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Lesson Plans (19) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Learning Activities (11) 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. 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).


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (5)
Title: Henry "Box" Brown
Description: This can be an extended literature connection (the book is useful but not required to use this lesson plan).   The book Henry Brown's Box, the Slave who Mailed Himself to Freedom, is the basis for this lesson.   In Henry's later life, he was an international speaker, describing his courageous journey to become free. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Science (4 - 5)
Title: Venomous Snakes of Little River Canyon National Preserve
Description: There are three known venomous snakes found at Little River Canyon. They include the timber rattlesnake, copperhead, and cottonmouth.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5)
Title: Literature Genres: How does your book fit in?
Description: In this lesson, students will be taught the different types of genres. Students will be grouped together and assigned a genre. They must create a poster for that genre describing its characteristics and listing examples. Then, the students will conduct a scavenger hunt around the library looking for an example of each genre. Independently, the students will sort quotes by genres.  


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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 Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Propaganda & Persuasive Techniques: Do You Buy It?
Description: During this lesson, students have the opportunity to learn about basic persuasive techniques employed in advertising. They will collect and analyze data about advertising in general. They will share examples of persuasive techniques used in advertising. Then, they have the opportunity to create their own "products" and use one persuasive technique in original "commercials." Students perform their commercials in a live teleconference, while audience members try to guess which persuasive technique is used.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Understanding Comics
Description: Using the book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud as the primary resource, this unit focuses on comics as a tool for communication. Students participate in activities which include journal and essay writing, a graphic organizer, and a distance learning field trip.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 6)
Title: Brothers of the Knight Problem Solving and More
Description: The lesson uses the story, Brothers of the Knight, by Debbie Allen, to launch a writing lesson based on a creative solution to the problem presented in the story.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Dust Bowl Days     
Description: This unit of seven lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces the dramatic era of the Great Depression to students through photographs, songs, and interviews with people who lived through the Dust Bowl years. These lessons also help students understand the problems Americans were facing during the Great Depression and the attempts of the government and citizens to solve these problems.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Oh Say Can You See What the Star Spangled Banner Means?     
Description: This unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, is designed to explore the symbolic, historical, and literary background of the American flag, beginning with Francis Scott Key's poetic account of the bombardment of Fort McHenry. Using archival documents and images, students associate Key's words with historic events and recognize the sentiment those words inspired. In the second part of the unit, students review the symbols within the flag and look at some historic images of the flag that have become part of American national consciousness.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation     
Description: Students observe animals using one of the many webcams broadcasting from zoos and aquariums around the United States and the world, with a focus on observation, discussion, questioning, and research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating Junk Mail: Negotiating Critical Literacy at the Mailbox     
Description: Students increase their media literacy skills by critically examining and revising junk mail.
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: Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches     
Description: This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing     
Description: Through a classroom game and resource handouts, students learn about the techniques used in persuasive oral arguments and apply them to independent persuasive writing activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Voting! What's It All About?     
Description: Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading     
Description: This lesson pairs the reading of historical fiction with nonfiction to introduce students to the large themes of history.
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



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Case for Reading-Examining Challenged and Banned Books     
Description: This ReadWriteThink-reviewed website, provided by Plainfield Community School Corporation, contains a WebQuest that explores the issues of censorship pertaining to the occult content of the popular Harry Potter novels. Students can take on the roles of concerned citizens, public librarians, school librarians, and fans of Harry Potter and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Advanced ESL Writing Lesson Plans
http://berlinct.trip...
This offers multiple lessons on writing, the writing process, fragments and run-ons, nouns, verbs, etc. These lessons are also appropriate for ESL students.

Learning Activities


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Start a Story
http://www.thestorys...
Story Starter provides writing prompts. Students can add their own writing samples to the website. **The link accesses Story Started Jr. There is also a Story Starter for older students.

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An Italian Menu of Writing Ideas
http://corbettharris...
Students create a "meal" from this writing "menu" of interesting writing prompts following the 6+1 Writing Traits.

Teacher Tools


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Writing & Discussion Using Titanpad
http://titanpad.com/...
Web-based writing using this private workspace for your classroom. Allows for multiple contributors.

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: Susan B. Anthony voted on this date in 1872, leading to her arrest.     
Description: After assigning special privileges to an arbitrarily designated group, students write about how they felt during the simulation and consider what they might be willing to do to change an unjust law.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Children's publisher John Newbery was born in 1713.     
Description: Each student chooses a book that is special and writes a short story about why it deserves special mention. Students can plan the pages of their own stories and then make a Stapleless Book or use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.     
Description: Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete '' famous.'' Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 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: 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: 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: Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930.     
Description: Students use Ringgold's books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics.
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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