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Lesson Plans (40) 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 (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
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demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards). Learning Assets (3)


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Subject: English Language Arts (5)
Title: Who's Who?: Character Analysis Activity
Description: This character analysis activity is a technology based activity. This lesson would be the most beneficial at the beginning of the unit when the class is reading the book "Holes" by Louis Sachar. The students will create FlipCards to organize the main points for each character so they will be able to compare and contrast each of their roles.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5)
Title: Disappearing Acts: Why Would a Mother Leave--Issues That Students Have Faced in the Past and Present
Description: Use literary elements to show students' similarities and differences of today's society to the past. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 7)
Title: Interactive Poetry - Learning Poetic Elements and Structure Through Exploration
Description: This is an online exploration poetry lesson.  Students will navigate through the interactive PowerPoint presentation and complete different tasks while acquiring knowledge on the various aspects of poetry. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (5)
Title: The Greedy Triangle - Intro to Geometric shapes
Description: Students will learn how to identify different polygons.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 (5)
Title: Literary Genres:What are they and why are they important?
Description: During this lesson, students will be introduced to different literary genres. Once students become familiar with the different genres, they will decide which one they like to read best. They will also use their knowledge of genres to decide the best form to write in.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: From Tyranny to Freedom
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research famous battles of the American Revolution and document these battles in a timeline, which they will construct. Students will also create a slideshow presentation about the American Revolution to be shared with classmates.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Newberry Award
Description: This unit will introduce the history of the Newberry Award to students. The selection process will be discussed. Students will also visit websites and the library to select a Newberry book to read. Finally, students will give book talks to accompany slideshows they have created.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Powerful Book Reports
Description: This lesson allows students to identify the critical components of a story while developing expertise in creating and presenting multimedia presentations.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dialogue with Student-Created Characters
Description: This lesson is designed to help students understand the importance of character development when writing stories of their own. It also helps them understand the process authors use when writing novels and other stories. During this lesson students will develop detailed, realistic dialogue between characters.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Looking at Conestoga Wagons
Description: This lesson combines information literacy and technology skills with subject area skills. It is designed to be a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and the school librarian. The topic of conestoga wagons is reseached from the perspective of a scientist, mathematician, English teacher, artist, geographer, engineer, or historian.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 6)
Title: What is the Pulgar?
Description: This is a lesson for students in grades 4-6 to learn visualization, prediction, and sequencing.


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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: 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



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Poetry Like Pros     
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, utilizes poetry to serve as the inspiration for some terrific writing. Using poems available through EDSITEment resources, educators can make poetry an exciting teaching and learning tool in the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Demonstrating Comprehension Through Journal Writing     
Description: Students demonstrate comprehension by responding to open-ended questions based on the Newbery Honor book Mr. Popper's Penguins, and then draw from the text and their personal experiences to create journals.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt      
Description: Students read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, create a problems/solutions/events chart, and create a map with a key, compass, and landmarks surrounding their home and school.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Guided Comprehension: Previewing Using an Anticipation Guide     
Description: Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of previewing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: The Elements of Fiction     
Description: Students identify the elements of fiction in a book they have read and share summaries of them by writing and illustrating their own mini-book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Genre Study of Letters With The Jolly Postman      
Description: Students read The Jolly Postman, in which a postman delivers letters to storybook characters. They explore different types of mail and categorize letters from the book and their own mail.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Behind the Scenes With Cinderella     
Description: Cinderella without castles, coaches, or ball gowns? Students use versions of Cinderella to explore how the setting of a story time, place, and culture affects the characters and plot.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing ABC Books to Enhance Reading Comprehension     
Description: Using the alphabet as an organizing structure, students analyze literary elements in a book they have read and organize their observations in an alphabet book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Fables and Trickster Tales Around the World     
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces students to folktales, such as fables and trickster tales, from around the world. Students become familiar with different folklore traditions and genres, as well as the process of the oral transmission of culture and history.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Charting Characters for a More Complete Understanding of the Story     
Description: Character Perspective Charting allows students to compare multiple characters and their points of view to better understand a story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Writing and Role-Play to Engage the Reluctant Writer     
Description: What does the world look like through a javelina's eyes? Students become javelinas in this lesson when they analyze a character and write from his or her perspective.
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: Book Report Alternative: Examining Story Elements Using Story Map Comic Strips     
Description: Comic frames are traditionally used to illustrate a story in a short, concise format. In this lesson, students use a six-paneled comic strip frame to create a story map, summarizing a book or story that they've read. Each panel retells a particular detail or explains a literary element (such as setting or character) from the story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Bright Morning: Exploring Character Development in Fiction     
Description: Students work as a class to explore a character in a book they have read by identifying traits and finding textual references to support their choices.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales     
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students gain insight into the unusual, solitary world of Victorian childhood and compare and contrast it with their own world to understand why Beatrix Potter wrote simple stories and why she wrote about animals rather than people. Students can also learn the difference between an author and an illustrator and practice some of the same artistic techniques used by Potter to create masterpieces of their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: 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: Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales     
Description: In this series of lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about the 19th-century author Hans Christian Andersen, who created vivid characters, and hear and read the original texts of several of his stories. The colorful characters, strong emotions, and engaging language of Andersen's tales offer rich imaginative experiences for students, as well as opportunities to analyze themes and ideas.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Character     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students compare and contrast several versions of Cinderella stories told around the world to find differences and similarities in character traits. They define the essential qualities of a Cinderella tale and cite specific examples for support from at least two variations.
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: Literature Circles: Getting Started     
Description: Students practice different ways of collaborating to read a work of literature. They work in different roles as they compose and answer questions, discover new vocabulary, and examine literary elements.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes     
Description: Students analyze a photograph, brainstorm words to describe the characters' senses and feelings, work in pairs to describe a character's experience, and create a poem using their ideas and similes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Science
Title: 'Leap, plashless'': Emily Dickinson and Poetic Imagination     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students read and explore one of Emily Dickinson's nature poems, A Bird came down the Walk--through interaction with other art forms. First, they listen to clips of a hymn to help them hear Dickinson's meter. Then, they view 19th-century bird images and describe what they see, just as a poet would. They observe how a poet plays with language and imagery to create a scene by acting out verse lines. Finally, they write a brief poem of their own, using what they have learned and their own observations.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Once Upon a Time Rethought: Writing Fractured Fairy Tales     
Description: Students read and analyze fairy tales, identifying their common elements. They then write their own fractured fairy tales by changing one of the literary elements found in the original.
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: Inferring How and Why Characters Change     
Description: Students will really get into character when they read short stories and analyze the how's and why's of characters behaviors.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Cards At A Flash
Digital Tool: Flipcards
Digital Tool Description: Flipcards is a free app that is provided by Apple. This app is available for iPhones, iPods, and iPads. This tool is great to use when learning new terms or for studying purposes. Flipcards is simply an electronic way to create flashcards without the hassle of carrying the paper notecards around. Students will have the opportunity to be fully engaged in this tool because they are able to create the cards however they please. It is a great way for the students to learn in their own style. If the student is more successful with long descriptions of the word they are learning, they are allowed create the definition that works best for them. If the student is more of a visual aid learner, the student can use pictures and different graphics that catch their attention bettter. It is a versatile way for students to learn and study material quickly and easily at any time.


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Title: Presenting “Hatchet”: A Journey for Survival
Digital Tool: Glogster
Digital Tool Description: Glogster is an online interactive tool that supports students in creating flyers, handouts, posters, etc.  Students can use graphics, images, texts, and videos to design these educational articles.


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Title: Functional Text: It's All Around Me
Digital Tool: Answer Garden World Cloud Tool
Digital Tool Description: This digital resource allows the each student in the class to list examples of functional text in order to create a class word cloud.


ALEX Podcasts


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Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains
Overview:
Author, Laurel Snyder was interviewed by Shelby Cagle regarding her book, Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains. The interview took place in Montogomery, Alabama on April 18, 2009 at the Alabama Book Festival.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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TV 411 Summarizing
http://www.tv411.org...
This interactive lesson takes students through activities and makes an excellent introduction to the skill of summarizing because it focuses more on reading than on writing. Teachers can also easily extend the lesson to writing activities in summarizing.

Interactives/Games


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Author's Purpose Battleship
http://www.quia.com/...
Practice your knowledge of author's purpose using a fun game of Battleship. There are passages to read and then determine the author's purpose.

Learning Activities


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Elements of Stories/Drama
http://www.talentedk...
Questions to help students determine mood, plot, setting, characters of a story or drama.

Teacher Tools


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Online Reading Activities
http://readtheory.or...
Create your own virtual class for students in grades 1-12 that allows them to interact with fun & interactive reading activities that will improve reading comprehension.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: ' Black Beauty'' author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.     
Description: Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is World Poetry Day.     
Description: Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem '' Introduction to Poetry.'' Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Black Poetry Day is celebrated.     
Description: Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading.
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: 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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