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Lesson Plans (17) 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 (5) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (12) 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 (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 (3 - 5)
Title: Don't get lost in story writing: Follow the map!
Description: In this lesson, teachers will guide the students, as a group, through the process of writing a meaningful story using a story map. First the teacher will review the parts that make up a successful story. Then, the students will be guided through the planning process in which they will make selections for each part of the story. At the end of the exercise, the students will experience how each selection they made as a group, combines to make one cohesive story. Once the group activity is complete, students will have the opportunity to plan and write stories individually using the same story map.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Those Cells Look Good Enough to Eat.
Description: This is a student led activity utilizing visualization and association to memorize the parts of animal and plant cells. Students will work cooperatively to develop drawings to connect the parts of cells to one of their favorite things…food. In addition, art, written expression, oral communication, and technology will be used for completion of this activity.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 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What Are Idioms?
Description: After listening to More Parts by Tedd Arnold read aloud, intermediate school students distinguish between literal and figurative meaning by using a graphic organizer, playing an online game, and incorporating an idiom into their writing.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Eat: An Expository Slideshow Presentation
Description: Students will write a three-paragraph essay explaining the steps necessary to follow a recipe, and then present and serve the recipe to their classmates.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Better Living Through Science
Description: This lesson involves research on scientists whose accomplishments have impacted areas of nutrition, sanitation, or health care. Students will research an area of their choice, record information on a graphic organizer, and use the information to write a five-paragraph narrative essay to present to the class.


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Subject: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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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Title: Rap to the Sounds of Figurative Language1
Digital Tool: YouTube Video
Digital Tool Description: YouTube Videos are readily availble on almost anything you can imagine. This video will spark ideas for the students and get them interested in the task of identifying the different kinds of figurative language


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Title: Purposeful Puppets: An Introduction to Literary Devices
Digital Tool: Literary Devices Puppet Theatre
Digital Tool Description: This video was developed by high school students to introduce various literary devices to elementary students.  Through the use of puppet theatre, the students describe literary devices and illustrate the use of each.


ALEX Podcasts


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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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Science Vocabulary Hangman Game
http://education.jla...
Randomly picks 5th grade science vocabulary words.

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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.

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: 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: 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: 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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