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Lesson Plans (19) 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. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (7) 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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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3)
Title: Teaching Measurement through Literature and Manipulatives
Description: The tradebook, Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen, is an excellent tool in teaching measurement. Students will engage in activities involving different types of measurement. In the story, five animal friends decide to take a boat ride. As each animal climbs into the boat it sinks lower and lower in the water. The phrase, "Do you know who sank the boat?" encourages children to make predictions.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Hail to the Chief!
Description: The students will use prior knowledge of Presidents to complete this project. They will devise a platform based on past presidents' qualities and their impact on the nation to run against classmates in an election. Students will use this as an extension of a year long study in Alabama History and US History.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Whales, Whales, Whales!
Description: During this lesson, students work with other students from another school to collect information about different species of whales. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the differences via video conferences. Students work together to develop a plan to help conserve whales.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Shoals Area Landmarks and Sites of Interest
Description: In this lesson students choose a local landmark or site located in the Shoals area and research that site's contribution to history. Students demonstrate their knowledge of a specific Shoals area landmark or site by creating various presentations showing why these landmarks and sites attract people from all over the world.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Science (4)
Title: Echolocation Stations: Exploring Sound
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to explore sound. This lesson should be taught during an ongoing unit about whales. Students will navigate different websites to learn more about whales and sound. This lesson is interactive and students will do different experiments to learn about sound.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Helen Who?
Description: In this lesson, students will be introduced to the contributions of Helen Keller. The students will learn about Helen Keller through research on the Internet, a book, and a role-playing exercise.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Rabbit Tales
Description: During this lesson students will be exposed to different types of writing. Students will have the opportunity to create their own story based on the characteristics of the literature they have read. Students will also learn the history of trickster tales and their significance.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Building Word Castles
Description: In this lesson, students will explore unfamiliar words found in various picture books by Patricia Polacco. Students will discover the meanings of unfamiliar words by using a dictionary and find synonyms and antonyms with a thesarus. The main goal of this lesson is to build vocabulary.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Alaska Native Stories: Using Narrative to Introduce Expository Text     
Description: Tradition and technology come together in this lesson in which students learn about Alaskan animals through Native American tales and their own online research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Word Webs to Teach Synonyms for Commonly Used Words     
Description: Students use word webs to choose synonyms for generic adjectives and to learn to adjust their word usage for different contexts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Q is for Duck: Using Alphabet Books With Struggling Writers     
Description: A is for zoo? Q is for duck? The alphabet as students know it is transformed when students create a class book that contains clever associations for each letter of the alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Science Through Picture Books: A Rainforest Lesson     
Description: Students read Welcome to the Green House, use note-taking strategies, find patterns in text structure, learn vocabulary in context, and write efferent and affective responses to the text.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Acquiring New Vocabulary Through Book Discussion Groups     
Description: This lesson employs direct instruction and small-group discussion to help students learn new vocabulary skills while reading Patricia Polacco's Pink and Say.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Science Texts to Teach the Organizational Features of Nonfiction     
Description: Students explore organizational features of nonfiction science. Students then work together to create a two-page spread using those features to present information about their local environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Learning to Learn with Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster      
Description: Modeled on the activities in Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, a picture book, students combine vocabulary exploration with word play by planning their own vocabulary parade.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: My World of Words: Building Vocabulary Lists     
Description: Working in small groups, students select vocabulary words and research their meanings. In a culminating activity that uses text and illustration, each student creates a '' My World of Words Journal.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing     
Description: Using Snowflake Bentley as a model, students create a working definition of multigenre text and then use that definition to create their own multigenre piece about winter or another theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Sort, Hunt, Write: A Weekly Spelling Program     
Description: It's easy to make spelling fun. Using a variety of activities from sorting to using words in context will help deepen students' understanding of word patterns.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Historical Fiction to Learn About the Civil War     
Description: Students in grades 4 and 5 discuss inferential comprehension and visualization as they use a think-aloud questioning strategy to develop a deeper understanding of a historical novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Podcasts


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Britannica Online Learning Materials for Language Arts
Overview:
 A brief overview of the learning materials website for language arts available from Britannica Learning Zone.


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Perfect Inventions=Perfect World
Overview:
My students have been studying ancient civilizations and their influence on history.  During our study we took a close look at the achievements of the Chinese, the Greek, and the Romans.  We realized that these three civilizations provided people with amazing inventions and languages.  We used this knowledge to write our own version of the book Perfect Inventions Perfect World (2000) by Holly Springs Elementary. The students "invented" items to improve our world and named them with words of either Greek or Latin origin. 


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Visual Online Dictionary
http://www.snappywor...
Enter any word or phrase into the search box and it will create a web or related words, phrases, and definitions. Hover your cursor over any word or phrase in the web to read its definition.

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Word Central
http://www.wordcentr...
Includes a variety of word-play activities, online dictionaries, and a daily buzzword.

Interactives/Games


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Where's My Word
http://www.classtool...
An interactive game that gives vocabulary words from the book "Frindle". The students have to match the words to the definitions, collect the key and jump into a toilet to get to the next level. A fun way to practice vocabulary, maybe as a reward or computer lab game.

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Battleship Game for Homophones
http://www.quia.com/...
Identify correct homophones using context clues in the sentence. Play an interactive game of battleship that also enhances vocabulary knowledge.

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Word Central
http://www.wordcentr...
Includes a variety of word-play activities, online dictionaries, and a daily buzzword.

Learning Activities


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Visual Online Dictionary
http://www.snappywor...
Enter any word or phrase into the search box and it will create a web or related words, phrases, and definitions. Hover your cursor over any word or phrase in the web to read its definition.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is St. Patrick's Day.     
Description: St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by reading Irish folk tales and using the Story Map tool to create a graphic organizer and see what characteristics are unique to Irish tales.
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: Dictionary author Noah Webster was born in 1758.     
Description: Students play a variation of the game Balderdash to practice vocabulary.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828.     
Description: After dividing students into small groups, students play a variation of the game Balderdash to celebrate the publication of Webster's dictionary.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Children's author Patricia Polacco was born in 1944.     
Description: Students share family stories of their own by writing original poems and reviewing parts of speech using the Diamante Poems tool.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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