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Lesson Plans (21) 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. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Interactives/Games (6) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (14) 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 (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Aunt Chip and the Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Pollaco Summarizing, Sequencing and Publishing
Description: In this lesson, students will read and summarize the book by pages. After publishing, students will use their slides as sequencing exercises. This lesson plan can be adapted for any grade level or book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Figurative Language
Description: This lesson used a slideshow presentation to explain the difference between similes and metaphors. Students are challenged to identify these figurative elements in literature and then create some themselves.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multimedia Book Report
Description: This lesson gives students a clear understanding of how to create a slide show presentation using PowerPoint. The students will use this information to create a slide show book report.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - Respect for Self, Property, Others and The Environment
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on respect for self, property, others and the environment, an essential quality of good character. Students will apply research skills, open-ended discussions, keyboarding skills, digital photography, and cooperative learning experiences to investigate and internalize the meaning of respect. This lesson will also aid students in understanding how respect is viewed in other cultures.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The History of Space Exploration
Description: In this lesson students develop a time line of important events in relation to space exploration.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - "Respect"
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on integrity. Students will apply research skills, open-ended discussions, and cooperative learning experiences to investigate the meaning of "respect." Practicing good manners means showing respect for yourself, for others, for property, and for the world at large. Many of these basic courtesies are automatically included when the “Golden Rule” (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) is the rule of thumb. Giving respect to others and having respect for oneself is an integral part of developing good character.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or English Language Arts (3 - 4)
Title: "Hot Dog" Book Reports
Description: Students will use a Makes Sense Strategies Think-sheet to learn to identify the characters, setting, main idea and details of a book read.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: Synonym/Antonym Bingo
Description: Students will learn to identify synonyms and antonyms by playing a bingo game.


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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: Alliteration All Around     
Description: Students learn about alliteration, and then practice using alliteration in acrostic poems, tongue twisters, alphabet books, and number books.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Figurative Language Awards Ceremony     
Description: Students will be as happy as clams when they have the chance to nominate their favorite examples of similes, metaphors, and personification for a figurative language award.
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: Dancing Minds and Shouting Smiles: Teaching Personification Through Poetry     
Description: Students learn about personification by reading and discussing poems by Emily Dickinson, William Blake, and Langston Hughes and then brainstorm nouns and verbs to create personification in their own poems.
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: 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: Powerful Writing: Description in Creating Monster Trading Cards     
Description: Students create their own monster trading cards using '' powerful,'' vivid language to describe their creatures.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: A Little Nonsense     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about nonsense poetry as well as the various poetic techniques and devices that poets use. Students study The Owl and the Pussy Cat, by the British poet Edward Lear, and play educational games to identify poetic techniques in Lear's poems. They then try creating poems of their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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



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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: Lonely as a Cloud: Using Poetry to Understand Similes     
Description: Students identify similes in poetry and gain experience in using similes as a poetic device in their own work.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8



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Title: Simile and Metaphor Cube
Digital Tool: Read Write Think-Cube Creator
Digital Tool Description: Cube Creator is a digital resource where students can demonstrate their learning and understanding of similes and metaphors. This tool allows students to insert examples of similes and metaphors they have created into an interactive and printable cube.


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Figurative Language
Overview:
Through slides and narration, students explain and give examples of idioms, one type of figurative language, to help other students understand this difficult skill in reading comprehension.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Idioms
http://www.education...
This website has a lesson plan for teaching idioms in a fun and creative way.

Assessments


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RHL School - Synonyms
http://www.rhlschool...
Using context to determine synonyms

Interactives/Games


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Fun Brain: Paint by Idioms
http://www.funbrain....
This game teaches idioms in a fun way. Also, it keeps score to show mastery.

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Eye on Idioms
http://www.readwrite...
Students are given literal pictures of idioms and are asked to state the figurative meaning and then use the idiom in a sentence.

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Synonyms and Antonyms
http://www2.smarttut...
An interactive website that allows students to sort words into categories of synonyms and antonyms. A fun review website for upper elementary.

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Synonyms/Antonyms
http://www.do2learn....
This interactive games uses puzzle pieces to match synonyms and antonyms.

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Word Frog Antonyms, Synonyms, Homonyms
http://www.abcya.com...
An interactive activity for students to identify antonyms, synonyms and homonyms.

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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.

Learning Activities


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RHL School - Synonyms
http://www.rhlschool...
Using context to determine synonyms

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Fun Brain: Paint by Idioms
http://www.funbrain....
This game teaches idioms in a fun way. Also, it keeps score to show mastery.

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American Idioms
http://www.englishda...
This site contains a list of American idioms. Each idiom is used in a paragraph with the literal and figurartive interpretaion.

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Idiom Worksheets
http://www.cccoe.net...
These pages have activities to learn idioms. Each idiom has a worksheet.

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Idioms PowerPoint
http://staff.fcps.ne...
Idioms PowerPoint with lots of sound effects and opportunities for interaction when you view the slideshow.

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Idiom Site
http://www.idiomsite...
This is a list of idioms from A - Z. It lists the idiom and provides the literal meaning.

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Eye on Idioms
http://www.readwrite...
Students are given literal pictures of idioms and are asked to state the figurative meaning and then use the idiom in a sentence.

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Idioms by Kids
http://www.idiomsbyk...
This website provides examples of activities and teaching methods to enable students to understand the concept of idioms.

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Synonyms/Antonyms
http://www.do2learn....
This interactive games uses puzzle pieces to match synonyms and antonyms.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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: Poet William Blake was born in 1757.     
Description: As a class, students brainstorm abstract concepts and personify that concept through a drawing or story told about the character who personifies that concept.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States today.     
Description: Students write biographical poems about a soldier.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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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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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