Learning With Biographies
Description: Students often have difficulty differentiating between genres of books in the library media center. During this lesson, students learn to identify a biography and understand the types of information included in this genre. Students will have the opportunity to complete and present a multimedia autobiography, then research a notable person and complete a project describing that person's achievements.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Distance Learning Collaborative Literature Circles: Because of Winn Dixie
Description: During this lesson, two classes in different locations will participate separately in literature circles using Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. The discussion of the book will be a collaborative project using distance learning.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Montgomery Field Trip Tour Book
Description: During this lesson, students explore the functions of our government through the Internet, slideshow presentations, and by visiting Alabama's capital city of Montgomery. Students will use their field trip as a guide to create a tour book of the government in Montgomery.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making Predictions
Description: This lesson will use the trade book, Balto, the Dog Who Saved Nome, to teach making predictions. Students will also learn the true story of Balto and create their own fictional story of Balto.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Adjectives in a Bag!
Description: During this hands-on lesson, students learn to describe unknown objects by using adjectives. Students have the opportunity to practice using adjectives by exploring an Internet site.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Composers Then and Now
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research the following composers: Kenny G, W.C. Handy, Johannes Brahms, and Amadeus Mozart. Students will learn to navigate the Internet to locate important facts. They will also learn to use publishing software to create a brochure from the information they collect.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3)
Title: Rumpelstiltskin by the Grimm Brothers: A Reading and Writing Lesson
Description: This lesson provides literature-based reading and writing activities for special education and early elementary students. Using a simple story, special education/early elementary students develop reading and writing skills and learn about honesty, thoughtfulness, greed, promise-keeping and fairness. A persuasive letter will demonstrate what they have learned.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Just Plain Living
Description: Students work through a teacher-prepared Webquest in order to learn about the art, food, shelter, clothing, etc. of the Plains Indians. Internet resources are used to collect information in order to make group presentations to the class. Students have the opportunity to decide among several projects to complete in order to demonstrate what they have learned.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: Hershey Kiss Descriptive Essay
Description: This is a fun lesson to demonstrate the power of words to describe a simple chocolate treat prior to writing a five-paragraph descriptive essay.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: I Spy
Description: Teachers take the classroom outside as they bring action into the teaching of action verbs by playing "I Spy."


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: Gummy Worm Writing
Description: This activity is designed to introduce descriptive writing. It can be used in grades 3-5.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or 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 (3 - 4), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Picturing Parts of Speech
Description: For this lesson students use digital cameras to take pictures which illustrate various parts of speech, then insert the pictures into a digital slideshow presentation and write sentences about the pictures.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Identifying and Classifying Verbs in Context     
Description: The interactive read-aloud in this lesson helps students to identify and classify the three verb types action, state-of-being or linking, and helping verbs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Charlotte is Wise, Patient, and Caring: Adjectives and Character Traits     
Description: Students find examples of adjectives in a shared reading. Then students '' become'' major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using powerful adjectives.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure     
Description: This lesson uses comic strip frames to define plot and reinforce the structure that underlies a narrative. Students finish by writing their own original narratives.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Book Report? Let's Travel There Instead!
Digital Tool: Read Write Think Printing Press
Digital Tool Description: The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. 


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Title: Nouns Stepped Up
Digital Tool: SchoolTube Video: Nouns--Right About Now!
Digital Tool Description: This video should be used after the students understand nouns. The video will help them to identify nouns in a sentence.  


ALEX Podcasts


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KidBlog: How to Lose Your Readers
Overview:
Rusty the guide dog explains what not to do when creating a blog post. Topics include using all caps, copying and pasting text from other websites, using poor grammar, and more.


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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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The Case of the Missing Verb
Overview:
This podcast is the fifth in a series to teach grammar topics. The verb episode teaches students to identify a verb through a fun and mysterious search for a verb. The verb gets taken from the learning station that a group is working at while they prepare for lunch. Watch and see if the verb is recovered.


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Nouns Mix-up
Overview:
A young girl, Molly, is feeling very stressed by the demands placed upon her during language arts class. She just doesn't understand nouns. Then, her teacher leaves the room unexpectedly and the young girl discovers that she can learn with the help of her peers. In the end, young Molly finds out that learning is fun!


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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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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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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Spot the Fragment
http://www.chompchom...
Students identify fragments in short passages. They could use this in pairs or groups to make it into a classroom competition.

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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.

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Conjunction Connect
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
Students will select a bubble with the correct conjunction for each sentence.

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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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.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.     
Description: After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write '' A Day in the Life'' narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.     
Description: Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The first English printer, William Caxton, was born on this day in 1422.     
Description: Students consider how the printing press affects their world by completing a printing inventory, comparing lists, and developing a '' super'' list of all printed materials that they interact with.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Mickey Mouse appeared in his first animated feature.     
Description: Students create a short, humorous story with at least one action character, and then use the Comic Creator to make a flipbook.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is the International Day of Peace.     
Description: Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Patriot Day is celebrated today on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.     
Description: Students write about the name '' Patriot Day'' and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: November is National American Indian Heritage Month.     
Description: Students explore Native American heritage through the study of pourquoi tales, write their own original pourquoi tales, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to publish them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.     
Description: Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog in 1872.     
Description: Students explore how and why catalogs have changed over the years and compare their findings about printed catalogs with online catalogs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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